Taught course

Medical Leadership

University of Central Lancashire · School of Medicine

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Entry requirements

Applicants will normally have a British honours degree (2:2 class or above) or equivalent, in a relevant subject from an approved institution of higher education.

Non-standard applicants are welcomed.

Recognition of prior and work-based Learning in accordance with University regulations may be available.

International applicants will have sufficient competency in English language (IELTS Level 6.5 or equivalent)

Months of entry


Course content

Are you a Postgraduate Professional (PGP) who has aspiration to move into a Senior Leadership position? As a PGP with high potential you will want to lead your team from the front confidently and competently in the executive arena. This modular course allows you to discover and capitalise on your unique leadership strengths, maximise your leadership legitimacy and improve team performance in your specialist area. It will enable you to safely develop a suite of new executive skills and transfer them directly into practice as you progress through each module.

The course combines diverse, commercial know-how and internationally acknowledged, pragmatic self-assessment tools to help you develop best practice. The modular format means you can study at your own pace, putting new skills into practice with the support of your peers and the academic team before moving onto the next stage.

This course aligns and builds on the GMC guidance on Leadership and management standards for medical professionals. The GMC have set out the behaviours needed for medical leadership and management practice across the UK health sector.

These standards are designed specifically for medical professionals working in the UK, from all specialties, career stages and across all sectors involving healthcare including:

  • Self-awareness, self-development
  • Personal resilience, drive and energy
  • Being a team player/team leader with ability to work with nested teams
  • Build corporate culture and innovation
  • Design and implement systems leadership

The Medical Leadership foundation module sets the tone, context and provides the whole tool kit for you to gain the base line of your leadership strengths potential, style, and NHS competency level.

This 2-day, face-to-face taught module will also enable you to gain confidence, develop positive collaborative peer groups and build the foundations of the academic toolkit for this programme.

Once you have completed the foundation module you can cherry pick the next module of choice to develop particular skills depending on organisational and personal need.

The other programme modules are centred around:

  1. Defining vision, mission values, goals and strategies
  2. Connecting and engaging your team to stakeholders, and influencing for results
  3. Governance, quality improvement methodology and business decision making
  4. Leading when things go wrong
  5. Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous (VUCA) and the public sector
  6. Finance and NHS organisational design

The final assessment is pieced together from the modules chosen.

The course will enable PGPs to navigate the core medical leadership challenges:

  • Developing the technical executive skillset, capability and competency
  • Understanding and navigating policy
  • Understanding and navigating legislation

Learning Environment and Assessment

Modules are delivered using a range of methods: face to face, online, via live discussion, recorded lectures, small peer group learning groups, for example.

Through small peer to peer group work, peer led feedback and feed forward and in addition to course leader positive support, feed forward, feedback, PGPs will develop ‘show how’ leadership skill and proficiency as they move through each module.

The assessments will be generated by the PGP over the period of each module. The lens in which these patches will be devised and developed will be related to the PGP’s sphere of practice in specific relation to the title of each module. These bite size pieces of work will enable the PGP to gradually build up a whole picture of their sphere of practice in relation to the topic of each module.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

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01772 892400