Standalone Modules

Applications for modules starting in January 2022 are now open! Applications will close 10th November 2021.

The LEAP standalone modules pathway provides eligible MSF staff with the opportunity to study one online module (up to a maximum of two after completion of your first module), at postgraduate level.

Candidates who do a standalone module will have the possibility of continuing to one of the longer pathways. To do this, you must apply to the programme 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:

  • Have demonstrated the relevance of the specific module for which they are applying to their current or upcoming role with MSF.

  • Have a minimum of twelve months prior working experience with MSF

  • Have a C1 minimum level of English

  • Have at minimum, an undergraduate degree at 2:1 level (or international equivalent) OR equivalent work experience

      • Staff without a prior degree will be considered if they can demonstrate a strong level of humanitarian experience and knowledge.

  • Are committed to working with MSF for at least six months after completing a module

      • Staff who demonstrate a commitment to continue their careers with MSF in their cover letters or references will be prioritized.

For 2022, there will be 30 spaces available for standalone modules split between the two semesters. This equates to 15 spaces for modules starting Jan-June 2022, and 15 spaces for modules starting Sept-Dec 2022.

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, however, 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 mid-December 2021.

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.

Modules

Only online modules will be available for students to study. This will also include the two core modules, Critical Approaches to Evidence and History of Humanitarian Aid, which both include an intensive two week online study period. You can find a list of all the modules available via the following link:

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 LEAP@London.msf.org

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 modules pathway. Please note, you will only be able to apply for the second module after completing your first.

Credits awarded can also be used to progress towards one of the longer pathways at a later date. However, please bear in mind that you will have to apply to your OC in order to be considered for a longer pathway.

Contact

For further information on the standalone modules pathway and on how to apply, please contact the LEAP team at LEAP@London.msf.org

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