Postgraduate MSc/PgDip

Leadership and Management for Healthcare Practice

School of Health and Society

Full-time

Part-time

Attendance

One year

Three year

Course

September 2019

Next enrolment
Introduction

In a nutshell

Effective leadership and management do not happen by chance. This practice-related course will help you develop the knowledge, skills and qualities to be an effective health care leader. This leadership and management course is designed to give you the confidence to try new and creative approaches to the workplace, deal with complex leadership situations and provide effective patient and service outcomes.

The course is aimed at all health care professionals including nurses, midwives, doctors, physiotherapists, radiographers and health care scientists who want to develop the knowledge, skills and qualities to be an effective health care leader.

The full course runs full-time or part-time over one year giving you the chance to exit with the following awards:

Full-time:

  • Postgraduate Diploma: four modules over eight months

  • Masters: four modules plus a dissertation over one year

Part-time:

  • Postgraduate Diploma: four modules over two years
  • Masters: four modules plus a dissertation over three years
You will:
  • Gain the confidence to try new and creative approaches
  • Learn how to deal with complex leadership situations and provide effective patient and service outcomes
  • Transform patient and service outcomes at a local level
  • Understand your organisation and become an effective leader
  • Explore the challenges and opportunities to influence policy which impacts on patient and service outcomes
International

students accepted

Course details

All about the course

If you want to implement quality improvements that are locally lead, patient-centred and clinically driven, this Masters course will help you:

  • Transform patient and service outcomes at a local level
  • Understand your organisation and become an effective leader
  • Explore the challenges and opportunities to influence policy that impacts on patient and service outcomes
  • Understand yourself as a leader and enhance your knowledge, skills and qualities
  • Develop the skills to manage change in complex and changing health care settings
  • Develop project management skills
  • Implement a change management project
Semester One

Leading and managing in Health Care Organisations (30 credits)

You will be able to explore your organisation and the context within which you work. Areas covered include "what is leadership?" and understanding your health care organisation as well as theories of leadership and management including governance, strategic management and stakeholder engagement.

The 'Me' in Leadership for Health Care Practice (30 credits)

Understand yourself as a leader and improve your personal leadership knowledge, skills and qualities. The module covers areas such as leadership and management approaches, narrative analysis, emotional intelligence and effective leadership.

Semester two

Leading Change for Patient and/or Service Improvement (30 credits)

Develop the skills needed to lead change and make quality improvements in clinical and health care services. This module includes critical evaluation of yourself and others and how to inspire and create an environment for people to make change.

Project Management and Methods of Inquiry for Health Care Practice (30 credits)

Develop effective project management skills and learn how to justify and defend your business case including Prince II project management principles, planning a successful project and critical path analysis.

Semester three

Dissertation (60 credits)

This gives you the opportunity to implement a project in your own workplace.

Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.

Requirements

What you need to know

This practice-related, master's course is aimed at all health care professionals including nurses, midwives, doctors, physiotherapists, radiographers and health care scientists who want to develop the knowledge, skills and qualities to be an effective health care leader.

Typically, an applicant is normally a qualified health care professional currently working in middle management or wanting to move up to middle/senior management within or outside of the current organisation. Some applicants are already managers and want the formal qualification to support the role they are already doing.

English language requirements 

A candidate whose first language is not English must possess a current qualification deemed acceptable by the University as evidence of proficiency in the English Language. Such a qualification must equate to a minimum average score of 6 or above (and for each component 5 or above) from the Cambridge/ British Council English Language Testing Service (IELTS) which provides a common international basis for the elaboration of language syllabuses, curriculum, examinations etc. This is broadly comparable to a classification of C1 under the Common European Framework (CEF).

IELTS 5.5 or above in each category and 6 or above overall.

 

Standard entry requirements

Undergraduate degree

A Bachelor’s degree with honours from a UK university or an equivalent academic or professional qualification (if applicable) from the UK or elsewhere i.e. incorporating study at least comparable to 120 credits at honours level as so deemed by the Board of College or a Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate from a UK university.

The University requires that applicants must have satisfactory references related to the intended vocational course regarding their ability to complete the course and appropriate position within their organisation.

International Students (full-time only)

If you are an international applicant you must demonstrate access to a health care organisation in order to undertake and apply the required work-based learning (contextualise theory and practice).

If this is not possible you must demonstrate recent (contemporary) knowledge of a health care organisation in order to undertake and apply the required work-based learning activities and contextualise theory and it is preferred that you are sponsored by the organisation/ government so have continuing links with your country health care organisation.

You will be made aware of the philosophy of a work-based learning programme (contextualise theory and practice) approach from the outset.

Alternative entry requirements

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/ traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully. 

The Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) process could help you to make your work and life experience count. The APL process can be used for entry onto courses or to give you exemptions from parts of your course. 

Two forms of APL may be used for entry: the Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL).

How much?

Full-time PgDip will cost £5,184

Type of study Year Fees
Full-time home/EU 2019 £7,776per year
Full-time international 2019 £14,310per year
Part-time 2019 £1,296 per 30 credit module
Additional costs

You should also consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits.

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Start Date: September 

Duration: 

MSc (one year full-time or three years part-time)
PgDip (eight months full-time or two years part-time)

Enrolment dates

September 2019

September 2020