Standalone Module Pathway

Applications for semester one of the 24/25 academic year are now closed.

The next application cycle will open in July 2024.

The LEAP standalone modules pathway provides eligible MSF staff with the opportunity to study one online module (up to a maximum of two), at postgraduate level. Candidates will only be allowed to study one module per academic year.

Candidates who do a standalone module will have the possibility of continuing to one of the longer pathways. To do this, you must apply via your OC's regular application process. Studying a standalone module does not guarantee you a place on the full programme, so please bear this in mind before applying.

Selection criteria

Standalone modules are open to all MSF staff who are looking for further development in their current area of work, so as to strengthen their professional profile and performance. 

Candidates will be selected based on the following criteria:

Application process

Unlike the longer pathways, applications for the standalone modules pathway will be processed and administered directly by the LEAP London programme team. 

A selection committee will be organised after applications close to assess and select candidates.  Your OC will still be consulted throughout the process in order to gain final approval for your participation on your course.

All applicants should receive notification on the outcome of their application by the beginning of May 2024. 

English Language Information

It is essential that your English language level is at a C1 minimum to take the LEAP.

You can take an online EF SET test, free-of-charge, to give you an idea of your level.

Make sure you take the 90 minute test when applying for LEAP. The results of this test will be required for your application. 

If your application is successful, please be aware that you will be required to complete and return an official Standard English Language Test (SELT) before you are allowed to start the programme. In the event you are not able to complete a SELT, there will also be the option of going through the English Language waiver process. 

For a full guide on the English language requirements for LEAP, please see this document.


Only online modules are available as a standalone module. Please click on this link LEAP Standalone Modules List for the full list of modules available in semester 1.

Please note, the list of modules is not definitive and may be updated as and when new modules become available. For further information on all of the modules available through the LEAP programme, please visit the external LEAP website.

How to apply?

Applications for the standalone module are closed for this cycle. For reference, to apply for the standalone module, you would need to provide:

Note for non-MSF email applicants: You will have to send an email with your documents (CV, cover letter, EF Set test results and signed letter of recommendation) to  

You can find further application instructions on the first page of the application form.

We strongly recommend that you inform your line manager or HR contact (HRCo, development manager, career manager or pool manager) about your application as soon as possible.

You will be asked to provide a recommendation from your line manager (or if international staff between missions your HRCo/ development manager/ career manager/ pool manager) as  part of your application. If you are shortlisted, your line manager (as well as the HR contact for international staff between missions), will be informed and will need to confirm your availability to study the module you have chosen. The more they are on board, the higher the likelihood is you will receive their support!

After completing a module

You will be provided with a certificate of completion as proof you have successfully completed the module. 

Please note, you are only allowed to study a maximum of two modules under the standalone module pathway and only one module per academic year.

Credits awarded can also be used to progress towards one of the longer pathways at a later date. If you wish to apply for one of the longer pathways, you must do so following your OC's regular application process


For further information on the standalone modules pathway and on how to apply, please contact the LEAP team at

Do not forget to read our full English Language Guidelines  before applying.