Postgraduate course

Leadership in Health & Social Care MSc

Lead change, support teams and make a difference.

This course prepares you for leadership roles in health and social care settings. You'll learn to find innovative solutions to problems and to manage effective teams. You will be able to assess sources of evidence, apply critical thinking skills and draw on your own knowledge to create improvements for your staff and service users. Elements of this course can be studied as a PGCert.

  • Location – York campus
  • Start date – September 2019, September 2020
  • School – Health Sciences

Course Fees

    £5,000 Total full-time cost

    Health Education England funding available Funding criteria

Course overview

The Leadership in Health & Social Care MSc (and equivalent PgCert - see below) will appeal if you work in a health and social care setting and want to build on your knowledge and experience through structured learning and research.

The course will equip you with knowledge of a range of  issues associated with health and social care. You will develop critical thinking and research skills so that you can evaluate evidence and practice and make meaningful improvements in these areas.

These courses attract students involved in a wide range of professions across the health and social care field, including: occupational therapy, physiotherapy, nursing, social work, care work, the allied health professions, medical roles and podiatry.

You can study for either an MSc or a Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) in this area. The PgCert is ideal if you would prefer to take a shorter course without a full-scale research project.

The course options are:

  • Leadership in Health & Social Care
  • MSc Innovation & Leadership in Health & Social Care PgCert
  • Resilience & Leadership in Health & Social Care PgCert

Course structure

Modules include:

  • Leadership in health and social care - service innovation and transformation (30 credits)*
  • Leadership in health and social care - workplace stress and resilience (30 credits)†
  • Research methods (30 credits) 
  • Evaluating evidence and effecting change (30 credits)*†
  • Research paper (60 credits)

* Modules taken as part of Innovation & Leadership in Health & Social Care PgCert

† Modules taken as part of Resilience & Leadership in Health & Social Care PgCert

Teaching and assessment

There will be a mix of direct timetabled hours at the University and contact through the University's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). A range of supportive open learning tasks will allow you to gain feedback within each module and prepare you for assessed work. The assessments can include case studies, portfolios, essays, vivas, implementation plans, research proposals and an independent piece of research.

The VLE will also be used to provide a flexible means of using course materials so that you can study at your convenience. You can also use it to access support from staff. VLE activities include webinars, discussion forums, and quizzes.

You will also take part in small group-based activities such as seminars, group discussions, tutorials, and workshops.

Entry requirements

Qualifications and experience

You will normally have a degree or an equivalent qualification in health or social care qualifying you for registration with a relevant professional body.

You will also have post-qualifying experience, be employed or have access to an appropriate work-related health or social care provider service.

If your first language is not English, you need to take an IELTS test or an equivalent qualification accepted by the University (see the International pages for more information). An IELTS score of 6.5 with no component less than 5.5 is required for this programme. In-sessional support within the Faculty is intended for all international students.

Fees and funding

To study for a Postgraduate degree with us, you will need to pay tuition fees for your course. How much you pay will depend on whether you're a UK & EU student or an international (non-EU) student. Tuition fees are charged for each year of your course.

Tuition fees

Home/EU students

The tuition fee for 2019 entry to this Postgraduate course is £2,500 per year for part-time UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

The tuition fee for 2019 entry to this Postgraduate course is £5,000 for full-time UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

Overseas students

Due to the nature of these courses they are not applicable for International students.

All places are self-funded unless subject to governmental change in policy.

Funding your course

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You can apply directly to the course via our Apply Now links. Please select the variant of the course that you intend to undertake (e.g. full-time or part-time) as the link will take you to a customised form for the specific course. You will need to create a login and password and complete the online form. Please contact two referees in advance of submitting your application as an automated request will go out as soon as you submit, and your application will not be reviewed until both references are in place.

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