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Public Leadership MSc

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Qualification type

Postgraduate Diploma

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Course Summary

The MSc in Public Leadership will be a unique, challenge-based learning programme that reflects our commitment to our Public Value strategy. We are uniquely placed to offer this programme with close links between research and practice, and our challenge-centred approach. The programme is targeted at employees across a wide range of public services with five to ten years’ experience and aspirations to progress to senior roles, and who are motivated to make a difference in response to the complex and interdependent issues arising in the current and future service environment. Designed around a series of modules that will be facilitated by academic and practitioner teams, the focus will be on evaluating evidence from research and practice in live settings, case studies and consultancy problems arising from your own organisation. You will also benefit from masterclasses with high profile leaders.

Using a range of policy and delivery challenges that cut across disciplinary, geographic, organisational and sectoral boundaries, we will support you to reflect critically on how insights into theory and practice can generate and sustain individual development, organisational improvement and enhanced citizen outcomes. Your individual leadership capacity will be supported through sponsorship, developmental workshops and peer and individual coaching. This programme champions the creation of public value and an ethical engagement with the multiple interests involved in public, private and third sector collaborations. The overall ethos of this programme will focus on developing both you and your organisations simultaneously. The programme is designed for those already working in a public service. However, successful completion of the programme will enable participants to apply for more senior positions, and new hybrid roles emerging across the public services.

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Study mode

Part time


28 months

Start date



Leading change is seen as essential if public service organisations are to turn policy into practice in a way that responds effectively to a wide range of work-based and social challenges. This module will explore both traditional and contemporary ideas about leadership and change. It will evaluate the evidence base and practical implications for leading change in a variety of public service contexts. It will help participants to analyse their own assumptions, behaviours and values related to leadership and change in the context of the specific work challenges they face. They will also be assisted to reflect on ways in which they might develop their ?leadership? and ?change agent? repertoire.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

To be confirmed

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

To be confirmed

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Applicants should normally hold a first or upper second class Honours degree in a relevant subject area and have at least 3 years’ related professional experience.

University information

Cardiff University is the oldest university in the capital of Wales. This vibrant and diverse Russell Group university has over 31,000 students, 8,455 of which are postgraduate students and nearly 8,000 are international students, coming from over 180 countries. The University is renowned for research-led teaching and cultivates a stimulating academic environment where cutting-edge research can be produced. The University was ranked 5th in...more

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