Leadership in Healthcare MSc
A robust and effective healthcare system requires knowledgeable, dynamic and capable leadership. Our online Leadership in Healthcare MSc has been specifically designed to educate and equip current healthcare professionals with the skills required to manage challenges within this constantly changing and multifaceted industry.
Next intake: 2023 MarchKey Facts
This is more than a master's in healthcare management. Managers are responsible for planning, organising, leading and controlling functions within an organisation. But not all managers are leaders.
This healthcare leadership MSc will help you to develop a team culture of trust that delivers results; navigate teams through change with tenacity; address challenges innovatively and ethically and make positive decisions with confidence.
As well as those already in healthcare roles, this distance learning leadership course is useful for GP practice managers, pharmacy managers, healthcare directorate managers and managers in pharmaceutical companies.
University of South Wales
The University of South Wales (USW) is a modern, industry focused University located in Cardiff, Newport and Pontypridd in South Wales, UK. It was rated best in the UK for the Health Professions in the Guardian University Guide 2020 and, in the latest Complete University Guide 2022, is in the top 10 in the UK for Health Studies. USW is one of Britain’s largest and most exciting new universities attracting a cosmopolitan mix of students from across the globe.
Dr Clare Holt
Current post: Associate Professor Leadership in Healthcare
- Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Programme, NHS Leadership Academy, University of Birmingham
- Programme Lead MSc/PGDip Leadership in Healthcare, Learna Ltd/University of South...
Accreditors and Endorsers
Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management
This Leadership in Healthcare programme is accredited by the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management.
Institute of Leadership and Management
This MSc is accredited by the Institute of Leadership and Management.
UEMS - European Union of Medical Specialists
This postgraduate course has also been accredited by the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS)
Next intake: 2023 March Key Facts
Why Study a Leadership in Healthcare Master's 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.
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.
No physical campus means we can offer world-leading programmes at the most competitive prices.
Get a PgDip from £3,900 or an MSc from £7,500 - the most affordable courses of their kind in the UK.
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 MSc in healthcare leadership 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 leadership course is useful for GP practice managers, pharmacy managers, healthcare directorate managers 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 entirely online through self-directed distance learning. You’ll receive guidance throughout your course with tutor-stimulated academic discussions, which are based on clinically-rich case scenarios.
These usually occur within groups of 10-20 students, allowing you to clearly communicate with both your tutor and fellow students.
CurriculumThe distance learning MSc in Healthcare Leadership is a two year course, consisting of eight modules (180 credits) with the first 120 credits deriving from the postgraduate diploma. The second year of the Healthcare Leadership course starts with an initial 10 week online module that will develop skills in critical appraisal and knowledge of research methodologies. Students then complete the professional project module, which consists of a 1,500 word proposal and 10,500 word professional project (dissertation).
To explore the complexities of applying leadership theories in ‘real world’ healthcare settings.
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.
- Critically appraise the role of leadership/followership and its value in complex healthcare organisational structures.
- 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.
The aim of this module is to equip leaders to better develop services by harnessing the human and organisational potential within healthcare organisations.
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.
- Propose plans to enhance the healthcare working environment by applying theories of motivation in practice.
- Critically interpret the effect of the organisational environment on employees in your own healthcare setting.
To apply the theory and practice of Clinical Governance, Quality Improvement and effective learning to complex healthcare settings.
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.
- Critically appraise the role of clinical/corporate governance in improving Healthcare Organisations.
- 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.
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.
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.
- Critically analyse the role of career development tools in complex healthcare organisations.
- Critically appraise the elements of interprofessional team working that work effectively in complex healthcare situations.
To develop high level skills in understanding the value of strategy and innovation for leaders in healthcare organisations.
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.
- Critically analyse the role of strategy in achieving aims of complex healthcare organisations.
- Critically analyse the means of developing a culture of innovation in healthcare organisations.
To develop flexible leadership skills to more effectively lead change within complex healthcare organisational structures.
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?
- Critically analyse a range of models of change, synthesising and selecting appropriate models for different situations.
- Using an appropriate theoretical framework implement a change process taking into account organisational culture, climate and personal responses to change.
This module is designed to help students recognise, understand, interpret and apply methods used in healthcare research and critically appraise the various methodologies specific to leadership research.
- Concepts and Measurement
- Literature Review
- Data Collection Techniques
- Qualitative Methods
- Quantitative Methods
- Data Analysis - Qualitative
- Data Analysis - Quantitative
- Philosophy and Ethics of Research
- Analyse and interpret research in leadership and management within healthcare settings.
- Selectively adopt, analyse and apply research tools to answer research questions in healthcare leadership and service development.
- To develop an ability to critically evaluate areas of professional practice.
- To critically appraise specific areas of clinical, research and organisational practice.
- To develop skills in independent research and study.
- To develop skills relevant to scientific publications.
The module will depend on the creation of a piece of work based upon a specific clinically related project relevant to the student's practice. This project may comprise:
- Literature review and appraisal of the evidence.
- Audit of practice including organisational or clinical.
- Review and implementation of evidence-based practice.
- Qualitative or quantitative research (formal research involving human subjects is not anticipated).
- Case-based and quality of service review with critical appraisal.
- Design and undertake a research/development project related to healthcare leadership.
- Critically evaluate practice/health service delivery and suggest improvements for change.
The Healthcare Leadership MSc course places assessments at the heart of the learning process through the employment of clinical scenarios to enhance problem-solving, critical analysis and evidence-based care. Since the scenarios act as a focus for learning and assessment, the two are intrinsically linked.
The first seven modules on the 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.
For the final module of the MSc course you will be required to produce a piece of work based upon a clinically-related project that is relevant to your practice. Once you have selected a specific project, you will submit a project summary/proposal of approximately 1,500 words. Following the approval of your proposal you will then complete a 10,500 word professional project.
To produce the professional project you will continue to study online. Much of the work is self-directed, however you will receive guidance from your tutor throughout the module.
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.
This module runs over a 8 week period and is designed to develop skills in critical appraisal and knowledge of research methodologies. The module consists of mandatory formative assessment activities to support your learning and development prior to the Professional Project module.
Students will work with their supervisor to submit a professional project proposal for their chosen topic.
Students will deliver an abstract (1000 words) outlining their proposal and, if deemed necessary, develop and submit documentation for the University’s ethical committee approval.
- Students will create a dissertation, the theme of which has been developed in discussion with their tutor.
- Supervision will normally involve direct online support involving planned progress, supporting research activity and reading student work.
- Supervisors and students will agree on a communications plan, which may involve emails or online chats. Some students may employ the use of freely available chat or audio conferencing facilities for live discussion with supervisors.
- Students will have access to online forums where they can develop their research capabilities together.
- All communications with tutors will be logged on the Professional Project forum by the student, and consists of brief summaries of discussion.
Since our MSc courses are conducted entirely online, they are 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 field, such as a medical or nursing degree.
Registered healthcare professionals 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.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on the qualifications we accept.
Should you have already successfully completed the 1 year Postgraduate Diploma and wish to convert to the Leadership MSc and complete only the second year of the programme this is possible. Please contact our admissions department email@example.com to find out more.