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Nursing, Midwifery & Health Professions

Global Leadership and Management in Healthcare (Senior Leader Master's Degree Apprenticeship)


Course overview

This MSc Global Leadership and Management in Healthcare can be studied as part of the Senior Leader Master Degree's Apprenticeship. The course has been mapped against the Senior Leaders Apprenticeship and can be studied as part of this award. To access this route you must be working in a management or leadership position and be sponsored by your organisation. As an apprentice you are employed while studying part-time for this MSc.

The course is a distinctive course in its field. It focuses on developing the global mindset, a leadership and management concept applicable across global health systems. The World Health Organization identifies ‘using a global mindset for local issues’. This course enables you to develop these skills, knowledge and behaviours required to embrace a global mindset and to lead and manage safe, high-quality and effective healthcare.

In modern healthcare systems, leaders need to be able to influence and support a multicultural workforce and to lead innovations and improvements within their area of practice. As a healthcare leader and manager you need skills in flexibility, adaptability, critical thinking, creativity and confidence to work within complex, interconnected and global-influenced healthcare environments.

Professional accreditation

This course is accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI). On successful completion you will also be eligible for a CMI level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership.


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Course details

The overarching aim of the course is to advance your confidence and capability as a leader and manager working in a global influenced healthcare context.

The course provides the underpinning theories and knowledge to support the development of the Senior Leaders Apprenticeship competencies. Within your organisation you develop the skills and behaviours through practical application of this knowledge.

You also develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours that enable you to deliver compassionate, high-quality, well-managed and continually improving healthcare within your sphere of practice. Throughout the course you focus on three themes – developing behaviours of a global mindset, developing professional competencies and developing research knowledge and skills.

Course structure

Core modules

Advanced Personal Effectiveness 

You evaluate your personal effectiveness, leadership and management capabilities and develop an action plan to meet your learning needs.

Leadership, Culture and Context

This module explores how the organisational culture impacts on the leadership style and effectiveness of clinical areas. You consider how the context of where you work impacts on the safety of patients

Leading and Managing Improvement 

You consider the functional and technical side of change management and develop your knowledge and understanding of how to effectively identify, plan, lead and manage an improvement project. You also develop your willingness to think flexibly, work collaboratively and seek creative, innovative and practical solutions when leading or managing change. 

Major Project

This final module offers a choice between a systematic review or a place-based project. You may choose to implement the project that you identified within the Leading and Managing Improvement module. You are allocated a supervisor in the semester before starting your major project, with the opportunity to discuss your needs and preferences for the major project.

Managing the Human Dimension of Change 

You examine the soft skills side of managing change – the impact of change on people and approaches and behaviours that engage with others in improvement activities. These two modules are taught concurrently as they reflect the two complementary sides of change management.

Positive Organisational Behaviours 

You consider how you work with others at an individual level and the processes, approaches and structures that exist within organisations to enable organisational effectiveness. 

Well Led Organisation 

This module considers the policies, frameworks and procedures that enable organisational efficiency – the management aspect of organisations to enable organisational stability, safety and governance. This could be considered to be the hard organisational processes, whilst the Positive Organisational Behaviours module can be considered the soft organisational processes.


Modules offered may vary.


How you learn

Two of the modules (The Well Led Organisation and Leadership: Context and Culture) are delivered through online learning with recorded lecturers and collaborative online learning activities. You enhance your digital skills through engagement with online learning activities, communities of practice, peer support networks and through a professional online presence.

The course uses action learning and facilitated coaching conversations to develop your skills in presenting ideas, supportive critical questioning and facilitating reflective and solution-focused practice. You develop a professional portfolio which evidences your leadership and management knowledge, experiences and competencies.

Independent and self-directed learning is a feature of master level courses. Your Major Project is a self-managed piece of work with support through one-to-one supervision sessions. Throughout the course you have opportunities to share your experiences and perspectives of working within healthcare environments and consider the application of concepts to practice.

How you are assessed

The course uses a range of formative and summative assessment approaches which include a reflective essay, case study analysis, presentations, oral examinations, management reports and a major project. The assessment strategy assesses your subject-specific knowledge, cognitive and intellectual skills and transferable skills applicable to the workplace. All your assignments are submitted electronically.

Following successful completion of this course students are assessed by an independent end-point assessor. The end point assessment is made up of a work-based project (including report, presentation and questioning) and a professional discussion based on a review of the student’s portfolio of evidence.


Entry requirements

You must normally have an honours degree (2.2 classification or above) in a health-related subject or in leadership or management. You are required to have English and maths grade 4 (grade C) or above (or equivalent). If you do not have these qualifications, you will be required to study these alongside the apprenticeship award.

If you have other qualifications and experience, you may be able to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning if you can evidence your ability to study at master’s level. In this situation you would be invited to discuss your experience and abilities with the course leader.

Given the work-based approach to assessment that underpins this course, there is a requirement that applicants are currently employed (preferably in management roles) and will be able to refer to their roles and their organisations in the completion of their assessments.

As well as meeting the above academic requirements, students seeking to study the Senior Leaders Apprenticeship award will require nomination and sponsorship from their employing organisation. Your employer must confirm to the University that they will support you on the course before your application can be progressed.

For additional information please see our entry requirements



Career opportunities

This course enables you to develop core transferable skills, knowledge and behaviours required to effectively lead and manage within healthcare organisations.



  • Not available full-time


2020 entry

Fee for UK/EU applicants

More details about our fees

  • Length: 2 years
  • Attendance: Blended learning
  • Enrolment date: January or September
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