Taught course

Strategic Leadership and Multi-professional Education in Healthcare

University of Kent · Centre for Professional Practice

Entry requirements

Applicants must have Membership of their relevant Royal College or professional organisational equivalent and usually have three years post qualification as a healthcare professional, have a substantive post in practice and have worked for a minimum of one year in their current practice. The applicant should be working in a clinical setting where good clinical standards have been demonstrated:

For general practitioners this would include, for example, a satisfactory CQC report and a minimum of 90% for markers of clinical care. Students who have achieved a nationally recognised qualification, plus evidence of recent study and acquisition of academic threshold concepts from a relevant discipline or experiential equivalent. Students will be selected using prior agreed HEKSS selection to assess suitability for undertaking the programme. All applicants should must be located in a workplace setting and able to carry out the requirements of the modules. Entry will be dependent on at least one supporting reference from their current employing organisation or a professional or academic advocate, indicating academic and personal suitability for the programme of study. Access and ability to use computer and broadband: word processor, spreadsheet, presentation packages (e.g. PowerPoint), Internet and email is essential.

Excluded combinations:
For general practitioners those on the Retainer Scheme, and/or locums are not eligible for this programme. Advanced Standing. Postgraduate Diploma: In addition to the above, entry onto the PDip programme may be achieved if participants have successfully completed one of the following: successful achievement of the PCert Strategic Leadership and Multi-Professional Education in Healthcare or; successful achievement of the PCert Strategic Leadership and Medical Education or; having previously acquired 60 M level credits in an appropriate subject elsewhere. Any such claim would be required to meet the requirements of the University of Kent APECL process.

In additional to the above, entry onto the MSc programme may be achieved if participants have successfully completed the following: successful achievement of the PDip in Strategic Leadership and Multi-Professional Education in Healthcare or; successful achievement of the PDip in Strategic Leadership Strategic Leadership and Medical Education. Applications for Accreditation of Prior Experiential and Certificated Learning are welcome in line with the University criteria outlined in Annex R of the Code of Practice.

Months of entry


Course content

This programme is for multi-professional healthcare workers who are wishing to extend their skills in areas of strategic leadership, management and healthcare practitioner education.

This programme is also for potential and existing GP trainers and has been developed in association with the Kent, Surrey and Sussex (KSS) GP Deanery. Any doctor wishing to become a GP trainer in KSS should take this programme.

You have the opportunity to develop and demonstrate knowledge, understanding, qualities and skills in experiential learning, theory, concepts and their application to practice; high-level reflection on learning, leadership and team working approaches gained through practice; the opportunity to develop knowledge and understanding of the complexities of collaborative working, ethical issues, critical research synthesis and research methodologies, all within the remit of Strategic Leadership and Healthcare Practitioner Education.

Course structure

All students on this programme will be situated in the workplace and attending part-time. Teaching methods are designed to support suitable modes of learning with emphasis on the application of theory to professional practice. To facilitate this, active participation from the students will be encouraged throughout the programme. Methods employed to develop knowledge and understanding may include: lectures, seminars and tutorials plus tutor facilitated learning sets including discussion, case studies and audit activity plus experiential and blended learning and work related activity and application.

All assessments take place within the modules. Formal summative assessment will be based on a combination of the following: written assignments and or a portfolio of evidence to address the Intended Learning Outcomes.

Information for international students

Please note that if you are required to meet an English language condition, we offer a number of pre-sessional courses in English for Academic Purposes through Kent International Pathways.

Fees and funding

Please visit our funding web pages for the most current information.

Qualification and course duration


part time
12 months


part time
12 months

Course contact details

Centre for Professional Practice
+44 (0)1634 888929