Standalone Modules

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The standalone modules pathway is a new academic pathway of the LEAP programme. This pathway has been specifically made for candidates interested in studying one online module relevant to their current or next role.

After completion of one module via this pathway, there will also be the possibility to continue to one of the longer pathways. To do this, you must apply to the programme via your OC's regular application process. Past performance from the module you have already studied will be taken into account when you apply.

This pathway could be particularly relevant for candidates who:

  • are interested in only studying one module which is relevant to their current or next MSF role.

  • are considering applying for the full programme but would like to try one module before committing to a longer pathway.

Application process

Unlike the longer pathways, applications for the standalone modules pathway will be processed and administered directly by the LEAP London programme team. Your OC, however, will still be consulted throughout the process in order to gain approval for your participation on your course.

In order to apply, the key academic criteria you must meet are as follows:

  • 2:1 undergraduate degree or international equivalent (if you do not have an academic degree your application will still be considered if you can demonstrate relevant prior experience and skills in the humanitarian sector).

  • Minimum level of C1 English.

For the 2021/2022 semester we will no longer be keeping applications open throughout the academic year. The application window for all modules running in the first semester (September to December) has now closed. Applications for modules starting in the second semester (January to May) will open later this year.

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.

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 will be available for students to study. This will also include the two core blended modules which, though usually offered online with a two-week face-to-face, will be fully online for this academic year. You can find a list of all the modules available via the following link:

Modules for the second semester (January to May) will be added later this year, prior to applications opening.

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?

To apply for a standalone module, please provide:

Note for non-Gmail users: You will have to send an email with your documents (CV, 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!


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.