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Be a Master of leadership for development

Leadership has recently been identified as the number one hardest to find, most in-demand soft skill across the development sector.

With this joint, part-time Leadership for Development master’s on your CV, which includes in-depth global contemporary development knowledge and competencies, will capacitate you with those leadership skills enabling you to apply them directly into your roles from day one.

The quality and scale of the University of Manchester’s impact against the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is ranked among the top ten in the world in the Times Higher Education University Impact Rankings in 2022 and the Global Development Institute in particular, is playing a leading role in tackling them.

As one of the world’s leading research institutions and the UK’s only university to have social responsibility as a core goal, we’re playing a leading role in tackling the SDGs in four ways – through our research, learning and students, public engagement activities and responsible campus operations.

What does the course offer?

If you want to enhance your skillset to transform your career or attain a leadership role, but do not want to take time away from your important work commitments, then this online and part-time master’s course will allow you to learn and grow within your current profession.

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The standout aspect of this course is the opportunity to develop a professional network across the globe, where you can collaborate with and learn from other development professionals across different sectors and multi-lateral organisations. Lucas Hiller, a management consultant in the development sector and current student of the course, states that:

What I appreciate most about this course is its contemporary nature and relevancy to our modern climate. Topics like Digital Health and Digitisation were taught with flare by professors with incredible expertise across both institutions. The course provided me with the opportunity to network with other development professionals and grow my knowledge and understanding of different practices and perspectives. I have a young family and this course has allowed me to learn whilst balancing my personal commitments. Whilst learning, you are pulled in different directions because of your home life and work life, yet the interesting content within the course has kept me focused and motivated to learn more about the theoretical background behind the world’s development challenges.

Lucas Hiller

This fully online course provides you with the flexibility to study around your work commitments and complete the programme part-time over 24 months. This allows you to study from anywhere in the world to your own schedule.

During this master’s, you will:

  • Strengthen your leadership capabilities and form vital foundations in collaboration and sustainability.
  • Learn how to effectively navigate the complex circumstances and challenges of contemporary development.
  • Champion proactive, positive and improved social transformation in a global context.
  • Develop the digital competencies and practical skills needed for effective negotiation, diplomacy and cross-cultural communication.
  • Apply your learning and practical leadership competencies directly into your workplace, using real-life scenarios and global case studies.

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With a range of scholarship opportunities and discounts, like the Alumni Bursary and the Sustainability Development Goals Scholarship, there are many different funding opportunities available. There is a 10% tuition fee reduction if you apply by 26 June 2023, so avoid missing out on this early application deadline. For more information on these scholarships and funding opportunities, visit Master of Leadership for Development | The University of Manchester.

Find detailed information on the entry requirements for this course and how to apply. Apply today to transform your horizons and help to develop a better world.