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Leadership (MA)

Course Description

Master the art of exceptional leadership

The Henley MA Leadership has been developed following extensive research at Henley Business School into the leadership and leadership development challenges faced by today’s leaders and managers. It has involved significant collaboration and consultation with a wide range of leaders from small and large corporate organisations, the public sector, government departments, social enterprises, as well as leadership development specialists known as the Henley MA Leadership Advisory Group.

This has resulted in a Masters-level programme based on best practice leadership development, and draws on Henley’s heritage and reputation for an pragmatic in-depth approach to developing practising managers and leaders, through peer group learning, work-based practice and reflection.

See the website http://www.henley.ac.uk/executive-education/course/ma-leadership/

Why Henley?

Helping you become exceptional is at the heart of everything we do. The Henley Way is highly practical, collaborative and academically rigorous. We develop confident leaders and professionals who are able to take a fresh perspective and have the energy, capability and resilience to ensure that they and their organisations are successful.

- Engagement
- Awareness
- Alignment
- Rigour & relevance
- Trust

The Henley Way is much more than a set of principles. It is ingrained in our spirit and fundamental to our purpose and heritage, characterising the way we can help you to deliver exceptional performance.

We engage with you at the deepest level, fostering a shared spirit of curiosity, exploration, investigation and learning. We collaborate with you in order to challenge assumptions and mindsets, and get to the heart of the real business issues you face.

By creating a safe environment that promotes self-reflection, you are able to ask yourself those crucial questions that allow you to learn more about what informs your strategic business decisions and actions.

We work closely with you to diagnose your strategic individual and organisational aims. We then identify programmes that are best aligned to these goals, or we can co-evolve a learning design specifically aimed at achieving these strategic outcomes.

We draw on world-class research and originate leading-edge thinking – but theory remains theory unless it is applied to real-world business. All of our programmes are delivered by experienced faculty who integrate academic rigour with commercial application. What you learn translates into business results.

Our customers rely on our long history and global reputation for successful executive development. These strengths underlie our responsible and collaborative way of working with you to co-create the very best executive learning experiences and commercial outcomes.

Course content

Stage 1 – PG Certificate (Developing Yourself as a Leader)
- Leadership concepts
- Personal Leadership Development
- Elective 1 or APL

Stage 2 – PG Diploma (Developing Leadership of the Team)
- Responsible Leadership
- Practice-Based Leadership Project
- Elective 2

Stage 3 – MA (Developing Leadership in the Organisation)
- Developing Leadership in Others
- Leadership Study/Dissertation including practice, literature, theory, research and personal learning & reflection

Most modules are compulsory , but both Stage 1 and Stage 2 include one module where there are elective choices, to provide the opportunity for programme members to engage in deeper study of specific topics and contexts personal to them but within the overall subject area.

Elective Modules – Options
This programme currently offers the following elective module options:
- Project Leadership & Strategy Implementation
- Leadership of Complexity & Change
- Leadership for Mobilising and Maintaining Energy
- Coaching & Mentoring for Leaders
- Facilitation for Leaders

The options offered for electives may vary and will be updated as required.


Henley Business School is known the world over for transforming individuals and organisations, through expert teaching, results-orientated partnerships and cutting-edge research.

Today more than ever, enterprising leaders need more than just knowledge of business tools and techniques to be successful in the complex and fast-moving world in which we live and work.

In our courses we seek to develop leaders who are aware of this wider dynamic environment and their own organisation’s objectives, but also understand their own styles, strengths and development needs as individuals. The Henley Business School holds triple-accredited status from the UK, European and US accrediting bodies (AMBA, EQUIS and AACSB).

By taking a genuine interest in what drives every participant, Henley inspires people, making them the best they can be. Choosing Henley may be the best business decision you ever make.

Since its foundation as the UK’s first business school in 1946, Henley has provided executive education that combines the best of academic knowledge with practical development for aspiring individuals and ambitious organisations. We have a strong heritage but with a clear focus on the contemporary issues shaping our changing world.

Visit the Leadership (MA) page on the University of Reading website for more details!

Entry Requirements

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