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Leadership Development

The Leadership programme aims to develop you as an effective and responsible leader who has the capacity to develop and implement strategic plans, lead and manage organisational change, enhance employee performance, engage in effective business negotiations, creatively solve complex problems and embed ethical approaches to deliver excellence.

The MSc in Leadership is competed in two stages:
Stage 1: You register for the 2-year Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership Development.
Stage 2: Following successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma you are automatically registered for Year 3, Dissertation, in order to complete the MSc in Leadership Development

NB: Participants may exit with a Postgraduate Diploma on successful completion of 60 ECTS (after 2 years).

Who’s Suited to This Course

The programme is specifically designed for those who have managerial or supervisory responsibility and/or experience.

Entry requirements

Applicants are expected to be currently employed in a managerial or supervisory role for a minimum of three years and hold a 2.2 primary honours primary degree or equivalent. Applicants who do not meet the primary degree or equivalent requirement will be required to compile a portfolio of evidence demonstrating their ability to study at post-graduate level.

Additional Requirements

Demonstrate English Language fluency: International students are required to provide evidence of English language proficiency.


Duration 3 years, part-time
Mode of study Blended learning

Number of credits

ECTS weighting 90

Further enquiries

Berna Morgan
Adult Training and Education Studies
Centre for Adult Learning and Professional Development
NUI Galway
Nuns' Island, Galway
Tel: 091 494055
Fax: 091 528905

Subjects taught

This course will help you build your professional competence, you will learn how to:

Critically assess your personal strengths, characteristics and skills to define your leadership style;

Employ a range of effective leadership competencies aimed at communicating a vision, creating a climate of trust, empowering people and taking responsibility;

Instigate actions and solutions to successfully manage internal and external change;

Challenge assumptions and perspectives to effectively manage information in ways that sustain relationships and enhance performance;

Collaborate across the organisation to successfully implement strategies and plans that provide vision and direction;

Leverage negotiation skills to successfully resolve complex situations and achieve productive solutions to conflicting and differing viewpoints;

Motivate staff to embed a performance-oriented culture, individually and in teams, within internal and external environments;

Integrate roles and responsibilities that are underpinned by value-based principles and ethical approaches.

You will have to attend 1-day and 2-day workshops throughout the academic year (see below). This usually amounts to 7-8 days in total.

Modules - YEAR 1 ECTS Workshops
Management Skills 10 2-days
Effective Leadership 5 1-day
Leading Organisational Change 10 2-days
Critical Thinking for Leaders 5 2-days

Modules - YEAR 2
Leading and Managing Strategically 10 2-days
Business Negotiations 5 3-days
Performance Management 10 2-days
The Ethical Leader 5 1-day

Modules - YEAR 3
Dissertation 30 3-days

Assessment method

Assessment involves online activities, written reports, essays, presentations, reflective journals, individual projects, group projects, portfolios.

Application date

Early application is advised as offers will be made on a rolling basis.

A limited number of applications may be accepted after the official application closing date, subject to the availability of places.

NB: Candidates for entry may be required to attend for interview prior to being offered a place on the programme. The number of places is limited.

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