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: 21 months

Find out more at our MA Leadership Open Day on 20 June 2018

Limited time only: Don't miss your chance to enter The Sunday Times Leaders Scholarship competition to win a place on the next Henley MA Leadership programme! The competition closes on 23 April 2018. Find out how to enter

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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 master's-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 and strategy implementation
  • Leadership of complexity and change
  • Leadership for mobilising and maintaining energy
  • Coaching and mentoring for leaders
  • Facilitation for leaders
  • Assessment 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.

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.

How to find us (PDF-1.15 MB)

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.

Case studies

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

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

Richard Bowyer, Great Ormond St Hospital Charity - watch video (YouTube) 

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

Paul Shiels - watch video (YouTube)

Jo Marchant- watch video (YouTube)

Jo Marchant, Meadowfield School - 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

Offers & Discounts

Alumni discount

  • 10% discount on programme fee for Henley alumni
  • 10% reduction on the programme fee for members of The Henley Partnership 

A 50% discount is available to employees of registered charities - please note that the discount is applied at Henley Business School's discretion and to confirm eligibility please contact

Please note: Only one discount can apply




Postgraduate fees 2018-19

Full MA in Leadership: £17,900.00

If choosing to apply stage by stage, please refer to the fees below:

  • Stage 1: Postgraduate Certificate in Leadership - £5,700.00
  • Stage 2: Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership - £6,200.00
  • Stage 3: MA in Leadership - £6,000.00

Application by stage: 

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

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


Credit for prior learning

Those who have successfully completed the Henley Professional Certificate in Coaching, Facilitation or Change Management, (each 30 credits at level 7) or those that have completed Leadership & Change module on Henley MBA (10 credits), within the last 5 years, will be given exemption from the Module Elective at Stage 1.

Requests for exemptions are only considered at the time of application to join the programme.
When granted, applicants will not need to submit the individual assignment for that subject.

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 One. 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.

The 10% alumni fee reduction will be made for these applicants.

There are a number of funding options, such as bank loans, available from external sources, including from the Santander branch on the Whiteknights campus. For more information on Santander loans, please contact Edward Willoughby on 05511486340 or email.

Postgraduate Loans (for Masters students)

Commencing in the 2016-2017 academic year, loans will be available for taught postgraduate Masters programmes. Students under the age of 60 will be eligible for these loans and they will be limited to a maximum of £10,000 per applicant. For more information please visit the UCAS Postgraduate website.

Entry requirements

UK and EU students 

Entry requirements section:

MA Leadership - Entry Requirements

  • Three year's management experience
  • A good degree or the equivalent professional or international qualification is normally required; however we do welcome applications from candidates with exceptional management experience who may not meet all the formal criteria for admission. If you have a minimum of 5 years’ experience at a senior or strategic level with no degree, we would be happy to consider an application. Our Admission Panel reviews all non-standard applications for suitability.
  • Evidence of competence in English - English language requirements

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.


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Contact Us

If you have any questions, please contact our programme advisor, Harriet Cottyn by email at or by phone on +44 (0) 1491 418767.

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