Join an MBA leadership course you can study flexibly, 100% online.

In this Masters-level short course, you’ll investigate the theories behind popular views about leadership.

With expert guidance, you’ll also learn why an understanding of your own leadership style, competency, and behaviour is vital to encouraging followership.

The course is a core part of our MBA programmes. Through it you will:

  • get to know your own leadership approach, behaviours, and capabilities
  • explore how and why leadership decisions are made, depending on situation, context, and past experience
  • discover why different leadership perspectives have evolved over time
  • gain a set of tools and techniques to help you with future leadership challenges.

Who can join this online MBA leadership course?

This distance-learning course is aimed at experienced managers who want to understand the concepts, theories, and applications of leadership.

Build credits towards an MBA

This course is part of our:

You can use the credits you earn on this short course towards either of these MBA qualifications.

What you’ll study

You’ll cover the following modules in this course.

An introduction to leadership

  • Defining leadership
  • Exploring theory
  • Profile reflection

Leadership and culture

  • The Everest challenge
  • Delving into organisational culture

The authentic leader

  • Leadership scenarios
  • Analysing your strengths and weaknesses
  • Examining authentic leadership

Leadership in practice

  • Case study analysis
  • Case study debate
  • Preparing your own case studies

Understanding your leadership

  • Skills radar
  • Coaching practice
  • Writing your personal development plan

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

  • Demonstrate an understanding of what leadership is and why it is important.
  • Recognise and appreciate the impact of the leader-follower relationship.
  • Recognise and appreciate different leadership theories and approaches.
  • Understand the importance of “context” for shaping appropriate leadership skill-sets, behaviour and approaches.
  • Evaluate your own leadership behaviour and recognise its impact on others.
  • Apply a range of tools and techniques to address different leadership challenges.
  • Communicate leadership ideas effectively.

Why choose the University of Aberdeen for MBA 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 MBA leadership short 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.

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.

Course materials are carefully planned and structured. 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:

  • videos
  • live online webinars with course lecturers
  • reading materials
  • discussion boards with colleagues and tutors
  • the online resources of our award-winning Sir Duncan Rice Library.

In this interactive course, you’ll participate in many discussions with fellow students and course lecturers using online discussion forums.

Live online webinars

Across the course, you’ll have eight live webinar sessions with academic staff. These live online webinars support the main learning material and are central to your learning. Your participation in them will count towards your final grades.

Ahead of each live webinar, you’ll be asked to study the online materials provided, post questions to your tutor online, undertake multiple-choice quizzes and other tasks. You may also be asked to work in small groups to prepare for some of the live sessions.

Your tutors

You’ll learn from experienced academics and researchers from the University of Aberdeen Business School.

This course is assessed entirely online.

You’ll be assessed via your coursework, including a reflective essay.

Live online webinars

This course features eight online webinars. Each webinar is live and scheduled to last for around one hour.

Webinar dates and times will be organised flexibly at the start of the course. Your course coordinator will consider everyone’s circumstances and time zones before setting up live webinar times that best suit the class.

Study hours

The course totals approximately 150 hours of teaching, private 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

You’ll have live online webinars at fixed times, plus assessments with deadlines. But otherwise, you can access and work through your courses 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 course coordinator

Dr Trevor Morrow

Trevor is a Senior Lecturer in our Business School. He teaches leadership and human resource management. Trevor is a Fellow of the CIPD, CMI, and Higher Education Academy.

View Trevor’s profile

Where this will take you

Towards an MBA

You’ll earn 15 credits at Masters level (SCQF Level 11) with this course. You can use these credits towards our:

Online MBA (Global)

Tailored to your career and research goals, and flexibly online.

Develop key skills in leadership, innovation, change management, strategy development, sales and marketing.

View online MBA

On-campus MBA

Our on-campus MBA programme, focused on the real needs of business.

Helping you to challenge the way business is done, and find new, more effective, more creative ways of doing it.

View on-campus MBA

Build your learning

Use our flexible online business and leadership short courses to build your skills, earn university credits, and gain postgraduate qualifications.

Careers

You’ll leave this course with enhanced skills and expertise in organisational and reflective leadership.

Whatever your industry, these in-demand skills will help you:

  • make better-informed leadership decisions
  • address leadership challenges more effectively
  • improve teamwork, collaboration and performance within organisations.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Software

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.

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.

Printing

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.

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Start date
23 September 2024
Cost
£1,890
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