Course Overview

The Leadership programme aims to develop you as an effective and responsible leader who has the capacity to develop and implement strategic plans, lead and manage organisational change, enhance employee performance, engage in effective business negotiations, creatively solve complex problems and embed ethical approaches to deliver excellence.

The MSc in Leadership is competed in two stages:
Stage 1: You register for the 2-year Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership Development.
Stage 2: Following successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma  you are automatically registered for Year 3, Dissertation, in order to complete the MSc in Leadership Development 

NB: Participants may exit with a Postgraduate Diploma on successful completion of 60 ECTS (after 2 years).

Applications and Selections

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Early application is advised as offers will be made on a rolling basis.

A limited number of applications may be accepted after the official application closing date, subject to the availability of places.


NB: Candidates for entry may be required to attend for interview prior to being offered a place on the programme. The number of places is limited.

Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

Assessment involves online activities, written reports, essays, presentations, reflective journals, individual projects, group projects, portfolios.

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Applicants are expected to be currently employed in a managerial or supervisory role for a minimum of three years and hold a 2.2 primary honours primary degree or equivalent. Applicants who do not meet the primary degree or equivalent requirement will be required to compile a portfolio of evidence demonstrating their ability to study at post-graduate level.

Additional Requirements

Demonstrate English Language fluency: International students are required to provide evidence of English language proficiency.

3 years, part-time

Next start date

September 2018

A Level Grades ()

Average intake


Closing Date

Next start date

September 2018

NFQ level


Mode of study

Blended learning

ECTS weighting



Master of Business in Leadership Development


PAC code

Course Outline

Leadership Development Timetable 17/18

This course will help you build your professional competence, you will learn how to:

  • Critically assess your personal strengths, characteristics and skills to define your leadership style;
  • Employ a range of effective leadership competencies aimed at communicating a vision, creating a climate of trust, empowering people and taking responsibility;
  • Instigate actions and solutions to successfully manage internal and external change;
  • Challenge assumptions and perspectives to effectively manage information in ways that sustain relationships and enhance performance;
  • Collaborate across the organisation to successfully implement strategies and plans that provide vision and direction;
  • Leverage negotiation skills to successfully resolve complex situations and achieve productive solutions to conflicting and differing viewpoints;
  • Motivate staff to embed a performance-oriented culture, individually and in teams, within internal and external environments;
  • Integrate roles and responsibilities that are underpinned by value-based principles and ethical approaches.

You will have to attend 1-day and 2-day workshops throughout the academic year (see below). This usually amounts to 7-8 days in total.

Modules - YEAR 1 ECTS Workshops
Management Skills 10 2-days
Effective Leadership 5 1-day
Leading Organisational Change 10 2-days
Critical Thinking for Leaders 5 2-days
Modules - YEAR 2    
Leading and Managing Strategically 10 2-days
Business Negotiations 5 3-days
Performance Management 10 2-days

The Ethical Leader

5 1-day
Modules - YEAR 3    
Dissertation 30 3-days

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

Who’s Suited to This Course

The programme is specifically designed for those who have managerial or supervisory responsibility and/or experience.

Learning Outcomes


Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€3,800 p.a. - Year 1 & 2, €1,900 - Year 3

Fees: Tuition

Fees: Student levy

Fees: Non EU

€4,300 p.a. - Year 1 & 2, €2,400 - Year 3

A fees scholarship of up to 30% may be available for students who wish to upskill for the purposes of re-employment.  Students must be registered as unemployed and in receipt of one of the following: 

  • Job-seekers Benefit
  • Job-seekers Allowance
  • One-parent family allowance
  • Disability allowance
  • Community Employment Scheme
  • Carer’s Allowance
  • Signing for social insurance contribution credits

Please download the 2017_18 Fees Scholarship Formfor more information.

Find out More

 Berna Morgan

Adult Training and Education Studies
Centre for Adult Learning and Professional Development
NUI Galway
Nuns' Island, Galway
Tel: 091 494055
Fax: 091 528905