Advanced Leadership Perspectives


  • Entry year 2024
  • Duration Part time 1 Year


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This programme is tailored for high-potential middle managers to enable them to take their leadership to the next level, creating significant impact in their organisation. It is also relevant for senior executives who would benefit from developing their expertise around contemporary leadership challenges.

It enables high-potential employees to reflect upon and develop their personal leadership philosophies, working within a structured programme that provides facilitated and flexible learning, coaching and peer and mentor support.

The key themes of the programme are related to meeting the challenges and expectations of contemporary organisations. These include:

  • ethical and sustainable leadership
  • compassionate approaches to people management
  • talent management of inclusive and diverse teams
  • succession planning
  • entrepreneurial approaches to decision-making
  • self-development

The programme offers perspectives on 'wise compassionate leadership': developing deep understanding of what motivates people and promotes their wellbeing. But it still tackles the hard things that leadership demands.

It is a work-based programme, supporting you to apply your learning in practice, with an emphasis on learning through the delivery of negotiated work-based projects.

Course structure

You will complete the three core modules outlined in the course structure below.

You then have to complete one of the following modules: Business Ethics and Sustainability, or Entrepreneurial Decision-making.

Then you can choose either: two 10-credit optional modules, or the Work-based Improvement and Innovation Project (which is 20 credits).

Students may also make a claim (Accreditation of Prior Learning) to gain credits for exemption from some modules.

Course duration

This programme will take 1-3 academic years to complete.

Entry requirements

Applicants should be employed in roles with leadership responsibility, with usually at least five years’ work experience. All applications require employer/stakeholder endorsement as you will be engaging in work-based projects. A first degree is not always essential; aptitude and experience are equally valued.

Course structure

You will study a range of modules as part of your course, some examples of which are listed below.

Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, but changes may be necessary, for example as a result of student feedback, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes, and new research. Not all optional modules are available every year.



Fees and funding

Fees for 2024/25 (Per 10 credit module)

Home and International: £500

  • MSc/MA = 180 credits
  • PGDip = 120 credits
  • PGCert = 60 credits

Find more information on course fees and start dates for executive education programmes.

General fees and funding information

Scholarships and bursaries

You may be eligible for the following funding opportunities, depending on your fee status and course. You will be automatically considered for our main scholarships and bursaries when you apply, so there's nothing extra that you need to do.

Unfortunately no scholarships and bursaries match your selection, but there are more listed on scholarships and bursaries page.

If you're considering postgraduate research you should look at our funded PhD opportunities.

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We also have other, more specialised scholarships and bursaries - such as those for students from specific countries.

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