Taught course

Leadership Development

Edge Hill University · Faculty of Health, Social Care and Medicine

Entry requirements

To join this MSc you should ideally have a degree equivalent to UK second class honours (2:2 or above) in a health or social care related subject, although other subjects may be considered. If you are in full-time employment and have a minimum of five years' experience working within health and social care, you may be able to access the programme without a degree if you are able to demonstrate evidence of continuous professional development. An interview forms part of the selection process.

Months of entry


Course content

If you are working, or aspiring to work, in a position of influence across the wider health and social care community, this MSc is for you. The programme is targeted at aspiring healthcare professionals who wish to apply for leadership and management positions within health and social care, as well as those already working as allied health professionals, clinical scientists, nurses or doctors. The course is also suitable for those working in a variety of non-clinical roles, for example commissioners, quality improvement managers, clinical auditors, risk management, team leaders, social workers, patient advocates, or in the 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 are working, or aspire to work, in a leadership or management role;
  • MSc Leadership Development (Medical Leadership and Management) is suitable for doctors, offering bespoke modules which provide a medical content and a business focus.
The Leadership and Management pathway can be studied on a 1-year full-time or 2-3 year part-time basis. Other pathways are available on a 4-year part-time basis only. 

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for studying on this MSc are £34 per credit for UK and EU students enrolling on the programme in academic year 2020/21, i.e. £680 per 20 credit module, with the exception of module HEA4117 Medical Leadership for which the cost is £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, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification


The assessment strategy will focus on the synthesis and critical application of theory to practice in relation to your current or future leadership role. A variety of assessment strategies will be utilised to provide balance including essays, presentations, portfolios, 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

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