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MSc Leadership and Management for Health Care Practice

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University of Salford
Health and Social care Faculty
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University of Salford, Salford, M6 6PU, Greater Manchester, United Kingdom

Governance, strategic management and stokeholder engagement. At the University of Salford, we know that effective leadership and management does not happen by chance.

This practice-related, Masters course is aimed at all health care professionals including nurses, midwives, doctors, physiotherapists, radiographers and health care scientists who want to develop the knowledge, skills and qualities to be an effective health care leader.

How will a leadership and management course enhance my career?

This is a leadership and management course designed to give you the confidence to try new and creative approaches to the work place, deal with complex leadership situations and provide effective patient and service outcomes.

If you want to implement quality improvements that are locally lead, patient-centred and clinically driven, this Masters course will help you:

  • Transform patient and service outcomes at a local level
  • Understand your organisation and become an effective leader
  • Explore the challenges and opportunities to influence policy that impacts on patient and service outcomes
  • Understand yourself as a leader and enhance your knowledge, skills and qualities
  • Develop the skills to manage change in complex and changing health care settings
  • Develop project management skills
  • Implement a change management project

What qualifications do I need to study leadership and management?

Leadership and management at Salford

You will have access to first-class facilities at the University and academic staff with a wealth of experience and research credibility.

In addition, the course attracts students from a wide range of health care professions, providing an ideal way to network with people from different clinical specialities - strengthening your ability to influence and respond to the contemporary health care agenda.

The Faculty is home to a vibrant research community, a creative and dynamic environment that has a direct impact upon health and social care policy and practice in the North West and internationally.

What leadership and management skills will I learn?

The course can be taken part-time over 2½ years or 1 year, full-time study.

The full Masters comprises four 30 credit modules and a 60 credit project. The modules have been created in partnership with senior health care managers and practitioners in the North West.

You will be supported by an experienced leadership mentor who will help you analyse, reflect upon and develop as a leader. Your development will be targeted and evidenced against a recognised leadership quality framework.

We will also develop your skills of evidence based practice including searching for, appraising, implementing and evaluating the evidence.

For added value, the course also offers masterclasses, giving you the opportunity to further explore and develop the knowledge, skills and qualities required to lead and manage effectively.

The four modules and project that make up the MSc Leadership and Management for Health Care Practice will enable you to:

  • Apply new knowledge and skills to work, at work, for work
  • Utilise a contemporary leadership qualities framework to evidence your knowledge, skills and qualities
  • Work through real world leadership and management issues
  • Develop knowledge and skills to support the increasing evidence based culture

Leadership and management modules

You can exit with either a PgCert, PgDip or full Masters depending on the number of credits you accrue. Modules can also be taken as stand-alone, specialist courses in their own right for the purposes of individual continuing professional development.

PgCert (60 Credits):

Leading and Managing in Health Care Organisations (30 credits): You will be able to explore your organisation and the context within which you work. Areas covered include "what is leadership?" and understanding your health care organisation as well as theories of leadership and management including governance, strategic management and stakeholder engagement.

The "Me" in Leadership for Health Care Practice (30 credits): Understand yourself as a leader and improve your personal leadership knowledge, skills and qualities. The module covers areas such as leadership and mangement approaches, narrative analysis, emotional intelligence and effective leadership.

PgDip (120 Credits) - as above plus:

Leading Change for Patient and/or Service Improvements (30 credits): Develop the skills needed to lead change and make quality improvements in clinical and healthcare services. This module includes critical evaluation of yourself and others and how to inspire and create an environment for people to make change.

Project Management and Methods of Enquiry for Health Care Practice (30 credits): Develop effective project management skills and learn how to justify and defend your business case including Prince II project management prinicples, planning a successful project and critical path analysis.

Masters (180 Credits) - as above plus:

Dissertation (60 credits): This gives you the opportunity to implement a project that is relevant to your current workplace.

Online support

You will get additional support through Blackboard, our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)which can be used via the internet. Not only will you have easy access to course materials such as handbooks, lecture handouts, and videos it will also give you the opportunity to participate in discussion boards and online exchanges with staff and fellow students.


The course allows for a variety of assessments, depending on the module you will be undertaking, and can include:

  • Written assignments
  • Patchwork Text Assessment
  • Viva voce
  • Presentations

Leadership and management for international students

The need to develop strong leadership and management skills will be relevant to a wide range of international health professionals and the University of Salford has a great reputation for providing a friendly and challenging environment in which to develop.

  • We're constantly enhancing our programmes and facilities to make sure we deliver excellent value for money
  • We’re only one and a half miles (three kilometres) from the heart of Manchester, so you'll find big-city opportunity, diversity and fun right on your doorstep
  • From day one our support services will be there to help you with any problems

For more information about the support we provide, visit our international section.

Research that makes a difference

There are many challenges in modern health care and nurses are at the forefront of care delivery. You will need to demonstrate a commitment to practice that is based on the best available evidence and a philosophy of lifelong learning.

At the University of Salford, we pride ourselves on encouraging lifelong learners who will have a real impact on the world of nursing care provision. Because we believe that the evidence base should inform our practice, we are also host to a vibrant and enthusiastic team of researchers under the Salford Centre of Nursing, Midwifery and Collaborative Research.

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