Henley MA Leadership

Key facts

 Programmes fees:

Full Henley MA Leadership: £17,900. Applicants can opt to pay in stages:

Stage 1: £5,700

Stage 2: £6,200

Stage 3: £6,000

Application by stage:

Postgraduate Certificate in Leadership (Stage 1 only):     £6,200

Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership (Stages 1 & 2 only): £12,900

Credit for prior learning 

Programme length: 

24 months


Upcoming dates

Programme overview

Master the art of exceptional leadership 
The Henley MA Leadership has been developed following extensive research at Henley Business School into the leadership and leadership development challenges faced by today’s leaders and managers. It has a flexible approach and you can choose to take 1 stage, 2 stages or the full Master’s programme.

Stage 1 – Postgraduate Certificate in Leadership
Stage 2 – Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership
Stage 3 – MA Leadership

The programme has involved significant collaboration and consultation with a wide range of leaders from small and large corporate organisations, the public sector, government departments, social enterprises, as well as leadership development specialists known as the Henley MA Leadership Advisory Group. 

This has resulted in a Masters-level programme based on best practice leadership development, and draws on Henley’s heritage and reputation for an pragmatic in-depth approach to developing practising managers and leaders, through peer group learning, work-based practice and reflection.

The Henley MA Leadership is a flexible part-time programme that fits with your life and working commitments and is designed for anyone currently in either a leadership role or managerial role with significant leadership responsibilities.

The Henley MA Leadership offers real, tangible opportunities to put leadership knowledge into practice, with particular attention to ethical, responsible and purposeful leadership, supported by a team of faculty with practical experience of current organisational challenges.

Master the art of leadership

Discover and become the leader you’ve always aspired to be – a leader who is analytical, self-knowing and with a strong sense of responsibility. A leader who understands how to make individuals and teams thrive – and with the confidence to develop leadership in others and take your organisation forward.

How to apply

The quickest and easiest way to apply for postgraduate study is through our online application service. (Click on 'Book Now' in the right hand column.) This allows you to complete your application, attach electronic copies of academic transcripts, certificates and other supporting information and also enables an email request to be sent to your referees enabling them to send your supporting references directly to us. 

Stage 1 – PG Certificate (Developing Yourself as a Leader)

Stage 2 – PG Diploma (Developing Leadership of the Team)

Stage 3 – MA (Developing Leadership in the Organisation)

Most modules are compulsory , but both Stage 1 and Stage 2 include one module where there are elective choices, to provide the opportunity for programme members to engage in deeper study of specific topics and contexts personal to them but within the overall subject area.

Elective Modules – Options

This programme currently offers the following elective module options:

  • Project Leadership & Strategy Implementation
  • Leadership of Complexity & Change
  • Leadership for Mobilising and Maintaining Energy
  • Coaching & Mentoring for Leaders
  • Facilitation for Leaders
  • Assesment of Prior Experiential Learning*

The options offered for electives may vary and will be updated as required.

* If you have previously attended other Henley Business School leadership development programmes, or equivalent, you can choose the Assessment of Prior Experiential Learning elective in Stage 1. You are required to produce a 3,000 word written summary of your prior experiences for assessment, to be submitted before the deadline for the Stage 1 elective.

Programme dates

 Programmes fees:

Full Henley MA Leadership: £17,900. Applicants can opt to pay in stages:

Stage 1: £5,700

Stage 2: £6,200

Stage 3: £6,000

Application by stage:

Postgraduate Certificate in Leadership (Stage 1 only):     £6,200

Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership (Stages 1 & 2 only): £12,900

Credit for prior learning 

Programme length: 

24 months


Programme team

    Led by World-Class Faculty

    Our faculty are internationally-renowned, widely published in their respective fields and are engaged in research that is both academically rigorous and beneficial to society, organisations and individual leaders and managers. The Henley MA Leadership thus builds on faculty expertise in future directions of leadership, creating energised teams and organisations, team leadership, leadership for innovation, leadership of change and complexity in the context of projects, and best practice in leadership development. A large number of our academics draw upon their experiences as leaders, consultants, and advisors to senior representatives in national and international organisations, as well as government and other policy-making bodies.

  • Dr Jean-Anne Stewart

    Associate Professor

    Director of Corporate MBA Programmes, Programme Director MA Leadership

    +44 (0) 1491 414558

  • Dr Bernd Vogel

    Associate Professor of Leadership and Organisational Behaviour

    Director of Henley Centre for Leadership

    +44 (0) 1491 414548

  • Dr Stephen Simister

    Associate Professor Project & Programme Management

    Subject Area Leader: Project Management

    +44 (0) 1491 418758

  • Dr Lynn Thurloway

    Associate Professor

    Subject Area Leader Management Challenge

    +44 (0) 1491 414552

  • Dr Ana Margarida Graca

    Post Doctoral Fellow in Leadership

    Member of the Henley Centre for Leadership

    +44 (0)1491 418787 ext. 2075

  • Dr Claire Collins

    Associate Professor of Leadership Development and Behaviour

    Director of the DBA Programme

    +44 (0) 1491 414545

Location and facilities

Finding us

We pride ourselves on understanding the need to create an environment which is both relaxing and comfortable enabling work and study to be focused and effective. From our unique riverside location to our impressive amenities, we provide an ideal environment for meeting success.

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Sports facilities

henley business school gym greenlands

Balancing busy work schedules with relaxation and exercise is an important aspect of our approach at Henley. The fully equipped and professionally staffed Fitness Centre with views overlooking the beautiful grounds and River Thames has everything needed to restore a sense of well being. 

Business facilities

Business facilities - rooms

At our Greenlands site we provide a variety of meeting rooms and conference facilities. Our rooms have been designed with an emphasis on practicality with many of our rooms benefiting from the latest presentation equipment to ensure that your meeting runs smoothly.

Conference Rooms

The conference rooms at Greenlands, Henley, all feature air conditioning, natural daylight and excellent acoustics, as well as state-of-the-art AV and presentation technology controlled by bluetooth touch screens, free WiFi access, laptop connections, networked PC and large screens. Our larger rooms also have repeater screens. Each conference room has access to dedicated syndicate and break-out rooms and refreshment areas close by. Stationery, flipcharts, photocopying facilities and whiteboards are included as standard.

Meeting Rooms

All syndicate and meeting rooms at Henley are fitted with a large screen, networked PC, whiteboards and have free WiFi access and laptop connections. River House 1-14 are also fitted with Copycam, allowing users to capture whiteboard notes at the touch of a button. Digital recorders, video and stills cameras are also available on request. All are laid out boardroom style.


Henley Business School Bedroom

We have 100 rooms including some with disabled facilities. All rooms are en-suite & include a safe, trouser press, laptop connection with free Wi-Fi access, direct dial telephone, satellite TV with radio, Molton Brown toiletries, tea & coffee making facilities and a hair dryer. Photograph of Thames Court accommodation.

Full English breakfast is served in our main dining room, which overlooks the River Thames. Our dedicated staff maintain the facility 24 hours a day, seven days a week. All guest rooms receive daily housekeeping services.


Dining at Henley Business School  GreenlandsWhen it comes to dining, we offer you choice, quality and flexibility. We understand that you also want facilities that are conducive to networking, and dining arrangements that integrate seamlessly with the other aspects of your day. Henley is renowned for both its excellent standards of service and the high quality of cuisine. The chefs and their professional staff are able to offer the sophistication of a memorable evening dinner in the spacious dining room, with its views over the lawns down to the Thames.

Fresh, varied breakfasts are prepared by award-winning chefs and served each morning in the beautiful, riverside restaurant - the Heyworth Room.


Several tea and coffee areas are situated throughout the buildings, the Garden Common Room is situated beside the Heyworth Room and is open throughout the day and evening offering a wide range of Fairtrade drinks and a selection of biscuits. The bar is open each evening serving a full range of drinks.

Henley Conference Centre and Hotel

Set in its own 30 acre estate in the beautiful Oxfordshire countryside, alongside the River Thames, this magnificent Grade II Listed Building offers excellent conference, meeting and event facilities and provides a spectacular setting for any gathering. For more information about booking our beautiful facilities please visit the Henley Conferences website.

History of Greenlands

Records indicate that there has been a house on our Greenlands site for 500 years, although the house would have originally been much closer to the river.

Greenlands has been home to a series of notable families and individuals throughout its lifetime. These include Thomas Chaucer, son of Geoffrey Chaucer; Robert D'Oyley, Sheriff of Oxfordshire in 1573; Bulstrode Whitelock, Oliver Cromwell's Ambassador to Sweden and most recently WH Smith, who bought the existing house in 1871. Queen Elizabeth I is also known to have visited on more than one occasion, most likely when staying at her royal palace in Reading.

The site became the home of a new Administrative Staff College in 1946, first welcoming students in 1948. In 1952, after the unexpected death of Viscount Hambleden from whom the College leased the site, an opportunity to purchase Greenlands' 30 acres arose. The College was renamed Henley Management College in 1991, and following the 2008 merger with the University of Reading became Henley Business School. Today, the world-ranked Henley MBA, The Henley DBA and our executive education programmes are delivered at Greenlands.

Programme Experiences


Richard Bowyer, Great Ormond St Hospital Charity - download case study (PDF)

Richard Bowyer, Great Ormond St Hospital Charity - watch video 

Mairi Brookes, Oxford City Council - download case study (PDF)

Oliver Lester, Construction Manager, Willmott Dixon - download case study (PDF)




  • “Henley provides the perfect location for reflective and applied learning and the staff have been very supportive of my goals” Jamie Dormandy, Head of Customer Service and Support, RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind People)
  • "This course has really helped me refocus on my personal leadership development and provides a fantastic mix of the latest theory, practical and grounded assignments and a huge amount of peer shared learning and networking… If you are an aspiring middle manager, or a senior manager looking to hone your skills, this is a great investment in your and your organisations future" Andrew Page, Head of Category Strategy - Goldenfry Foods Ltd
  • “The MA in Leadership has inspired my thinking, challenged my assumptions, given me invaluable opportunities to network with people in different sectors and access to first class tutors….Whether you’re an aspiring or an experienced leader, you will find this course very beneficial – I cannot recommend it too highly.” Josephine Marchant MBA, Strategic Business Leader, Meadowfield School, Kent
  • “I have found the MA Leadership a transformative experience.  It has led me to question every aspect of my leadership approach for the better… I have no doubt that our business results have improved since I started, and as a consequence of, the course.” Richard Nall, Founder, The Brand Garden

The Henley Way

Helping you become exceptional is at the heart of everything we do. The Henley Way is highly practical, collaborative and academically rigorous. We develop confident leaders and professionals who are able to take a fresh perspective and have the energy, capability and resilience to ensure that they and their organisations are successful.


  • Engagement
  • Awareness
  • Alignment
  • Rigour & relevance
  • Trust

The Henley Way is much more than a set of principles. It is ingrained in our spirit and fundamental to our purpose and heritage, characterising the way we can help you to deliver exceptional performance.


We engage with you at the deepest level, fostering a shared spirit of curiosity, exploration, investigation and learning. We collaborate with you in order to challenge assumptions and mindsets, and get to the heart of the real business issues you face.


By creating a safe environment that promotes self-reflection, you are able to ask yourself those crucial questions that allow you to learn more about what informs your strategic business decisions and actions.


We work closely with you to diagnose your strategic individual and organisational aims. We then identify programmes that are best aligned to these goals, or we can co-evolve a learning design specifically aimed at achieving these strategic outcomes.


We draw on world-class research and originate leading-edge thinking – but theory remains theory unless it is applied to real-world business. All of our programmes are delivered by experienced faculty who integrate academic rigour with commercial application. What you learn translates into business results.


Our customers rely on our long history and global reputation for successful executive development. These strengths underlie our responsible and collaborative way of working with you to co-create the very best executive learning experiences and commercial outcomes.

At Henley we know we cannot just be exceptional – we are here to help you become exceptional.