Postgraduate study
Health & Social Care

MSc Transformational Leadership in Health and Social Care

This course supports the promotion, development and sustainability of effective leadership and applied service improvement within health and social care.

Course information

Part-time

  • 3 years

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2018 entry

  • Enrolment date: September and January (subject to approval)
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 384176
  • Fee for UK/EU applicants: £561 per 20 credits
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This is a multi-professional programme designed to equip team leaders, senior professionals and managers with the knowledge, skills and capabilities of promoting, developing and sustaining leadership behaviours within health and social care practice and to meet the challenges of improving services to meet local needs and improve patient and client outcomes.

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Course structure

Year 1 core modules

Advanced Personal Effectiveness in Leadership

This module is designed to integrate the NHS Healthcare Leadership Model and uses leadership diagnostic tools to help you assess yourself and to develop a personal action plan to enhance your leadership capability.

Using Evidence to Advance Quality, Safety and Governance in Health and Social Care

This modules enable you to develop a comprehensive and critical understanding of care quality, safety and governance issues within the contemporary health and social care context. This includes developing a culture of candour and preparing for change. You study theory and practice in a range of related topics, each encompassing broad international perspectives as well as your own local context. You apply this learning within the context of your own role, using relevant evidence to identify current leadership issues and provide a critically justified improvement recommendation to address these.

This module may be studied as a University Certificate of Postgraduate Continuing Education (UCPCE) or a core module in the PgCert Advancing Quality Improvement in Health and Social Care or MA Advancing Quality, Safety and Governance in Health and Social Care.

 

Year 2 core modules

Designing Research Proposals

Leading Service Improvement in Health and Social Care

This module uses action learning to help lead real service improvement projects that are relevant to your role in practice and organisational need. You implement your service improvement and also start to address ethical research issues in preparation for your Year 3 dissertation.

 

Year 3 core modules

Dissertation

Here you consolidate and develop further skills and knowledge from previous modules. More specifically you synthesise learning as you apply your research-related knowledge to identify a researchable problem, plan and execute a study. You use a range of different methodologies for your study, such as quantitative, qualitative or systematic review.

 

Modules offered may vary.

How you learn

Year 1 focuses on enabling you to develop a comprehensive and critical understanding of using evidence to lead an improvement project relevant to your own role and workplace. You undertake the Using Evidence to Advance Quality, Safety and Governance in Health and Social Care module across semesters one and two. This module is supported by the Advanced Personal Effectiveness module, which runs through semester one, and is a self-assessment of your personal leadership skills, building on strengths and addressing challenges to develop action plans for effective future leadership.

Year 2 enables you to progress the improvement idea from Year 1 through to the implementation stage of the improvement project in the Leading Service Improvement in Health and Social Care module. This module runs across semesters one and two, and is complemented by a critical and comprehensive understanding of the complexities of working with others. You consider how to influence these processes to support collaborative change, particularly through working with service users and carers in the semester one module, Interdependent Working.

In Year 3 your 15,000-word dissertation: Evaluating the Impact of Service Transformation presents a detailed account of your audit or evaluation research project. You evaluate the impact of the service improvement project and transformation implemented in the Leading Service Improvement in Health and Social Care module. You will have a supervisor to support you through this process. This module runs across semesters one and two.

How you are assessed

Assessments require you to evidence your learning in each module by applying theory to practice. You need to demonstrate a critical and comprehensive understanding of theory and the application of service improvement tools and techniques to a change that you initiate in your practice area. The assessments have been specifically designed to capture the learning journey through the programme and the application of theory to practice.

Entry requirements

You should normally have an honours degree in a health or social care-related subject or in leadership or management. Applicants with other qualifications and experience may be considered if they can provide evidence of their ability to study at master’s level. Such applicants are invited to discuss individual needs with the programme leader. You also need to be in a position in your organisation which enables you to introduce and support research-based transformational change.

Under recognition of prior learning (RPL) you may be awarded credits for previous study or related work experience which can be credited towards the course you want to study. Find out more about RPL.

Course information

Part-time

  • 3 years

More part-time details

2018 entry

  • Enrolment date: September and January (subject to approval)
  • Admission enquiries: 01642 384176
  • Fee for UK/EU applicants: £561 per 20 credits
    More details about our fees

Contact details

Further information