Taught course

Leadership and Management (Health and Social Care Services)

University of Chichester · Social Work and Social Care

Entry requirements

Candidates should normally have an honours degree (although a combination of professional qualifications and experience is also accepted) and several years’ experience in health or social care and be in a management position (or shortly to move into a management post). Applicants who do not have academic or professional qualifications can be assessed on their ability to cope with sustained academic work and who are able to demonstrate that through their work they can operate at postgraduate level.

Months of entry

October, April, February

Course content

The MA Leadership and Management (Health and Social Care) is designed to meet the needs of the leader and manager who is working in the health and social care field. It offers a high degree of flexibility in the pattern of study that reflects the amount of time likely to be available over the period of the programme.

Indicative Course Content

The course is modular and is intended to provide those leading and managing in health and social care services with an understanding of the changing context of management and organisation in these sectors. The MA focuses on management and leadership issues, drawing on the experiences of the course members, and relating their work situation to theoretical models of leadership and management in the public, voluntary and independent sectors. The programme also recognises that the management of services is constantly evolving and, therefore, addresses key issues of organisational change and development in the health and social care sectors.

The MA comprises six taught modules and a dissertation:

Year One:

  • Transforming Services
  • Managing Service Delivery
  • Managerial Effectiveness

Year Two:

  • Managing Finance
  • Strategic Management
  • Research Methods for Managers
  • Dissertation

In addition there is the opportunity to take optional modules including a project based learning module.


Each module is assessed by a 4,000-word assignment based on a case study of the students’ organisation which can be contextualised to the student’s work situation.

To gain a Postgraduate Certificate in Management (Health and Social Care Services), students need to complete three modules from those offered.

To gain a Postgraduate Diploma in Management (Health and Social Care Services), students need to complete six modules.

To gain an MA in Leadership and Management (Health and Social Care Services), students need to complete six modules and a dissertation of 18,000 words.

For an informal discussion about course content, contact:

Dr Janet McCray Tel: +44 (0)1243 816289 Email: j.mccray@chi.ac.uk


Tracy Vine Programme Administrator Tel: +44 (0)1243 81651 Email: t.vine@chi.ac.uk

For further details on how to apply please visit: http://www.chi.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate-taught-0/how-apply

Information for international students

For more information on fees as an international student, please contact admissions@chi.ac.uk

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Chris Smethurst
01243 816237