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Postgraduate course

Leadership in Health & Social Care MSc

Lead change, support teams and make a difference.

Physiotherapy students with lecturer

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.

York campus

  • Start date – September 2020
  • School – Health Sciences

Minimum Entry Requirements

    2:1 undergraduate degree in a related subject

Course Fees


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



Credits: 30

Compulsory module

Explore leadership research and practice within health and social care. The module focuses on the key concepts of leadership theory, organisational culture, self-development, motivation, risk management, teamwork, coaching and mentoring. You will also develop practical and professional skills, increasing your self-awareness through reflective personal development. You will compare and contrast different theoretical perspectives in leadership and discuss how these can be applied to "real life" work problems through case studies and a work-based learning project. This will require significant personal reflection into how you might progress knowledge and skills in leading others.

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

Credits: 30

Compulsory module

This module is an opportunity to explore stress and resilience within health and social care. It will focus upon the key concepts of stress and resilience and organisation culture. You will consider the role of the manager in contributing to not only wellbeing, but also counterproductive behaviours and conflict, toxic leadership and bullying in the workplace. It will simultaneously develop practical and professional skills, whilst increasing self-awareness through individual psychometric personality testing and reflective self-development. This module will enable you to examine these areas at an individual, team and organisational level and discuss how these can be applied to "real life" work problems through case studies and a work-based learning project.

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

Credits: 30

Compulsory module

Through this module you will become an informed consumer and producer of research. You will explore different approaches to knowledge construction and examine various research paradigms, their approaches to enquiry and their underlying assumptions. You will evaluate a range of research designs and methodological processes and have opportunities to consider ethical principles which underpin and guide research. You will also critically evaluate the evidence base within your own subject and develop the necessary skills to plan your own research projects.

Credits: 30

Compulsory module

Professionals working in health and social care services are expected to be able to locate and critique relevant evidence to maintain and improve the quality of the service delivered. Despite the prominence of the notion of evidence-based practice (EBP) it is widely recognised that the application of evidence to practice is complex and involves a number of challenges that are often ignored. It is therefore essential that you critically engage with contemporary understanding of EBP in order to improve your application of evidence to practice.

* Modules studied as part of Innovation & Leadership in Health & Social Care PgCert
† Modules studied as part of Resilience & Leadership in Health & Social Care PgCert

Credits: 60

Compulsory module

You will produce a written manuscript of publishable quality that addresses a research question of significance in an area of interest and clinical relevance. You will integrate knowledge from prior modules in order to identify and answer a specific research question.

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


Minimum Entry Requirements

    2:1 undergraduate degree in a related subject


  • A first or second class undergraduate honours degree in a health and/or social care related subject. 
  • If you do not have an undergraduate degree in a related subject, but have relevant experience working in health and/or social care, your application will be considered. 



If you can't meet these minimum requirements it may be possible to take into account evidence of Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) as an alternative method of meeting the programme’s entry requirements. In such a case, appropriate references and records of employment might be presented to support the applicant’s case for admission.

Fees and funding

UK & EU 2020 - 21

The tuition fee for 2020 entry to this postgraduate course is £6,500 for full-time UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

Postgraduate loans are available to help you pay for your master’s course. Find out more about postgraduate funding opportunities.



Alumni Scholarships

If you are an alumni of York St John University we have scholarships available to help you continue your studies.

Scholarships for Alumni

Additional costs and financial support


Whilst studying for your degree, there may be additional costs related to your course. This may include purchasing personal equipment and stationery, books and optional field trips.


View our accommodation pages for detailed information on accommodation and living costs.

Apply for this course

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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