Healthcare Leadership

Advance your healthcare management career by equipping yourself with the key tools to drive innovation within healthcare across the world.



30 Months

Mode of Study


Upcoming starts:

11 Jan 2022

About the Programme

This master’s degree will advance your leadership skills, knowledge and behaviour – understanding the interface between these is key to your success as a healthcare professional seeking to contribute to the improvement of patient care and healthcare systems.  

You will develop the ability to make effective decisions using a pragmatic and evidence-based approach and lead proactively, reflectively and with confidence. You will also learn how to lead at individual, team, organisational and national levels; and establish robust, appropriate, and innovative leadership practices within the healthcare environment, from a small practice to larger clinical environments. 

Through online discussion you will have collaborative learning opportunities to apply leadership theory to healthcare settings and critically analyse and discuss case studies with your fellow students. Due to the global reach of this programme, you will gain valuable insights and perspectives from international peers, in private and public sector healthcare settings across the world.   

Upon completion of your studies, you will be equipped to provide impactful outcomes for your organisation by offering innovative and high-quality solutions to key contemporary issues within changing healthcare contexts. 

What is Healthcare Leadership?

Within the medical and healthcare fields, a wide range of disciplines all come together to form a cohesive service that all works together to cure, research and treat diseases, as well as educating the public and improving healthcare provision on a national scale.

To ensure the smooth collaboration between all of these disciplines, health leaders manage parts of, or even entire medial organisations, facilitating better cohesion and making sure that patients are getting the best possible healthcare service.

Healthcare leadership jobs are some of the most important in the sector, and embarking on a healthcare leadership course, including those taught through distance learning, grants students the essential skills they need to become the medical leaders of tomorrow.

This programme consists of the following modules. You are required to complete 180 credits to achieve a full Master of Science (MSc), 120 credits to achieve the postgraduate diploma (PGDip), 60 credits to achieve the postgraduate certificate (PGCert) and 30 credits to achieve the postgraduate award (PGAward).
  • Understanding Leadership (15 credits)
  • Leading Strategic Management and Implementation of Healthcare Services (15 credits)
  • Leading Complex Change in Healthcare Settings (15 credits)
  • Leading People and Teams in Healthcare Organisations (15 credits)
  • Leading Innovation in Healthcare (15 credits)
  • Quality Management and Safety in Driving Safe Healthcare (15 credits)§
  • Healthcare Finance (15 credits)§
  • Research Methods (15 credits)
  • Work-Based Project OR Dissertation (60 credits)
Applicants should possess either:
  • A minimum of a 2:1 class degree in a relevant subject area, equivalent to a UK bachelor’s degree, coupled with two years’ relevant professional experience in healthcare related setting; or
  • Professional work experience in other settings and/or other prior qualifications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
All applicants must provide evidence that they have an English language ability equivalent to an IELTS (academic) score of 6.5. If you don’t have an IELTS or equivalent certificate, you can take our free online English test to assess your proficiency. You don’t need to prove your English ability if you are a national of, or have completed a qualification equivalent to a UK degree in, any of these countries.
  • MSc: £18,000 All applicants during the 2021/22 academic year will receive a 15% Executive Scholarship, reducing the total fees to: MSc: £15,300 These fees* are fully inclusive of all costs, including all teaching materials, core textbooks, assessments and resits.
In order to apply, you will need to provide copies of the following supporting documentation:
  • School or college transcripts/certificates
  • University transcripts and certified translations if applicable
  • Degree certificates
  • Evidence of English language proficiency (EU and international applications only)
  • Personal statement
  • An up-to-date CV
Acknowledgement of your application The admissions team will acknowledge receipt of your application and will pass it to the Department Head and/or appropriate academic department(s) for consideration. Students with disabilities We welcome applications from students with disabilities and consider them on the same academic grounds as those of other students. If you have a disability, medical condition and/or support needs it is important that you inform the University so that you receive appropriate support.
In addition to the Executive Scholarship, you may also be able to benefit from the following scholarships and discounts:
  • Regional Scholarships of up to 15%. To find out the scholarship offered in your region, please make an enquiry now.
  • 10% discount for University of Liverpool alumni
  • 5% discount for up-front full tuition fee payment
We have regular start dates throughout the year with regular application deadlines. Applicants are encouraged to apply in good time, particularly if they have special requirements.
Graduates will possess the necessary knowledge and skills to succeed in a range of managerial and senior roles within healthcare organisations, healthcare governing bodies, and community healthcare organisations, as well as related sectors such as financial and consulting. These could include positions in clinical leadership, marketing, finance, strategy, international development, research, and human resources. Additionally, you will gain the leadership skills required to be an effective leader, as well as professional skills, such as teamwork, critical thinking and research, which will generally enhance your CV and improve your career prospects.

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