Explore the latest research and techniques in leading improvement.

In today’s fast-moving world, organisations in all industries face new challenges and a continuing need to improve the way they do business.

  • Train in the techniques that will help you lead your organisation in the right direction.
  • Learn to apply these techniques in your workplace, so you can start making a difference from week one.

You’ll study with successful leaders across a range of sectors who have all faced challenges and achieved positive change. You’ll benefit from their expertise as you develop the skills you need to lead improvements in your sector.

Enjoy flexible online learning you can fit around full-time work.

Build credits towards a Masters degree

This online course is part of:

You can use the credits you earn on this short course towards this MSc qualification.

What you’ll study

This leadership course provides a framework for leadership development. It explores the circumstances caused by changes in:

  • social and economic conditions
  • policy affairs
  • external forces.

You’ll cover:

  • the concept of improvement, what it is, and how to achieve it in your own organisation
  • current theories and research in improvement across sectors, exploring these in relation to practices in your own workplace
  • leadership and management theory and how to put theory into practice in your own role.

How you’ll study

Online learning

Our distance-learning Leading Effective Improvement course is delivered flexibly, 100% online. You can study with us anywhere in the world and manage your study hours to suit you.

One of the key benefits of this online course is that participants span not only industries and sectors, but the globe. You’ll learn as part of an international online community, gaining fresh perspectives and insights every day.

The course follows a seminar format, so you can discuss and actively contribute ideas with ease.

Your teaching

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 conferences
  • podcasts of lectures
  • online workshops
  • case studies
  • reading materials
  • the online resources of our award-winning Sir Duncan Rice Library
  • discussion boards with colleagues and tutors.

Your tutors

The course is taught at Masters level by experienced academics and leadership specialists. You’ll learn from an inspiring range of people who have each led successful improvements in their sector.

Previous courses have brought together senior leaders from across the world to share their advice and experiences in education, healthcare, the police, emergency services, military, third sector, and a variety of private sector industries.


This is a popular element of the course where we pair together participants from very different work environments.

You’ll learn about your partner’s work sector and its challenges, encouraging fresh perspectives that can free you from the group thinking that’s so common within organisations. You’ll also develop coaching skills here that you’ll adapt and use in your normal working day.

Your course coordinator

Where this will take you

Towards a Masters

You’ll earn 30 credits at Masters level (SCQF Level 11) with this course. You can use these credits towards our:

Build your learning

We offer a range of specialist online Leadership courses you can use to build your skills.

Many carry credits you can build up into postgraduate qualifications.


Whatever your background, and whatever your career goals, this course will help you develop the skills you need to lead improvement now and in the future.

Your employer or professional institute may recognise this course for Continuing Professional Development (CPD). Talk to your employer or institute to find out more.

Free career support

Access our free careers service while you study.

  • 1:1 appointments
  • CV checks
  • Interview prep
  • Job opportunities

See how our careers service can help you.

Entry requirements

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.

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Start date
18 September 2023
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