Taught course

Leadership Development

Edge Hill University · Faculty of Health and Social Care

Entry requirements

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


Course content

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.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for part-time study on this MSc are £33 per credit for UK and EU students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2018/19, i.e. £660 per 20 credit module, with the exception of module HEA4117 Medical Leadership (20 credits) which carries a tuition fee of £700.180 credits are required to complete a Masters degree.The University may administer a small inflationary rise in part-time postgraduate tuition fees in subsequent academic years as you progress through the course.

Qualification and course duration


part time
36 months


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.

Course contact details

+44(0)1695 575171