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Public Leadership (MSc)

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas


Course type


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.

Careers and placements

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.


Students on this programme will normally be in full-time employment.

Different course options

Study mode

Part time


28 months

Start date



This module will map the changing environmental context facing public service organisations in the twenty first century. Alternating between a theoretical and empirical focus, the module will advance knowledge on three fronts. First, at the institutional level, we will introduce ideas of multi-level governance to capture the changing roles of Global, European, State, National, Regional and Local Governments and the blurring definitions of public, private and third sector organisations. Second, we will look at the drivers of change in terms of transformations rooted in economic activity, the state of technology and the changing form of civil society. Third, and finally, we will engage with problems – both wicked and so called super-wicked – like climate change, equality, migration, energy, health and ethics which increasingly demand the attention of public managers.
Leading Policy and Delivery (30 Credits) - Core
Innovation and Creativity in Public Service (30 Credits) - Core
Work-Based Project (60 Credits) - Core

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

This Part time Programme is suitable for graduates or experienced practitioners from a variety of specialisms, such as education, environmental protection, fire and rescue, healthcare, housing, planning, policing, and social services, who have the talent and drive to lead public and voluntary services in their continuing improvement. Applicants should normally hold a 2:1 undergraduate degree, or international equivalent, from a recognised institution and have at least 3 years’ relevant work experience. Non-graduates with professional qualifications or significant work experience may also be considered.