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Leadership, Management and Change in Health and Social Care

Duration: 2 years
Attendance mode: Part-time
Award: MSc
Not suitable for international students
Start date: September or January
Faculty of Health Studies
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This programme is designed to meet the professional and academic needs of current or potential senior and middle managers working in the health and social care sector, social enterprises, the voluntary or independent sector and other organisations who wish to develop strategic leadership and management skills and enhance their career prospects. Participants come from a wide range of organisations and backgrounds, and this facilitates learning with and from other managers. 

The content allows you to explore a number of leadership and management areas depending on your development needs and role in the organisation. The applied nature of the programme provides flexible opportunities to integrate theoretical learning with application to your management practice, developing your skills and knowledge in order to add value within your organisation in today’s rapidly changing environment.

The programme focuses on a number of areas that are designed to equip you with leadership and management theory and skills required of leaders and managers in health and social care organisations. You will consider a range of approaches to leadership and have the opportunity to consider your own leadership style. You will also explore various approaches to managing change within organisations including the use of a number of practical tools to help you manage change effectively.  You will select other areas of study from strategy within organisation, human resource management and quality and service improvement.     

The topics covered include: 

  • leadership theory and practice
  • strategy and policy
  • human resource management
  • managing change

The programme is delivered by blended learning, with two two-day workshops for each module where you can learn with and from other managers. 

This approach aims to fit with the busy working lives of managers in health and social care sectors.  The Management Project begins with a three-day preparation workshop, after which you will work closely with your individual allocated supervisor.

Why Bradford?

The programme team are highly experienced in delivering management development, and have a background of publications and research. 

In addition, a number of the team are qualified coaches,  are qualified to run development and assessment centres, and have experience of using a range of psychometric tools.

Entry requirements

A first degree or equivalent relevant qualification or appropriate experience within the field of practice.

English language requirements:

IELTS at 6.5 or the equivalent.

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.


The modules for this course can be found in the latest programme specification.

Reading lists

All reading lists can be found here.

Learning activities and assessment

All assessments are of an applied nature, where you will be able to contextualise your assessments to areas of current relevance to your practice or identified development needs.

Learning outcomes are assessed through written assignments, a presentation and the Management Project.

Career support and prospects

Career support

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 Careers 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.

Career prospects

The rapidly changing context within the national and international Health and Social Care sectors requires individuals who can lead and manage within a  turbulent environment, and increasingly this means working across different organisational and professional boundaries. 

The  programme is designed to meet the needs of current or potential senior and middle managers working in a wide variety of health and social care   organisations (including social enterprises, the voluntary or independent sector and other organisations) who wish to develop strategic leadership and management skills.

The programme equips you to lead and manage effectively within your organisation, and offers you the opportunity to further your career in a leadership field.

Fees, Finance and Scholarships

Tuition fees

See the Fees and Financial Support website for 2018/19 module fees.

Tuition fees are subject to review for students starting their course in subsequent years. See our Fees and Financial Support website for more details.

Financial support

Funding for eligible staff within the region will be reviewed by Health Education England (HEE) in the coming months for the 2017/18 academic year. We advise all applicants to apply as normal for 2017/18 courses and further information will be provided as soon as it is available.

How do I find out more?

Steps to Postgraduate Study

Find out more about studying at a postgraduate level on the official, independent website Steps to Postgraduate Study (link opens in new window).

How to apply

The easiest way to apply is online.

This will help us process your application more quickly and allow you to submit your supporting documents electronically.

If you are unable to apply online, please email to request a paper application form.

We will also need the following supporting documents, along with any other information specified on the course page:

  • Degree certificates/transcripts
  • Research proposal (if required)
  • Two references (including one academic reference)
  • Evidence of English language level (if required)
  • A copy of your passport

Once you have applied you will have access to the University's Applicant Portal, where you can track the status of your application.

You should also start thinking about how you plan to fund your postgraduate study — you may need to apply for loans or grants at this stage.

This is the current course information. Modules and course details may change, subject to the University's programme approval, monitoring and review procedures. The University reserves the right to alter or withdraw courses, services and facilities as described on our website without notice and to amend Ordinances, Regulations, fees and charges at any time. Students should enquire as to the up-to-date position when applying for their course of study.