Applications for the September 2020 intake are now closed!

Please check back in the summer for January 2021 requirements.

Who is it for?

LEAP targets current and potential leaders regardless of staff category (both medical and non-medical) – international and national staff in the field, in between missions, and those working at HQ/in partner sections/branch offices. If you do not have an undergraduate degree, but have developed your skills through your professional experience in the humanitarian sector, then you will also be considered. Your application should emphasise different aspects of your professional experience and demonstrate your ability to produce written work.

We particularly encourage applications from those who have, as a minimum, some management experience within their role, and/or those who are technical specialists. This includes - but is not limited to: medical and non-medical coordinators and deputies/ assistants; supervisors; activity managers; doctors, nurses, and paramedical staff.

Candidates will have to prove a minimum level of C1 English. Please read the English language requirements document carefully for further information.

How will we prioritise applicants?

Candidates will be selected based on their potential, motivation and relevant experience, as reflected in their application.

Applications will be assessed by a selection committee of MSF representatives.

From the next LEAP application round in winter 2020 onwards, applicants will be able to apply for the full Masters programme via OCA.

Please note, due to the longer term commitment of the Masters programme, there will be a more limited number of places available.

You can also still apply for the postgraduate certificate or stand-alone modules, which can be chosen from the core or the optional module lists. Applications for the postgraduate diploma will not be considered at this time.

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 E F SET test, free-of-charge, to give you an idea of your level.

The results of this test will be required for your application.

For a full guide on the English language test equivalents, please see this document.

How can you apply?

If you wish to apply for the LEAP programme, you will be asked to provide:

A short video

Application form


There are two phases in the selection process: an internal MSF process and then one at the University of Manchester. If you are selected by MSF, you will be informed and then invited to apply directly to the University of Manchester, who will make the final decision on your application, At this point, you will also need to take a certified English test which will assess whether you meet the standard English requirements for the programme. Please see further information here.

Contact details

For questions about your application please email the L&D officers Amsterdam.DevelopmentOfficer@amsterdam.msf.org: or the MSF UK LEAP inbox: leap@london.msf.org

For questions about academic content, or your academic eligibility please contact the University of Manchester: leapmsf@manchester.ac.uk.