Learn all about leadership styles, including your own.
Gain academic training in leadership and boost your skills and confidence as a leader.
In this flexible online short course, you’ll learn with experts and explore:
- leadership theory
- leadership styles and techniques
- how leadership operates in your organisation and sector
- your own leadership style.
Who can join this online leadership course?
This distance learning short course is for anyone who wants to explore leadership theory and start to consider their own leadership style.
What you’ll study
In this online leadership course, you’ll cover:
- the theory and principles of leadership
- theoretical approaches to leadership
- leadership techniques
- using theoretical models to evaluate leadership styles
- how to self-evaluate your own leadership style.
You’ll be supported to consider how you carry out your leadership style in your workplace, and how your methods impact on your growth as a leader.
This course mixes academic with hands-on, experiential learning, so you can put your learning into practice.
By the end of this course, you’ll be able to...
Articulate a critical understanding and evaluate theoretical approaches to leadership and leadership styles.
Critically evaluate your own leadership stances and how this impacts those in your context.
Critically evaluate, using theoretical models, the approach and impact of your leadership in your context.
Produce academic writing to an SCQF Level 11 standard, including appropriate use of citations and referencing.
Why study leadership online with the University of Aberdeen?
Fits around full-time work
This course is designed to fit around work. With flexible hours and 24/7 study access.
You’re in expert hands
We’ve been delivering online and distance learning for decades.
20% alumni discount
University of Aberdeen alumni get 20% off this online course.
How you’ll study
This distance-learning leadership methods course is delivered flexibly, 100% online.
You can learn anywhere, with no need for a study visa, and manage your hours to suit you.
This course is taught at Masters level (SCQF Level 11).
Your teaching is delivered through MyAberdeen, our online Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). It holds all the materials, tools and support you’ll need in your studies. Take a look around MyAberdeen.
You can access your learning materials on computer, smartphone and laptop, 24 hours a day. You’ll find a range of resources at your fingertips, including:
- video lectures
- reading materials
- discussion boards with colleagues and tutors
- the online resources of our award-winning Sir Duncan Rice Library.
You’ll learn from an experienced team of education professionals from our School of Education.
The course totals approximately 150 hours of study and assessment time. That’s around 10 – 15 hours per week.
This is an indicative guide to the time required for a typical student at this level to achieve the learning outcomes.
You can largely set your own study hours each week to cover the materials. MyAberdeen is available 24/7, so you can log in and study when it suits you.
Activities at fixed times
There may be some activities scheduled for fixed times. This could include coursework and assessments with deadlines, or online meetings with your tutor. Otherwise, you can access and work through the course at your convenience.
Our first-class support structure will ensure that you aren’t alone in your studies. You’ll have contact with your tutors via MyAberdeen. You can use social media and discussion boards to chat with your fellow students too.
We provide a wide range of services to support you in your studies and beyond:
- Careers and Employability Service – including one-to-one advice sessions
- Disability support
- IT support
- Library support
- Student Support Service – help with finances, stress, wellbeing and non-academic issues
- Student Learning Service – study support, with advice sessions available via phone or Skype
- Aberdeen University Students’ Association (AUSA) – run by students for students
- Toolkit – clever apps and free training that can make your study life easier
Wherever you are in the world, you’ll feel part of our very special Aberdeen learning community.
Your teaching team
The team bring a passion for teaching and life-long learning from a practical perspective drawing on their experiences of working in schools, local authority, national bodies, and business.
Dr Charlaine Simpson - Course Coordinator
Charlaine is a Senior Lecturer, and Head of Postgraduate Taught and Professional Learning in our School of Education. Throughout her career, she’s demonstrated an absolute commitment to the development of the teaching profession. Charlaine’s research is focused on educational policy and teacher professionalism.View Charlaine’s profile
Dr Shannon Babbie
Shannon is a Senior Lecturer in our School of Education. He believes in teaching through a combination of experiential learning and purpose-driven collaborative activities that leverage learners’ experiences in a positive and encouraging way. Shannon aims to empower everyone to pursue their passions and goals in an inclusive, rigorous, diverse and welcoming environment.View Shannon’s profile
Where this will take you
Whatever your work sector, completing this course will help you:
- develop a better understanding leadership in your workplace and industry
- understand yourself better as a leader
- improve teamwork and collaboration, and
- grow in confidence as a leader.
Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
Your employer or professional institute may recognise this course for CPD. Talk to your employer or institute to find out more.
We welcome students from all over the world.
This course has no formal entry requirements. You do not need to provide proof of your qualifications.
But you do need to check the entry guidance above to understand the level of teaching delivered, to decide if this course is right for you.
If you do not have qualifications from the UK, check the equivalent teaching level for your country.
You do not need a visa to study online with us.
English language requirements
Teaching is delivered in English.
You do not have to provide proof of your English language skills to join this course. But we want to make sure that you can use English well enough to study successfully.
Recommended level of English
This course uses our Postgraduate Higher level of English language proficiency.
These are our Postgraduate Higher requirements, and these are minimum scores.
IELTS Academic and IELTS Online (not IELTS Indicator or IELTS General Training)
- 6.5 overall
- 5.5 for listening and speaking
- 6.0 for reading and writing
TOEFL iBT and TOEFL iBT Home Edition
- 90 overall
- 17 for listening
- 21 for reading
- 20 for speaking
- 21 for writing
- TOEFL DI code is 0818
Cambridge English: B2 First, C1 Advanced, or C2 Proficiency
- 176 overall
- 162 for listening and speaking
- 169 for reading and writing
LanguageCert International ESOL B2 Communicator (Written and Spoken)
- Overall High Pass
- 33 for listening, reading and speaking
- 38 for writing
PTE Academic (online test not accepted)
- 62 overall
- 59 for listening, reading, speaking and writing
For more information about language qualifications see our English Language Requirements page.
You will need access to:
A computer (PC, laptop or Mac) operating on either:
- Windows 10 or later
- macOS 10.15 (Catalina) or later.
Most teaching materials are smartphone- and tablet-friendly. But we recommend a proper laptop or desktop for completing assignments comfortably.
Reliable internet access
- a wired connection
- a minimum download speed of 2 Mbps so you can take part fully in live sessions.
Speakers or headphones
- We recommend a headset with built-in microphone and earphones if you’re likely to study in an environment with background noise.
- A webcam is optional, but you may like to use one for some interactive sessions.
We’ll give you access to Office365 applications. This means you can use online versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint and install these programs on up to five personal devices.
If your course requires specialist software, we’ll provide you with access to this and a licence that lasts throughout your studies.
See our detailed IT requirements for more information.
When you study with us, you can expect a first-class support structure so that you’re never alone in your studies.
But learning online does mean you have to motivate yourself and manage your own time.
Your most important commitment to your course will be time – the time to work through, reflect on and understand your teaching materials.
Before you start a course that involves a high degree of independent study, we recommend looking at the time you will be able to devote to your course each week:
- Be realistic
- Create a weekly schedule as a guide
If you have any questions about studying online, get in touch with our friendly team. We’re here to help.
Your course fee needs to be paid in full before you start your course.
We accept payment via Visa Debit, Visa Credit and Mastercard.
Ways to save
You may be able to get help funding this course via:
- discounts – if any discounts are available for this course, they’ll appear in the section below
- employer sponsorship – we accept full and partial fee payments from sponsors.
All our students are entitled to a University of Aberdeen student card. This gives you access to a range of student discounts around the city and online.
This course has no formal entry requirements. You decide if it’s suitable for you.
The course is delivered at Masters level. At this level, you’d usually have at least:
- a 2:2 (second-class) undergraduate degree
- or relevant experience that supports this level of study.