Healthcare Leadership MSc | PGDip | PGCert | PGAward – Online Course

Programme duration: approximately30 months for MSc(part-timeand online)
Upcoming starts: 8 October 2024
Entry awards: MSc/PGDip/PGCert/PGAward
Awarding body: University of Liverpool
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Advance your healthcare management career by equipping yourself with the key tools to drive innovation within healthcare across the world.  

What is healthcare leadership?

Within the medical and healthcare fields, a wide range of disciplines all come together to form a cohesive service that all works together to cure, research and treat diseases, as well as educating the public and improving healthcare provision on a national scale.

To ensure the smooth collaboration between all of these disciplines, health leaders manage parts of, or even entire medical organisations, facilitating better cohesion and making sure that patients are getting the best possible healthcare service.

Healthcare leadership jobs are some of the most important in the sector, and embarking on a healthcare leadership course, including those taught through distance learning, grants students the essential skills they need to become the medical leaders of tomorrow.

About the programme

This master’s degree is a unique interdisciplinary programme jointly delivered by the University of Liverpool’s AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS accredited Management School and the School of Medicine – one of the largest medical education providers in the UK. The programme aims to 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. 

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Download a prospectus for more details on this programme. 

Programme structure

What will I study?

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).

Understanding Leadership (15 credits)‡
Leading Strategic Management and Implementation of Healthcare Services (15 credits)
Leading Complex Change in Healthcare Settings (15 credits)‡
Leading People and Teams in Healthcare Organisations (15 credits)
Leading Innovation in Healthcare (15 credits)
Quality Management and Safety in Driving Safe Healthcare (15 credits)§
Healthcare Finance (15 credits)§
Research Methods (15 credits)
Work-Based Project OR Dissertation (60 credits)

‡ These modules must be taken for the PGCert and PGAward. § These modules must be taken for the PGCert.

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

Entry requirements

All applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis. If you want to discuss your previous qualifications and experience before applying, please contact us now via LiveChat.

Applicants should possess either: 

  • A minimum of a 2:2 class degree in any subject area, equivalent to a UK bachelor’s degree; or 
  • Professional work experience in other settings and/or other prior qualifications will be considered on a case-by-case basis. 

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

If you don’t have an IELTS or equivalent certificate, you can take our free online English test to assess your proficiency. You don’t need to prove your English ability if you are a national of, or have completed a qualification equivalent to a UK degree in, any of these countries.

Fees and funding

Fees for the academic year 2024/25

MSc: £16,868
PGDip: £11,246
PGCert: £5,623
PGAward: £2,811

These fees* are fully inclusive of all costs, including all teaching materials, core textbooks, assessments and resits.   

Executive Scholarship

An Executive Scholarship of 20%** is available for our October 2024 intake for the MSc award. This reduces the total fee from £16,868 to £13,494.40  Contact our admissions team for more information. 

Other scholarships and discounts

You may also be able to benefit from the following scholarships and discounts:

  • Regional Scholarships of up to 20%. To find out the scholarship offered in your region, please make an enquiry now
  • 10% discount for University of Liverpool alumni
  • 5% discount for up-front full tuition fee payment 

Further support

We aim to make it as easy as possible for you to cover the costs of your studies. You could benefit from:

  • Simple monthly payment plan provided to spread the cost over the duration of study 
  • Students living in England may be eligible for a postgraduate loan to cover some of the programme cost. 

Please speak to our admissions team for more details of fees, scholarships, discounts and support.

*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.

**Please note that the Executive Scholarship can only be used with the Up-Front Payment Discount.


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 
  • 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.  

About us

Our Healthcare Leadership programme is jointly delivered by our triple-accredited Management School and the School of Medicine which is one of the largest medical education providers in the UK. The Management School was established in 1881 and is among an elite group of business schools to be triple-accredited with AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS status. The School of Medicine was established in 1834 and been at the forefront of medical practice and research for over 180 years. Together, we provide postgraduate programmes that support your career development and equip you with the confidence, knowledge and skills that are essential for success within the 21st-century healthcare environment. 

The Management School is currently celebrating its 20th anniversary with a year of special events to mark two decades of transformation from a newly established school in 2002, to a triple accredited internationally recognised research powerhouse. Learn more about the 20th anniversary celebrations and the history of the school.

By studying online with Liverpool, you can gain a highly regarded qualification from a prestigious redbrick university and a member of the Russell Group, a group of 24 research-led UK universities committed to maintaining the highest possible standards of research and education. You will acquire new skills and knowledge, all while continuing to work in your current role.  

The University of Liverpool has been offering online programmes since 2000. We are recognised as one of Europe’s leading providers of wholly online postgraduate degrees. All our programmes are designed for online delivery, and our state-of-the-art learning platform encourages collaboration with fellow professionals from around the world.

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