Leadership Practice and Responsibility, M.Sc.

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    Application Deadline
  • 18 months
  • English (book IELTS)
University rank #150 (WUR) ,
A global top 1% business school, Lancaster University Management School (LUMS) is offering a specialist programme to help you develop the skills and understanding for responsible leadership. Complete the course through online study plus five days of on-campus learning.The MSc will enhance your learning of areas including organisational growth, corporate responsibility, ethics and global management.


Key features
  • Learn through distance learning with online course materials and lectures.
  • Engage with an international network of like-minded students, where you can explore responsibility issues and challenges from across the world.
  • Develop your understanding of areas including: organisational growth, corporate responsibility, ethics and global leadership.
  • Enhance leadership practice by learning from your own workplace experience.
  • Complete a major leadership project to extend your leadership capability and responsible business growth.
  • The MSc is delivered as part of a suite of programmes at the Lancaster Leadership Centre. The Centre which has been established for more than ten years, specialises in responsible leadership and operates within a network of global leadership centres across the world.
Course benefits
This innovative learning experience enables participants to develop reflective and critical thinking skills relating to their own leadership practice. These skills are then applied to the organisational context in which participants practice enabling leaders to face the challenges of a complex and changing environment.
Course options
Participants have the option to gain accreditation as part of this course. Accreditation credits can be used to make progress towards a postgraduate level qualification in Responsible Leadership. The assessment for the accreditation route is in the form of a written piece of work which is completed after the course.Why choose an MSc by online learning?
  • Accelerate your career into a higher position of management.
  • Develop your critical thinking, communication and leadership skills.
  • Enjoy the freedom and flexibility of learning without pausing your career.
  • Use your workplace experience to inform major projects and learn in an organisational context.

Programme Structure

Responsible Leadership:Reflections & Challenges

This short course is aimed at practising managers who want to consider their experience with a view to exploring organisational challenges that they may face relating to ethics, authenticity and responsibility.

The course incorporates action learning within small groups and an opportunity to shadow another course participant or business contact to observe their leadership practice.

Course structure

The programme is made up of a five-day residential followed by participation in online action learning sets and topical discussions. These take place part-time over four weeks. The shadowing visits are arranged by the students themselves at times which suit them.

The blend of delivery methods ensures that participants are able to engage with the course in a flexible way, while learning in a trusted environment. The opportunity to observe, reflect and learn from fellow individuals and organisations adds a different perspective.

Course benefits

This innovative learning experience enables participants to develop reflective and critical thinking skills relating to their own leadership practice. These skills are then applied to the organisational context in which participants practice, enabling leaders to face the challenges of a complex and changing environment.

Growing Responsible Business: Purpose, Process & People

This short course for practising managers has three areas of focus: purpose, process and people.

The purpose strand focuses on strategies for growing a responsible business using the themes of business ethics, managing responsibly, global governance and sustainable development. It addresses the achievement of value growth for all stakeholders in a business enterprise by examining models and examples of business for the common good and the nature of responsible internationalisation.

The process aspect allows delegates to consider the critical challenges they may face when implementing new models and business processes in a supply network.

The people strand focuses on the human resource management aspect and how participants can build human capital in their organisations and stakeholder networks.

Course structure

The ten-week programme is taught wholly through online learning. This ensures that participants are able to engage with the course in a flexible way, while learning in a trusted environment.

Course benefits

This course enables participants to develop critical thinking skills relating to their own organisational context. This knowledge is then applied in several key areas such as organisational growth and corporate responsibility, and how the areas of purpose, process and people interconnect.

Responsible Leadership: Initiating Change

In this module, you will examine the political and cultural factors which may affect an individual’s reaction to change. You will also learn about different methodologies for change management and aspects of leading people through change.

As well as examining the theory, you will also have the opportunity to reflect on and develop your own leadership skills.

Course structure

This ten-week course is taught online, with students learning through webinars and discussions with their action learning sets.

Course participants will have the chance to apply their studies to situations in their own workplace and will work in pairs online to examine how they can manage and implement change.

Course benefits

By the end of the course, you will have developed your reflective, critical and analytical skills. You will have strengthened your dialogue, influencing and negotiation skills, and will be better able to lead change effectively and responsibly.

In addition, the course encourages self-awareness, and provides an environment for personal reflection and development.

Future Business Models

This module looks at the key issue of sustainability, and explores how this can create a more balanced business model for the future.

You will consider a number of alternative business models to help you redesign an element of your own organisation, incorporating the principles of responsibility and sustainable development.

The course explores economic responsibility, financial sustainability, social responsibility, environmental safeguarding, and responsible business practice. Business modelling techniques will also be taught.

Course structure

This ten-week course is taught entirely online, through a series of webinars, online lectures and through discussions in action learning sets.

Course benefits

This short course will provide you with an understanding of the issues around sustainable business and the skills to apply this knowledge to alternative business approaches.

Responsible Leadership: in Action

This course introduces students to the GRLI and allows you to apply the Initiative’s ideas to your own context.

You will also be asked to scope out a project within your own organisation in which to implement some of the ideas.

Course structure

This ten-week course is taught online, with students completing a series of tasks each week. You will also be able to discuss the ideas raised in the course with your Action Learning set.

Course benefits

This module will allow you to develop your critical and analytical skills. You will also develop your research skills, analysing information and evaluating its validity.

By the end of the course, you will also have gained an understanding of the GRLI and will learn how you can apply this knowledge to your own context.

Conscious Capitalism

This skills-based, practical short course gives you the opportunity to apply what you have learned to a complex issue. The module integrates learning with real-world experience, allowing students to test new ways of working within an organisational setting.

You will undertake an online simulation in which you will work in a team to set up a virtual business. During the exercise, you will have to harmonise the interests of employees, customers, suppliers, the community and shareholders. You will then have to adjust your strategies to react to changes in the market, competition and any other developments.

Course structure

The course is taught wholly online over six weeks. You will work with your teammates virtually via Marketplace live and WebEx and, part way through the course, you will give a presentation on the future strategy of your business via WebEx.

Course benefits

This module will enable you to put the models and theories you have learned about into practice. You will see how the different theories play out in the “real world” and experience the benefits and challenges of running a business in a responsible and ethical way.

The course will develop your critical and analytical skills, as well as testing your ability to operate in unpredictable situations.

Leadership Challenge and Dissertation

This module allows you to put all you have learned into practice in an action-based project in your own organisation. Afterwards, you will produce a dissertation, reflecting on the project through the lens of academic theories.

If you are unable to carry out an action-based project, you may undertake a desk-based research project instead. This may also help you to develop specialist skills and knowledge in a specific area.

Course structure

You will have 24 weeks to carry out your project and produce a 5,000-word write-up of the project and a 10,000-word dissertation. You will be supported throughout the project by your supervisor.

Course benefits

This module will allow you to consolidate what you have learned and apply it to a real-world project. You will see how your leadership practice impacts on team relationships. It will help you to build your confidence, while identifying your own leadership development goals, directions and priorities.

Global Leadership

This module will give you the chance to visit an NGO which is working in a developing country and examine the business, economic and social life of the people there. You will gain an understanding of some of the particular problems of business and management in a developing economy, the significance of deregulation and liberalisation, and the problems and opportunities of international trade.

Course structure

This course takes place over three months, with teaching taking place via online discussions and action learning.

You will also undertake a visit to the chosen country. (Note that the cost of the trip and any costs arising are to be covered by the student.)

Course benefits

This course will open your mind to different business and management contexts and their implications for global responsible leadership. By the end of the module, you will also have a deeper understanding of cultural diversity in management and business and an appreciation of the social and ethical issues that arise in international business.

Learning Cells

This is your chance to investigate a topic of particular interest to you. Working together with the other members of your learning cell (typically between two and five people) and your tutor (who will supervise you), you will select a topic and carry out research.

Topics could be anything, from authentic leadership to supply chain and stakeholder management.

At each session you will present what you have learned to the other members of the cell.

Course structure

Sessions take place online over five weeks. You will take part in ten two-hour learning cell discussions, as well as having ten hours of research support with your tutor.

Course benefits

This short course will help you develop your critical and analytical skills, and give you the opportunity to carry out primary research involving your own organisation.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date 14 September
  • Programme intensity Part-time
    • Average part-time duration 18 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Part-time variant
    • Duration description

      18-48 months, part-time

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    • Teacher support
      Continuous support with feedback on request
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English Language Requirements

This programme requires students to demonstrate proficiency in English.


Academic Requirements

Application process
To apply for the programme, please contact us and we will be in touch with more information.
As part of your application, you have to nominate two referees. These should be people who can comment on your suitability for the programme, both in terms of your academic ability and your professional experience. One of your referees should normally be your immediate line manager.
Supporting documentation
  • The documents you will need to upload in support of your online application will usually include:
  • transcripts of previous higher education (college/university) degrees or other courses that you have completed/for which you are currently studying.
  • (Note that, for transcripts in languages other than English, a certified English translation will be required.)
  • references
  • copies of English language test results, if your first language is not English

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    12500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12500 GBP per year and a duration of 18 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    12500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 12500 GBP per year and a duration of 18 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.
£12,500 UK/EU/Overseas. Payment option: up to four instalments of £3,125 spread across two years.


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