Healthcare Leadership MSc

Programme duration: approximately30 months(part-timeand online)
Programme Start: 8 June, 10 August, 12 October 2021
Other awards: PGDip/PGCert/PGAward

Advance your healthcare management career by equipping yourself with the key tools to drive innovation within healthcare across the world.  

About the programme

This master’s degree will advance your leadership skills, knowledge and behaviour – understanding the interface between these is key to your success as a healthcare professional seeking to contribute to the improvement of patient care and healthcare systems.  

You will develop the ability to make effective decisions using a pragmatic and evidence-based approach and lead proactively, reflectively and with confidence. You will also learn how to lead at individual, team, organisational and national levels; and establish robust, appropriate, and innovative leadership practices within the healthcare environment, from a small practice to larger clinical environments. 

Through online discussion you will have collaborative learning opportunities to apply leadership theory to healthcare settings and critically analyse and discuss case studies with your fellow students. Due to the global reach of this programme, you will gain valuable insights and perspectives from international peers, in private and public sector healthcare settings across the world.   

Upon completion of your studies, you will be equipped to provide impactful outcomes for your organisation by offering innovative and high-quality solutions to key contemporary issues within changing healthcare contexts. 

Download a prospectus for more details on this programme. 

Structure and entry awards

This programme consists of the following modules. You are required to complete 180 credits to achieve a full Master of Science (MSc), 120 credits to achieve the postgraduate diploma (PGDip), 60 credits to achieve the postgraduate certificate (PGCert) and 30 credits to achieve the postgraduate award (PGAward). 

Module title Credits MSc PGDip PGCert PGAward 
Understanding Leadership 15 
Leading Strategic Management and Implementation of Healthcare Services 15   
Leading Complex Change in Healthcare Settings 15 
Leading People and Teams in Healthcare Organisations 15   
Leading Innovation in Healthcare 15   
Quality Management and Safety in Driving Safe Healthcare 15  
Healthcare Finance 15  
Research Methods 15   
Work Based Project OR Dissertation 60    

For more information on the modules, including syllabus and learning outcomes, please download our programme booklet

Entry requirements

Applicants should possess either: 

  • A minimum of a 2:1 class degree in a relevant subject area, equivalent to a UK bachelor’s degree, coupled with two years’ relevant professional experience in healthcare related setting; or 
  • Professional work experience in other settings and/or other prior qualifications will be considered on a case-by-case basis. 

All applicants from outside the UK must provide evidence that they have an English language ability equivalent to an IELTS (academic) score of 6.5. 

Fees and funding
Qualification 2020/21* 2021/22* 
MSc £18,000 TBC 
PGDip £12,000 TBC 
PGCert £6,000 TBC 
PGAward £3,000 TBC 

This fee* is fully inclusive of all costs, including all teaching materials, core textbooks, assessments and resits.   

  • 15% scholarship currently offered for full master’s reducing the fee to £15,300 (2020/21 academic year entry only)** 
  • 5% discount for upfront full tuition fee payment 
  • Simple monthly payment plan provided to spread the cost over duration of study 
  • Students living in England may be eligible for a postgraduate loan to cover some of the programme cost. 

*All tuition fees shown are net of any applicable sales tax payable by you in your country of residence. Where we are required to add sales tax at the local statutory rate, this will be added to the tuition fees shown and confirmed during the payment process. 

**Please speak to our admissions team for more details.  


Apply for this course by completing a simple online form

In order to apply, you will need to provide copies of the following supporting documentation: 

  • School or college transcripts/certificates 
  • University transcripts and certified translations if applicable 
  • Degree certificates 
  • Evidence of English language proficiency (EU and international applications only) 
  • Personal statement 
  • One reference (on letter headed paper, signed and dated) 
  • An up-to-date CV 

Acknowledgement of your application 

The admissions team will acknowledge receipt of your application and will pass it to the Department Head and/or appropriate academic department(s) for consideration. 

Students with disabilities 

We welcome applications from students with disabilities and consider them on the same academic grounds as those of other students. If you have a disability, medical condition and/or support needs it is important that you inform the University so that you receive appropriate support. 


We have regular start dates throughout the year with regular application deadlines. Applicants are encouraged to apply in good time, particularly if they have special requirements. 

Career prospects

Graduates will possess the necessary knowledge and skills to succeed in a range of managerial and senior roles within healthcare organisations, healthcare governing bodies, and community healthcare organisations, as well as related sectors such as financial and consulting. These could include positions in clinical leadership, marketing, finance, strategy, international development, research, and human resources.  

Additionally, you will gain the leadership skills required to be an effective leader, as well as professional skills, such as teamwork, critical thinking and research, which will generally enhance your CV and improve your career prospects.