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Leading Social Change

London South Bank University

24 months
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This is a part-time, Leading Social Change course at the London South Bank University equipping leaders in health, social care, criminal justice, third sector, clergy/faith leaders, community development, and education sectors to lead social change in an age of increasing disruption.

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Increasingly, leaders in the field of social change are finding that traditional approaches are insufficient to meet social need in a highly-connected world. 

The generators of need are now complex and interrelated. Leaders are finding themselves in a new world of peer-based collaboration and interdependency.

You'll work as collaborators and partners, leading highly autonomous teams that develop emergent responses to complex environments.

Why Leading Social Change at London South Bank University ?

  • This innovative degree offers both face–to-face and blended learning experiences.
  • Delivered using a mixture of workshops, online seminars, group discussions, including a regular learning circle co-consulting group, and learning journey visits and immersions.
  • The highly participative nature of workshops and groups enables students to experience collaborative leadership and peer learning.


The context for leading social change is rapidly changing. The world of leadership is moving from a rational, deterministic approach, with expertise at the top and market-driven solutions, to a collaborative and networked future, where knowledge is distrusted and progress requires a relational approach.

In this emerging context, leaders focus on the collective rather than the individual, using evidence to inform decision-making, securing collective responsibility against a shared purpose, and taking an asset-based approach to emergent change. These leaders work as collaborators and partners, leading highly autonomous accountable teams that develop emergent responses to complex environments.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Advanced Systems Leadership Principles 
  • Advanced Systems Leadership Practice
  • Social Research and Evaluation Methods
  • The Social Change Grand Challenge

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

  • A minimum of a 2:2 first degree/Bachelor degree equivalent
  • Relevant previous professional experience will also be considered

If applicants apply to be admitted at Year 2 and do not have the prior or equivalent PGCert, then they must demonstrate at least 5 years experiential learning in a relevant leadership role through the University’s Accreditation of Experiential Learning (APEL) process. Applicants applying through APEL must be able to complete either a challenge assessment or produce a portfolio of evidence.

Work experience


Tuition Fee

  • Year One Track One: Leadership in Health (Darzi) is NHS funded at £10,000 through the annual application process.
  • Track Two: Systems Change: Collaborative Leadership Course Fees: £3750 Years 2 & 3 Masters: £7950
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Living costs for London

1137 - 2157 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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