Leadership and Development

United Kingdom
Starts Sep 2019 (1 year)
Course Type
Postgraduate Course
Yes (Details)
Course Fee

Course Overview

Our Leadership & Development MSc focuses on the issues that highlight leadership's central position in the dynamics of development. It will give you an understanding of the fundamentally important, yet under-researched, role that leadership plays in the developmental challenges that confront developing societies.

Key benefits:

  • Innovative approach to the interdisciplinary study of leadership as it relates to development.
  • Opportunity to network with the African Leadership Centre's (ALC) wide range of institutional partners that include universities, international organisations, and research and policy institutions from all over the world.
  • Taught by key intellectuals and experts on leadership, peace and security from both the global north and south.
  • Access to a broad selection of optional courses from across King's, particularly our Global Institutes and the School of Social Sciences and Public Policy.
  • Interact with the ALC's global network of renowned academics, practitioners and activists.

Who should take this course

If you have an interest in understanding how leadership patterns interact with historical factors, local cultures and global influences as they inform and are informed by development outcomes and processes across the world, or if you are interested in the debate which surrounds the interaction between leadership and development globally, particularly in the global south, this course is ideal for you.



Course content

Courses are divided into modules. You will normally take modules totalling 180 credits.

King's College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study.

Required Modules:

You are required to take the following modules:

  • Leadership & Society (40 credits)
  • The State & Development in Africa & Asia (20 credits)
  • Emerging Powers in Global Leadership (20 credits)
  • Leadership & Development Dissertation & Research Methods (60 credits)

If you are a part-time student, you will take Leadership & Society in your first year, and your dissertation in your second. You must choose two more modules each year, from both the list above and the list below.

Optional Modules:

In addition, you are required to take two modules (totalling 40 credits) from a range of optional modules, which may typically include:

  • Youth and Society in the Development World (20 credits)
  • Gender, Leadership & Society (20 credits)
  • Interpreting India (20 credits) [King's India Institute]
  • Globalisation, Development, and the Americas (20 credits) [King's Brazil Institute]
  • Poverty, Inequality and Inclusive Development (20 credits) [Department of International Development]
  • You may replace up to 20 of these credits from modules offered by other departments/institutes across the university, subject to approvals


  • Full time overseas fees:

About Course Provider

King's College London is one of the top 10 UK universities in the world (QS World University Rankings, 2018/19) and among the oldest in England.

King's vision is to make the world a better place, building on our history of pioneering research that has advanced and shaped modern life, such as: the discovery of the structure of DNA; research to better understand autism and develop life-changing therapies; informing air pollution awareness and policy; research that led to the development of radio, radar, television and mobile phones; and making maths available to the underprivileged. These are all ways that we are having a transformational impact on society.

Our intellectually rigorous teaching environment is coupled with a commitment to providing a rich and supportive student experience. We have more than 31,000 students (of whom nearly 12,800 are postgraduates, with 1,000 students enrolled in online masters courses) from 150 countries worldwide, meaning that students are part of a truly international community. Our 8,500 members of staff collaborate with students to help them get the most out of their degree. Many of our academics are also researchers working within and influencing their industries, meaning that students learn the latest thinking and understand its practical and contemporary relevance.

King's College London and Guy's and St Thomas'‚Äč, King's College Hospital and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts are part of King's Health Partners. King's Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre (AHSC) is a pioneering global collaboration between one of the world's leading research-led universities and three of London's most successful NHS Foundation Trusts, including leading teaching hospitals and comprehensive mental health services.

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