MPhil Education Leadership and Management
(2 years)


The MPhil in Education Leadership and Management (ELM) is the flagship degree programme of the LUMS School of Education. The programme aims to produce a new class of educational leaders who will provide strategic direction to the fast growing education sector of Pakistan.

Degree Requirements:

The MPhil ELM is a 2-year, 36-credit degree consisting of both taught and field-based interdisciplinary coursework.

Key components of the curriculum

  • Grounding in analytical methods and tools for empirical analysis and engagement with education practice
  • Leading methodological and theoretical debates from multiple disciplines that shape the education sector
  • Core emphasis on leadership theory and application in the education space
  • In-depth exploration of policy issues affecting education in Pakistan
  • Targeted research and field-based Practicum that will build on this academic training resulting in an MPhil capstone


Course Plan for the MPhil ELM*

First Semester, Fall


EDU 510 Interdisciplinary Frameworks and Perspectives on Education

3 credits

EDU 540 Leadership: The Politics of Reform

3 credits

EDU 560 Analytical Approaches: Fundamentals of Education Research

3 credits

Second Semester, Spring


EDU 541 Fundamentals of Educational Leadership

3 credits

EDU 550 International Education Policy and Comparative Perspectives

3 credits

Elective 1

3 credits

Third Semester, Fall


EDU 660 Education Research: Engagement and Practice

3 credits

EDU 690 Practicum Pro Seminar

3 credits

Elective 2

3 credits

Fourth Semester, Spring


EDU 691 Practicum

9 credits


36 credits

* This schedule can be revised subject to Dean’s approval


The MPhil ELM Practicum

The cornerstone of our MPhil will be the 9 credit Practicum: a semester-long, targeted research-based placement of students in organizations partnered with SOE that will equip graduates with the networks and practical experience to tackle educational challenges before they complete their time as SOE MPhil students.

The Practicum gives students real-time exposure to challenges in education leadership while they are still in training, encouraging them to address these issues by developing research-based solutions to problems encountered in the field. Key features of the Practicum will include:

  • 3 full days/week on site
  • 2 full days of writing
  • Bi-monthly group check-in, reporting, reflection, and progress
  • 1 faculty member to manage 6-7 students

Additionally, a comprehensive field engagement activity spread across the first 3 semesters will account for 3 credits out of the total 9 practicum credits.

Elective Courses

  • Organizational Management in Education
  • School and Community Engagement
  • School Effectiveness and Improvement
  • Technology in the Education Market
  • Computational Problem Solving in Education
  • Economics of Education
  • Philosophy of Education
  • Issues in Education Psychology
  • Applied Data Analysis
  • Courses from other LUMS schools (Business, Science and Engineering, Humanities and Social Sciences, Law)