Learn from experts in this online reflective leadership course.

Join us online to study reflective leadership theory, and how to put it into practice in your profession.

By fostering a reflective approach to leadership, you’ll gain tools to navigate the challenges of leadership with authenticity, resilience, and a commitment to continuous growth.

In this Masters-level online short course, you’ll learn to lead stronger, more collaborative teams by:

  • cultivating new skills and perspectives in reflective leadership
  • developing your personal leadership practice
  • engaging in thoughtful introspection and examination of your own values, beliefs, and experiences, and
  • growing your skills in emotional intelligence, ethical consideration, and communication.

Who can join this reflective leadership course?

This distance learning course is for anyone looking to undertake critical reflection of their current leadership practice and consider the next steps for improvement.

What you’ll study

In this online course, you’ll work through three main topics to enhance your understanding of reflective leadership:

  • Who am I as a leader?
  • How do I know?
  • Where do I go next?

Through a combination of theoretical frameworks, case studies, and experiential learning activities, you’ll develop your ability to:

  • critically analyse your leadership style and behaviours
  • make informed decisions, and
  • adapt to diverse situations.

You’ll also explore the importance of emotional intelligence, ethical considerations, and the role of communication in building happy and effective teams.

By the end of this course, you’ll be able to...

  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of the theory and principles of organisational leadership.
  • Articulate how Leadership strategies and approaches can be used in your context to support improvement.
  • Demonstrate a standard of academic writing appropriate to an SCQF Level 11 course, including consistent, appropriate use of an accepted convention for citations and referencing.

Why choose the University of Aberdeen for reflective leadership courses?

Earn as you learn

We fit around full-time work, so you can earn qualifications while you keep earning a salary.

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

Online learning

This distance-learning organisational change course is delivered flexibly, 100% online.

You can learn anywhere, with no need for a study visa, and manage your hours to suit you.

Your teaching

This course is taught at Masters level (SCQF Level 11).

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.

Your tutors

You’ll learn from an experienced team of education professionals from our School of Education.

This course is assessed entirely online.

You’ll be assessed via:

  • a poster presentation, and
  • a short essay.

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 coordinator via email, MyAberdeen and Microsoft Teams. 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:

Wherever you are in the world, you’ll feel part of our very special Aberdeen learning community.

Your teaching team

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.

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Dr Charlaine Simpson

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.

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Where this will take you


You’ll complete this course with an enhanced understanding of reflective leadership theory and practices.

In-demand skills in reflective leadership

The skills you’ll earn are valuable for career progression within leadership and management roles within all professional contexts.

Whatever your work sector, completing this course will help you:

  • develop a better understanding of reflective leadership in your workplace
  • understand yourself better as a leader
  • build and lead stronger and more collaborative teams, and
  • grow in confidence as a leader.

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

Your employer or professional institute may recognise this course for CPD hours. 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.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

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.

Visa requirements

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

We recommend:

  • 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.

Fee payment

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.

Find out more about funding options.

Student card

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.

Learning resources

Access to all the books and resources you need are included in your tuition fee. They’ll be made available to you online and you do not have to buy your own copies.


You may wish to set aside a small budget for printing, depending on how you like to work.

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 UK undergraduate degree (or equivalent), or
  • relevant experience that supports this level of study.