University College for Interdisciplinary Learning

Manchester Leadership Programme

The Manchester Leadership Programme combines Leadership in Action academic units with extra-curricular volunteering.

Here you will find an overview of the MLP, the requirements and how to apply. Current students can also access their My MLP account.

The MLP is unique to the University of Manchester, and combines theory and real-world practice, to provide you with the opportunity to enhance your university experience, while giving something back to the wider community.

The programme also helps you to develop the skills and experiences that graduate employers seek.

Through the programme's academic units, students

  • gain insights into the challenges facing 21st century society;
  • work with students from across the university;
  • explore how change happens, who makes it happen, and what this tells us about 21st century leadership;
  • learn directly from leading University of Manchester academics and high profile leaders from the public, private and voluntary sectors.

Through the volunteering element of the programme, students

  • apply learning about leadership in real-world, practical contexts;
  • meet new people, develop new skills;
  • give something back to the wider community.

Students who successfully complete both programme elements receive the prestigious Manchester Leadership Programme (Bronze, Silver or Gold).

Leadership Programme requirements

To achieve the Manchester Leadership Programme you will be required to complete:

1. A 10 or 20 credit 'Leadership in Action' University College unit (five to choose from):

  • Lecture Based units (semester 1 or 2) UCIL20021/20022
  • Online units (semester 1 or 2) UCIL20031/ 20032
  • 20 Credit unit (both semesters, lecture based unit+individual research project) UCIL20020

2. 20, 40 or 60 hours of approved volunteering, leading to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Manchester Leadership Programme.

As an MLP student you will have an entire ‘volunteering year’ to complete your volunteering and will have access to a personalized ‘My MLP’ account, through which you will log and evidence your volunteering.

Our Volunteering team will help you find suitable volunteering opportunities and also offer tailored opportunities for MLP students in a wide range of volunteering including: environmental campaigns; sports volunteering; mentoring young people; fund raising and much more. Full details of volunteering criteria and dates are available on the MLP Volunteering homepage.

How to enrol for the MLP

You can register for the MLP by enrolling on a Leadership in Action course unit, in the same way that you enroll for other course units, via the Student System.

If you experience difficulties enrolling on a Leadership in Action course unit please contact your school or for support.

Before you enrol

  • If you enrol for the MLP you should be committed to undertaking the voluntary work.
  • You should check your eligibility with your academic school for the available Leadership in Action academic units. You may need to seek permission from your Programme Director.
  • Note that the MLP is only available to University of Manchester undergraduate students.
  • If you need to change the unit you are enrolled on please email your request to

MY MLP: Current students access your account below.

I would recommend the MLP to anyone. It’s a diverse programme that allowed me to address and get involved in many different things that I would not have considered or been able to achieve alone.MLP Student feedback


If you have any questions about the Manchester Leadership Programme, please email us or call us on 0161 275 2851.

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