24 months
16900 GBP/year
9250 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The Leading Social Change course at the London South Bank University is a part-time 2/3 year course uniquely positioned to equip leaders working across boundaries - in health, social care, criminal justice, third sector, faith leaders, community development, and education sectors - to lead with confidence, humility, curiosity and humanity, in an age of increasing complexity and disruption.

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How we understand the leadership of social change is evolving rapidly. The generators of need in our society are complex and interrelated, and no single organisation or service can either adequately meet need, or solve seemingly intractable social problems. 

Increasingly leaders are finding that traditional business school approaches are not sufficient for addressing the issues they face in meeting social need in a highly connected world. Whilst the rational deterministic methods of the 19th and 20th century - which see expertise as sitting at the “top”; where people are seen as assets to be managed and where the market “drives” solutions - can clearly still be seen as operative, they are being seriously questioned as effective ways of working in the conditions of complexity, fragmentation and uncertainty that dominate in the 21st century. 

Making progress in these increasingly challenging conditions requires leaders to develop new relationships across traditional boundaries. The value of a more inter-dependent, collaborated and networked future is becoming painfully apparent as services struggle to cope. Leaders who want to maximise public value through their work need to rapidly evolve their approaches, methods and techniques. (Malby and Anderson-Wallace 2016) 

Today, leaders work routinely with uncertainty, agency and choice. They work as collaborators and partners, often leading highly autonomous but accountable teams that develop emergent responses to complex environments (Laloux and Wilber 2014). Recognising the systemic conditions that contribute to outcomes requires a new understanding of the individual as shaped in relationship, and in context.

The Programme Approach 

This innovative Leading Social Change course at the London South Bank University offers face-to-face and blended learning experiences. It is delivered using a mixture of highly interactive workshops, online seminars and discussions with other participants, including a small experiential learning group and a regular large group review. The highly participative nature of the programme enables participants to experience collaborative leadership and peer learning, exchange ideas and develop an understanding of group dynamics. The programme also aims to help participants apply new approaches and methodologies to practice. Learning is enhanced through reflective practice and inquiry, and the participants experience of application to the community or workplace is paramount. Participants are exposed to examples of innovation through learning journey visits, and have the opportunity to expand their network of likeminded communities and people committed to social change.

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


IELTS admission requirements IELTS
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS
TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT

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  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • A minimum of a 2:2 first degree/Bachelor degree equivalent to UK Second Class Honours Lower Division in a relevant subject area. 
  • 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
  • Applicants will be assessed on the personal statement as well as the entry qualifications. 
  • We welcome equivalent qualifications from around the world. English language qualifications for international students: IELTS score of 6.5, Cambridge Proficiency or Advanced Grade C.

Work experience


Tuition Fee

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  • International

    16900 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 16900 GBP per year during 24 months.
  • National

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9250 GBP per year during 24 months.

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.


International undergraduate and postgraduate students scholarships:

    International Scholarships
  • LSBU is offering scholarships and discounts to hundreds of students via our International Scholarships
  • International Merit Scholarships
  • We offer students pursuing undergraduate or postgraduate taught programmes with outstanding academic profiles a fee reduction of up to £4,000 on each full academic year's tuition fees.
    LSBU Loyalty Award
  • We offer postgraduate Tuition Fee discounts for LSBU graduates progressing directly onto a postgraduate course and eligible alumni.
    ONCAMPUS London South Bank Merit Scholarship
  • 25% fee reduction to ONCAMPUS London South Bank students progressing to university degree programmes.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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