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Bespoke Programmes

We have an established reputation for creating impactful executive education development programmes for public and private sector organisations in the UK and globally.

Through collaborative partnerships with you, we will design a fully customised programme to create the impact that addresses your organisational challenges and ambitions. We combine research-informed academic expertise with innovative programme design and delivery to accommodate the needs of talented people in full-time work. Our programmes prioritise learning that is integrated into the workplace to create impact both for individuals and their organisations.

Our expertise speaks to the needs of organisations, including:

  • Digital Transformation
  • Leadership
  • Strategic Planning
  • Sustainability
  • Productivity
  • Culture, People and Talent Development

We have an additional range of highly specialised expertise in econometrics, forecasting, data analysis, cyber security, environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG), and equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI).

We have the option to create formal qualifications, such as Postgraduate Certificates, as well as providing accelerated routes from our Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programmes into more formal study.

Contact us to find out more about how we can support the development of your organisation.

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Learning design

Our learning methods are designed to introduce you to new concepts, models of best practice and the most current thinking. We will also support you to transfer this learning into your work and professional practice.


Our flexible frameworks allow us to design highly bespoke courses leading to University qualifications.


We pay equal attention to both the learning process and the subject matter, empowering you to manage your own learning.


Our courses are practical, relevant and academically rigorous, underpinned by real work activities and projects.


We work in partnership with learners and employers, valuing your expertise as well as sharing ours.


Our distinctive approach is built around practice and action, informed by theory and designed to deliver results.

Case studies

Discover some examples of our bespoke programmes.

BAE Systems

BAE Systems is the UK's largest defence and security company with approximately 34,300 employees based at around 50 sites in the UK. They deliver a full range of products and services for air, land and naval forces, as well as advanced electronics, security, information technology solutions and support services. They are the leading supplier to the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) and have market leadership positions in air and maritime domains.

LUMS designed an accredited Postgraduate Certificate Programme called Leading Management Transformation, specifically designed to support talented middle and senior leaders to free up their time to focus more on leadership and less on transactional management tasks in their business areas.

The aim was to provide the participants with knowledge and transferable skills in order to develop and instil leadership in their teams and drive forward cultural change and innovation.

The programme consists of participants across different divisions and what the participants really value is the action learning approach to discussions, to enable knowledge exchange and networking opportunities.

This programme is run annually over 9 months, with 50+ mid programme or having graduated. It integrates workshops on topics of Leadership, Strategy and Innovation, and the programme culminates with participants applying their learning to deliver a work-based service improvement project. There is healthy balance between experiential practical learning and critical review of academic models and theories supporting the module topics. Action learning and assessment through group work is integrated into the programme to maximise.

Beyond the practical learning, the programme focuses on personal and professional development, with some great individual case studies in terms of personal growth over the programme, particularly for those not having been in formal education for some time. Several participants have decided to progress their studies to a full Master’s with LUMS beyond the end of the programme.


Blackpool Teaching Hospitals

LUMS has been delivering an in-house Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Leadership Programme for Foundation Year 2 doctors for over 10 years.

It is a practical programme, designed around the GMC Medical Leadership competency framework, not too dissimilar to what students experience on the open programme. The doctors are initially encouraged to think about their personal development and leadership competency development needs, alongside the learning they intend to take from the taught modules.

During the year they work on a service improvement project, supported with action learning. This not only provides something back to their employer; it also is an opportunity to apply their leadership skills and embed their knowledge as they work collaboratively and cross-professionally in their healthcare system. This is a really good grounding as they prepare themselves for the next stage of their careers, with several students continuing to study to gain a full Master's in Medical Leadership.

“ The Foundation year CETAD Leadership course is playing a significant role in developing leadership skills in the next generation of junior doctors and is a prime driver to enhancing patient care at Blackpool. Through this course, we have been successful in influencing senior management and increasing the profile of QI at our trust. Junior doctors can be significant catalysts for change and it is important that their energy and enthusiasm is successfully harnessed. This not only benefits their own careers, but contributes immensely to patient care and organisational development.”

Dr Raj Nichani, Consultant Anaesthesia/Intensive Care & Service Improvement and Leadership Lead (Education), Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

"By gaining a Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Leadership I have been able to enhance my portfolio which I hope will stand me in good stead for future job applications. I’d certainly recommend the course; it introduces junior doctors to concepts of medical leadership and impacts of change on the NHS. I found it a useful and enjoyable programme and for anyone considering the course, I would advise to get involved and enjoy the challenge!"

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Bolton NHS Trust: A Good Day at Work

Further to a review of its leadership development strategy, Bolton’s Organisation Development Team identified a skills and confidence gap with their junior clinical managers to enable them to lead change and inspire their teams within the pressures of healthcare service delivery.

LUMS worked in partnership with the Bolton team to scope a skills-based 9 month development programme to engage participants with thinking about team leadership approaches, their own wellbeing and application of programme principles to apply to the ‘real world of work’. Topics included resilience, mindfulness, coaching, action learning and influencing skills, with respect to Trust values around care and compassion.

To demonstrate ownership and accountability in addressing current organisational issues, participants each developed and delivered a work-based project during the programme and presented their results to invited guests and senior managers at a World Café event in the Education Centre.

Formal and informal feedback was gathered throughout the programme to evaluate the learning experience for participants, around transferability of learning, impact on personal and professional practice and organisational impact.

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Gauteng Health Care Leadership Programme, South Africa

This programme was scoped and developed with the Gauteng Government’s Minister of Healthcare for 22 of her senior healthcare leaders and chief executive officers.

This programme needed be innovative as most of the delivery would be at a distance. The design included one week’s face-to-face residential in South Africa. This was followed up with online leadership and organisational change modules, facilitated by LUMS tutors, group webinars with guest speakers from the NHS, personal one-to-one coaching, and several self-facilitated activities, such as visits to participants’ organisations for knowledge exchange.

The programme culminated in the presentation of participants’ service improvement projects, evidencing their application of learning on the programme to a measurable business outcome. It was designed around the following criteria:

  • Postgraduate accreditation
  • Work Based learning enables participants, not only to develop their leadership skills but to put these into practice and achieve significant change in their healthcare organisations and the healthcare system as a whole
  • Individual and senior team development, creating a community of practice
  • Context-specific learning, i.e. relevant for the healthcare system in South Africa but also learning from the NHS and other international healthcare systems.

This approach enabled busy senior leaders to learn online at their own pace, whilst building a learning community through video conferencing, learning sets and organisational visits. An approach of flipped learning was particularly successful, whereby the tutors prompted peer teaching within the group, developing the habit of knowledge creation and exchange to address shared organisational challenges.

Key topics in the Master Classes in the Residential and within the online learning included:

  • Strategic analysis
  • Leading Others Through Change
  • Investigative Practices and Leading service improvement projects
  • An Understanding Organisational Culture
  • Understanding motivation, behaviours, values and personality traits
  • Developing Resilience
  • Developing Emotional intelligence

The participants were awarded a Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Practice (Healthcare Leadership) at the end of the programme.

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Bespoke Forecasting Courses

We can develop tailor-made courses to meet specific requirements for individuals or entire demand planning teams. For example, we regularly teach courses tailor-made for SAP APO-DP. This two-day course covers forecasting methods, error metrics and processes implemented in the software package. On completion, participants understand the pitfalls of SAP's modelling approach and how the limitations can be overcome.

For more information, please contact the Centre for Marketing Analytics and Forecasting.

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