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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 increasingly key role 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 Faculty of Social Sciences and Public Policy.
  • Interact with the ALC’s global network of renowned academics, practitioners and activists.


Through our Leadership & Development MSc, you will investigate various forms of leadership from key individuals to institutions, including states and key international development organisations and networks. You will study the various patterns of development in developing societies, with some references to emerging economies and the developed world, in great detail, through the perspective of leadership. In addition to the focus on development and leadership, our course investigates area studies as it cross-references various developing regions including Africa, Asia and Latin America. Our course provides you with high-quality postgraduate training that builds your critical analysis skills and your independent judgement on leadership and development.

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.


This course is primarily taught at the King’s College London Strand Campus. We are located right in the heart of London, one of the most exciting, dynamic and internationally connected cities in the world. You will have access to our institution’s extensive resources, along with all the cultural and academic opportunities of the capital.

Career prospects

Graduates of our MSc course use the skills and knowledge that they develop to build careers in further academic research, teaching, public and private sectors, transnational corporations, international organisations (UN, EU, AU and worldwide regional organisations) and non-governmental organisations.

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