Leadership in Health and Social Care - PgDip part-time
This course will give the opportunity to consider contemporary approaches to leadership and management within health and social care, considering key issues such as the drive towards integrated services and the role of commissioning. It is flexible, allowing you to take single modules, or work towards a Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert), Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) or MSc.
The MSc in Leadership in Health and Social Care is a route within the MSc Professional Development Framework in the Health and Community Studies department. It is aimed at professionals with leadership and or management responsibilities working in health, social care and related fields.
The first three modules, comprising the PgCert, are usually taken over an eighteen month period and cover a range of topics around management and leadership skills. As you progress, on the PgDip, you will take three further modules that engage with leadership and management at a strategic level. Although the modules are designed to facilitate a natural progression towards an MSc, each can be taken as a stand-alone module.
In taking these modules you will reflect on your practice, develop your skills and confidence as a leader and manager, and have the opportunity to consider in depth the challenging issues facing leaders within health and social care.
To gain the MSc you will undertake a research dissertation, researching in depth an issue that is relevant to your role and practice.
About the course
Studying on the MSc Leadership in Health and Social Care course will help you to develop, or prepare for, a career leading and managing within the health, social care or voluntary sector by enhancing your leadership and management skills.
You will be taught by a small, friendly team of experienced staff, based in the department of Health and Community Studies. Bringing a wide range of management and practice experience, we aim to provide a challenging programme that deals with the issues that face leaders and managers in today’s health and social care services.
We see the purpose of study as being the means to gain better thinking skills and knowledge in order to deliver improved experiences for patients and service users, staff and yourself. This guides the design of our programmes, and especially the design of any assessment. All our assessment involves the critical analysis of some aspect of a service, and the development of strategies to improve that service.
- The course has a high degree of flexibility allowing you to choose from a broad range of modules. The emphasis of all our modules is on using theory to improve practice, and the quality and effectiveness of the services offered to patients and clients. We have an open, friendly style, lots of service experience, and give personalised support. We place great importance on providing positive feedback and supporting learners to improve their study skills.
- Most people who work with us come from organisations in health, social care, and the voluntary sector. They combine study and demanding jobs, and we are very aware of the pressures this brings, and try to adapt our programmes to accommodate this.
- Students on this course have very varied leadership and managerial responsibilities. They include commissioners and providers, clinicians and non-clinicians, strategic and operational managers. Most come via word-of-mouth from previous students and are looking for a supportive academic environment that helps them do their job.
What you will learn
The course will develop your understanding of service organisations, including the roles of the people involved in managing and leading those organisations, and the changing external context in which they operate. It will help you prepare for, or develop, your management career in the health, social care or voluntary sector by developing your leadership and management skills. It will deal with key issues for today, such as integration, commissioning and the challenge of leadership in a changing and highly-demanding environment.
An essential function of a manager/leader is the ability to analyse and evaluate complex issues, both systematically and creatively, in order to improve services. This course will help you develop these skills, along with your ability to build and develop teams, manage individual and team performance and your change management skills.
The programme will facilitate the development of structured academic thinking relating to management issues and use a theoretical evidence base to evaluate your own and your organisation’s behaviour in order to plan and implement service improvement.
What you will study
The PgCert will be achieved upon completion of 60 credits, the PgDip upon a total of 120 credits and the MSc upon a total of 180 credits. In order to achieve PgCert/PgDip/MSc there are two compulsory modules at each level thereby allowing one module at each level to be selected according to your own developmental needs. Modules must be at Level HE7.
You will need to complete the postgraduate certificate modules above plus a further 60 credits. At this level these will usually include broader professional modules as well as a research methods module that will help prepare you for the masters-level dissertation.
Core modules 1 (choose one): EITHER Critical Evaluation of Evidence and Practice (20 credits); OR Principles and Concepts in Research Design (20 credits).
Core modules 2 (choose one): EITHER Managing and Commissioning for Performance (20 credits) OR Strategy, Marketing and Commissioning (20 credits).
Elective module: choose one 20 credit module at level HE7 from our range of professional development modules. In particular, if you have not chosen Managing and Commissioning for Performance as your second core module we encourage you to chose this module as your elective.
You will be interviewed as part of the application process.
Normally, you should have one of the following: a second class honours degree (2.2) or equivalent in any subject, or a relevant professional qualification and/or substantial experience in management.
Current employment in a leadership/management role in health, social care or voluntary sector.
Non-standard entry qualifications will be considered.
If English is not your first language you will also normally need IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent). If you do not have the required English level, you can study English with us from IELTS 4.0 (or equivalent).
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