Course Overview

The Leadership course 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 1 year Postgraduate Certificate in Leadership Development.

Stage 2: Following successful completion of the Postgraduate Certificate you are automatically registered for the Postgraduate Diploma.

Stage 3: Following successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma you are automatically registered for the Year 3, Dissertation in order to complete the Msc Leadership Development.

NB: Participants may exit with a Postgraduate Certificate on successful completion of 30 ECTS (after 1 year) and a Postgraduate Diploma on successful completion of 60 ECTS (after 2 years).

Applications and Selections

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Please visit our How to Apply page for Application tips and Supporting Documents information.

This course is also available through Springboard, find out more here.

*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. Candidates for entry may be required to attend for interview prior to being offered a place on the course.

Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

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

Notice: with the ongoing challenges posed by the COVID-19 coronavirus, we have decided to move classroom-based courses and blended learning seminars to a fully online teaching mode for Semester 1 of the academic year 2020/21. The Semester 2 teaching schedule will be reviewed over the coming months in line with government restrictions and social distancing guidelines. This decision has been made to ensure the safety of students & staff and our desire to continue to provide upskilling and professional development opportunities for all. If you have any queries regarding the format of online delivery mode, please contact your course administrator for further details.

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 postgraduate 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


A Level Grades ()

Average intake


Closing Date

18th September

NFQ level


Mode of study

Blended Learning

ECTS weighting



Master of Business in Leadership Development


Course code

Course Outline

Leadership Development Timetable 2020/21

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

Curriculum Information

Curriculum information relates to the current academic year (in most cases).
Course and module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Glossary of Terms

You must earn a defined number of credits (aka ECTS) to complete each year of your course. You do this by taking all of its required modules as well as the correct number of optional modules to obtain that year's total number of credits.
An examinable portion of a subject or course, for which you attend lectures and/or tutorials and carry out assignments. E.g. Algebra and Calculus could be modules within the subject Mathematics. Each module has a unique module code eg. MA140.
A module you may choose to study.
A module that you must study if you choose this course (or subject).
Most courses have 2 semesters (aka terms) per year.

Year 1 (30 Credits)

Required TE1105: Effective Leadership

Semester 1 and Semester 2 | Credits: 5

Effective leadership is pivotal to successful organisational and sectoral performance. In this module, students will learn about leadership theories, typologies and taxonomies. Such a foundation is seen as strengthening leadership styles, optimising organisational and sectoral culture and driving overall success. Students will explore how leadership styles underpin innovation, facilitate individual empowerment and responsibility and build effective teams.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Distinguish between different perspectives and models of leadership to evaluate their strengths and weaknesses
  2. Compare and contrast the characteristics and functions of leadership and management; use this information to identify key personal leadership skills
  3. Critically analyse and evaluate case studies to identify practical uses of leadership theory in the workplace
  4. Engage in leadership competence development to extrapolate how leadership models and approaches can affect the expectations and behaviours of others in the workplace
  5. Apply leadership competence to build effective and production workplace relationships
  • Department-based Assessment (100%)
Module Director
Lecturers / Tutors
The above information outlines module TE1105: "Effective Leadership" and is valid from 2017 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Required TE1106: Leading Organisational Change

Semester 1 and Semester 2 | Credits: 10

The central aim of this module is to examine the theory and practice of organisational change. It discusses different theoretical approaches to understanding change in organisations and how these approaches can guide the preparation for and implementation of change. It highlights the key activities associated with leading and managing change and how planned change may be evaluated and embedded.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Analyse approaches to organisational change with a view to embedding new ways of doing things within their organisation
  2. Critically analyse organisational processes such as communications, technologies, management and leadership styles and decision-making
  3. Explore innovation and interventions to develop, manage and drive innovative capabilities
  4. Develop a set of tools to allow the results of goals, actions and teams to be shared among the innovation team
  5. Apply radical and incremental innovation for processes and services that will enhance further education and training outcomes
  6. Apply cutting-edge tools to the evaluation and monitoring of innovation and its outcomes
  • Department-based Assessment (100%)
Module Director
Lecturers / Tutors
The above information outlines module TE1106: "Leading Organisational Change" and is valid from 2017 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Required TE1104: Management Skills

Semester 1 and Semester 2 | Credits: 10

This module is designed to help participants apply the knowledge and skills they learn in programme modules. It is based on the premise that how individuals act in business is as important as what they know. Because management requires such a wide range of skills, all managers and leaders need to regularly assess their skill competence. Students will use assessment instruments and feedback to measure and monitor competencies. Through self-assessment exercises and a learning journal, this module encourages the beginning of a process of self-evaluation that will continue throughout an individual’s career.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Engage in a range of managment skills assessment techniques and self-reflection approaches to evaluate personal performance and professional development
  2. Critically analyse findings from assessment instruments to assess personal strengths, characteristics and skills that impact on workplace with a view to developing an action plan for professional development
  3. Take responsibility for the development of communication strategies and practices that are appropriate for a variety of interpersonal, team and organisational situations
  4. Synthesise relevant information to design strategies and techniques that foster effective working relationships and that motivate others towards improved personal, team and organisational performance
  5. Constructively engage with colleagues to foster inclusiveness, solve organisational problems and manage conflict in the work setting
  • Department-based Assessment (100%)
Module Director
Lecturers / Tutors
The above information outlines module TE1104: "Management Skills" and is valid from 2017 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Required TE1107: Critical Thinking for Leaders

Semester 1 and Semester 2 | Credits: 5

This module aims to develop the leader’s critical thinking and problem analysis skills to identify effective ways of finding solutions to a range of problems. Learners will learn how argumentation is an important aspect of critical thinking, how to analyse arguments and how argument mapping can benefit critical analysis. Learners will apply core critical thinking skills such as argumentation, verbal reasoning, hypothesis testing, judging likelihoods and uncertainties, and problem-solving to real-world business and workplace situations.
(Language of instruction: English)

Learning Outcomes
  1. Critically analyse the skills and dispositions associated with critical thinking
  2. Analyse the structure and balance of arguments
  3. Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of arguments, with respect to their credibility, relevance, logical strength, balance and bias
  4. Infer, or draw reasonable conclusions through the gathering of credible, relevant, logical and unbiased information
  5. Apply critical thinking skills to real-world tasks such as: argumentation, verbal reasoning, hypothesis testing, judging likelihood and uncertainty, and problem-solving
  6. Use critical thinkg skills to find creative solutions to workplace problems
  • Department-based Assessment (100%)
Module Director
Lecturers / Tutors
The above information outlines module TE1107: "Critical Thinking for Leaders" and is valid from 2017 onwards.
Note: Module offerings and details may be subject to change.

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

Who’s Suited to This Course

The course is specifically designed for those who have managerial or supervisory responsibility and/or experience and are;

  • Leaders, managers and supervisors in public or private organisations.
  • Leaders, managers, administrators and co-ordinators involved in organisational change.

Learning Outcomes


Work Placement

Study Abroad

Related Student Organisations

Course Fees

Fees: EU

€3,915 p.a. (Year 1 & 2), €1,955 (Year 3)

Fees: Tuition

Fees: Student levy

Fees: Non EU

€4,415 p.a. (Year 1 & 2), €2,445 (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 2020_21 Fees Scholarship Form for 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


What Our Students Say


Clare Power |   Graduate

Studying part-time at NUI Galway provided me with a safe outlet to develop my leadership style. The taught modules both online and face-to-face equipped me with the necessary theory, tools and techniques to lead people, projects, teams and change, more confidently. The support of a varied faculty of industry practitioners and subject matter experts along with the network of peer participants on the course, facilitated a critical thinking space to reflect on my leadership practice and most importantly, raise my ambition for future professional leadership opportunities within my industry.

Siobhan . |   Current Student

I chose the MSc (Leadership Development) as the course syllabus is varied and interesting. As the course is part-time with blended learning, this enables me to combine study with personal commitments and full time work. The Blackboard virtual learning system is user friendly and lecture days facilitate peer support. The lecturers are very supportive and there is a great sense of camaraderie amongst my fellow students. The subjects covered on the MSc course include change management and critical thinking. These are transferable skills which are invaluable in any workplace.


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