MSc in Healthcare Leadership

University of Hull - Offered by CEG Digital, United Kingdom
MSc in Healthcare Leadership
Next enrollment cycle January 2024 See all cycles
First Year Fee KES 939,104
Course Accredited By PC
2 Years Online Postgraduate Degree

Strong leadership and management is key to the delivery of safe, effective, and compassionate healthcare. A good leader will provide clear goals and direction, motivate their team, and nurture a supportive and innovative organisational structure.

With our MSc, you will explore leadership in a global context, gaining knowledge and skills applicable to all healthcare systems. The programme encompasses leadership approaches and challenges from across the healthcare spectrum – helping you visualise how your current or future professional role functions within a larger, complex system.

You can look forward to developing the capabilities required to enhance both your own practice and those of whom you work with. You will learn how to reflect on your practice, personality, and approach to become a more effective leader and manager.

The contemporary nature of our programme also enables students to incorporate up-to-date research in their studies and identify current challenges and opportunities in the industry.

As the course is part time, working professionals can immediately apply what they learn to their current organisation, while still earning their degree in two year

Exceptional leadership in healthcare has a vital role to play in the face of growing global health challenges – from aging populations, to financial austerity, to disease outbreaks.

Upon completion of this distance learning course, you’ll hold the skills and understanding needed to serve effectively within management in healthcare, with the ability to challenge both yourself and others to perform to their highest potential.

With a globally relevant education and the ability to communicate, delegate, and influence across all forms of healthcare teams, you can explore a career anywhere in the world.

You’ll be able to make a positive impact on the industry and your community through a variety of roles, such as:

  • Healthcare provider leadership (e.g., hospital management; primary care manager)
  • Clinical leader with primary, secondary or tertiary healthcare
  • Healthcare commissioner leadership
  • Healthcare policy maker (e.g., local government)
  • Leadership within professional or regulatory bodies

Built upon a model of competency development, our MSc in Healthcare Leadership will help you learn leadership theories and frameworks at the leading edge of the discipline.

You’ll learn how to adopt a diligent, systematic, and evidence-based approach to your practice through the transformative concepts introduced during your studies.

As a student of the course, you can expect to:

  • Explore leadership as a dynamic and contestable concept
  • Engage in critical self-reflection and the impact of self on others
  • Learn how to conduct insightful and informed decision making
  • Build knowledge of the system and policy context in which healthcare leadership exists
  • Gain an in-depth appreciation of the rational, emotional, and political aspects of changing services and practice
  • Recognise the necessity of critical and systematic enquiry and continuous learning in and through action

All assessment for the course is based on coursework and submitted online. There are no exams.

Your performance on the course will be assessed through a range of methods, such as:

  • Guided online discussions/activities
  • Online lectures and seminars
  • Online tutorials
  • Critiques and feedback from your tutor
  • Critical self-reflection and independent study

You’ll also be asked to complete a variety of written assessments. Some examples include:

  • A professional development plan focused on enhancing leadership skills and based on established approaches to learning
  • Commentary on a primary research paper related to quality improvement
  • Analysis of an example patient safety incident
  • A reflective account of the process of change, with reference to established theories

Enrollment Cycles

  • January 2024
  • May 2024
  • September 2024

Entry Requirements

  • A minimum 2.2 Honours degree or international equivalent, ideally in a subject related to health or social care.
  • If you don’t have a 2.2 Honours degree or international equivalent in a related subject, equivalent professional qualifications/personal experience may be considered.
  • Such applicants will need to provide evidence of ability by submitting a 500-word essay that explores – with reference to published evidence - the importance of effective leadership in healthcare.
  • One professional or academic reference.
  • An IELTS 6.0 score (with minimum 5.5 in each skill) if your first language isn't English (or other English language proficiency qualifications accepted by the University of Hull).

Our modules are specifically built to help you achieve long-term success in healthcare roles. You will undertake rigorous self-development that will help cultivate a lasting appreciation about the importance of lifelong learning.

Self as Leader (30 credits)

  • This introductory module contains two core themes – self-awareness and leadership theory - that will equip you with the knowledge needed to thoughtfully engage with the rest of the course material.
  • During this module, you will learn how to identify your traits, leadership activities, strengths, and weaknesses and place them within a theoretical framework.
  • You’ll gain a comprehensive understanding of the value of leadership theories and frameworks and how these can be used to inform continuing professional and personal development.

Supporting Change, Innovation, and Problem-Solving (30 credits)

  • Gain a critical understanding of the nature of and relationships between problem-solving, innovation, and change in the context of healthcare.
  • You will be challenged with exploring and critically debating the way in which problem-solving and innovation may be harnessed and promoted to support organisational change, whilst maintaining awareness of the impact of change upon individuals and teams.
  • The module will help you learn how to compare a range of theoretical perspectives related to the nature and process of innovation and problem-solving, and how to critically evaluate the effectiveness of strategies to promote and implement change.

Promoting Quality and Safety in Healthcare (30 credits)

  • Explore the proficiencies required for leaders to enhance organisational effectiveness in order to improve the quality of care delivery and maximise patient safety.
  • Your studies will help build a necessary theoretical foundation (such as understanding quality improvement frameworks and human factors), whilst also demonstrating the importance of research by focusing on evidence-based models of best practice.

Global Perspectives on Healthcare Policy (30 credits)

  • On this module, you will develop the ability to explore your leadership activities and responsibilities within a policy context.
  • By building your understanding of how policy is developed at the macro, meso, and micro level, you will be better positioned to recognise the external drivers that influence and shape organisational priorities and clinical practice.
  • Your lessons will compare policy and structures from across the globe, providing you with a truly international perspective on healthcare delivery.

Capstone Project (60 credits)

  • The Capstone Project provides you with the chance to demonstrate the integration and application of your learning throughout the programme through a self-designed project.
  • Your Healthcare Leadership project will highlight your creativity, analytical skills, and overall academic excellence by completing a service improvement, personal development activity or academic exercise in a real-world setting.
  • This presents a valuable opportunity to explore a topic of interest in-depth – such as identifying a specific challenge at your workplace to analyse and address.

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