Applications for the September 2021 intake are now closed.

Applications for January 2022 will be opening soon.

Who is it for?

LEAP is aimed at MSF’s current and future leadership, and those who will become decision makers.

We therefore look for people 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.

LEAP is open to you, whether you are national, international and headquarters’ staff, or whether you are medical or non-medical. Staff are required to have at least 12 months of professional work experience with MSF to apply.

The Universities’ entry requirement is an upper second-class Bachelor’s degree (2:1) or international equivalent, and a proven C1 level of English Language.

If you do not have an undergraduate degree but have developed your skills through your professional experience in the humanitarian sector, you will also be considered. For the basic academic requirements please see here.

Your application will need to emphasize the different elements of your professional experience and demonstrate your ability to produce written work.

How will we prioritise applicants?

The selection process will be based on people’s potential, motivation and relevant experience, as reflected in their application. Applications will be assessed by a selection committee made of MSF representatives.

There will be a limited number of places for the September 2021.

Please be aware that OCBA will only consider applications made for the Postgraduate Certificate. There is, however, the possibility for candidates who complete this pathway successfully to continue to a PG Diploma or a full MSc. This will be assessed on a case-by-case basis and only once candidates are approaching the end of their postgraduate certificate.

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, please:

  • Complete the attached OCBA LEAP Application Document and send it to the OCBA LEAP email address: LEAP.BCN@barcelona.msf.org, by 21/03/2021 at the latest.

  • Provide the results of a free online English Language test (EF SET test) proving a minimum level of C1 will need to be copied with the OCBA application. Please note, if your application is successful you will have to take an official English Language test as part of the university application process. Please view the official English Language guidance document for further information.

  • For full details on the English language requirements of the LEAP programme please see the LEAP English Language guidelines.

If your OCBA application is successful you will then have to apply to the University of Manchester, who will make the final decision on your application. Information on how to apply to the University of Manchester will be communicated to successful applicants in due time.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

The selection process includes two steps, one through MSF OCBA and one through the Universities. Following successful selection by OCBA, candidates will be guaranteed funding for the programme and will need to apply to the university directly – with whom we work closely to make sure the people we select fit the Universities’ entry criteria.

If you are thinking about applying for the programme, we would recommend watching the recording from the application webinar held in February 2021 for further information about the programme and advice on how to apply.

You can access the recording and slides via the links below:

Contact Details

If you are part of OCBA and would like more specific information about the conditions, please contact LEAP.BCN@barcelona.msf.org

For questions related to the academic content of the LEAP courses and for queries about your specific academic background and eligibility please email: leapmsf@manchester.ac.uk

For all general queries please email leap@london.msf.org