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Leadership Studies with Reference to Security and Development, Ph.D.

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    Application Deadline
  • 36 months
University rank #33 (QS) London, United Kingdom
This exciting PhD programme offers supervision for MPhil/PhD research investigating the interaction between leadership and the security-development nexus, with a focus on developing countries. 
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While development and security are strong fields of study in the UK, there is little in the way of dedicated academic study of the way these interact with leadership, particularly at the conceptual level. Yet there is latent acceptance of the significant role that leadership plays in both development and security processes and outcomes. This MPhil/PhD programme provides the academic space, support and training for students to interrogate these dynamics to produce knowledge that focuses on these issues. The African Leadership Centre is at the forefront of researching this nexus between Leadership, Security and Development.

Career prospects

Graduates from this programme are well suited for academic employment, in addition to private sector consulting organisations, NGO’s, and government employment both in the UK and internationally.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Average part-time duration 84 months
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Part-time variant
    • Duration description

      3-4 years Full Time or 6-7 years Part Time

  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Current research areas and topics include the following

• Leadership and Peacebuilding: Conceptual relationships; and the role of outliers• The political economy of peacebuilding in Africa• Reframing narratives of peace and statebuilding in Africa: The role of political settlements [case studies: Ethiopia, Rwanda, Cote d’Ivoire, Kenya, Sierra Leone]• China’s Role in African Development: transforming development lessons into development catalysts• The practice of leadership: Analysing practitioners’ reflections on peacebuilding – Action research project with leading peacemakers in African conflicts• Leadership and Security in Nigeria


Staff research interests include:
Professor ‘Funmi Olonisakin• Discourses on the “edge” of global security
• Transnational security complexes
• Gender and Security

Professor Abiodun Alao

• Emerging Powers and Global Leadership
• The Politics of Natural Resources Management
• Religious Radicalisation and Political Violence
• Politics, Security and International Relations in Africa

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • A Master's degree (or international equivalent) is usually required. In exceptional circumstances only, a Bachelor's degree with 1st class or high 2:1 honours (or international equivalent).
  • Applicants should also submit a personal statement outlining their reasons for pursuing further research.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    19850 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 19850 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    5300 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 5300 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for London

  • 1137 - 2160 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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