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Nursing & Health

Global Leadership and Management in Healthcare MSc

The MSc Global Leadership and Management in Healthcare 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’.


Course overview


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.

You develop these skills, knowledge and behaviours required to embrace a global mindset and to lead and manage safe, high-quality and effective healthcare.

This course is not available to international applicants who require a visa under the UKVI Sponsored Student status.

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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. You 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 during the course (The Well Led Organisation and Leadership: Context and Culture) are delivered through online distance 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 of your assignments are submitted electronically.


Entry requirements

You must normally have an honours degree (2.2 classification or above) in a health-related subject or in leadership or management.

In line with Teesside University’s language requirements, you will need to satisfy the English language requirements if English is not your first language – you need a minimum overall score of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

This course is not available to international applicants who require a visa under the UKVI Sponsored Student status.

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.

For general information please see our overview of 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.

Work placement

You have opportunities to develop your employability skills through Teesside University’s volunteering scheme.


Professional accreditation

Chartered Management Institute

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.


2024/25 entry

Fee for UK applicants
£6,710 a year

More details about our fees

  • Length: within 1 year
  • Attendance: Blended learning
  • Start date: September
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2024/25 entry

Fee for UK applicants
£750 for each 20 credits

More details about our fees

  • Length: 2 years
  • Attendance: Blended learning
  • Start date: September or January
  • Semester dates

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