Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership in Healthcare

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With a focus on pragmatism, global perspectives, and ethical leadership, our fast-paced postgraduate diploma in healthcare leadership is your pathway to becoming a healthcare leader of excellence.

Our primary goal is to empower you to gain a comprehensive grasp of key areas such as epidemiology, health policy, and cross-cultural healthcare delivery. This healthcare leadership diploma will serve as a solid platform for your career, enabling you to work collaboratively with multidisciplinary teams and develop innovative strategies that can genuinely improve healthcare outcomes on a global scale.

Through our quick-to-complete, medical leadership courses, you will cultivate a better understanding of leadership theory, your own leadership style, and how it can be enhanced. You will also gain insights into the leadership styles of others and learn how to effectively collaborate with diverse teams. This transformational healthcare leadership course will prepare you to lead with confidence and competence.

PgDip Leadership in Healthcare

Next intake: September 2024Key Facts

Awarding University
University of South Wales
Class Size
15 - 20
Application Deadline
30th August 2024
Course start date
2nd September 2024 (view full module dates)
100% Online
Total Fees
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The healthcare industry is in a constant state of flux, with new challenges and trends emerging regularly. Our diploma in healthcare leadership will ensure that you remain up-to-date with the latest developments in healthcare management, enabling you to stay ahead of the curve and make informed decisions that positively impact patient care and organisational success.

Our healthcare leadership courses online is intended for GP practice managers, pharmacy managers, healthcare directorate managers, and pharmaceutical company managers, as well as those already working in healthcare. In our curriculum, we encourage students to actively participate in learning through scenario-driven discussions, providing valuable insights into the considerations involved in choosing one implementation strategy over another. Students are expected to log in daily, with the flexibility to do so from any location and at any time. Thanks to the programme's interactive nature, students can regularly evaluate and apply their recently gained knowledge and skills in their everyday tasks.

Next intake: September 2024 Key Facts

Awarding University
University of South Wales
100% Online
12 months
Class Size
15 - 20
Application Deadline
30th August 2024
Course start date
2nd September 2024 (view full module dates)
Total Fees

Why Study a Leadership in Healthcare Postgraduate Diploma with Learna

We have over 10 years’ experience delivering online courses, giving you access to flexible, affordable distance learning in partnership with world-leading educators.


100% Flexible

Our courses are 100% online. No fixed study times mean you can log in and learn whenever and wherever.

Multidisciplinary - study in a group of doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other healthcare professionals.


Expert Led

All of our programmes are authored and developed by world leading experts in their field.

Our faculty are selected due to their subject expertise, experience and teaching abilities to ensure the highest standards of educational excellence.


Career Boosting

Get a University Validated postgraduate qualification in just 1 calendar year instead of 2 academic years.

40% of our alumni reported an increase in salary 2 years after studying with us.

Who is this course for?

This healthcare leadership diploma course is ideal for doctors of any grade and other healthcare professionals who wish to gain vital skills in leadership and how to lead teams effectively. As well as those already in healthcare roles, this medical leadership course online is useful for GP practice managers, pharmacy managers, healthcare directorate managers, nurses, and managers in pharmaceutical companies.

How Will I Learn?

You will be supported throughout your studies by a committed team of internationally recognised educational experts.

Our courses are conducted through our interactive online learning platform, log in daily whenever and wherever you want. No fixed timetable empowers you to study when it suits you

These usually occur within groups of 10-20 students, allowing you to clearly communicate with both your tutor and fellow students.


Our healthcare leadership diploma courses online allow you to study for just one calendar year and is a part-time, distance-learning course. The course is worth 120 credits and comprises six modules of 20 credits, each running over a period of six weeks.

Module Aims
To explore the complexities of applying leadership theories in ‘real world’ healthcare settings.

Module Content
Students will learn and understand why leaders are important and what is the difference between leadership and management, as well as understanding the varying aspects of leadership theory (authentic, charismatic, collective, leader/follower etc.) Is leadership about the individual or the social relationships? What do followers potentially admire in a person taking on the role of leadership? What is power and how does power affect the dynamics of leadership? In addition to this, a unique feature of this module will be to understand the value of ethics in organisations.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Critically appraise the role of leadership/followership and its value in complex healthcare organisational structures.
  2. Critically explore and propose conditions that would improve the organisational environment in healthcare, drawing on relevant theory and practice and taking into account the complexity of interacting factors.

Module Aims
The aim of this module is to equip leaders to better develop services by harnessing the human and organisational potential within healthcare organisations.

Module Content
This module combines different inspiring and motivational techniques and tools. These interventions can be used by leaders to inspire the followers and employees in the organisation. The module will help students appreciate the value of understanding the psychology of employees and how it can be improved.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Propose plans to enhance the healthcare working environment by applying theories of motivation in practice.
  2. Critically interpret the effect of the organisational environment on employees in your own healthcare setting.

Module Aims
To apply the theory and practice of Clinical Governance, Quality Improvement and effective learning to complex healthcare settings.

Module Content
This module is aimed at giving the students some theoretical and practical knowledge, likely to be involved in improving patient safety, delivery of quality healthcare and its association with legal aspects. Students will be able to understand the corporate aspects associated with leadership and governance.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Critically appraise the role of clinical/corporate governance in improving Healthcare Organisations.
  2. Demonstrate the ability to navigate the complexities of implementing Clinical/corporate Governance and Quality agendas, alongside the philosophy of working towards a ‘Just Culture’ in the practice setting.

Module Aims
The aim of the module is to examine a variety of team and career development tools and evaluate their role in contributing to organisational development.

Module Content
This module covers the practical aspects and topics related to inspiring and motivating the employees. This module covers the practical aspects and will help future leaders in healthcare to understand the practical interventions they apply to get more out of the employees and improve the organisation as a whole.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Critically analyse the role of career development tools in complex healthcare organisations.
  2. Critically appraise the elements of inter-professional team working that work effectively in complex healthcare situations.

Module Aims
To develop high level skills in understanding the value of strategy and innovation for leaders in healthcare organisations.

Module Content
This module will help students to learn different aspects of strategy and innovation. Students will learn theory and practical aspects, with aim to bring a positive change in the working environment in the organisation. Combining strategy and innovation in one module is aimed at creating theoretical and philosophical connection between different aspects of these two, largely, conceptual modalities.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Critically analyse the role of strategy in achieving aims of complex healthcare organisations.
  2. Critically analyse the means of developing a culture of innovation in healthcare organisations.

Module Aims
To develop flexible leadership skills to more effectively lead change within complex healthcare organisational structures.

Module Content
This module combines all the knowledge of previous 5-modules to deliver the most important outcome: “The Change”. Students will be able to understand the difference between Change Leadership and Change Management. Also, what are the resistors to change? What techniques and/or approaches can help guide change?

Learning Outcomes

  1. Critically analyse a range of models of change, synthesising and selecting appropriate models for different situations.
  2. Using an appropriate theoretical framework implement a change process taking into account organisational culture, climate and personal responses to change.

Assessment Methods

The online healthcare leadership course places assessments at the heart of the learning process through the employment of real life scenarios to enhance problem-solving, critical analysis and evidence-based practice. Since the scenarios act as a focus for learning and assessment, the two are intrinsically linked.

The six modules on the diploma course have the same assessment format and for all modules, you will be assigned a dedicated expert tutor. Your tutor will then facilitate case discussions with the group, whilst monitoring, assessing and marking your work throughout. You will also participate in a combination of module activities that may be group and/or individual based, dependent on the module.

These innovative teaching methods enable you to envisage the translation of your studies into your every day work and practice. Due to the online nature of the course, you will be expected to regularly login and participate in the course - ideally on a daily basis. Students are recommended to spend around two hours per day on their studies. Our dedicated Student Support Team are also available to help with any problems you may face. From navigating our online platform to advising you on deadlines, our team can assist with any questions or challenges you may have along the way.

  • Every week students are presented with two/three case-based scenarios that are reflective of every day clinical practice and research.
  • Your tutor will post a number of questions and prompts to aid students in a formal discussion of each case.
  • These discussions are facilitated throughout by your tutor and are then assessed at the end of every module.

The reflective journal is used by students throughout each module to monitor personal progress. This is guided by weekly feedback from your tutor and is graded at the end of every module. The journal typically includes the following:

  • Initial expectations and reasons for taking the course.
  • Module and/or personal learning objectives.
  • Description of events, issues and learning points within current personal practice.
  • Change in every day practice due to knowledge gained on each module.
  • A description of what has been learned during the module.

The group activity is designed to encourage group dynamics catering to the multidisciplinary nature of care. The group activity requires students to:

  • Choose a group leader to co-ordinate the project and delegate roles to individual students.
  • Produce a group submission of well-referenced, scientific report(s) with an expected word count of 1,200.

Your tutor will provide comments if asked, or steer you in the right direction if the project starts to veer off the subject, but will not actively contribute to the project. As well as the project itself, students are also marked according to their contribution to the group submission.

  • The individual assignment will test the student’s ability to work independently.
  • The student will be required to select, sift and analyse information and come to a reasoned conclusion.
  • An assignment is submitted at the end of module with an expected word count of 1,200 words.

Entry requirements

Since our healthcare leadership diploma course is conducted entirely online, it's accessible to both UK and international registered healthcare professionals.

Applicants will typically hold a first degree or equivalent (including international qualifications) in a relevant professional healthcare or management field.

Registered healthcare professionals or experienced managers working in the healthcare field, without these recognised qualifications will be considered on an individual basis and a wide range of prior experience may be taken into account. In some cases, applicants may be asked to submit a piece of work for assessment in order to confirm that they are able to work comfortably at postgraduate level, and demonstrate the requisite clinical and professional knowledge.

Documents Required

  • A copy of your updated CV including your address and date of birth.
  • A copy of your undergraduate degree certificate.
  • The name and email address of someone who is able to provide a reference, this can be a work colleague, employer or former tutor.
  • A detailed personal statement explaining why you would like to undertake the course.
  • A copy of your proof of English competency (see below).

English Language Requirements
Proficiency in the English language is also essential to completing our courses. If English is NOT your first language, we ask for proof of competency during the application process. We are able to accept an IELTS overall score of 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 for each band) or an equivalent qualification.

If you do not meet these requirements, please don’t worry. The University of South Wales run a number of English Language Programmes at the Centre for International English to prepare you for your academic studies. You can also contact our admissions team on for more information on the qualifications we accept.

Course Fees

Total Course Fees for UK & International Students for September 2024:
Application deadline - TBC

Option 1: Upfront Payment in full. Option 2: Interest free payments every other month for the duration of the course.

DateInstalmentsUp-Front Payments
1st November 2024£782
1st January 2025£782
1st March 2025£782
1st May 2025£782
1st July 2025£782

† Deposits are non-refundable

†† Prices are subject to review following each intake

Option 3: Lower your monthly payments by spreading the cost for between 2 and 8 years with a loan from our lending partner Lendwise*.

*Subject to eligibility criteria.


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A Lendwise loan comes with a fixed interest rate for the duration of the loan (between 2 and 8 years) and no early repayment penalties. The interest rate offered will depend on the overall applicant profile and the application process is entirely online.*

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