Application dates


Applications for the programme are closed and due to open later in the year.



All residential elements take place at the NHS Leadership Academy. Additionally, there are other elements where attendance/participation is required. Details are as follows:


Action Learning Sets (ALS)


The ALS meets eleven times during the standard programme and eight times during the APL programme for full day working sessions; dates and locations will be negotiated and agreed within your ALS and there will be travel involved.


Individual and group tutorials


Participants have individual and group tutorials over the duration of the programme. These will take place during specified weeks, but the day and time of tutorials (including evenings and weekends) will be mutually agreed with groups/individuals. Tutorials will take place either online, by telephone or face-to-face.


As part of our commitment to developing outstanding leaders across healthcare, NHS staff are offered a heavily subsidised price for the programme; providing excellent value for money for an award-winning Masters programme.



24-month standard programme 18-month APL programme
Full programme fee £16,500 £10,000
NHS subsidised fee* £6,000 £5,000


*This fee applies to those who work for organisations providing NHS funded care


Bursary information


The NHS Leadership Academy places diversity and inclusion at the heart of everything that we do. Inclusion is one of our four key strategic aims and therefore must be sown across and throughout our work.


In offering our programmes, we pay attention to inclusion in relation to both content and how our programmes are delivered. We must also ensure that access to our programmes reflects the richness and diversity of our workforce.


To this end, we now have a bursary scheme to support talented applicants who are from groups under-represented across leadership levels and whom, without the bursary, would otherwise miss out on opportunities to access the excellent quality professional leadership programmes that the Academy offer. Specifically, the scheme is available to individuals of the following groups;


  • BAME
  • People with disabilities
  • LGBT+


More information on bursaries

How do you apply?