MSc in Healthcare Leadership

Study healthcare leadership and management as an ever-evolving process that requires self-reflection and continuous development


Built upon a model of competency development, our healthcare management course will help you learn leadership theories and frameworks at the leading edge of the discipline. You’ll learn how to adopt a diligent, systematic, and evidence-based approach to your practice through the transformative concepts introduced during your studies. As a student of the course, you can expect to:

  • Explore leadership as a dynamic and contestable concept
  • Engage in critical self-reflection and the impact of self on others
  • Learn how to conduct insightful and informed decision making
  • Build knowledge of the system and policy context in which healthcare leadership exists
  • Gain an in-depth appreciation of the rational, emotional, and political aspects of changing services and practice
  • Recognise the necessity of critical and systematic enquiry and continuous learning in and through action.

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Course Details

Also available as a PGDip and PGCert

Three start dates per year: January, May and September

Next course start date: 25 September 2023

Next welcome week: 18 September 2023

Duration: two years (part-time)

Format: online, with optional face-to-face events

Total fees: (MSc – £9,500; PGDip – £6,900; PGCert – £3,200) (payment by instalment and funding options available)

Additional costs: due to the nature of the subject, and copyright restrictions placed on institutional libraries by some publishers, students will need to purchase some core texts.

Support with your application: Contact our course adviser team today for application advice.

Why this course?

Strong leadership and management are key to the delivery of safe, effective, and compassionate healthcare.

A good leader will provide clear goals and direction, motivate their team, and nurture a supportive and innovative organisational structure.

As a student of this course, you’ll explore leadership in a global context, gaining knowledge and skills applicable to all healthcare systems. The programme encompasses leadership approaches and challenges from across the healthcare spectrum – helping you visualise how your current or future professional role functions within a larger, complex system.

You can look forward to developing the capabilities required to enhance both your own practice and those of whom you work with. You will learn how to reflect on your practice, personality, and approach to become a more effective leader and manager.

The contemporary nature of this leadership and management course also enables students to incorporate up-to-date research in their studies and identify current challenges and opportunities in the industry.

As our MSc in Healthcare Leadership programme is part time, working professionals can immediately apply what they learn to their current organisation, while still earning their degree in two years.



Our modules are specifically built to help you achieve long-term success in healthcare roles. You will undertake rigorous self-development that will help cultivate a lasting appreciation about the importance of lifelong learning. You will study the following modules:
Module 1 - Self as Leader (30 credits)

This introductory module contains two core themes – self-awareness and leadership theory - that will equip you with the knowledge needed to thoughtfully engage with the rest of the course material.

During this module, you will learn how to identify your traits, leadership activities, strengths, and weaknesses and place them within a theoretical framework.

You’ll gain a comprehensive understanding of the value of leadership theories and frameworks and how these can be used to inform continuing professional and personal development.

Module 2 - Supporting Change, Innovation, and Problem-Solving (30 credits)

Gain a critical understanding of the nature of and relationships between problem-solving, innovation, and change in the context of healthcare.

You will be challenged with exploring and critically debating the way in which problem-solving and innovation may be harnessed and promoted to support organisational change, whilst maintaining awareness of the impact of change upon individuals and teams.

The module will help you learn how to compare a range of theoretical perspectives related to the nature and process of innovation and problem-solving, and how to critically evaluate the effectiveness of strategies to promote and implement change.

Module 3 - Promoting Quality and Safety in Healthcare (30 credits)

Explore the proficiencies required for leaders to enhance organisational effectiveness in order to improve the quality of care delivery and maximise patient safety.

Your studies will help build a necessary theoretical foundation (such as understanding quality improvement frameworks and human factors), whilst also demonstrating the importance of research by focusing on evidence-based models of best practice.

Module 4 - Global Perspectives on Healthcare Policy (30 credits)

On this module, you will develop the ability to explore your leadership activities and responsibilities within a policy context.

By building your understanding of how policy is developed at the macro, meso, and micro level, you will be better positioned to recognise the external drivers that influence and shape organisational priorities and clinical practice.

Your lessons will compare policy and structures from across the globe, providing you with a truly international perspective on healthcare delivery.

Module 5 - Capstone Project (60 credits)

The Capstone Project provides you with the chance to demonstrate the integration and application of your learning throughout the programme through a self-designed project.

Your Healthcare Leadership project will highlight your creativity, analytical skills, and overall academic excellence by completing a service improvement, personal development activity or academic exercise in a real-world setting.

This presents a valuable opportunity to explore a topic of interest in-depth – such as identifying a specific challenge at your workplace to analyse and address.

How you will learn

Benefits of learning online with us

Your virtual classroom
Everything you need to complete your studies can be accessed on Canvas, our easy-to-use virtual learning environment (VLE). From reading academic feedback to engaging with fellow students, you can turn to Canvas whenever you have some free time for your course. Access it via your browser or through the Canvas Student mobile app for a convenient way to learn while on the move.
How online studying works
-Engage while you learn
Your studies include an interactive mix of online discussion boards, on-demand lectures and live webinars. -Get help from your tutors when you need it
Through our online learning platform, you have easy access to support and feedback from your tutor. -Submit your assignments online
There's no need to worry about travel costs, visas, or time off work. All assignments are submitted and graded online. -Get started with basic hardware and software requirements
We make your online learning experience as hassle-free as possible. Visit our FAQs page for basic requirements. -Pay as you go or pay upfront
We offer flexible payment options so you can manage your finances.
Planning for your course
We know that many of our students are managing a number of personal and professional commitments while studying with us. While it can be a challenge to adapt to the added demands of a postgraduate programme, planning out times to study can help ensure you find your course enjoyable and rewarding. As with most part-time master’s courses, you’ll need to dedicate around 20 hours a week to studying, but the extra flexibility of online learning means you can choose the times that suit you best.

How students study with us

• No visas or moving costs
• Access course from anywhere in the world
• Spend approx. 20-25 hours studying each week
• All course materials are available on demand
• Revise on the days and times that suit you best
• Course modules broken down into weekly
• Fit studies around work, family and social life
• Support with non-academic queries from a
student adviser team

Additional Support

As one of our students, you’ll have access to a range of services designed to support your studies and make your time with us as enjoyable as possible. -Our comprehensive online library of books, journals, and resources -A Student Advisor team to answer non-academic queries -Online software tutorials via LinkedIn Learning -The Students’ Union community -Career advice, CV creation, practice interviews, and more via our careers platform

Career prospects and opportunities

Exceptional leadership in healthcare has a vital role to play in the face of growing global health challenges – from aging populations, to financial austerity, to disease outbreaks.

Upon completion of this distance learning course, you’ll hold the skills and understanding needed to serve effectively within management in healthcare, with the ability to challenge both yourself and others to perform to their highest potential.

With a globally relevant education and the ability to communicate, delegate, and influence across all forms of healthcare teams, you can explore a career anywhere in the world.

You’ll be able to make a positive impact on the industry and your community through a variety of roles, such as:

  • Healthcare provider leadership (e.g., hospital management; primary care manager)
  • Clinical leadership with primary
  • Secondary or tertiary healthcare
  • Healthcare commissioner leadership
  • Healthcare policy maker (e.g., local government),
  • Leadership within professional or regulatory bodies.

Your future career

By completing this course graduates will gain the knowledge and skills to succeed in a range of managerial and senior roles within healthcare organisations, healthcare governing bodies, and community healthcare organisations.

These could include positions in:

  • Clinical leadership
  • Marketing
  • Finance
  • Strategy
  • International development
  • Research
  • Human resources

After graduating you will gain the leadership skills required to be an assertive leader, a master of teamwork, critical thinking and research, which will enhance your career prospects.

How to apply

Benefits of learning online with us

  • A minimum 2.2 Honours degree or international equivalent, ideally in a subject related to health or social care
  • If you don’t have a 2.2 Honours degree or international equivalent in a related subject, equivalent professional qualifications/personal experience may be considered. Such applicants may also be required to complete an online interview
  • A personal statement of around 300-500 words
  • One professional or academic reference
  • An IELTS 6.0 score (with minimum 5.5 in each skill) if your first language isn’t English (or other English language proficiency qualifications accepted by the University of Hull)


If you’re unsure whether you’re eligible to apply, please get in touch with our course adviser team for advice.


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