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Leadership and Management in Health PgCert/PgDip/MSc top-up/MSc

Mode Duration Attendance Start date
Part time 2–4 years 2 days face-to-face per month plus supported online learning September 2019

Choose Kingston's Leadership and Management in Health PgCert/PgDip/MSc top-up/MSc

This course gives practising clinicians and health service managers a step up to the next level, and provides first-class training in key competencies for those who want to enter this sector. The programme offers both academic rigour and the practical skills to apply what you have learned to the workplace. Graduates leave the course as dynamic, forward-thinking healthcare professionals and service managers who excel in their field.

  • Get the best of both worlds with a highly flexible modular programme that combines face-to-face lectures, seminars and workshops that foster a learning community with online study that fits alongside your work commitments.
  • Work with the latest research and learn modelling and theories that you can use to analyse and improve your organisation straight away.
  • Learn how to manage people, budgets, information, marketing and quality, as well as how to navigate organisational change and think creatively. Enhance your leadership skills and gain a critical understanding of research into leadership and management.
  • Study with staff who all have experience within the healthcare sector, on a course that applies to public, private and voluntary sectors in the UK and internationally.
  • Study in the happiest and safest area in London, with fast transport links to the rest of the city.
  • Kingston Business School has joined an elite group of global institutions to be awarded the prestigious international accreditation by the AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business). A hallmark of excellence in business education, the accreditation has been earned by just 5 per cent of the world's business schools.

"This course is closely aligned with the changes that are taking place within the health service and what is being demanded in the workplace."– Graham Walker, course director

What will you study?

You will start with an induction programme that introduces you to the modules and the aims of the course, and helps you plan your study around your professional commitments.

You will then move on to the course material.

You can take advantage of professional and leadership development activities throughout the course.

Choose your direction

The programme you will follow depends on which qualification you want to pursue  – choose from:

  • Postgraduate Certificate;
  • Postgraduate Diploma;
  • Masters degree (MSc); and
  • Masters top-up.

Students who enrol for an MSc or PgDip from the outset usually complete their studies within two years. Students who complete the PgDip successfully can convert this to an MSc by completing the Masters top-up.

Each qualification has a different set of module requirements.

"This programme is geared towards giving students the skills they need to succeed in their chosen career. It is also a programme that has a high level of academic rigour." – Graham Walker, course director

For all course enquiries, please contact Dr Graham Walker.


Our assessments look at how you apply your new skills and knowledge to your work. We assess you using individual and group exercises, computer-based tasks, presentations, role plays, case studies and written reports.

Eduniversal best masters logoThis course has been rated by the Eduniversal masters ranking 2016/17 as one of the best health management masters courses in the world.

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Course structure

Teaching takes place on Thursdays and Fridays at our Kingston Hill campus, once a month during term time – a total of three days per 15-credit module and six days per 30-credit module, usually two modules per term. The rest of the course is taught online and through guided independent study.

Module details

Please note: This is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.

Postgraduate Certificate students take the following modules:

  • This module aims to provide students with an understanding of strategic health management and governance in organisational, political, and socio-economic contexts. It will help students to develop an ability to analyse critically developments in healthcare management in the UK and other countries. Topics include evolution of health care management, new public management; marketisation and private sector involvement; decentralisation policy formulation and implementation; governance and inter-organisational collaboration, systems typology and methods of assessment, organisational and social influences, clinicians in management.

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  • This module introduces the concepts of service operations management applicable to the health and social care environment through the provision of a methodology for the planning, quality measurement and control of resources.

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  • This module critically evaluates the theory and practice of effective leadership and management in modern, complex healthcare organisations, and identifies the characteristics of successful organisations, groups and individuals in healthcare.

    It also provides students with an understanding of the concepts and tools of organisational change and development, and their implications for leadership in health settings.

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Postgraduate Diploma students take the Postgraduate Certificate modules, plus the following modules:

  • This module outlines and measures the effectiveness of the range of approaches that can be used to leverage improvements in health service design and delivery in the private sector.

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  • This module explores the use of information as a strategic resource in supporting the delivery of health and social care services, and examines the enabling role of IT in facilitating communication and collaboration among professionals and service users in this context.

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  • This module examines the key issues that influence decision making in what is often a 'cash limited' environment. It reviews health service finance from two contrasting perspectives:

    • firstly from a 'top down' viewpoint, in terms of the source(s) and flow of healthcare funding that reviews how funding is allocated across healthcare organisations, and how that funding is then dispersed within organisations.
    • secondly, and in contrast, Health Economics for Policy Decisions sets out how clinicians and other managers who hold budgetary responsibility should constantly review whether allocated funding is being spent appropriately to drive clinical quality, value for money and health gain.

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Masters degree (MSc) students take the Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma modules, plus the following module:

  • This module teaches you the research methods you will need to complete your dissertation, and helps you develop a research proposal on a topic of your choice under the guidance of a supervisor.

    You then carry out this research in a healthcare environment, and analyse your findings. The dissertation is a substantial piece of written work (15,000 words), reporting on this research.

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You will have the opportunity to study a foreign language, free of charge, during your time at the University as part of the Kingston Language Scheme. Options currently include: Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

We aim to ensure that all courses and modules advertised are delivered. However in some cases courses and modules may not be offered. For more information about why, and when you can expect to be notified, read our Changes to Academic Provision.

Regulations governing this course are available here

Details of term dates for this course can be found here

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