We know that effective leadership and management does not happen by chance. This practice-related course is aimed at all health care professionals who want to 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.
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.
If you want to implement quality improvements that are locally lead, patient-centred and clinically driven, this Masters course will help you:
The full course runs full-time or part-time over one year giving you the chance to exit with the following awards:
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.
Recruitment of international students (full-time route 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 work-based learning programme (contextualise theory and practice) approach from the outset.
An applicant who does not possess one of the qualifications which satisfies the General Academic Entry Requirement may be admitted through the Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) route, The Accreditation of Prior Certificated Learning (APCL) route or the Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) may be used for entry.
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.
This practice-related, Masters 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.
A typical 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.
This course is delivered on a modular basis. You will attend study days throughout the duration of the module. You will be provided with opportunities to contextualise all leadership learning to your own health care organisation. You can study the course on a part-time or full-time basis (international students are only able to apply for the full-time route). If you study full-time, you will study more than one module at a time.
The course allows for a variety of assessments, depending on the module you will be undertaking, and include:
Additional support is available through Blackboard, our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) which can be used via the internet. Not only will you have easy access to course materials such as handbooks, lecture handouts, and videos it will also give you the opportunity to participate in discussion boards and online exchanges with staff and fellow students.
Course leader - Jackie Leigh
Jackie is research active and has areas of interest in clinical leadership, impact of leadership development on patient and service improvement, impact integrated teaching model that incorporates work-based learning
Jackie is fully trained NHS Leadership Qualities Framework 360 Degree Feedback facilitator and a member of Professional Practice Council NHS Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale.
Students have gone on to make a significant impact on patient care through their application of enhanced leadership and management skills, qualities and attitudes that they have applied to an existing managerial role.
Once qualified, you will be in a fantastic position to apply for roles in management or change direction in order to move up the career ladder.
Studying on the course will place you in a strong position to take on a leadership role and to further progress your career within the field of health care management. Similarly the content of the course will assist you in providing quality care for patients and lead service improvement utilising recognised tools and techniques.
Students already studying on the course report how their leadership development went hand in hand with the work-based and work- related learning that they have undertaken. Students describe how their leadership skills have been enhanced through application of learning within their own organisation. Self assessment of their own role as leader has revealed an enhanced level of understanding about the context of the organisation, decision-making, strategy development and implementation. Furthermore they learnt how strategic planning is undertaken within their own organisations.
Students realised that networking with people who could assist them deal with a leadership situation was so important to their role that they then purposefully sought out individuals in order to establish relevant links. For others the networking activity increased the students’ confidence to seek out work-based relationships with people in the organisation that they would never have considered in the past.
Adele Doherty is a student on the MSC Leadership and Management Course who is currently undertaking her dissertation module. Adele has been working on a project as part of her dissertation to explore the knowledge, understanding and training needs of staff who care for people with dementia. She says:
"This project is turning into a real developmental opportunity at work. I am meeting a reporter from a local newspaper tomorrow to discuss dementia care and good practice - all very exciting! The MSc that is truly work based!”
This work-based learning course enables the student to contextualise learning within their own organisation and to:
Current students place great importance to the processes involved when work related, work-based learning is used to support leadership development. Elements of work-based learning include thinking and reflecting on work practices, reviewing and learning from experience, and problem-solving within a working environment. This in turn positively influenced leadership development whereby the students developed a conscious awareness of their role, skills, skill level and style of leadership that gets the best result.
|Type of Study||Fee|
|Full-time International||£13,300 for full-time MSc, £8,870 for full-time PgDip|
|Full-time PgDip||£5,500 (home/EU students)|
We offer awards to help you study through our:
There are also other sources of funding available to you.
For more information please see our funding section
Funding for this course may be available for eligible staff within the NHS. To find out more please see the NHS CPD Apply system.