Taught course

Transformational Leadership in Health and Social Care

Teesside University · School of Health and Social Care

Entry requirements

Applicants should normally have an honours degree in a health or social care-related subject or in leadership or management. Applicants with other qualifications and experience may be considered if they can provide evidence of their ability to study at master’s level. Such applicants are invited to discuss individual needs with the programme leader. You also need to be in a position in your organisation which enables you to introduce and support research-based transformational change.

Months of entry


Course content

This course supports the promotion, development and sustainability of effective leadership and applied service improvement within health and social care. This is a multi-professional programme to equip team leaders, senior professionals and managers with the knowledge, skills and capabilities of promoting, developing and sustaining leadership behaviours within health and social care practice. It enables you to meet the challenges of improving services to fulfil local needs and improve patient and client outcomes

How you learn

Year 1 focuses on enabling you to develop a comprehensive and critical understanding of using evidence to lead an improvement project relevant to your own role and workplace. This is supported by self-assessment of your personal leadership skills to build on strengths and address challenges to develop action plans for effective future leadership.

Year 2 enables you to progress the improvement idea from Year 1 through to the implementation stage of the improvement project. This is complemented by a critical and comprehensive understanding of the complexities of working with others. You consider how to influence these processes to support collaborative change, particularly through working with service users and carers.

In Year 3 your 15,000-word dissertation: Evaluating the Impact of Service Transformation presents a detailed account of your audit or evaluation research project. You evaluate the impact of the service improvement project and transformation implemented in the Leading Service Improvement in Health and Social Care module. You will have a supervisor to support you through this process.

How you are assessed

Assessments require you to evidence your learning in each module by applying theory to practice. You need to demonstrate a critical and comprehensive understanding of theory and the application of service improvement tools and techniques to a change that you initiate in your practice area. The assessments have been specifically designed to capture the learning journey through the programme and the application of theory to practice.

Fees and funding

Please note that due to current anticipated changes to NHS education and HE funding, information will be updated on Teesside University website. Please check this prior to application.

Qualification and course duration


part time
36 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written/ formal examinations75
Dissertation25 (15000 words)

Course contact details

School of Health & Social Care Admissions
+44 (0) 1642 384176