Taught course

Governing, Leading and Managing Healthcare

University of Westminster, London · Leadership and Professional Development

Entry requirements

A relevant undergraduate qualification or equivalent relevant professional qualification and have at least 2 years work-based experience in health-related employment. Or have relevant professional/work-based experience of at least 5 years, including 2 years in a role that involves leading and managing others in a relevant context. A relevant context is employment in the health and social care sector.

Months of entry


Course content

If you work in healthcare management in a governance-related role and would like to increase your knowledge and skills within this increasingly important area of healthcare management and leadership, this course is ideal for you.

You will gain an academic qualification that:

equips you to work at a senior level;
is focused on the specific challenges you face in your workplace;
You will also benefit from a flexible programme of learning that delivers direct benefits to your employing organisation, requires only limited absence from the workplace and delivers a recognised qualification at each stage.

MSc (2 modules)

Learning in Context (Strategic Leadership in Health and Social Care) 20 credits (Core):

Exploring strategic leadership behaviours, goals and theories through case studies and workplace learning, this module provides an opportunity for participants to investigate internal and external processes, visions and successes in their own organisation and other organisations and to develop a critical analyses of the outcomes.

Work-based Inquiry Project 40 credits (Core):

This module equips participants to research and report findings and recommendations that are directly relevant to their employing organisation. It provides the opportunity for them to make a significant contribution to management and leadership in practice, while their organisations benefit from the outputs and recommendations of a robust research project.

Teaching Staff

The programme is led by Joy Tweed, who served as a non-executive director within the NHS for 11 years and is currently a board member for a regulatory body. Joy originally trained as a nurse and her research interest is governance in the NHS.

Information for international students

For applicants who have not received their secondary education in the medium of English, a score of 6.5 in the British Council IELTS test (including a minimum score of 6.5 in the written component), or equivalent language assessment

Fees and funding

Please find details of the extensive range of funding opportunities available through the university on our website.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months


part time
24 months


part time
24 months


AssessmentWhat kind of work will I be doing? (proportionally)
Written coursework / continuous assessment67
Dissertation33 (15000 words)

Course contact details

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