Healthcare and Management Leadership at University of Worcester - UCAS

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Course summary

The MSc Healthcare Management and Leadership programme provides an opportunity to develop knowledge and skills in relation to effectively managing and leading people, processes and practices within healthcare settings. Management and leadership in the health and social care sector is increasingly important both in the UK and worldwide, with the NHS promoting specific values and principles of care (Department of Health, 2010) and the World Health Organisation highlighting the need for managers and leaders to have appropriate skills and knowledge (WHO, 2007) Designed specifically for existing and aspiring managers and leaders, through completion of this programme, students will develop skills to critically debate the challenges facing healthcare leaders, and the roles that clinicians, managers and the wider healthcare economy can play in reshaping healthcare services. It will also enable managers and leaders to apply their learning to their workplace environment through practical and applied leadership case studies, debates and challenges. It is a distinct programme in that it offers learning opportunities delivered by experts from Worcester Business School and healthcare experts from Schools of Allied Health and Community and Psychology bringing together key theories of leadership and management with the specific relevance to health systems and social care. This programme provides a developmental route for health care professionals who work at advanced level practice as managers and leaders within healthcare. It addresses the important factors influencing the management and leadership of both organisations and individuals. It aims to equip students with the knowledge, skills and resources to enable them to reach their full potential as managers and leaders. A flexible, multidisciplinary approach postgraduate achievement within a supportive environment enables students to learn with and from each other to develop professional networks, in addition to advancing their own practice. Key features

  • An environment in which students gain the confidence to meet current and shape future health and social care
  • Modules which develop critical reflection, originality, critique and synthesis to advance decision making skills in complex healthcare
  • Opportunities for the student to challenge their own values and attitudes and develop new ways of thinking in a supportive environment in relation to service design, implementation of change, patient safety and risk
  • Opportunities to examine contemporary policy, practice, leadership and management theories and how to apply them to real world situations.
  • Opportunities to explore the principles, approaches, strategies and techniques for analysing, designing and managing complex healthcare organisations.
  • Essential knowledge to manage the integration of people, systems and technologies that ensure the delivery of consistent high quality, person centric
  • Opportunities for the student to develop career progression as managers and leaders within healthcare


Mandatory (for MSc, see programme specification for PGCert/PGDip mandatory modules) Challenging and Enhancing Service Delivery (15 credits) Leading and Managing People (15 credits) Leading and Managing and Quality Improvements (30 credits) Advanced Research Analysis 2 (15 credits) Operations Strategy - Delivering Business Efficiency (15 credits) Finance for Non-Financial Managers - Understanding the Numbers (15 credits) Dissertation (60 credits) Optional Individual Negotiated Learning Group Negotiated Learning

Assessment method

The course provides opportunities to test understanding and learning informally through the completion of practice or ‘formative’ assignments both within the UK and Hong Kong. Each module, on both sites, has one or more formal or ‘summative’ assessment which is graded and counts towards the overall module grade. Assessment methods include a range of coursework assignments such as essays, reports, project plan, presentations and a dissertation. The precise assessment requirements for an individual student in an academic year will vary according to the mandatory and optional modules taken, but a typical formal summative assessment pattern, for a full-time student on both sites, for each year of the course is: Semester 1 1 research proposal 1 critique Personal development plan 1 reflective essay Essays Semester 2 1 report-based case study 1 essay 1 individual or group presentation 1 peer assessment 1 reflective report Semester 3 Dissertation The precise assessment requirements for part time students will vary according to the modules selected. All assignments, from both UK and HKMA, will be marked, moderated and follow the same process and module assessment. They will all be presented at the same exam board regardless of the location of the course delivery. You will receive feedback on formative assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback is intended to support learning and you are encouraged to discuss it with personal academic tutors and module tutors as appropriate. You will receive feedback on formal coursework assessments within 20 working days of hand-in.

Entry requirements

Either An honours degree at 2:2 level or above in a health-related subject or an honours degree at 2.2 level or above in business-related subject but, in such cases, working in a healthcare environment. Or - Qualifications and experience considered by the Programme Leader and/or admissions tutor to be equivalent to the All students applying via this route will be assessed and interviewed by the Programme Lead. - Students whose first language is not English will be expected to have reached a sufficient standard on admission to the programme (e.g., usually IELTS 6.5, with a minimum of 5 in each element, or equivalent). - International students must hold a qualification equivalent to a UK first or second- class honours degree. - UK students being sponsored by their employer must provide evidence of employer approval and payment agreement.

Fees and funding

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Healthcare and Management Leadership at University of Worcester - UCAS