MPhil Educational Leadership

M Phil in Educational Leadership


The notion of educational leadership has been established with the belief that effective and quality leadership significantly impacts educational outcomes in educational institutions. However, what constitutes effective and quality leadership and what are the envisioned educational outcomes in the context of Nepal remain topics of debate and dialogue. The Master of Philosophy in Education specialized in Educational Leadership offers the space for such debate and discourse for educators, educational leaders, researchers and practitioners who are seeking to enhance their knowledge and expertise and progress into leadership and research practice in the field of education. The broader objective of the program is that the graduates of the programs shall be competent to contribute in the institutional strengthening and organisation development of educational institutions, to make the education systems more empowering, inclusive and productive for all students.Program Objectives and Attributes

After completion of the program, candidates will:

  • Develop research capacity and knowledge on recent trends and discourses on educational leadership and its dimensions at the national and international level
  • Develop core behavioural skills, knowledge and strategic competency in leading and managing educational institutions/programs
  • Develop analytical skills and knowledge to assess the challenges and opportunities in the field of educational leadership and develop modalities to address those challenges
  • Develop capacity to contribute to knowledge building and sustained engagement in exploring new emergent areas of research in educational leadership through academic and professional engagements

Structure of the program

The program is of three semesters. There are courses for 33 credit hours comprising core courses (9 credit hours) and specialization courses (12 credit hours), electives courses (3 credit hours), dissertation/research papers (9 credit hours)

Overall Program Structure

Core (9)

EDUC 600 Educational Dimensions (3)

EDUC 620 Research Methods (3)

Educ 621 Advanced Qualitative Research Methods (3) or

Educ 622 Advanced Quantitative Research Methods (3)

Area of Specialization (12)

EDLE 621 Theories and Practice in Educational Leadership (3)

EDLE 632 Organizational Theories and  Behaviours (3)

EDLE 642 Human Resource Development in Education (3)

EDLE 652 Policy and Governance for Educational Leadership (3)

Electives any one (3)

EDUC 640 Mixed Methods Research (3)

EDUC 650 Transformative Education Research and Practice (3)

EDUC 660 Participatory Action Research (3)

EDUC 644 Statistical Methods in Education and Social Science Research (3)

EDUC 611 Academic Writing and Research (3)

Practical Course

EDUC 680 Dissertation (9)


EDUC 670: Research Papers: two papers, one of which should have been published in referred journals during the study period (9 Credit hours) – subject to the approval by the Research Committee

Total Credits 33 Cr. Hrs.
Duration: One and half years(3 Semesters ) Class Hour: 5:30-8:30 PM
Mode: Blended Venue: Kathmandu University, School of Education, Hattiban, Lalitpur
Forms Distribution: (December/January of each year) Entry Qualification: Masters Degree in any discipline with CGPA 3.0 (out of 4) or 50% aggregate score

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