This programme is designed to help you progress as a healthcare professional. It will give you both the skills and the professional qualification you need to apply for more senior leadership and management positions within health and social care.
Our team of experienced academics and practitioners focus on competent management and effective leadership, giving students from both clinical and managerial backgrounds the tools required to deliver service improvement and sustainable change in health and social care settings.
The programme is suitable for those working in both clinical and non-clinical roles:
- those already working as allied health professionals, clinical scientists, nurses or doctors who wish to pursue managerial opportunities
- those working within the health and social care or voluntary sector in roles such as commissioning, quality improvement, clinical auditing or risk management who are looking to take the next step in their career
- those who have completed an undergraduate programme in a relevant discipline and have some experience in health and social care
You will have the opportunity to study with people from a variety of different services and settings. The programme is designed to fit into busy working schedules and to be as useful as possible to both yourself and your employer; we combine study and assessment of theory alongside its application within a work setting.
Students are able to undertake the MSc Leadership in Health and Social Care on a part-time basis only.
We also offer an internationally-focused version of the programme, focusing on global healthcare issues.
The University welcomes applications from all potential students, and offers are made following detailed consideration of each individual application.
The decision to offer a place is based on our assessment of a candidate’s potential to benefit from their studies and of their ability to succeed on this particular programme. Whilst you will normally hold a first degree or professional qualification we will consider your application if you do not possess such a qualification but have appropriate health and social care work experience.
Work experience of at least one year in a health and social care-related environment - this experience must be detailed in the application. Applicants are required to provide information, as part of their application, to detail how this experience has prepared them for study on this programme. Stronger applications will be those that include some thought as to how the programme will help the applicant reach their specific career goals.
Additional entry requirements
Recognised English qualification, for example, GCSE English grade A-C.
English language requirements
IELTS 6.0 with 5.5 in each sub-test.
If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details. For further information on English Language requirements please see the dedicated international entry requirements page.
What you will study
You can register for PG Certificate, PG Diploma or MSc awards in Leadership in Health and Social Care.
For Postgraduate Certificates, the Health and Social Care Leadership module is a core module, but you can then choose one module from the three available to make up your certificate award. This means you can concentrate on strategy and business planning, managing people, or leading change and service improvement projects, as best suits you and your organisation.
Postgraduate Certificates can be taken alone or go towards the Diploma or MSc awards.
The final stage Management Project is designed to be a practical piece of work, based on a problem or opportunity in a health and social care context.
All module information is for 2021 entry, and is subject to change.
Learning and assessment
This programme combines study and assessment of theory alongside its application to practice.
Study is through a blending learning approach including attendance on campus for each module, a virtual learning environment to support study, and ongoing tutor support.
Assessment of the programme includes practical application of skills and knowledge, demonstrating a theoretical understanding and enabling you to grow in confidence.
Fees, finance and scholarships
Tuition fee 2022
Fees are dependent upon the number of credits required.
- 10 credits £598
- 20 credits £1,194
- 30 credits £1,792
- 40 credits £2,388
- Dissertation Module (if applicable) £2,584
There may be additional costs that you may incur as a student. Though these are not essential to your programme of study you need to be aware of them as a student of the University. A list of the sort of costs you might expect can be found on our fees and finance section.
The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the website.
Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.
The programme is targeted at aspiring international healthcare professionals who wish to apply for leadership and management positions within health and social care, as well as those already working as allied health professionals, clinical scientists, nurses or doctors.
The course is also suitable for those working in a variety of non-clinical roles, for example, commissioners, quality improvement managers, clinical auditors, risk management, team leaders, social workers, patient advocates, or in the voluntary sector.
This course has enabled previous graduates to go on to more senior roles within their organisations, as well as secondments to national bodies.