Department of Education


Postgraduate Certificate in Education: Developing Research Leadership in Schools

This course will be of interest to head-teachers who want their staff to become research-engaged and for their school to become ‘knowledge producing’. It is perfectly positioned to enable participating schools to achieve the highest quality in terms of the 2016 National Standards for Continuing Professional Development.

Schools nominate two willing teachers who will become leaders of research enterprise and experts in its design, implementation and application in school. They must sponsor their nominees for the course fee [£2,633 in 2017/18]. Smaller schools may collaborate to nominate and sponsor as a cluster.

Nominees attend up to 15 evening campus-based sessions between September and May. All other course engagement is carried out within a virtual learning environment.

The course comprises two modules:

  • Developing Research Leadership and Enquiry
  • Research Methods

Within their schools, nominees are expected to adopt a high profile role in leading the research engagement of staff, and applying their
knowledge and skills to the building of professional learning communities.

A University-based tutor will offer ‘critical friendship’ to school leadership, as well as tutoring for the nominees.

Benefits to schools

  • The nominees’ learning cascades down to other colleagues
  • The course extends and develops the school leadership team
  • Emerging research activity gradually shifts staffroom culture and individual professional practice to become more reflective - the quality of teaching and learning is subsequently enhanced
  • Schools can use research evidence to inform and evaluate improvement strategies.

Applicants should be employees of an educational institution and should initially discuss participation and sponsorship with their head teacher or principal to secure a letter of sponsorship. 



Successful graduates gain 60 Masters level credits which can be transferred into the Education MA.

See also details of the Sussex Research Network.

For further information contact:
Dr Robert Rosenthal, Course Leader
T 01273 678013


Education MA

Masters-level courses in education and teaching are designed to meet the needs of those working – or wanting to work – in teaching, management, education and development contexts. We aim to provide courses that: 

  • are grounded in research 
  • recognise and build on prior education-related knowledge and experience 
  • develop professionally relevant knowledge, skills and understanding 
  • enable the acquisition of further qualifications that enhance your career prospects. 

Some courses are offered on a part-time basis, combining attendance in the evenings with occasional day schools. 

This is an innovative, highly regarded and flexible MA with a significant research component designed for education professionals and students interested in education in both UK and global contexts. 

The course enables you to develop your understanding of a broad range of issues and theoretical perspectives on practice and policy, and to specialise in areas that interest you most. 

The full-time course is largely taught with research components while the part-time course is centred around supported, practice-based research. 

See more details - including how to apply - for the Education MA.