00Modules Offered at MSc in Leadership l RCSI Institute of Leadership

Modules Offered

Graph of MSc Leadership Modules and structure of design and delivery

Semester 1 of MSc in Leadership 

Module 1: Understanding and Managing Yourself (10 ECTS)

Self-insight is the key to effective leaderhship. In this module you will be introduced to the psychology of leadesrhip and leadership development. You will explore a range of leadership paradigms and learn to understand the central role of self development. You will undertake a number of psychometric assessments to assist you start your personal exploration of leadership practice.

Module 2: Leading and Managing Others (10 ECTS)

Leading, influencing and managing individuals and teams is a key capability required of  professionals. Here you will explore the psychology of one-to-one and team leadership and learn to understand the complex communication skills involved. You will also look at how to manage dysfunctional teams, how to handle conflict and how to maximise motivation. You will undertake a number of psychometric assessments to assist your understanding of your approach to teamwork, motivation, communication and conflict.  

Module 3: Leading Change (10 ECTS)

This module introduces the major models of change management and explores their application in practice. You will learn to lead change using a variety of change management tools, understand the impact  of culture on change, develop your negotiation skills and determine the factors that are most important in sustaining change and developing learning organisations.

Semester 2 of MSc in Leadership

Module 4: Leading Quality Improvement (10 ECTS)

This module focuses on leadership in the context of maximising quality and safety and minimising risk in organisations. You will explore the concepts of governance, quality, standards, safety & risk and examine current best practice in a variety of contexts. You will learn about tools such as the Productive Series, Six Sigma Process, Lean Process Improvement, Process Mapping and Prince2 Project Management.  

Module 5: Leading Your Services (10 ECTS)

Successful organisations have a clear vision and mission, know their core values and have a strategic plan that informs the allocation of resources and the articulation and measurement of outcomes. This module focuses on the broader systems of the organisation and explores the models and tools essential for strategic planning and implementation. The relationships between leadership and strategic planning are explored and particular emphasis is placed on the role of financial factors and accounting methods in leading an organisation and providing a service. 

Module 6 Leadership and Management Skills for Future Professionals (10 ECTS)

This module will further develop your capacity to plan your own and your Unit's development in an organised manner using a variety of frameworks. You will learn about workforce planning and staff engagement and how to optimise organisational capital. The module will also consider the major emerging trends in society that will influence the nature of leadership over the coming decades and help you elaborate your response in order to maximise your leadership effectiveness into the future.  

Semester 3 & 4

Project/Dissertation & Action Learning Sets

In order to fulfill the requirements for a MSc degree, you must complete the six modules outlined above and conduct a change management project in your organisation. This component of the programe is facilitated via action learning sets.


The project is assessed on the basis of three components: a project report, a reflective diary and a poster presentation. You will be assisted in carrying out your project and in writing your report through action learning sets, which are designed to help you and your colleagues work on real management issues.


Participants on our MSc programmes in the past have produced considerable developments in their organisations and many projects have resulted in significant improvements, substantial cost savings and publications in management journals.