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Leadership & Development MSc

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Our Leadership and Development MSc focuses on the issues that highlight leadership's central position in the dynamics of development. It will give you an understanding of the increasingly key role leadership plays in the developmental challenges that confront developing societies.

Key benefits

  • Innovative approach to the interdisciplinary study of leadership as it relates to development.
  • Opportunity to network with the African Leadership Centre’s (ALC) wide range of institutional partners that include universities, international organisations, and research and policy institutions from across the world.
  • Taught by key intellectuals and experts on leadership, peace and security from both the global north and south.
  • Access to a broad selection of optional modules from across King’s, particularly our Faculty of Social Science and Public Policy.
  • Interact with the ALC’s global network of renowned academics, practitioners and activists.
Yuqing

My tutors always try their best to support us and often invite high profile guests in the field of politics and economics to interact with us in the workshop, which is really helpful in deepening our understanding of leadership

Yuqing, Leadership & Development

Through our Leadership & Development MSc, you will investigate various forms of leadership from key individuals to institutions, including states and key international development organisations and networks. You will study the various patterns of development in developing societies, with some references to emerging economies and the developed world, in great detail, through the perspective of leadership. In addition to the focus on development and leadership, our course investigates area studies as it cross-references various developing regions including Africa, Asia and Latin America. Our course provides you with high-quality postgraduate training that builds your critical analysis skills and your independent judgement on leadership and development. If you have an interest in understanding how leadership patterns interact with historical factors, local cultures and global influences as they inform and are informed by development outcomes and processes across the world, or if you are interested in the debate which surrounds the interaction between leadership and development globally, particularly in the global south, this course is ideal for you.

Base campus

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Strand Campus

Located on the north bank of the River Thames, the Strand Campus houses King's College London's arts and sciences faculties.

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

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Teaching methods - what to expect

We will use a delivery method that will ensure students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face to face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students also experience elements of digital learning and assessment.

For every 15 credit module, we will provide 15-20 hours of lectures and seminars, and we will expect you to undertake 130-135 hours of independent study. A typical 30 credit module will involve 20-30 hours of lectures/seminars plus 270 hours of self-guided or group-based learning/project work. For your dissertation, we will provide 5 hours of discussion time with your supervisor, and we will expect you to undertake 595 hours of independent study and project work. Students should note that the self-study aspect of every module is extremely important: the readings given to students are a compulsory and key component of the learning experience

 
Module Lectures, seminars and feedback Self-study
Per 15 credit taught module Typically 15-20 hours 130-135 hours (including engaging with specially prepared course materials and self-guided learning).
Dissertation module 5 hours discussion time with supervisor 595 hours

 

As part of their two-year schedule, part-time students typically take the Leadership and Society module and 45 credits of modules in Year 1, and the Dissertation module and 45 credits of modules in Year 2.

Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

Assessment

    We assess our Leadership and Society module through one essay, an exam, group presentations and an individual presentation. We assess our 15-credit modules in different ways according to the modules. Most 15-credit modules are assessed through a combination of essays and other written and oral exercises such as policy papers, multi-media presentations and writing/data-based exercises. Some may involve exams. The dissertation module assessment will be on the dissertation (up to 14,000 words) and a 1000-word research proposal. Research methods will be assessed by means of a 2500-word essay (90% of the total grade) and attendance and participation (10% of the total grade).

    Structure

    Required modules

    You are required to take the following modules:

    Leadership & Society (30 credits)
    The State and Development in Africa and Asia (15 credits)
    Emerging Powers in Global Leadership (15 credits)
    Dissertation (60 Credits)
    Research Methods in Global Leadership (15 credits)

    If you are a part-time student, you will take Leadership and Society in your first year, and the Dissertation plus Research Methods in Global Leadership module in your second. You must choose three more modules in year 1 and two more modules in year 2, from both the list above and the list below.

    Optional modules

    In addition, you are required to take three modules (totalling 45 credits) from a range of optional modules, which may typically include:

    Gender, Leadership and Society (15 credits)
    Youth and Society in the Development World (15 credits)
    African Issues in Global Affairs (15 credits)
    Contemporary India (15 credits)
    Globalisation, Development, and the Americas - offered by Brazil Institute (15 credits)
    Applied Global Leadership (15 credits)
    Principal’s Global Leadership Award (15 credits)

    King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

    Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

    Employability

    Graduates of our MSc course use the skills and knowledge that they develop to build careers in further academic research, teaching, public and private sectors, transnational corporations, international organisations (UN, EU, AU and worldwide regional organisations) and non-governmental organisations.

    Tuition Fees

    UK:

    Full time: £11,040 per year (2022/23)

    Part time: £5,520 per year (2022/23)

    International:

    Full time: £24,660 per year (2022/23)

    Part time: £12,330 per year (2022/23)

    These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

    Deposit

    When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

    The UK deposit is £500.

    The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000.

    • If you receive an offer on or before 31 March, payment is due by 25 April 2022.
    • If you receive an offer between 1 April and 30 June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
    • If you receive an offer between 1 July and 31 July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
    • If you receive an offer between 1 August and 21 August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.
    • If you receive an offer from 22 August onwards, payment is due within three days of receiving the offer.

    If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

    Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

    Additional Costs

    In addition to your tuition costs, you can also expect to pay for:

    • Leadership Weekend Workshop: this is a compulsory component of the programme and will cost an additional £400
    • Books if you choose to buy your own copies 
    • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions
    • Library fees and fines
    • Personal photocopies 
    • Printing course handouts 
    • Society membership fees 
    • Stationery 
    • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses 
    • Graduation costs

    Funding

    Through our Leadership & Development MSc, you will investigate various forms of leadership from key individuals to institutions, including states and key international development organisations and networks. You will study the various patterns of development in developing societies, with some references to emerging economies and the developed world, in great detail, through the perspective of leadership. In addition to the focus on development and leadership, our course investigates area studies as it cross-references various developing regions including Africa, Asia and Latin America. Our course provides you with high-quality postgraduate training that builds your critical analysis skills and your independent judgement on leadership and development. If you have an interest in understanding how leadership patterns interact with historical factors, local cultures and global influences as they inform and are informed by development outcomes and processes across the world, or if you are interested in the debate which surrounds the interaction between leadership and development globally, particularly in the global south, this course is ideal for you.

    Base campus

    strand-quad
    Strand Campus

    Located on the north bank of the River Thames, the Strand Campus houses King's College London's arts and sciences faculties.

    Regulating bodies

    King's is regulated by the Office for Students

    Loading...

    Teaching methods - what to expect

    We will use a delivery method that will ensure students have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face to face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that students also experience elements of digital learning and assessment.

    For every 15 credit module, we will provide 15-20 hours of lectures and seminars, and we will expect you to undertake 130-135 hours of independent study. A typical 30 credit module will involve 20-30 hours of lectures/seminars plus 270 hours of self-guided or group-based learning/project work. For your dissertation, we will provide 5 hours of discussion time with your supervisor, and we will expect you to undertake 595 hours of independent study and project work. Students should note that the self-study aspect of every module is extremely important: the readings given to students are a compulsory and key component of the learning experience

     
    Module Lectures, seminars and feedback Self-study
    Per 15 credit taught module Typically 15-20 hours 130-135 hours (including engaging with specially prepared course materials and self-guided learning).
    Dissertation module 5 hours discussion time with supervisor 595 hours

     

    As part of their two-year schedule, part-time students typically take the Leadership and Society module and 45 credits of modules in Year 1, and the Dissertation module and 45 credits of modules in Year 2.

    Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

    Assessment

      We assess our Leadership and Society module through one essay, an exam, group presentations and an individual presentation. We assess our 15-credit modules in different ways according to the modules. Most 15-credit modules are assessed through a combination of essays and other written and oral exercises such as policy papers, multi-media presentations and writing/data-based exercises. Some may involve exams. The dissertation module assessment will be on the dissertation (up to 14,000 words) and a 1000-word research proposal. Research methods will be assessed by means of a 2500-word essay (90% of the total grade) and attendance and participation (10% of the total grade).

      Structure

      Required modules

      You are required to take the following modules:

      Leadership & Society (30 credits)
      The State and Development in Africa and Asia (15 credits)
      Emerging Powers in Global Leadership (15 credits)
      Dissertation (60 Credits)
      Research Methods in Global Leadership (15 credits)

      If you are a part-time student, you will take Leadership and Society in your first year, and the Dissertation plus Research Methods in Global Leadership module in your second. You must choose three more modules in year 1 and two more modules in year 2, from both the list above and the list below.

      Optional modules

      In addition, you are required to take three modules (totalling 45 credits) from a range of optional modules, which may typically include:

      Gender, Leadership and Society (15 credits)
      Youth and Society in the Development World (15 credits)
      African Issues in Global Affairs (15 credits)
      Contemporary India (15 credits)
      Globalisation, Development, and the Americas - offered by Brazil Institute (15 credits)
      Applied Global Leadership (15 credits)
      Principal’s Global Leadership Award (15 credits)

      King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

      Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

      Employability

      Graduates of our MSc course use the skills and knowledge that they develop to build careers in further academic research, teaching, public and private sectors, transnational corporations, international organisations (UN, EU, AU and worldwide regional organisations) and non-governmental organisations.

      Tuition Fees

      UK:

      Full time: £11,040 per year (2022/23)

      Part time: £5,520 per year (2022/23)

      International:

      Full time: £24,660 per year (2022/23)

      Part time: £12,330 per year (2022/23)

      These tuition fees may be subject to additional increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

      Deposit

      When you receive an offer for this course you will be required to pay a non-refundable deposit to secure your place. The deposit will be credited towards your total fee payment.

      The UK deposit is £500.

      The INTERNATIONAL deposit is £2,000.

      • If you receive an offer on or before 31 March, payment is due by 25 April 2022.
      • If you receive an offer between 1 April and 30 June, payment is due within one month of receiving the offer.
      • If you receive an offer between 1 July and 31 July, payment is due within two weeks of receiving the offer.
      • If you receive an offer between 1 August and 21 August, payment is due within one week of receiving the offer.
      • If you receive an offer from 22 August onwards, payment is due within three days of receiving the offer.

      If you are a current King’s student in receipt of the King's Living Bursary you are not required to pay a deposit to secure your place on the programme. Please note, this will not change the total fees payable for your chosen programme.

      Please visit our web pages on fees and funding for more information.

      Additional Costs

      In addition to your tuition costs, you can also expect to pay for:

      • Leadership Weekend Workshop: this is a compulsory component of the programme and will cost an additional £400
      • Books if you choose to buy your own copies 
      • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions
      • Library fees and fines
      • Personal photocopies 
      • Printing course handouts 
      • Society membership fees 
      • Stationery 
      • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses 
      • Graduation costs

      Funding

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