Strategy, Policy and Organisations
Attendance mode: Part-time
This module is an option module for: MSc /Post Graduate Diploma Leadership Management and Change in Health and Social Care.
The aim of this module is for students:
- To develop a critical understanding of strategy and policy making
- To explore and analyse different theories and approaches to strategy and policy making
The learning outcomes for the module are to enable the student to:
- Critically analyse different theories and approaches utilised in strategy and policy making in the health and social care sector
- Critically analyse the development, implementation and monitoring of strategy and policy
- Critically analyse how to apply different theories and tools to develop and implement strategy and policy making
- Critically apply and evaluate different theories and models to develop and implement strategy and policy making
- Critically analyse the current environment in health and social care and the implications for strategy and policy making
At the Faculty of Health Studies, University of Bradford, you can choose to study for individual modules, a named award or build module credits through the SSPRD Framework for Flexible Learning to achieve an award relevant to your professional needs.
The Framework for Flexible Learning in Health and Social Care is a Faculty-wide academic structure for Specialist Skills and Post-Registration Development. It offers students increased flexibility and choice in the modules and courses that can be undertaken and it is also responsive to employer needs. The flexibility also allows you to move from one award to another if your career changes or you take time out from regular studying. Shared teaching and research expertise from across the Faculty is offered through interdisciplinary teaching across our core research modules.
The Faculty of Health Studies is regionally, nationally and internationally recognised for its teaching and research, and works with a number of healthcare partners to ensure clinical excellence.
The University welcomes applications from all potential students regardless of their previous academic experience; offers are made following detailed consideration of each individual application. Most important in the decision to offer a place is our assessment of a candidate’s potential to benefit from their studies and of their ability to succeed on this particular programme and your application will be based on a combination of your formal academic qualifications and other relevant experience.
The University of Bradford has always welcomed applications from disabled students, and these will be considered on the same academic grounds as are applied to all applicants. If you have some form of disability you may wish to contact the programme leader before you apply.
Applications are welcome from candidates with non-standard qualifications. Those who lack academic qualifications but who have significant relevant experience will be considered. Please talk to us if you do not fit the standard pattern of entry qualifications.
The modules for this course can be found in the latest programme specification.
Find more information on our module descriptors page.
This module is provided as part of this interdisciplinary Framework within the Faculty of Health Studies. The Framework enables students to create an individualised programme of study that will meet either their needs and/or the employers’ needs for a changing diverse workforce within a modern organisation.
The modules and academic awards are presented in areas representing employment practice or work based or clinical disciplines.
Whilst some students can build their own academic awards by choosing their own menu of module options, other students will opt for a named academic award. The Framework also provides the option for students to move from their chosen named award to another award if their job or personal circumstances change and they need to alter the focus of their studies. The majority of named awards also offer students, the option of choosing at least one module, sometimes more, from across the Faculty module catalogue enabling them to shape their award more specifically to their needs.
Learning activities and assessment
The syllabus for the module includes:
- Strategy and the Strategy Process: An introduction to the different theories and models used in strategic planning.
- Strategic planning and management: developing and establishing organisational values, vision, mission statements; different levels of strategic
- 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.
- Factors affecting Strategy and Policy Making: The implications of the state and independent/ private sector for strategy and policy making.
- The implementation of strategy and policy: models and approaches to implementation, evidence based policy making; sustainability in strategy and policy making; Dementia in policy and strategy
Assessment for this module comprises of:
A 30 minute assessed presentation that allows the student to analyse and apply strategy & policy making theory to a particular issue.
A 4000 word applied assignment that allows the student to analyse and apply strategy & policy making theory to a particular issue.
Career support and prospects
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 module sits within programmes designed to meet the needs of existing (middle or senior) or aspiring managers in health or social care organisations, social enterprises and the voluntary or independent sector who wish to develop strategic management skills.
Fees, Finance and Scholarships
- Home/EU: £1,500 (standard 30 credit module fee)
- Home/EU: £1,545 (standard 30 credit module fee)
Tuition fees are subject to review for students starting their course in subsequent years. See our Fees and Financial Support website for more details.
Funding for eligible staff within the region will be reviewed by Health Education England (HEE) in the coming months for the 2017/18 academic year. We advise all applicants to apply as normal for 2017/18 courses and further information will be provided as soon as it is available.
How do I find out more?
Steps to Postgraduate Study
Find out more about studying at a postgraduate level on the official, independent website Steps to Postgraduate Study (link opens in new window).
How to apply
If you wish to apply for a module at the Faculty of Health Studies please download our module application form below:
- SSPRD individual module application form (pdf, 106 KB)
- SSPRD individual module application form (docx, 51 KB)
Return completed forms to the FoHS recruitment team via email.
This is the current course information. Modules and course details may change, subject to the University's programme approval, monitoring and review procedures. The University reserves the right to alter or withdraw courses, services and facilities as described on our website without notice and to amend Ordinances, Regulations, fees and charges at any time. Students should enquire as to the up-to-date position when applying for their course of study.