The normal minimum requirement is a lower second-class honours degree in a health or social care related subject. However, you can access the programme without a degree through successfully completing a standalone masters module. The focus for the programme is to link theory to practice; you are expected to be working in an environment that allows you to meet the learning outcomes of the course. All applicants for the programme will be offered an academic interview prior to commencement of the course.
Months of entry
If you are working in a position of influence across the wider health and social care community (including the statutory and independent sector), this MSc in Leadership Development is for you. The programme is targeted at healthcare professionals working in a clinical role (e.g. allied health professionals, clinical scientists, nurses, doctors) and those working in a non-clinical role (e.g. social workers, patient advocates, voluntary sector).
Three specialist pathways are available which enable you to tailor the programme to meet your individual needs:
MSc Leadership Development (Clinical Leadership) is ideal if you work as a clinician and wish to focus on clinical leadership;
MSc Leadership Development (Leadership and Management) is for those who work as a clinician who also have a management role. This pathway is also suitable for non-clinicians;
MSc Leadership Development (Medical Leadership and Management) is suitable for doctors, offering bespoke modules which provide a medical content and a business focus.
The aim across all pathways is to create leaders able to improve the quality of care and act as effective change agents. Throughout each pathway, reflection will be applied to determine the type of leader you are; the type of leader you aspire to be (and why); and the action that will be taken to further your leadership development. This will be supported by group work, debate, action learning sets and student-led seminars to create a learning community conducive to critical reflection.
The assessment strategy will focus on the synthesis and critical application of theory to practice in relation to your leadership role. A variety of assessment strategies will be utilised to provide balance including essays, presentations, a leadership development plan, reflective diaries, seminars, online discussion and the undertaking of a project. You will be assessed both formatively to support your development and summatively to demonstrate achievement of learning outcomes.