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 the 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 a UK-focused version of the programme. 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.

Entry requirements

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 in 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.

What you will study

The MSc Leadership in Health & Social Care (International) programme comprises of 4 x 30-credit modules:

  1. Health & Social Care Leadership
  2. Managing People in Health and Social Care
  3. Understanding Health and Social Care through Policy and Strategy
  4. Leading Change and Service Improvement in Health and Social Care

A Final Stage 60-credit Extended Literature Review with a clear international focus 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.

Learning and assessment

These programmes combine study and assessment of theory alongside its application within a work setting.

The 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.

Career support

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.

Career prospects

The programme is targeted at aspiring healthcare professionals who wish to apply for leadership and management positions within the 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.

Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated June 26, 2019
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