Leadership in Healthcare MSc

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

Next Intake: September 2019

Course Overview

Diploma MSc is a collaborative partner of the University of South Wales and on successful completion of this course, you will receive an Leadership in Healthcare MSc.

The one year MSc in Leadership in Healthcare is available to those who have successfully completed the Leadership in Healthcare Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits). This can be from Diploma MSc, the University of South Wales or from another UK university (having completed similar modules).

For those who have not completed the postgraduate diploma, you can apply for the Leadership in Healthcare MSc as a two year course, consisting of eight modules (180 credits) with the first 120 credits deriving from the postgraduate diploma.

The Leadership in Healthcare MSc course starts with an initial 12 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 1,200 word proposal and 10,800 word professional project (dissertation).

On completion of the course 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 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.
Module Content
  • Concepts and Measurement
  • Literature and Review
  • Data Collection Techniques
  • Qualitative Methods
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Data Analysis
  • Philosophy and Ethics of Research
Learning Outcomes
  1. Analyse and interpret research in leadership and management within 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.
Module Content

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.
Learning Outcomes
  1. Design and undertake a research/development project related to healthcare leadership.
  2. Critically evaluate practice/health service delivery and suggest improvements for change.

Entry Requirements

Entry to the one year Leadership in Healthcare MSc will require successful completion of the Leadership in Healthcare Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits). This can be from Diploma MSc, the University of South Wales or another UK university (having completed similar modules). We can discuss this with you during your application.

Individuals who have not completed the postgraduate diploma can apply for the Leadership in Healthcare MSc as a two year course consisting of eight modules (180 credits) with the first 120 credits deriving from the postgraduate diploma.

Applicants should be working in a clinical setting, either in the UK or overseas, and have a science degree in a relevant subject. You will also need to submit copies of the following with your application:

  • Qualification certificates
  • A maximum of two professional and/or academic references
  • IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 for each band (or an equivalent qualification)

Teaching Methods

Module 1 - Research Methodologies and Critical Appraisal

The module runs over a 12 week period and is designed to develop skills in critical appraisal and knowledge of research methodologies used in leadership in healthcare. The module consists of mandatory formative assessment activities to support your learning and development prior to the professional project module.


Module 2 - Professional Project

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 1,200 words. Following the approval of your proposal you will then complete a 10,800 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.


Course Fees

Total Course Fees for UK & International
Students for March 2020:
£3,900

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

Application deadline - February 10th 2020

Fee payments may be made via the following options:

Date Up-Front Payments Instalments
Deposit payable
on acceptance
£650 £650
1st May 2020 £3,250 £650
1st July 2020 £650
1st September 2020 £650
1st November 2020 £650
1st January 2021 £650

Deposits are non-refundable


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