LEAP brings together the best minds from across the humanitarian sector to deliver flexible and compelling courses in humanitarian practice.

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What is LEAP?

The Leadership Education Academic Partnership (LEAP) is a bespoke higher education programme designed for humanitarians from around the world. It offers varied and flexible courses relevant to contemporary humanitarian practice that can fit the most demanding schedules. LEAP seamlessly integrates world-class higher education into the career paths of humanitarians, with the intention of strengthening leadership within the sector.

The programme draws from a wide range of disciplines including: public and global health; political science; international relations; history; epidemiology; disaster risk management and peacebuilding, as well as practical experience and insights from humanitarian organizations including MSF. LEAP crosses traditional subject boundaries to enable students to reflect critically on issues arising from their own humanitarian work, the wider humanitarian agenda and the skill set needed for contemporary humanitarianism.

LEAP offers compelling, engaging and flexible courses that are delivered either online, face to face or blended. As a LEAP student you will benefit from the expertise of two world-leading academic institutions, tailoring your studies to suit your interests alongside your work in the humanitarian sector.

LEAP Partners

LEAP programme is delivered jointly by the University of Manchester’s Humanitarian and Conflict Response Institute (HCRI) and the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) in partnership with international medical humanitarian organization Médecins Sans Frontières /Doctors Without Borders (MSF). This partnership brings together interdisciplinary academic expertise and operational humanitarian experience.

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Study Pathways

The programme offers various entry routes leading to a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or a Master of Science (MSc). You can choose to study part time or full time, depending on your needs and circumstances. The full MSc in Humanitarian Practice can be completed in a maximum period of five years, which should allow you to study whilst continuing to work in the humanitarian sector.

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As a Master’s student you will need to complete 180 academic credits. You will study four core modules (60 credits), a selection of optional modules (60 credits) and submit a dissertation (60 credits). Expected duration is 36 months, but an MSc can also be completed in a minimum of 12 and maximum of 60 months.

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If you choose to do a Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip), you will need to complete 120 academic credits. You will undertake three core modules (45 credits) and a selection of optional modules (75 credits). You will usually study for 24 months, but will also be able to complete a PGDip in a period of between 12 and 36 months

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On a Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) pathway you will need to complete 60 academic credits. You will study at least two core modules (30 credits) and a selection of optional modules (30 credits),. You will usually study for 12 months, but PGCert can also be completed in a minimum of 6 and a maximum of 24 months.

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This path is currently available only to MSF staff, who can choose to undertake individual modules which suit their training needs. Depending on the module/s chosen you can study face to face, online or blended. Details of each module can be found using our searchable module database.

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