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Master of Leadership for Development University of Manchester



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Who this course is for

If you want to reposition yourself as a leader in development, but don't want to take time out from your important work to study, this fully-online master's course will support you to learn on the job.

If you work in or alongside the global development sector – as a manager, planner, policy maker, consultant, educator, entrepreneur, researcher, or community advocate – transform your career with us and change the world for the better.

What you will learn

Adopt a new approach to leadership, with sustainability and collaboration at its core.
Learn to effectively navigate complex circumstances and challenges in contemporary development.
Build skills for effective negotiation, diplomacy and cross-cultural communication.
Champion positive, proactive and improved social transformation in a global context.

Where and when you will study

This fully-online, part-time master's means you can study from anywhere in the world and fit it around your day-to-day life. You will be expected to learn while you continue to work, and to use examples from your work throughout your study.

You will complete four taught units in year one, followed by two taught units and a research project in year two. You'll learn through a mix of interactive teaching and have plenty of opportunities to work collaboratively with your peers.

How it will benefit your career

Build a professional network across the globe and be in prime position to hear about the latest international opportunities.
Through our highly-interactive teaching platform, learn from the experiences of colleagues in diverse settings and gain a broader perspective.
Use skills and knowledge acquired through the course in your job from day one to start advancing in your role and beyond.
Practise applying your skills in real-life scenarios through our simulation platform, and be prepared for a range of situations.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study Master of Leadership for Development.

Online/Distance with attendence (24 months)

Tuition fees

The full course fee for 6th September 2021 intake is $28,164 AUD .




The University of Manchester

Oxford Road,



M13 9PL, England

Entry requirement for international students

In order to be considered for entry, you must have completed: An honours degree in a cognate discipline or equivalent and at least two years of documented, relevant professional work experience, or an undergraduate degree in a cognate discipline or equivalent, and at least two years of documented, relevant professional work experience, or a minimum of eight years documented, relevant professional work experience. Candidates entering through this route will be registered for the master's certificate under a probation arrangement. Failure to pass all master's certificate course units in the first year of study will disallow registration for a higher-level qualification. Applicants whose first language is not English must meet the following language requirements: 1. IELTS Test score of 6.5 or more overall, with a minimum score of 6.5 in writing and a minimum score of 6.0 in the other subsections, or TOEFL internet-based test score of 90 or more overall, with a minimum writing score of 22 and no other subsection below 20, or Pearson Test of English score of 62 or more overall, with a minimum score of 62 in writing and a minimum score of 55 in the other subsections

* Please check with your chosen school for the exact entry requirements for your programme.

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