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MSc/PGDip/PGCert Health & Care Leadership

Key facts

  • Start date: September
  • Study mode and duration: MSc: 24-36 months part-time, PgDip: 18-24 months part-time, PGCert 12-18 months part-time

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  • an interdisciplinary Masters equipping aspiring and established senior leaders with the knowledge and leadership skills to lead and navigate the complex challenges of modern systems of health and care
  • contextualised teaching and learning to develop participants’ knowledge, skills and behaviours, enabling a tailored, personalised learning journey
  • a focus on active and experiential learning enabling participants to translate, challenge, adapt and apply theory to guide their actions and decisions within the workplace
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Why this course?

The MSc Health & Care Leadership is an internationally recognised, interdisciplinary postgraduate degree that provides participants with the underpinnings for a successful leadership career in the health and care sector. 

It is suitable for both established and aspiring leaders looking to lead complex services, departments, programmes and systems. This includes clinical and nurse leaders across any speciality, allied healthcare professionals, service managers and other nonclinical leaders across the health and care sector, including the third sector.

Established leaders have the opportunity to study core disciplines and hone the knowledge and skills required to succeed at the most senior levels. The programme provides a springboard for aspiring leaders to transition from more functionalist positions to more senior, strategic roles. 

Drawing on the depth and breadth of expertise across the University and our extensive networks of sector experts, the programme incorporates the latest research and thought leadership, along with practice-based knowledge, insights and skills. Participants will develop and enhance the knowledge, skills and behaviours needed to work in partnership within and across organisational boundaries, leverage technology and deliver high-value, service-user and patient-centred outcomes across complex environments.

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Course content

Year 1

Developing & Leading Collaborative Health & Care Workforces for the Future

The provision of health and social care is increasingly set against a background of partnership working between the public, private, voluntary and independent sectors, co-production with service-users and local communities, growing digital sophistication, and an insatiable drive for social innovation. 

This module will develop the idea of collaborative leadership as a potential way forward. It will explore how collaborative leadership might work, the changes in mindset and culture that it entails, the knowledge and practices which are required to make it work, and the methods that may be engaged to evaluate outcomes. It will also consider the “dark” sides of collaborative leadership and their potential remedies.

Big Data Driven Healthcare

Health data analytics skills are currently in high demand due to the complex nature of medicine and healthcare delivery as well as the growing expectation from the public for safe and efficient health services. Health delivery systems are hugely complex organisations which are increasingly storing huge amount of patient and epidemiology data. 

Data can be extremely powerful in the design, delivery and management of health and social care systems. It can be used to plan and develop new services, influence strategies, inform budget decisions and optimise processes and policy. Health and Care leaders should not themselves need to be data scientists, but they should be able to confidently identify data sources, create data management plans and put these into action and manage data analytics projects in the health and care context.

Contemporary Issues & Inequalities in Health & Care

A core element of leading in health and care is the ability to understand the complex environment in which services operate, and the key debates and issues which prevail. This class presents contemporary issues in health and care in order to explain and contextualise the challenges faced by leaders and others in the sector, presenting the issues in both an integrated and rigorous manner.

Year 2

Health systems performance, financing & innovation

This module equips students with the capacity to understand health systems at multiple levels, from the operational to the strategic and policy levels. This class will focus on key issues in health policy and aims to provide students with an awareness of the state of current health policy debates as well as the tools available for analysing the role of health policy and its effectiveness. 

This class provides an overview of selected health policy issues related to performance and financing. More specifically, students will acquire knowledge in the performance assessment and performance management of health systems, as well as knowledge of macro- and micro-level health policies concerning public-private governance and the nature of markets in healthcare.

Designing People Centric Healthcare

Recent years have seen an increased focus on the patient perspective of healthcare and the options for designing patient centric health systems. This module develops on this theme but widens it to consider the needs of patients, carers and a much wider range of stakeholders in the design and delivery of health and care in a holistic manner. Health and Care is influenced by a complex range of physical, social, economic cultural end environmental factors and this module critically analyses the widest range of these issues in the design of systems and interventions likely to have a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of all people who directly or indirectly are service users. 

Leading Improvement & Transformation

Healthcare is a vast industry that is undergoing constant reform. Effective operations management in this context is complex and evolving and essential to control costs and improve the quality of services provided to patients. This module will provide essential knowledge and a practical understanding of the principles, tools and techniques required for the effective improvement and transformation of health and care processes and systems, which are indispensable for health and care analysts, managers and consultants.

Personal, Professional & Leadership Development

This module will focus on participants’ personal, professional and leadership development.  It comprises a series of seminars, workshops and activities that run alongside and are aligned with the core modules.  Participants will be required to develop a portfolio of evidence that supports their development of the knowledge, skills and behaviours required of senior managers in the health and care sector.

The module increases participants’ understanding of how to manage their own continuous professional development in order to enhance their personal and leadership effectiveness.

Service/Business Transformation Project

The primary aim of the Service or Business Transformation Project is to clearly demonstrate ability in the utilisation of knowledge gained during the programme and through previous work experience. Participants are tasked with the identification of substantial managerial problems/issues and the appropriate selection and application of methods for a critical analysis of these problems/issues. The project creates robust learning in the area(s) of leadership or organisational change chosen by the participant. A variety of options are available regarding both the project topic and method of exploration. For example undertaking an applied managerial project, investigative hypothesis testing, and investigative theory deducing or action research may be considered.

Optional modules

You must also choose one elective in consultation with the Programme Director. Your elective may be selected from the list below or alternatively, from other selected courses offered across the University. Please note that the availability of specific electives will vary from year to year. Possible electives may include:

  • Leading Organisational Change
  • Corporate Governance
  • Innovation & Entrepreneurship
  • Managing Massive Disruption
  • Managing Digital Transformation

Learning & teaching

The programme is delivered via a blended approach. You will attend workshops on campus comprising of study blocks of two to four days' duration. Additional learning will be delivered via structured blended learning activities, such as online webinars and tasks, Action Learning Sets, and ongoing progress meetings and reviews with an Academic Mentor.  

At the start of the course, an intensive induction workshop will be held. Induction includes academic study skills, critical thinking, academic integrity and plagiarism and basic research skills. This will orientate you with the University, its resources, and Virtual Learning and e-Portfolio systems.


Assessment is carried out on both a modular and ongoing basis throughout the Masters. The programme utilises a range of assessment tools and techniques allowing participants to demonstrate their knowledge, skills and behaviours, including an ongoing portfolio of evidence to demonstrate professional development throughout the programme.

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Fees & funding

Fees may be subject to updates to maintain accuracy. Tuition fees will be notified in your offer letter.

All fees are in £ sterling, unless otherwise stated, and may be subject to revision.

Annual revision of fees

Students on programmes of study of more than one year should be aware that tuition fees are revised annually and may increase in subsequent years of study. Annual increases will generally reflect UK inflation rates and increases to programme delivery costs.

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Flexible programme format

Contact us for further information on how you can benefit from our flexible programme format and payment plan.

Other costs

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Entry requirements

Academic Requirements

An Honours degree, or equivalent. 

Entry may be possible with other qualifications provided there is evidence of relevant experience and ability to study at an advanced level.

Additional Requirements

Applicants should be working within the field of Health and Care within a managerial role.

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The MSc Health and Care Leadership will allow you to develop your career within both clinical and non-clinical senior leadership roles in the public, private and third sector.

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Whether you are an individual or an organisation wanting to develop your leaders, take your first steps and find out more.

Get in touch

Arrange a personal consultation with the Programme Director to ensure the programme is right for you and/or your team of leaders. e-mail:

Start date: Sep 2024

Health and Care Leadership (September intake)

Start date: Sep 2024

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