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Leadership and Development MSc


Course Description

Our MSc Leadership and Development focuses on the issues that engage leadership as a central factor in the dynamics of development. With this course you will understand the increasing interconnectedness of leadership to the developmental challenges that confront developing societies.

Key benefits

• Exposed to an innovative approach to the interdisciplinary study of leadership as it relates to development.

• Gain the theoretical and practical knowledge relevant to future careers in NGOs, think tanks, academia and such international bodies as the UN.

• The opportunity to network with the ALC's wide range of institutional partners that include universities, international organisations, and research and policy institutions across 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 across King's with emphasis on King's Global Institutes and the School of Social Sciences and Public Policy as part of your interdisciplinary studies.

• Ability to interact with the ALC's global network of renowned academics, practitioners and activists.

Visit the website: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/taught-courses/leadership-and-development-msc.aspx

Course detail

- Description -

Our MSc Leadership and Development focuses on the issues that engage leadership as a central factor in the dynamics of development. The programme is presented against the background of the increasing interconnectedness of leadership to the developmental challenges that confront developing societies.

It engages various manifestations of leadership such as that of key individuals; and that of such institutions as the state and key international development organisations and networks. Our programme undertakes a detailed study of the various developmental paradigms using the lens of leadership within its key constituency of developing societies with some references to emerging economies and the developed world. In addition to the thematic focus on development and leadership, our programme engages area studies as it cross-references various developing regions including Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Our programme will appeal specifically to those who 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.

- Course purpose -

Our programme provides high-quality postgraduate training that builds the capacity for critical analysis, independent judgement and engagement with critical audiences on leadership and development.

It will appeal to students with an interest in pertinent debates on the interaction between leadership and development globally, with an emphasis on the global south. As such, you will develop your skills for a career in academia, public and private sectors as well as with non-governmental and international organisations among others.

- Course format and assessment -

A mixture of written assignments, written examinations, and presentations.

The dissertation module assessment will be divided onto two pieces: a 1000-word dissertation outline and a 14,000-word dissertation.

Career prospects

Students on our MSc programme go on 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.

How to apply: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/taught-courses.aspx

About Postgraduate Study at King’s College London:

To study for a postgraduate degree at King’s College London is to study at the city’s most central university and at one of the top 20 universities worldwide (2015/16 QS World Rankings). Graduates will benefit from close connections with the UK’s professional, political, legal, commercial, scientific and cultural life, while the excellent reputation of our MA and MRes programmes ensures our postgraduate alumni are highly sought after by some of the world’s most prestigious employers. We provide graduates with skills that are highly valued in business, government, academia and the professions.

Scholarships & Funding:

All current PGT offer-holders and new PGT applicants are welcome to apply for the scholarships. For more information and to learn how to apply visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/study/pg/funding/sources

Free language tuition with the Modern Language Centre:

If you are studying for any postgraduate taught degree at King’s you can take a module from a choice of over 25 languages without any additional cost. Visit: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/mlc

Visit the Leadership and Development MSc page on the King’s College London website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A minimum of an Upper Second Class First Degree in the Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities, Law and other relevant disciplines or an equivalent qualification from a British or overseas university; GPA must be above 3.2 (USA).Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to show proficiency. Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements: View Website

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