Leadership in Healthcare MSc


In partnership with: University of South Wales

Diploma MSc is a collaborative partner of the University of South Wales. On successful completion of this course, you will receive a University of South Wales Master's.

Next Intake: 2019 September

Course Information

The Leadership in Healthcare MSc provides a progression route from the Leadership in Healthcare Postgraduate Diploma.

The MSc in Leadership in Healthcare runs over one calendar year. Starting with an initial 12-week online module to develop skills in critical appraisal and knowledge of research methodologies, students then choose either the professional project module which consists of a 1,200 word proposal and 10,500 word professional.

Entry to the one year MSc in Leadership in Healthcare will require the successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership in Healthcare (120 credits) either from the University of South Wales or from another UK University.

On completion of the Leadership in Healthcare Master's, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge of organisations, their management and the changing external context in which they operate
  • Apply a variety of leadership and management theories and philosophies to complex situations in healthcare settings
  • Demonstrate the application of a range of strategies to harness the human resource potential within healthcare organisations
  • Demonstrate the application of personal and theoretical strategies to bring about change in complex situations and organisations
  • Develop a knowledge of a range of research methods and techniques applied to leadership in healthcare
  • Use of appropriate research and critical perspectives to address a chosen healthcare leadership/management situation in depth

Course Structure

Module Aims:
  • 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.
Content Summary:
  • Conecpts and Measurement
  • Literature and Review
  • Data Collection Techniques
  • Qualitative Methods
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Data Analysis
  • Philosophy and Ethics of Research
On completion of this module, students will be able to:
  1. Analyse and interpret research in leadership and management related in healthcare settings
  2. Selectively adopt, analyse and apply research tools to answer research questions in healthcare leadership and service development
Module Aims:
  • 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.
Content Summary:

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.
On completion of this module the student should be able to:
  1. Design and undertake a research/development project related to healthcare leadership.
  2. Critically evaluate practice/health service delivery and suggest improvements for change.

Teaching Methods

To produce the professional project, students continue to use the online course; however much of the work is self-directed.

Students are expected in the first eight weeks to interact with their tutor on a weekly basis. Students select a specific project and submit a project summary/proposal (approximately 1,200 words).

Once the proposal has been approved, the professional project (10,500 words) itself is then completed through online guidance and supervision offered by the tutor. The student and tutor will interact regularly (weekly) on the dedicated students/tutor discussion area or through any other means of communication deemed appropriate by both parties (telephone/SKYPE/email). Note of any verbal communication with the tutor is recorded in the student's journal by the student.

Entry Requirements

Entry to the one year MSc Leadership in Healthcare programme will require the successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership in Healthcare (120 credits) either from the University of South Wales or from another UK University.

Students may apply for the Master's in Leadership in Healthcare as a two-year course consisting of eight modules (180 credits), the first 120 credits of which being the Postgraduate Diploma.

Applicants should submit copies of the following with their application:

  • Qualification certificates
  • One written reference


Course Fees

Total Course Fees for UK/EU & International Students for September 2019: £3900

Please Note: These are the fees for a single year.

Fee payments may be made via the following options:

Date Option A Option B
Deposit payable on acceptance £650 £650
1st November 2019 £3,250 £650
1st January 2020 £650
1st March 2020 £650
1st May 2020 £650
1st June 2020 £650

Deposits are non-refundable


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