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Leadership and Management for Healthcare Practice


School - School of Health and Society

Subject area - Nursing

Start Date(s): September


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

Fees 2018-19:

2019-20 fees will be displayed shortly.

Part-time - £1,260 per 30 credit module

UK - £7,560

International - £13,860

Full-time PgDip - £5,040

In Brief:

  • 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 impact on patient and service outcomes
  • Part-time study option
  • International students can apply

Course Summary

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.

Course Structure

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:

  • 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

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


  • Postgraduate Diploma: four modules over eight months
  • Masters: four modules plus a dissertation over one year


  • Postgraduate Diploma: four modules over two years
  • Masters: four modules plus a dissertation over three years

For the full-time study option:

Year 1 - Semester 1

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.
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.

Year 1 - Semester 2

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.
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.

Year 1 - Semester 3

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

For the part-time study option:

Year 1, Semester 1

  • Leading and Managing in Health Care Organisations (30 credits)

Year 1, Semester 2

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

Year 2, Semester 1

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

Year 2, Semester 2

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

Year 3

  • Dissertation (60 credits)

Entry Requirements

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.

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL)

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.

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.

Suitable For

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.

Applicant profile

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.

Fees 2019-20

Fees for entry in 2019 will be displayed shortly.

Fees 2018-19

Type of StudyFee
Part-time£1,260 per 30 credit module
Full-time International£13,860
Full-time PgDip£5,040

Additional costs

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

Scholarships and Bursaries

For more information please see our funding section


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:

  • Written assignments
  • Patchwork text assessment
  • Presentations
  • Writing of a business case
  • Vica voco (presentation and justification of the business case)
  • Critical commentary to understand own leadership and management personal development

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.

Postgraduate Staff Profile

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.

I was unsure what to expect from the 'Me' in Leadership module at the beginning. I was very sceptical with regards to what I would learn as I have previously attended leadership training within my trust. What I did not expect was how much I would learn about myself and the interaction I have with others. The theories and tools that you learn on this module are fantastic, the ability and time to self reflect is priceless. I have learnt skills that I will never forget and would definitely recommend this module to all my colleagues.

Lisa Brown, Assistant Directorate Manager, University Dental Hospital of Manchester


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.

Career Prospects

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.

Alumni Profile

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!”

Links with Industry

This work-based learning course enables the student to contextualise learning within their own organisation and to:

  • Apply new knowledge and skissl to work, at work, for work
  • Utilise a contemporary leadership qualities framework to evidence knowledge, skills and leadership qualities
  • Work through real-world leadership and management issues
  • Develop knowledge and skills to support the increasing evidence based health culture care

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.

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