Postgraduate MSc

Leading Education for Health and Social Care Reform

School of Health and Society





One year

Next enrolment

September 2023


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.

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 dynamic, UK and international 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.

You will:

  • Develop yourself within three areas: education; leadership; and service improvement, transformation and reform.
  • Learn to base your education and leadership practices on sound research and evidence based practice.
  • Be able to lead an education based project for the benefit of service user and or service improvements.
  • 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.

students accepted

This is for you if...


You want to advance your personal growth and self-belief as a leader of health and social care education.


You want to support your career progression within the field of educational leadership (NMC Practice Teacher, Teacher and Stage 1 Practice Educator (The College of Social Work)


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

Course details

All about the course

This Masters course will provide you with real opportunities to develop your educational leadership skills and confidence for the benefit of practice; service; workforce development and themselves personally, professionally and academically. The strength of this course lies in its application to practice enabling you to apply new knowledge and skills to work. The range of knowledge, skills and attitudes required of an effective leader of health and social care education have been carefully developed into specialist modules.

You will be supported by an experienced leadership mentor who will help you analyse, reflect upon and develop as an educational leader. Your development will be targeted and evidenced against a recognised leadership quality framework and other educational frameworks such as NMC Practice Teacher (as applicable). We will also develop your skills of evidence-based practice including searching for, appraising, implementing and evaluating the evidence. For added value, the course also offers master classes, giving you the opportunity to further explore and develop the knowledge, skills and qualities required to effectively lead within an education context.

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
  • Develop project management skills and implement an education-focused change management project

The strength of the course is that it can be attended on a full or part-time basis and there are options for you to use credits from any existing postgraduate educational studies (NMC Stage 3 Practice Teacher and Stage 4 Teacher Award) towards the master's programme.

Year one

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

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

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

  • Develop project management skills for an individually defined educational project


Implement an education-focused change management project

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, and include:

  • Patchwork Text Assessment that demonstrates the skills required to plan for an educational change
  • Compilation of an E-portfolio which demonstrates critical analysis of teaching in an academic context
  • Poster presentation to critically explore an aspect of clinical teaching and learning in education
  • Production of an evidence-based business plan relating to an educational change
  • Develop and lead an education-focused project

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.

We live in a rapidly changing world, and we’re keen to leave a productive legacy of helping people at all stages of their lives, improving their physical, psychological and social wellbeing.

Teacher profile

Dr Jacqueline Leigh

"I am the programme leader for the Leading Education in Practice: NMC Stage 3 Practice Teacher Award and MSC Leading Education for Health and Social Care Reform. I have expertise in the field of practice-based education and teaching and learning in Higher Education. An interest of mine is pedagogical approaches that support creative approaches to teaching and learning. I have a track record of publications that support clinical leadership development and curricula design that supports the development of the healthcare leader and leader of health and social care education. I have introduced into the educational and leadership curriculum the Patchwork Text Assessment that is used by students to effectively demonstrate their ongoing health and social care leadership development."

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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.
  • Modules are aligned to the College of Social Work’s Professional Capabilities Framework ASYE, Social Worker, Experienced Social Worker, and Advanced social worker levels.
  • Successful completion of the course demonstrates your capability to become a Strategic level social worker.
  • The course supports The College of Social Work developmental pathways of Professional Social Work Educator, Advanced Social Work Practitioner and Social Work Manager.

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. Indeed this is a real strength of attending the programme.

A taste of what you could become

A professional development leader

An organisational development manager

A clinical educator

A mentor

A sign off mentor

And more...


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 

International applicants will be required to show proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.5 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this.

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.

You will be a health and/or social care professional.

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 2023/24 £8,550per year
Full-time international 2023/24 £15,750per year
Part-time 2023/24 Your annual fee will be calculated pro rata to the full-time fee according to the number of credits you are studying.
Full-time home 2024/25 £8,820per year
Full-time international 2024/25 £16,380per year

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.
We have a range of scholarships available for students applying for courses. Our Global Gold Excellence Scholarship is worth £3,500 and our Global Silver Excellence Scholarship is worth £3,000.

See the full range of our International Scholarships.

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Enrolment dates

September 2023

February 2024

September 2024