Postgraduate Diploma Leadership in Healthcare (Online Delivery)

Designed for working professionals, this online leadership 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.

This online Postgraduate Diploma Leadership in Healthcare, run in partnership with Diploma MSc, is more than a management course. Managers are responsible for planning, organising, leading and controlling functions within an organisation. But not all managers are leaders.

This postgraduate qualification will help you to develop a team culture of trust that delivers results; navigate teams through change with tenacity; address challenges innovatively and ethically and make positive decisions with confidence.

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

Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Part-time 1 Year March On Line 8
Part-time 1 Year September On Line 8
Study Mode
Duration Start Date Campus Campus Code
Part-time 1 Year September On Line 8

You’ll study entirely online for one calendar year. You’ll study six modules, each of six weeks’ duration.

Leadership in Healthcare
Exploring the complexities of applying leadership theories in ‘real world’ healthcare settings.

Developing Human and Organisational Potential in Healthcare
Equipping you as a leader with the ability to develop and improve services by harnessing the human and organisational potential within healthcare organisations.

Quality, Clinical and Corporate Governance in Healthcare
Applying the theory and practice of Clinical Governance and Quality Improvement to complex healthcare settings.

Career and Team Development in Healthcare Organisations
Examining a variety of team and career development tools and evaluating their role in contributing to organisational development.

Strategy and Innovation for Healthcare Leaders
Developing high level skills in understanding the value of strategy and innovation for leaders in healthcare organisations.

Change Management in Healthcare Organisations
Developing flexible leadership skills and the ability to lead change within complex healthcare organisational structures.

The course will also include the opportunity to work with your peers and tutors to solve one of your real-life leadership challenges. You’ll submit your challenge anonymously and the chosen challenge will form the basis for an online round-table discussion for you and your group to analyse, debate and propose a solution. 


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.

You’ll be invited to an Induction Day where you will meet tutors and have workshops on study skills such as scientific writing, levels of evidence, Harvard referencing and reflective writing. The induction day will be at the University. It is not compulsory to attend but if you would like to and don't live locally, you can take part online.


You will be assigned a dedicated expert tutor who will facilitate discussions with your group and monitor, assess and mark your work throughout each module.

  • Scenarios and scenario-based discussion (50%)
  • Reflective portfolio (10%)
  • Group activity (20%)
  • Individual assignment (20%)

Due to the online nature of the course, you will be expected to login and participate in the course regularly throughout the module, ideally on a daily basis.

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 2018 - July 2019 Fees

August 2019 - July 2020 Fees

August 2020 - July 2021 Fees

  • Part-time UK and EU: TBC

Additional Costs

Students have access to a wide range of resources including textbooks, publications, and computers in the University’s library and via online resources. In most cases they are more than sufficient to complete a course of study. Where there are additional costs, either obligatory or optional, these are detailed below. Of course students may choose to purchase their own additional personal resources/tools over and above those listed to support their studies at their own expense. All stationery and printing costs are at a student’s own expense.

Apply directly to the University for this postgraduate course.