Postgraduate MSc/PgDip

Leadership and Management in Education

School of Health and Society





One year

Three year

Next enrolment

September 2024


In a nutshell

International applicants: please check the international intakes page for the latest information and application dates. 

Advance your personal growth as a leader of education so that you can deliver excellent health and social care now and in the future. 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 educational leader.

What is becoming increasingly apparent is the correlation between the highly skilled health and social care workforce that has the right skills, behaviours and education, and the delivery of excellent health and social care and an ability to transform services. There is clear recognition of how the educated workforce can effectively contribute towards the transformation of services and support the implementation of health and social care reform.

This course is aimed at all professionals including allied health professionals, health care scientists, nurses, midwives, doctors, and social workers who want to develop the knowledge, skills, qualities and behaviours to be effective leaders of health and social care education. The course combines education, leadership and service improvement and reform.

The full course runs full-time or part-time 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

You will:

  • Develop yourself within three areas: education; leadership; and service improvement, transformation and reform
  • Be able to lead an education based project for the benefit of service user and or service improvements
  • Learn how to deal with complex leadership situations
  • Learn to base your education and leadership practices on sound research and evidence based practice
  • Learn the skills to empower yourself and others to deliver health and social care reform and transformation through the leadership of health and social care education
  • Gain the confidence to try new and creative approaches

students accepted

Course details

All about the course

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

  • Explore the challenges and opportunities to influence educational policy that impacts on patient and service outcomes
  • Understand yourself as a leader of education and to enhance your knowledge, skills and qualities
  • Develop the skills to manage an education-focused change in complex and changing health care settings

The structure detailed below is for the full time MSc. You can choose to follow either an Education or Academic Practice pathway. 

Core modules

Enabling Change through Educational Leadership for Patient and/ or Service Improvement

  • Enable change and service improvement through educational leadership
  • Develop the skills to manage change in a complex and changing health and social care setting

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.


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

Education pathway

Leading Education in Academic Practice

  • Critically apply the theoretical underpinning to leading classroom based or academic learning
  • Lead and facilitate learning within a professional and inter-professional learning and working environment

Leading Education in Practice

  • Critically examine the theory, research base and impact of the drivers for health and social care reform on leading practice education
  • Identify a clear theory and/or research base in the design of practice learning, teaching and assessment
Academic Practice pathway

Learning and Teaching in Higher Education

This module promotes the discussion of effective teaching, learning and assessment practice in Higher Education (HE). 

You will then also choose one of the following two modules: 

Assessment and Feedback for Learning

This module will provide opportunities to engage critically with literature on assessment and feedback including inclusive and innovative practices, and aligning with the UKPSF/NMC standards where relevant. You will have the opportunity to discuss and develop your professional practice and engage with colleagues from a range of disciplines. 

Flexible, Distance and Online Learning

This module will provide the opportunity to critically explore the practical application of flexible, distance and online learning methods. 

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.

What will I be doing?


The mode of delivery is via:

  • Master classes
  • seminars
  • Action learning sets
  • Peer teaching
  • Flipped classroom approach
  • Student–centred approach
  • Techniques that support you to discuss and manage real-life educational leadership issues

The course design is flexible enough to align with the specifics of your own particular area of educational practice and/or subject focus. This helps you tailor your study and learning directly around your own interests and specific goals.


Assessment strategies reflect the real world recognising that you as an educational leader have to present, report, justify, reflect, defend and write critically. You will be given opportunities to develop these skills throughout the programme. The programme, therefore, allows for a variety of assessments, depending on the module you will be undertaking. They may include e-portfoliom poster presentation, production of reports, education-focused projects. 

The School of Health and Society

The School of Health and Society is a forward-thinking, dynamic school with a commitment to lifelong learning and real-world impact.

Our courses are informed by the latest research and we work closely with organisations from both the public and private sector to ensure our teaching is at the forefront of practice.

We are focused on enhancing the health and wellbeing of patients, service users and athletes and our commitment to public involvement help us retain our strong focus on real-world issues.

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What about after uni?

  • Completing CPD is now an essential part of maintaining your professional registration.
  • By undertaking CPD modules and courses, students demonstrate to employers a commitment to the profession.
  • Undertaking modules lead to better career prospects and promotion.

Following completion of the course, you will have developed the expertise to lead education in health and social care contexts. There are opportunities for you to use credits from any existing postgraduate educational studies (NMC Stage 3 Practice Teacher and Stage 4 Teacher Award) towards this Master’s programme. This provides you with a flexible and dynamic educational leadership career pathway.


What you need to know

This course is suitable for all UK and international health and social care professionals: Allied health professionals, health care scientists, nurses, midwives and doctors who want to develop the knowledge, skills and qualities to be an effective leader of health and social care education.

English language requirements 

If you are an international student and not from a majority English speaking country, you will need IELTS 6.5 with no element below 5.5. We also accept a range of other English language qualifications. If you do not have the English language requirements, you could take our Pre-Sessional English course


Standard entry requirements

Undergraduate degree

An equivalent Bachelor’s degree normally with a 2:2 honours or professional qualification (if applicable) from the UK or elsewhere.

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.

We accept qualifications from all around the world. Find your country to see a full list of entry requirements.

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?

Type of study Year Fees
Full-time home 2024/25 £8,820.00per year
Full-time international 2024/25 £16,380.00per year
Part-time 2024/25 Part-time costs will be calculated on a pro rata basis.
Full-time home 2025/26 £9,100.00per year
Full-time international 2025/26 £17,000.00per year
Part-time 2025/26 Part-time costs will be calculated on a pro rata basis.

Additional costs

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

Scholarships for international students 

If you are a high-achieving international student, you may be eligible for one of our scholarships. See the full range of our International Scholarships.

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Enrolment dates

September 2024