Taught course

Transformational Leadership in Health and Social Care

Teesside University · School of Health and Social Care

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Entry requirements

You 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.

Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credits for previous study or related work experience which can be credited towards the course you want to study.

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.

Course details

This is a multi-professional course designed 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 and to meet the challenges of improving services to meet local needs and improve patient and client outcomes.

What you study

Course structure

Year 1 Core modules

• Advanced Personal Effectiveness in Leadership

• Using Evidence to Advance Quality, Safety and Governance in Health and Social Care

Year 2 Core modules

• Designing Research Projects

• Leading Service Improvement in Health and Social Care

Year 3 Core modules

• Dissertation

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. You undertake the Using Evidence to Advance Quality, Safety and Governance in Health and Social Care module across semesters one and two. This module is supported by the Advanced Personal Effectiveness module, which runs through semester one, and is a self-assessment of your personal leadership skills, building on strengths and addressing 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 in the Leading Service Improvement in Health and Social Care module. This module runs across semesters one and two, and 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 the semester one module, Interdependent Working.

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. This module runs across semesters one and two.

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 course and the application of theory to practice.

Fees and funding

For funding information, please contact the University Finance Office, +44 (0)1642 342171, email finance@tees.ac.uk

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification


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 384110