M.A. Leadership Studies

University of Exeter Business School

Application deadline: 25 January; 15 March;
Tuition fee:
  • € 18,500 / Year (EEA)
  • € 18,500 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2014
Credits: 90 ECTS
  • English
Delivery mode: Blended
Educational variant: Part-time

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The Exeter MA in Leadership Studies is about living leadership. A global programme, delivered through individually coached distance learning, so that you can study anywhere at any time. Coach-tutors guide and challenge as you work through cutting edge theories of leadership, relating to other key organizational issues such as change and strategy. Alongside the theory, practice is centre stage - yours, your colleagues, and that of other leaders. Personal and organizational development come together in an academically respected 2 year part-time programme.

This part-time coached e-learning programme is offered as a three-stage pathway to enable you and sponsoring employers to manage time and money commitments. Enrolling initially on the Certificate, you may exit with the award of Postgraduate Certificate in Leadership Studies or, subject to satisfactory progress, you may opt to continue to the Postgraduate Diploma or MA in Leadership Studies.

The Postgraduate Certificate in Leadership Studies (60 credits) helps you to improve your leadership practice and the support you can give to other leaders. The Certificate can be tailored to suit the needs of different organisations and incorporated into customised programmes, giving you the benefits of an accredited qualification with bespoke leadership development.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership Studies (120 credits) builds on the Certificate and shows you how to lead major change processes, as well as other forms of intervention in organisational life. We aim to demonstrate how to enhance organisational effectiveness through paying attention to leadership. The Diploma is particularly suitable for employers seeking to develop the most promising leadership talent within their organisation.

The MA Leadership Studies (180 credits) guides you through structured enquiry into complex leadership questions and is especially relevant if you are aiming to become internal or external consultants.


Please note that programme structures may be subject to change.

The MA Leadership Studies is run on a 24 month, part-time modular basis comprising 6 taught modules (120 Credits) run over 18 months, followed by an enquiry phase (60 credits) which is an independent-study dissertation run over a further 6 months. Students may also register for a Postgraduate Certificate in Leadership Studies (60 credits) comprising the first three modules or a Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership Studies (120 credits) comprising the six modules.

The programme is studied via e-learning with support from coach-tutors throughout.

Module codes and titles are as follows:

Module / Credits

* Leadership Enquiry (CLSM206) / 60

* Leadership and You (CLSM200) / 20

* Leadership Exchange (CLSM202) / 20

* Leadership Futures (CLSM205) / 20

* Leadership Interventions (CLSM204) / 20

* Leadership Perspectives (CLSM201) / 20

* Leadership Strategies (CLSM203) / 20

Total credits for Masters 180

Masters students will continue to the dissertation (Leadership enquiry) on completion of the 6 taught modules. It is possible for students to exit the programme after successful completion of 3 taught modules and be awarded a Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits) or after 6 taught modules and be awarded a Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) respectively.

Alternatively students may register for the Certificate or Diploma at the outset .

Tutored e-learning
You will work in a one-to-one coaching relationship with a tutor, based around a real-time leadership journal highlighting your encounters with leadership. Responding to the challenges you face, you will draw on advice from your tutor and a substantial on-line resource base to progress through the programme. Your tutors will arrange meetings to suit both parties and you should expect to spend at least seven hours per week on the programme.

The programme is assessed via a 5,000 word assignment at the end of each module. In addition, a 20,000 word dissertation is required for the Masters.


Applicants are normally required to have a Second Class Honours degree or equivalent level professional qualification with a minimum of five years relevant work experience.

This programme is aimed at practising manager and leaders who are experienced in having to achieve results through other people. It is anticipated you will have strong conceptual and analytical abilities, together with good communication skills enabling you to contribute to debates on the programme and to interact effectively with other participants.

English language requirements
* IELTS overall score of 7.0, with no less than 6.0 in any section.
* TOEFL IBT overall score of 90, with minimum scores of 21 for writing, 21 for listening, 22 for reading and 23 for speaking.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 7
TOEFL iBT® test: 90

Work Experience

At least 5 year(s) of work experience are required.


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