This programme is designed to help you progress as a healthcare professional. It will give you both the skills and the professional qualification you need to apply for more senior leadership and management positions within health and social care.
Our team of experienced academics and practitioners focus on competent management and effective leadership, giving students from both clinical and managerial backgrounds the tools required to deliver service improvement and sustainable change in health and social care settings.
The programme is suitable for those working in both clinical and non-clinical roles:
- those already working as allied health professionals, clinical scientists, nurses or doctors who wish to pursue managerial opportunities
- those working within the health and social care or voluntary sector in roles such as commissioning, quality improvement, clinical auditing or risk management who are looking to take the next step in their career
You will have the opportunity to study with people from a variety of different services and settings. The programme is designed to fit into busy working schedules and to be as useful as possible to both yourself and your employer; we combine study and assessment of theory alongside its application within a work setting.
We also offer an internationally-focused version of the programme, focusing on global healthcare issues. Students are able to undertake either the MSc Leadership in Health and Social Care or the MSc Leadership in Health and Social Care (International) on a full or part-time basis; however international students will need to study the full-time version.
The University welcomes applications from all potential students regardless of their previous experience: offers are made following detailed consideration of each individual application.
The decision to offer a place is based on our assessment of a candidate’s potential to benefit from their studies and of their ability to succeed on this particular programme. Whilst you will normally hold a first degree or professional qualification we will consider your application if you do not possess such a qualification but have appropriate work experience.
Additional entry requirements
Recognised English qualification, for example, GCSE English grade A-C.
English language requirements
IELTS 6.0 with 5.5 in each sub-test.
If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details »
What you will study
The MSc Leadership in Health & Social Care programme comprises of 4 x 30-credit modules:
- Health & Social Care Leadership
- Managing People in Health and Social Care
- Understanding Health and Social Care through Policy and Strategy
- Leading Change and Service Improvement in Health and Social Care
A Final Stage 60-credit Management Project is also required.
You can register for PG Certificate, PG Diploma or MSc awards in Leadership in Health and Social Care.
For Postgraduate Certificates, the Health and Social Care Leadership module is a core module, but you can then choose one module from the three available to make up your certificate award. This means you can concentrate on strategy and business planning, managing people, or leading change and service improvement projects, as best suits you and your organisation.
Postgraduate Certificates can be taken alone or go towards the Diploma or MSc awards.
Modules and module content
Health and Social Care Leadership
The module aims to explore a range of theory alongside practical approaches to leadership in health and social care organisations. It aims to help you gain insight into your own leadership skills and abilities and strengthen areas for development.
Development of leadership theory; role of the leader; leadership and management styles; interprofessional and systems leadership; motivation theories; power, influence and conflict; ethical leadership; contemporary debates in leadership and management; personal leadership development opportunities.
Managing People in Health and Social Care
The module aims to explore the theories and practice associated with managing people. It aims to provide you with the knowledge and skills to effectively manage people and understand wider issues associated with managing people.
Introduction to managing people; rise of human resource management; strategic human resource management; labour analysis; labour flexibility; human resource planning; recruitment and selection; performance management/appraisal; learning and development; employee engagement, work/life balance; managing across boundaries; organisational effectiveness; communications; groups and team: developing resilience.
Understanding Health and Social Care through Policy and Strategy
The module aims to explore a range of different theories and approaches that can be used in strategy and policy development and evaluation. It aims to provide you with the knowledge and skills to understand strategy and policy and to explore and analyse different theories and approaches used to develop, implement and evaluate strategy and policy.
Theory and models of strategy and policy-making; strategy and the strategy process; strategic business planning; developing and establishing organisational values, vision, mission statements; different levels of strategic planning. Policy and the policy process: theories and models used in policy making and policy analysis. Strategic analysis and tools: the general environment, PEST, SWOT analysis, needs analysis; scenario and horizon planning and stakeholder analysis. The competitive environment: marketing theory and approaches, Porters’ Five Forces Framework, the marketing mix, market segmentation and Boston Matrix. Organisational structures: organisational structures and design and the implications for strategy and policy-making and the implementation of strategy and policy.
Leading Change and Service Improvement in Health and Social Care
The module aims to explore the theory and practice associated with managing change and quality improvement. It aims to provide you with the knowledge and skills to manage the more complex behavioural and organisational issues of change and lead individuals and teams to deliver change and improvement across diverse professional, functional and hierarchical boundaries.
Defining change and quality; quality theories and models; approaches to quality and change management: nature of change; types and levels of change; culture; planning, implementing and sustaining change: whole systems theory; capacity and demand analysis; stakeholder theory; risk management; complaints management; service improvement approaches, models and tools; project management approaches, models and tools.
To enable you to gain the knowledge, skills and understanding of a range of methods appropriate to undertaking a management project; to undertake an in-depth management project addressing a management problem or opportunity;
To produce leaders/managers who can use an evidence-based approach to address leadership/management problems and opportunities.
Introduction to undertaking a management project; establishing a management opportunity or problem; Undertaking projects in different organisational settings; Linking the research process/management process theory; Approaches and management models; Developing aims and objectives; Selection of appropriate research, audit, evaluation and management theory; Different approaches to undertaking a management project; Design, data collection and data analysis in the management project; Ethics - processes and products; Practical skills of managing a project; Interpretation and application of findings to management theory and practice; Applying evidence-based approaches to dealing with management problems/opportunities; Developing a brief management project proposal.
The final stage Management Project is designed to be a practical piece of work, based on a problem or opportunity in your organisation.
Learning and assessment
These programmes combine study and assessment of theory alongside its application within a work setting.
Study is through a blended learning approach; 4 days attendance on campus for each module (2 blocks of 2 days); a virtual learning environment to support private study; ongoing tutor support.
Assessment of the programme includes practical application of skills and knowledge, demonstrating a theoretical understanding and enabling you to grow in confidence.
Fees, finance and scholarships
Tuition fee 2019
Fees are dependent upon the number of credits required.
- 10 credits £528
- 20 credits £1,055
- 30 credits £1,584
- Dissertation Module (if applicable) £2,285
The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.
Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.
The programme is targeted at aspiring healthcare professionals who wish to apply for leadership and management positions within health and social care, as well as those already working as allied health professionals, clinical scientists, nurses or doctors.
The course is also suitable for those working in a variety of non-clinical roles, for example, commissioners, quality improvement managers, clinical auditors, risk management, team leaders, social workers, patient advocates, or in the voluntary sector.
This course has enabled previous graduates to go on to more senior roles within their organisations, as well as secondments to national bodies.