Apply to study with LEAP

There are two methods of entry for the LEAP programme, which you choose depends on your background. Applicants who currently work with MSF will apply through an internal process directly via their operational centres, whilst other candidates will apply directly through the University of Manchester HCRI.
Please see below for further details on both options.

MSF Applicants

Are you an MSF staff member?

For MSF staff, there is an internal process and funding options. For more information on how to apply please contact the MSF UK LEAP team.


Standard Applicants

Are you a non-MSF applicant?

All non-MSF candidates will make applications through the standard University of Manchester online application form.

For further details on the application process for non-MSF applicants please visit the University of Manchester’s admissions pages.

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Entry Criteria


Entry criteria are as follows:

  • An Upper Second Class Bachelor’s degree or the overseas equivalent although each application is judged on its own merits and exceptions to this entry requirement may be made where candidates have extensive professional humanitarian training and experience.
  • A TOEFL or equivalent will be required for graduates from universities with non-English medium of instruction with one or more of the following which is meant to be a guideline:
    English at UG level >= 70%
    IELTS >= 6.5 (with a minimum score in writing of 6.5)
    CET6 >= 460
    TOEFL >= 88 (internet-based) or >= 230 (computer-based) or >= 570 paper-based
    If you have obtained a different qualification, please check our  English language requirements  to ensure that it is accepted and equivalent to the above requirements.
  • We accept a range of qualifications from different countries that equate to a UK 2.1. For these and general requirements including English language see entry requirements from your country.

This programme is designed for those currently working in the humanitarian sector or with previous experience of humanitarian work. The Programme Director will have the final say over who shall be admitted to the course.

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Study Pathways

The programme offers various entry routes leading to a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or a Master of Science. 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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