Application dates


Applications are now closed for intake 12 of the programme.


24-month standard programme 18-month APEL programme
Applications open 1 June 2017 1 June 2017
Applications close 22 August 2017 25 July 2017
Notification of outcome (via email) Early September Late August


If as part of the application process a call with University Programme Directors is necessary for clarity on professional and educational qualifications, or if further information is needed about your current role and previous experience, these will take place on the dates shown in the section ‘Academic checks’ further down the page.  You’ll be able to select your preferred date within your application.



Programme dates


As part of intake 12, we will be running one APEL cohort (12.0) and two standard cohorts (12.6 and 12.7).


For more information regarding APEL eligibility, please visit our Who’s it for page.


100% attendance is required at all face-to-face elements of the programme. All residentials take place in Leeds at the NHS Leadership Academy:


Cohort 12.0 (18-month APEL programme)

Residential 2 2 October 2017 – 4 October 2017
Residential 3 1 May 2018 – 3 May 2018
Residential 4 7 March 2019


Cohort 12.6 (24-month standard programme)

Residential 1 31 October 2017 – 3 November 2017
Residential 2 26 June 2018 – 28 June 2018
Residential 3 15 January 2019 – 17 January 2019
Residential 4 21 November 2019


Cohort 12.7 (24-month standard programme)

Residential 1 7 November 2017 – 10 November 2017
Residential 2 2 July 2018 – 4 July 2018
Residential 3 5 February 2019 – 7 February 2019
Residential 4 26 November 2019



As mentioned above, all residential elements will 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 8 times during the APEL 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


You will 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.


Academic checks (if required)


During the application process, you may be contacted via telephone by University Programme Directors if clarity is needed in relation to professional and educational qualifications, or if further information is needed about your current role and previous experience.




  • 24th July, 2-5pm
  • 25th July, 2-5pm
  • 7th August, 2-5pm
  • 8th August, 2-5pm
  • 23rd August, 2-5pm
  • 28th August, 2-5pm
  • 29th August, 2-5pm




  • 24th July, 2-5pm
  • 25th July, 2-5pm
  • 7th August, 2-5pm
  • 8th August, 2-5pm


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 APEL 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?