MSc Leadership in Healthcare (Online Delivery)

This one-year online Masters, run in partnership with Diploma MSc, is ideal for anyone working in a healthcare role that needs leadership skills, such as GP practice managers, pharmacy managers, healthcare directorate managers and managers in pharmaceutical companies. It will develop advanced knowledge of organisations, their management and the changing external context in which they operate.

You will learn how to apply a variety of leadership and management theories and philosophies to complex situations in healthcare settings, and how to harness the human resource potential within healthcare organisations.

This Masters qualification will develop a knowledge of research methods and techniques as well as the personal and theoretical strategies required to bring about change.

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

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Study Mode
2023
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Part-time 2 Years March Online 8
Part-time 1 Year September Online 8
Study Mode
2024
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Part-time 2 Years March Online 8
Part-time 1 Year September Online 8

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 complete the professional project module which consists of a 1,500 word proposal and 10,500 word professional report.

Research Methodologies and Critical Appraisal

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. It will prepare you for the professional project by looking at qualitative and quantitative approaches.

You will learn how to analyse and interpret research in leadership and management related in healthcare settings. What's more, you will develop the skills to selectively adopt, analyse and apply research tools to answer research questions in healthcare leadership and service development.

Professional Project

This module will develop an ability to critically evaluate areas of professional practice. You will learn how to critically appraise specific areas of clinical, research and organisational practice and develop skills in independent research and study.

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 of a 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(s)-based and quality of service review with critical appraisal; case report, review of literature and organisational assessment.

You will develop the skills to design and undertake a research/development project related to healthcare leadership and learn how to critically evaluate practice/health service delivery and suggest improvements for change.

 

Teaching

Although you’ll be learning entirely online, you will be part of a group with 10 to 15 other students - to share ideas, debate scenarios and develop best practice with.

You’ll have the support of a dedicated team who will help you with any challenges you may face - from help with navigating our online learning platform to advice on what you need to do to pass the course and meet deadlines.

Once you have secured your place on the course, you will be invited to an Online Induction Day Webinar. This will give you the opportunity to participate in study skills workshops on Harvard Referencing, scientific and reflective writings, and levels of evidence in preparation for your studies.

It is not compulsory for you to attend our Induction Day, but it is recommended as it’ll provide you with a sturdy introduction to the course.

Students are expected in the first eight weeks to interact with their tutor on a weekly basis 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.

Assessment

Students are expected in the first 8 weeks to interact with their tutor on a weekly basis. Students select a specific project and submit a project summary/proposal (approximately 1,500 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.

International Entry Requirements

 
This course is ideal for anyone working in a healthcare role that needs leadership skills. You'll have a degree but this doesn't have to be in medicine.

As well as those already in healthcare leadership roles, this course is useful for GP practice managers, pharmacy managers, healthcare directorate managers and managers in pharmaceutical companies.

 To secure your place on the course you typically need one of the following:

A non-medical degree working in a healthcare role
A medical degree
Relevant professional healthcare (eg doctor, nurse) qualifications
 
All applications are assessed on an individual basis so if you don’t have one of the above your prior experience may be taken into account.

The course welcomes international applicants and requires an English level of IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component or equivalent.
 

This course is run in partnership with Diploma MSc. Please refer to their website for fee information.

August 2022 - July 2023 Fees

August 2023 - July 2024 Fees

August 2024 - July 2025 Fees

Student Perks

At the University of South Wales, you’re investing in so much more than a degree. We strive to provide our students with the best possible experience, no matter what you chose to study. Whether it’s access to top of the range mac books and PCs, state-of-the-art facilities packed with industry-leading equipment and software, masterclasses and events led by industry experts, or a wide range of clubs and societies to meet likeminded people, better tomorrows start with extra perks.

Each course also has their own unique student benefits to prepare you for the real word, and details of these can be found on our course pages. From global field trips, integrated work experience and free course-related resources, to funded initiatives, projects working with real employers, and opportunities for extra qualifications and accreditations - at USW your future, is future-proofed.

Click here to learn more about student perks at USW.

Additional Costs

As a student of USW, you’ll have access to lots of free resources to support your study and learning, such as textbooks, publications, online journals, laptops, and plenty of remote-access resources. Whilst in most cases these resources are more than sufficient in supporting you with completing your course, additional costs, both obligatory and optional, may be required or requested for the likes of travel, memberships, experience days, stationery, printing, or equipment.

Funding

Funding to help pay for (or cover) course tuition fees and living costs

Whilst you’re studying, you’ll have two main financial obligations – tuition fees and living costs. There’s lots of financial help available from the University of South Wales and external funding sources, that may provide loans (which have to be paid back) and grants, scholarships and bursaries (that don't).

To learn about course fees, funding options, and to see if you are eligible for financial support, visit our Fees and Funding pages.

This course is run in partnership with Diploma MSC who have over 10 years` experience in delivering award-winning, online, Postgraduate Diploma, MSc and MBA distance education courses.

Click here to apply to study this course via Diploma MSC.

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This course will help you develop the skills needed to be a leader – such as communication, motivation, providing inspiration and guidance, and encouraging employees to rise to a higher level of productivity.