Micro Master's Degree in Strategic Leadership

Level 7 is equivalent to Master's leveL

This Level 7 certification aims to develop learners’ understanding of the fundamental principles and practice of leadership. This will enhance the individuals’ knowledge, skills and attributes to effectively engage in the role and responsibilities required of an effective team player and leader, being proactive in innovation and improvement to inform strategy and business planning within the organisation.

Level 7 is equivalent to Master’s level and could transfer 20 credits and total tuition fees to Master programs of Paris-U.

Programs in details

Learning Outcomes:

1. Understand the principles, concepts, differences, and approaches to contemporary leadership.

1.1 Explain the meaning and importance of leadership.

1.2 Contrast the main approaches to the study of leadership.

1.3 Critically evaluate the role of leadership in strategic management.

2.  Understand how leadership influences individuals, teams and the organisation.

2.1 Critically compare the relationships between leaders of work groups and leaders of teams. 

2.2 Distinguish between the influence of leadership on groups and teams and formal and informal groups. 

2.3 Critically evaluate the characteristics of an influential work group and team.

3. Understand the impact of leadership on organisational performance.

3.1 Assess the nature of the organisation’s effectiveness and performance.

3.2 Critically explore the main features and requirements of leadership development.

3.3 Provide criteria for assessing an organisation’s strategic effectiveness from a leadership perspective.

4. Understand ethical decision-making and organisational values.

4.1 Critically explore the exercise of leadership power and influence. 

4.2 Critically review the importance of ethics, values and corporate social responsibilities to an organisation’s value. 

4.3 Critically evaluate leadership and sustainability concepts and trends.


Meaning and importance of leadership

Course Coverage:
  • The definitions of leadership in various organisational contexts: leadership as a strategic competitive advantage, the relationship between management and leadership, and characteristics of strategic leaders.

Approaches to the study of leadership

Course Coverage:

  • The qualities or traits approach, the functional or group approach, including action-centred leadership, leadership as a behavioural category,  leadership styles, contingency theories,  transitional or transformational leadership, inspirational or visionary leadership, and authentic leadership.

Leadership in strategic management

Course Coverage:

  • Leadership and strategy; vision, mission and values, stakeholder relationships, change and change management; levels of leadership; future thinking, storytelling and scenarios.

Work groups and teams

Course Coverage:

  • Distinguish between groups, workgroups and teams; types and forms of teams: project teams, self-managed teams,  virtual teams, and operational teams, etc.; group values and norms; formal groups, informal groups.

Characteristics of an influential work group  and team

Course Coverage:

  • Factors contributing to group cohesiveness and performance, advantages and disadvantages; member compatibility, Belbin et al., team development and maturity; creative leadership and team development; inter-team conflict.

Organisation effectiveness and performance

Course Coverage:

  • Distinguish between organisation efficiency and effectiveness; innovation, culture and creativity,  excellence models, Peters and Waterman,  McKinsey 7S, learning organisations. 

Leadership development

Course Coverage:

  • Coaching,  empowerment and support, training and learning,  knowledge management, succession planning and career progression, EFQM Excellence  Model. 

Strategic effectiveness and leadership

Course Coverage:

  • EFQM  Excellence Model; Balanced Scorecard, Strategy  Maps. 

Leadership power and influence

Course Coverage:

  • Leadership and ethics; process of decision-making power and control; French and Raven sources of power,  power involvement and compliance; strategic control, management, order and flexibility, delegation,  trust and empowerment. 

Ethics, values and corporate social  responsibility

Course Coverage:

  • Models of ethics, ethical decision making; value-based leadership, values and corporate social responsibility, the concept of corporate social value, codes of business conduct, UN global compact, ethical leadership. 

Leadership and sustainability concepts and  trends

Course Coverage

  • Concept of sustainability leadership,  the model, leadership and sustainable development, and the triple bottom line.

Indicative reading list 

  • Adair, J. (2007). How to grow leaders: the seven key principles of effective leadership development. London: Kogan Page 
  • Bass, B. M. and Riggio, R. (2005). Transformational Leadership. 2nd ed. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates
  • Covey, S. (1989). Seven habits of highly effective people. New York: Simon & Schuster 
  • Goleman, D. (1996). Emotional Intelligence: Why it can matter more than IQ. Bantam Books
  • Handy, C. (1999). Understanding Organisations. 4th ed. Penguin Books 
  • George, B. (2003). Authentic Leadership. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass
  • Hargreaves, A. Fink, D. (2006) Sustainable Leadership. San Francisco: Jossey Bass
  • Mullins, L. (2010) Management and Organisational Behaviour. London: Pearson Ltd.
  • Northouse, P. (2010). Leadership: Theory and Practice. 5th Ed, Sage Publications
  • Sinclair, A. and Agyeman, B. (2004). Building Global Leadership: Strategies for success. Roffey Park Institute


  • European Management Journal 
  • Management Today (Haymarket Business Media); 
  • The Leadership Quarterly  
  • People Management (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development); 
  • Professional Manager (Chartered Management Institute); 
  • Journal of Leadership and Organisational Studies 
  • Journal of Leadership Studies 


  • www.aqa.co.uk AQA professional development
  • www.cipd.co.uk Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development Continuing professional development 
  • www.cityandguilds.co.uk City & Guilds professional development 
  • www.businesslink.gov.uk Interactive tools for creating a personal development plan through assessment of management and leadership skills
  • www.managementhelp.org Articles on leadership development planning and self- assessments for personal and professional development 
  • www.management-standards.org.uk Chartered Management Institute
  • www.mindtools.com Time-management tools and activity logs 

Entry requirements

To enroll in the Micro Master program, the learner must possess:

  • Graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or achieved a Level 6 Diploma according to the European Qualifications
  • For a non-global accredited university degree, The learner should have followed the Accreditation of Prior Experimental Learning for Qualification (APELQ) policy of Université Libérale de Paris (Paris-U). 
  • Learners must be over 21 years old.

Université Libérale de Paris reserves the highest decision-making power for admission whether to accept or not accept after a specific review of each candidate’s profile to ensure they can comprehend and gain benefits when participating. For the fake university or diploma mills, SIMI shall not be accepted.

English language requirements

If a learner is not from a predominantly English-speaking country, proof of English language proficiency must be provided.

  • Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) level B2 or equivalent
  • Or A minimum TOEFL score of 101 or IELTS 6.5; Reading and Writing must be at 6.5 or equivalent

After graduating from Micro Master programs, students receive all certified documents from Université Libérale de Paris.

Certified Documents:

  • e-Certificate from Université Libérale de Paris. 
  • Hard copy certificate from Université Libérale de Paris
  • Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning for Qualification (APELQ) certified from Paris-U for credit and tuition fee transfer
  • Certification & Recognition certified from Paris-U

Because the program is accredited and recognised, students can easily use permitted in the working environment and have many opportunities for career advancement. In addition, if you want to study for a university degree, students can convert all credits and the full tuition fee when participating in the program Paris-U.

Université Libérale de Paris’s Micro Master Degree means:

Paris-U Micro Master Degree is certified at the master level and is equivalent to:

  • Level 7 Certificate of Regulated Qualification Framework (RQF) of the UK
  • Level 10 certificate of Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF)
  • Level 7 Certificate of Credit and Qualifications Framework (CQFW)
  • Level 7 certificate of European Qualifications Framework (EQF)
  • Level 9 certificates of the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF)
  • Level 7 certificate of ASEAN Qualifications Reference Framework (AQRF)
  • Level 9 certificate of the African Continental Qualifications Framework (ACQF)

Students can convert all credits and the full tuition fee when participating in the Paris-U academic programs if they want to study for an academic degree.

Credits transfer:

Learners can accumulate 20 credits from the Micro Master program when participating in the Master of Arts in Education Management and Innovation Pedagogy (MAEMIP) of Paris-U. Please see the credit transfer policy HERE.

Tuition fee transfer:

When participating in the MAEMIP program, students who have graduated from the Micro Master program will receive a discount equivalent with short courses tuition fee for each certified. Please see the tuition fee transfer HERE.

[APEL.Q] – Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) for Award of Academic Qualifications (Q) is the award of academic qualifications to individual learners through the evaluation and assessment of prior experiential learning towards fully accredited programmes offered by Paris-U. A degree with [APEL.Q] pathway is granted on the basis of the knowledge, skills, and competencies acquired through formal, informal, or non-formal learning.

As a crucial component of Liberal Education, Paris-U is the first university in the world to fully implement the APEL.Q approach to acknowledge experience and knowledge. Assist students in becoming rapidly recognized and entering the labour market.

Short Courses Certified programs are completely approved and recognized, according to the same rigorous standards as academic degree programs. Learners might include this qualification in their portfolios when submitting for the APEL.Q examination.

Please note that, the APEL.Q process will lead to only the MLSCM degree from Paris-U, not a dual degree. For more information, read more HERE

Université Libérale de Paris (Paris-U) Certified program is not-for-profit, so Paris-U’s partners fully support the tuition fees. Université Libérale de Paris reserves the right not to accept more students if the number exceeds the quotas.

Apply Policy:

  • To participate in Paris-U’s Short courses program, students must meet the entry criteria corresponding to each level. Please see the “Entry” tab for more details.
  • Paris-U will only accept applicants if their entry qualifications are from diploma mill universities or schools/universities that are accredited.
  • For Level 7 short courses programs, if an entry bachelor is unavailable, students must demonstrate at least five years of work experience in the relevant field. Please note that a bachelor’s degree is required for the Master’s program at Paris-U, so you could take the Micro Master program but could not move to the Master’s program at Paris-U.
  • English is not a mandatory entry requirement for short course programs, but candidates must ensure that English is used in reading documents, listening to lectures, and doing assignments. Candidates should note that English is mandatory when switching to an academic program at Paris-U.

Apply Process:

  1.  Choose the program that suits your requirements. Applicants without a university degree will not be able to participate in the program at Level 7, and applicants without a Master’s degree will not be able to participate in the program at Level 8.
  2. Email your application to support@paris-u.fr with all the required documents. You can download the application form here.
  3. Our admission department will reach out to you and guide you through further processes if the registration documents need to be supplemented.
  4. Université Libérale de Paris will issue the Letter of Acceptant (LOA). You will proceed to the next steps according to the instructions and pay the tuition fee.
  5. Université Libérale de Paris will issue a student confirmation letter, login account to the e-learning system and related documents.
  6. You have become an official Paris-U student and enjoy your study journey.

The Short Courses Certified program is a fully online program. You can study anytime, anywhere. The final exam will be uploaded to the system and marked by the academic panel of Paris-U. Students must submit assignments on time. Otherwise, the student is considered not to continue the program.

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Tuition fees

Tuition policies are in keeping with the provisions of the Paris-U policy and are subject to change without notice. In some cases, Paris-U offers a variety of Scholarships for International Students. 

Level 7 short courses certificate & e-certificate
Hard copy certificate & APEL.Q documents
Transfer to Paris-U Degree

Université Libérale de Paris

Université Libérale de Paris (Paris-U) offers higher education programmes in English only and that are different from the French National Curricula and Programmes leading to French Government accredited university qualifications, which falls under the French Public Higher Education sector.

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