Taught course

Leadership for Health Services Improvement

University of Birmingham · Health Services Management Centre

Entry requirements

The normal entrance requirement is a good Honours degree (upper second-class or above), or an equivalent professional qualification and professional experience. However, appropriate career experience may be taken into account.

Months of entry


Course content

The Leadership for Health Services Improvement MSc/PG Diploma explores the theory, principles and practice of leadership and service improvement in health-related organisations with exploration of key issues relating to the individual (leadership values and behaviours, role, authority, power and influence); the organisation (systems and sub-systems, purpose, quality, culture, user choice and involvement); and the context (complex, ambiguous and political, multiple constituencies and accountabilities). It also includes a focus on personal development and action learning.

The MSc programme consists of taught modules (total 120 credits) plus a dissertation (60 credits). There are five compulsory modules, each worth 20 credits. Students have freedom to select the modules for the remaining 20 credits from those offered by HSMC or from the wider range of modules offered elsewhere in the University to reflect the programme's emphasis on leadership and service improvement.

The core modules are:

  • Managing Quality and Service Improvement in Health Care (20 credits)
  • Introduction to Organisational Development in Health and Social Care (20 credits)
  • Public and User Involvement in Health Care (20 credits)
  • Leadership in Context (20 credits)
  • Applied Leadership Learning (20 credits)

Credits and optional modules

These compulsory modules total 100 credits. In order to fulfil the Programme Requirements you need to obtain 120 credits in taught modules. You can do this by selecting one further optional module. Below are a selection of modules available (each worth 20 credits):

  • Health Care Quality and Innovation: Approaches to Improvement
  • Health Service Management
  • Health and Health Care Policy
  • Law Regulation and Finance of Commissioning
  • Partnership Working in Health and Social Care
  • Public Service, Procurement and Contracting
  • Strategic Commissioning

Please note that the detailed content of the programmes is regularly updated in line with developments in theory, policy and practice: HSMC reserves the right to make adjustments to this indicative programme outline as appropriate.

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Information for international students

International students can find details of scholarships at www.international.bham.ac.uk/scholarships

Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months


part time
24 months


part time
8 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate enquiry service
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