MSc Applied Leadership Practice

Duration Part time 2 years
  • Psychology/Business School
LocationExeter (Streatham)
Start date October


The Masters is an interdisciplinary Executive programme that will provide you with new insights into your leadership practice. The programme aims to develop your strategic leadership competences to enhance your skills enabling you to make a difference to the overall performance and long-term sustainability of your organisation.

  • Shares the latest evidence-based thinking from the highest quality research to enhance your leadership practice
  • Reflects on and develops your senior leadership skills in complex environments
  • Develops your strategic and analytical skills to lead and evaluate change
  • Supports your progression to the next level of senior leadership within your organisation.
  • Connects you with a deeper sense of your purpose and passion to make a responsible and sustainable difference as a leader
  • Underpinned by Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Level 7 and NHS Leadership Competency Frameworks

The programme fosters a unique exchange for collaboration and professional development across sectors. Working together, we will share the latest evidence-based thinking from research to enhance your leadership skills. By creating a learning space, we will facilitate reflective thinking to generate effective insights that will inform your leadership practice. The programme aims to develop your strategic leadership skills in the overall performance and long-term sustainability of your organisations.

As a senior leader in the business, education, healthcare or third sector, this interdisciplinary Masters programme will provide you with new insights into your leadership practice. By combining the applied skills and personal development perspective of Psychology with the research and business expertise of the Exeter Centre for Leadership, we offer you a unique opportunity to reflect on and develop your senior leadership skills in the context of contemporary global challenges.

You will be taught by world-leading practitioners and academics using a range of interactive methods including keynote lectures, workshops, peer-led seminars, coaching and mentoring as well as experiential group work. Online leadership profiling and our unique self-practice/self-reflection assessment will deepen your understanding of your leadership style all within the context of a programme focused on developing your strategic and creative leadership identity.

Programme structure

Two days per month in Exeter plus independent study.

Year 1

Year 2

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

Learning and teaching

Throughout the programme emphasis is placed on developing and reflecting on your leadership experience, grounded by sound theoretical knowledge. Key analytical skills are embedded within modules, including practical data analysis techniques and strategies to share complex information accessibly and persuasively. Inquiry-led learning opportunities include an immersive three-day crisis management scenario that will test your skills in influence, negotiation, political awareness and diplomacy. Real-time support, coaching and feedback by psychologists will invite you to reflect deeply on the personal strengths and attributes that enable you to operate at a senior level to innovate in complex and uncertain environments.

The programme makes extensive use of technology-enhanced self-managed learning opportunities including online content and personal leadership profiling, web-based tutorials and data analysis tasks. Assignments are designed to reflect real world priorities such as sharing complex concepts using visualisation and extracting ‘bottom line’ meaning from large and fuzzy datasets.

We aim to develop your abilities to think critically, analyse, and challenge, to actively engage in society through enhanced awareness of sustainability. We hope that graduates will possess the creativity and drive to inspire change, with an ability to work collaboratively with the widest range of people across professions. Graduates will be equipped to be effective and influential in any context, with the integrity, attitude, mental resourcefulness and knowledge to succeed in the face of global challenges.


The programme offers a springboard to help you make the case for promotion to senior leadership and board level within your organisation, and enhance your future employability by connecting you with a deeper sense of your purpose and passion to make a responsible and sustainable difference as a future leader.

Entry requirements

Normally a 2:1 Honours degree or equivalent in a related discipline. Applicants will normally have had extensive experience of senior leadership roles in the public, private or third sectors. This programme is particularly aimed at those in strategic leadership roles who might be considering progress to a even more senior role and wish to benefit from a training focussed on enhancing relational leadership competences working across sectors.

Requirements for international students

If you are an international student, please visit our international equivalency pages to enable you to see if your existing academic qualifications meet our entry requirements.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

Overall score 6.5. No less than 6.0 in any section.


Overall score 90 with minimum scores of 21 for writing, 21 for listening, 22 for reading and 23 for speaking.

Pearson Test of English (Academic)

58 with no less than 55 in all communicative skills.

Other accepted tests

Information about other acceptable tests of linguistic ability can be found on our English language requirements page.

Pre-sessional English

Applicants with lower English language test scores may be able to take pre-sessional English at INTO University of Exeter prior to commencing their programme. See our English language requirements page for more information.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees per year 2019/20

  • Fee for 1st year: £15,000
  • Fee for 2nd year: £5,000
  • Total: £20,000

Fee information

Fees can normally be paid by two termly instalments and may be paid online. You will also be required to pay a tuition fee deposit to secure your offer of a place, unless you qualify for exemption. For further information about paying fees see our Student Fees pages.

UK government postgraduate loan scheme

Postgraduate loans of up to £10,609 are now available for Masters degrees. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.


Find out about funding opportunities available to students on our taught Masters programmes.

University funding

The Scholarships, Bursaries and Studentships website has information on all available options for funding open to prospective students of taught Masters programmes. You can also use the searchable database of all Scholarships and Bursaries to find funding for which you are eligible.

Global Excellence Scholarship

We are delighted to offer Global Excellence Scholarships for students of outstanding academic quality applying to postgraduate Taught programmes starting in autumn 2019.

Contact us

If you have any queries about this programme, please contact:

Tel: +44 (0) 1392 723122

The Programme Team is Professor Eugene Mullan and Dr Ian Frampton (Clinical Education Development and Research (CEDAR) Psychology) with Professor Will Harvey and Professor Ruth Sealy (Exeter Centre for Leadership, University of Exeter Business School).

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