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Leadership – MSc

  • Campus: Online

  • years: 1

  • Fees: €6,750

Course Overview

The MSc in Leadership is a year long programme for established, aspiring and emerging leaders who wish to develop their leadership capabilities for positive impacts in in their teams, organisations, and communities.

Learners will develop a depth and breath of knowledge around contemporary leadership theory and practice to equip them with the insight and skills required to operate and lead in an organisational or community setting.

The programme team bring significant industry and academic experience to support participants to translate leadership concepts into practice by applying the ideas and frameworks to current challenges faced within their own contexts.

A central feature of the programme is the creation of a learning environment that is collaborative, flexible, learner centered and applied.

Lectures take place online over two evenings per week and learners will also participate in at least 2 in-person Saturday workshops on the Athlone campus in each semester.

This programme will support those who are currently in leadership roles and wish to refine their leadership skills and styles as well as those who are transitioning into leadership roles. For example:

  • Established business leaders who want to create more impact and engagement in their organisations.
  • Emerging leaders who may want to transition from a functional or professional role into a leadership role.
  • Aspiring leaders/managers who are interested in promotional opportunities or more senior positions.

Contact Details

Stephanie Duffy


Entry Requirements:

A minimum of a 2.2 honours degree (level 8 or equivalent) in business, leadership, HR or a related discipline and a minimum of 3 years’ relevant experience.

Non-native English speakers are required to have a minimum IELTS level of 6.5 or equivalent.

An interview may form part of the selection process.

Course Modules

  • Contemporary Leadership Theory and Practice

    Credits: 10

    This module will examine contemporary approaches to leadership in circumstances of rapid change, disruptive technological innovation and increasing globalisation. Learners will study contemporary leadership theories focusing on the complex interactions among the leader, the followers, the situation and the system as a whole.

    They will also explore the personal dimension of leadership and what makes an effective leader in different contexts (e.g. self, group, organisational, community).

    Learners will be supported to assess their current leadership capabilities and explore the opportunities for how and where they can develop their leadership capabilities in the future.

  • Leadership Research and Systems Thinking

    Credits: 10

    This module will equip leaders with the essential skills to leverage evidence-based research, in-depth critical thinking and data-driven decision-making in the realm of business leadership.

    Learners will also be introduced to Action Learning and Action Research, providing the foundations for carrying out their Applied Leadership project.

  • Organisational Development and Change

    Credits: 10

    Learners will develop an ability to assess the functioning of an organisation in order to diagnose, manage and lead change.

    The module uses an evidence-based change perspective to enable participants to accurately diagnose organisational issues using different methods and phases of organisational diagnosis.

    The module will analyse the role of the leader in the organisational development and change process and explore how to effectively map and model the implementation of successful change initiatives.

  • Dynamic Leadership: Navigating Modern Challenges

    Credits: 10

    This module requires learners to critically examine topics that are currently relevant in the field of contemporary leadership. The module examines leadership trends, contemporary topics and challenges and how leaders can respond to these challenges. This module builds upon the leadership skills developed in previous modules.

    Topics will vary from year-to-year but may include, for example, sustainability, ESG, hybrid working, engagement, culture and climate, leading virtual teams, ethics in the workplace, and artificial intelligence.

  • Strategic Leadership

    Credits: 10

    The Strategic Leadership module supports learners to fine tune their strategic thinking skills to achieve superior results as leaders within an organisation.

    Strategic leadership involves envisioning, planning, and guiding an organisation toward its objectives and goals and emphasises the ability to adapt to changing environments for long-term success. It involves making decisions that align with the organisation’s vision, mission, and overall strategy.

    Learners will explore the many facets of strategic leadership as well as assessing their own strategic leadership capabilities.

  • The Inclusive Leader

    Credits: 10

    This module aims to equip learners with a variety of facilitation and collaboration skills and strategies to effectively deploy with individuals, teams and stakeholder groups as part of an Inclusive Leadership style.

    Inclusive leaders are aware of their own biases and actively seek out and consider different perspectives to inform their decision-making and collaborate more effectively with others. They have a facilitative style that fosters employee and wider stakeholder participation and involvement in decision processes.

    There will be a focus throughout the Module on Inclusive Leadership at Individual, Team and Organisational levels.

  • Applied Leadership Project

    Credits: 30

    In this final module Learners will be supported to synthesise the knowledge from the previous modules to practically apply to a leadership challenge in their own organisation or community setting.


    Learners will revisit the project that they initially considered in the OD and Change module, and draw on the learning from the Leadership Research and Systems Thinking module. They will use an Action Research approach to the project and will be assigned a supervisor who will guide them in the planning, implementation and write up of their project.

What can you do after this programme?

Graduates interested in pursuing promotion opportunities in their organisations will be able to differentiate themselves in terms of their understanding and application of leadership practices.

On successful completion of this programme graduates will have the opportunity to progress to level 10 doctoral programmes.