De Montfort University

Degree level: Postgraduate

Clinical Leadership, Education and Research (Taught)

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Course summary

More than ever, the world needs healthcare leaders who understand research, scientific processes and the most advanced methods in education. The Clinical Leadership, Education and Research MSc at DMU welcomes practitioners from a variety of fields in healthcare, including medicine, pharmacy and nursing. The programme will support you in becoming a more knowledgeable clinician. We offer a wide range of modules including Demonstration of Service Improvements, Partnerships with Patients and Stakeholders and Concepts in Education, allowing you to tailor your learning - whether you are most interested in enhancing your skills in leadership, developing your understanding of contemporary research, expanding your teaching expertise, or discovering clear pathways to quality improvement. We believe in practical, hands-on learning, which is why you will have the opportunity during your studies to assists with implementing a service improvement project. This insight will be backed up by a strong theoretical understanding of teaching and research, delivered by our specialist academic team. A flexible distance learning approach, combined with blocks of attendance at the university to maximise peer and tutor learning and support, allows practitioners to study alongside work commitments. The PG Cert has six study days and the PG Dip five study days. For the MSc year, support is provided via online tutorials, with study day support as required. Please note, this course was previously known as the Medical Leadership, Education and Research MSc. Key features

  • This course enables busy healthcare practitioners to advance their skills and careers without leaving their job.
  • You will have the option to undertake a PG Certificate, PG Diploma or full MSc awards.
  • Benefit from a blended interactive and self-managed mix of distance learning.
  • The course helps you qualify for PG Medical Education Certificate awards.
  • Establish life-long networks across geographical and disciplinary fields.

Course details

Assessment method

The programme adheres to the adage that "leadership cannot be taught; it must be learned" as much as possible. The programme combines self-managed distance-learning and blended (mixed media) interactive approaches in order to balance the needs of theoretical and practical/experiential learning, all for actively working HCPs. As the material will build from intensely personal analyses, i.e., asking "where am I in my role and career plan, and how can I be a leader in my context?" and "how do I fit in with key stakeholders?", to process- and guidance-led ones, i.e., asking "How can I influence and contribute to the wider strategic context?", the assessments include reflective reports, competency mapping, educational and scientific essays, oral presentations and scientific literature reviews.


Entry requirements

The programme is open to all UK healthcare practitioners who: Are registered with the relevant UK professional organizations of practice focus (GMC, GPhC, NMC, etc.), Have at least two years’ experience following completion of the HCP degree, and; Are currently employed and working as a registered HCP in the UK. If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent when you start the course is essential.


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £730 Module
Northern Ireland £730 Module
Scotland £730 Module
Wales £730 Module

Additional fee information

PLEASE NOTE: This course can only accept international students who are residing in the UK on a Tier 2 visa, and who are employed in the UK by an NHS Trust or a healthcare organisation that provides NHS services.
Clinical Leadership, Education and Research at De Montfort University - UCAS