Specialist Qualification in Headship (and Educational Leadership)

University of the Highlands and Islands


Orkney College UHI, Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)


Both the MEd Specialist Qualification in Headship and the MEd Educational Leadership are three-year, part-time online programmes for aspiring school leaders. The programmes connect directly with local authority and national leadership programmes. The first year of both programmes focuses on Middle Leadership, the second year offers the national Into Headship programme, and the third year offers either the national In Headship programme for those in post as a Headteacher to qualify with the MEd Specialist Qualification in Headship, or an alternative pathway for those in curriculum leadership to complete the MEd Educational Leadership.

The programme utilises a collaborative approach to online learning, with learning activities designed to develop teacher agency, support professional dialogue and develop skills in strategic leadership. You will choose the focus of your work for each module to fit with your professional role and responsibilities, whilst the collaborative learning activities support you and your fellow participants to work together on leadership practice and develop creative responses to leading change.

Entry Requirements

Honours or Ordinary degree with relevant practical experience. You must be employed in an education setting with current GTCS Registration as a primary or secondary teacher.

Start Date



Postgraduate Master's



Study Method

Distance and Flexible learning
Part time (day)

Course Length

3 years


Education and Childcare

SCQF Level



Career Sectors

College or University Lecturing

Education Support

Primary School Teaching

Secondary School Teaching

Teaching - Other