Clinical Leadership MSc

Why choose this course?

This innovative course is designed for qualified healthcare professionals, who are keen to learn more about leadership strategies and management techniques. It consists of taught modules, a work-based learning project and enables you to explore a leadership topic of interest in depth, with the aim to publish. You will learn how to lead and manage healthcare practice and implement research advances to enrich evidence-based practice. The course will help you to drive service improvement projects relevant to your practice, and research healthcare issues within your workplace. The course combines academic teaching with interactive learning and incorporates theories of leadership and change management. You will gain confidence to influence decision makers with your recommendations.

The structure of the course allows you to continue working while studying. The full time option has one classroom based day per week (Wednesdays) and the part time option is once per fortnight (Wednesdays). Many of our students have been promoted as a direct result of studying this course.

Mode Duration Attendance Start date
Full time 1 year Most Wednesdays October 2020
Part time 2–3 years Alternate Wednesdays March 2020
October 2020

The modules within this course can also be taken on an individual basis (postgraduate short course).

Location Kingston Hill

Reasons to choose Kingston University

What you will study

The course consists of four taught modules and a final Capstone project which enables you to explore a leadership topic in depth. You will learn how to lead and manage innovations in healthcare practice and implement research advances to enrich evidence-based practice. Part-time students will take the following modules in each year (full time students will undertake all modules in one year).


Core modules

Healthcare Management and Evaluation

30 credits

Examine the theoretical, social, political and economic factors influencing the management, planning, delivery and evaluation of health and care in the UK. International perspectives and models of health and care will be included. Students will be exposed to the most recent health policies and initiatives which influence quality service provision reflecting the key principles of the UK health and care systems.

Leadership and Change Management

30 credits

Take a client-centred and service-based approach to improvements in the patient/client experience. A number of leadership theories/approaches are explored and evaluated. A blend of learning approaches is employed to promote and enhance your learning experience. You will be encouraged to network with key influencers and opinion leaders within the organisation to help them gain practical insights into leadership and change.

Complexity and Reflexive Management

30 credits

This module builds on and critiques traditional ways of thinking about management, leadership, and organizational change. It is aimed at professionals involved in leadership, service development/practice development and/or people management.

Drawing on the complexity sciences and grounded in pragmatist philosophy, this module provides students with the opportunity to explore alternatives to traditional approaches to management and leadership. The module requires students to work with their own experience of unpredictability and uncertainty in their professional lives. Students will be invited to focus reflexively on the details of their interactions at work in order to gain greater insights into how norms, routines, and cultures emerge in organisations and as a means of generating alternative possibilities to how they might approach their daily practice.

Research Methods and Data Analysis

30 credits

Foster an in-depth understanding of the processes, stages and management of research. This module enables you to demonstrate critical appraisal and develop research skills applicable to both quantitative and qualitative approaches.

This module introduces the theories of research and provides flexible opportunities for you to apply your newly developed knowledge. It allows you to practically follow the early stages of research by formulating a research proposal; and the late stages of research by analysing, interpreting, presenting and discussing a data set provided by the module leader(s). Emphasis will be placed on ethical principles, which students will discuss and apply in their research proposal and data analysis.

Final Capstone Project

60 credits

This module is required for students undertaking studies at master's level and is normally taken after achieving postgraduate diploma level. The module will provide you with the experience of utilising principles of research and academic writing and thus demonstrate the intellectual skills learnt on the course. You are expected to review critically research and to evaluate the evidence underpinning your own practice. The module will provide you with the opportunity to implement the knowledge and skills developed during the previous modules by conducting research focused on a topic of your choice related to your area of practice with the support of a research supervisor. The module will enhance your presentation and publication skills as the assessment will include writing an abstract, presenting a poster and writing an article suitable for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.

The information above reflects the currently intended course structure and module details. Updates may be made on an annual basis and revised details will be published through Programme Specifications ahead of each academic year. The regulations governing this course are available on our website. If we have insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this may not be offered.

Entry requirements

Typical offer

An undergraduate degree at 2.2 or above and at least six months' post-qualifying experience. All applicants should be working in the health and social care setting which will allow them to undertake the practical elements of the programme.

Alternative routes

Applicants with a recent diploma (HE), third class or ordinary degree will be considered if they have relevant experience and may be required to write a short academic essay.

English language requirements

All non-UK applicants must meet our English language requirement, which is Academic IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no element below 5.5. Make sure you read our full guidance about English language requirements, which includes details of other qualifications we consider.

Applicants who do not meet the English language requirements could be eligible to join our pre-sessional English language course.

Applicants from a recognised majority English speaking countries (MESCs) do not need to meet these requirements.

Teaching and assessment

Students learn by sharing experiences, using an action learning approach combining creative teaching and learning techniques, such as use of video, role play and peer assessment. Due to the interprofessional nature of this course, you will have opportunities to discuss the wide range of challenges of leadership in the healthcare profession. You will gain practical skills, such as advanced decision making, creative problem solving and critical thinking.

Guided independent study

When not attending timetabled sessions, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. This typically will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for exams. Your independent learning is supported by a range of excellent facilities including online resources, the library and CANVAS – the online virtual learning platform.

Support for postgraduate students

As a student at Kingston University, we will make sure you have access to appropriate advice regarding your academic development. You will also be able to use the University's support services

Your workload

29% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching and learning activity.

  • Scheduled teaching and learning: 515 hours
  • Guided independent study: 1285 hours

Contact hours may vary depending on your modules

How you will be assessed

Assessment methods include module-related assignments, essays, presentations and a 'capstone' research project.

The approximate percentage for how you will be assessed on this course is as follows:

  • 86% coursework
  • 14% practical exam

(repeat for each year, if part time)

Feedback summary

We aim to provide feedback on assessments within 20 working days.

Your timetable

The structure of the course allows you to continue working while studying. The full time option has one classroom based day per week (Wednesdays) and the part time option is once per fortnight (Wednesdays).

Who teaches this course?

This course is delivered by the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education. It is a unique partnership between Kingston University and St George's, University of London.

Course fees and funding

2020/21 fees for this course

Home and European Union 2020/21

  • MSc full time: £7,880
  • MSc part time: £4,334
  • Postgraduate module part time (30 credits): £1,950

Overseas (not EU) 2020/21

  • MSc full time: £14,980


If you are starting a course at Kingston University, you will be able to apply for a loan of up to £10,000 to study for a postgraduate masters degree. 

Your employer may offer to sponsor you through your course, providing funding, day-release or guaranteed study leave. Please contact us with any queries.

A self-funded option is also available. There are opportunities to apply for funding offered by the Florence Nightingale Foundation.


As a student at Kingston University there are a range of facilities available that will help you during your course.

The unique partnership between Kingston University and St George's, University of London means you have access to excellent resources across two organisations. This course is based at Kingston University, but you can take advantage of the modern environment and latest equipment at both institutions, including:

  • laboratories;
  • clinical teaching facilities;
  • computing facilities at both Kingston University and St George's, University of London - including a range of software applications, plus free email and internet access; and
  • dedicated Graduate Centres on each Kingston University campus, providing seminar rooms, computing facilities and social spaces.

You can also access libraries at:

  • the libraries at each of the Kingston University campuses - offering online database subscriptions, resource materials, PC clusters and a wireless network for laptop use, as well as subject libraries;
  • St George's, University of London - including a specialist medicine and health sciences collection of more than 42,000 books and multimedia materials;
  • the Institute of Cancer Research at the Royal Marsden Hospital; and
  • postgraduate centres at clinical placement sites.

After you graduate

This course will help you:

  • Improve your ability to manage others
  • Lead changes and improvements into practice
  • Develop credibility in your area of clinical expertise
  • Move to a more senior role e.g. Director of Nursing, Consultant, Senior Lecturers
  • Gain confidence and advanced communication skills in the workplace
  • Present at conferences
  • Write for publication

What our students say

I completed my MSc in Clinical Leadership on a part-time basis. The modules in the course solidified my learning experience and were extremely informative. I used the WBL (work-based learning) module to undertake a service improvement project in my workplace. I submitted an abstract on this work to the Euroanaesthesia conference, and was asked to present the poster at the 2015 conference in Berlin and the 2016 conference in London. Presenting at the conference was an incredible achievement, and I couldn't have done this without the knowledge I gained from the course, as well as the support given to me by my supervisors.

Completing the course as well as presenting my work at an international conference have really improved my self-confidence and helped establish myself as a growing leader. I've also been asked to present my completed work project at the British Association of Critical Care Nurses (BACCN) conference this year, and was nominated as a finalist of the Leadership Award category in the RCNi Nurse Awards 2016.

I'm really grateful to my course supervisors at Kingston University and St George's for all their encouragement and support. I wouldn't have been able to achieve important career milestones such as these were it not for the knowledge, experience and leadership skills that I gained by completing this course.

Siby Sikhamoni, Clinical Leadership MSc

Links with industry

The Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education is a unique partnership between Kingston University and St George's, University of London. This means that you benefit from the expertise and facilities of two complementary institutions:  

  • Kingston University has a long-established reputation for vocationally-relevant education; and 
  • St George's, University of London combines teaching and research excellence in healthcare sciences.

Many teaching staff are research active, which keeps your learning cutting-edge, and others are expert practitioners. This combination of academics and practitioners provides a uniquely dynamic environment. Read more in our Research areas section. 

As well as developing your understanding of your specialist area, this course will make sure you:  

  • keep up to date with recent developments, legal requirements and ethically-sound practice; 
  • reflect critically on your practice; 
  • develop your judgement and decision-making skills; 
  • improve your networking skills; and 
  • gain skills in managing others. 

You also have the chance to meet other professionals in the same situation as yourself. 

For more information about the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education (HSCE), visit our HSCE website.

Research areas

Many of our staff in the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education are research active, often in partnership with NHS trusts. This ensures they are in touch with the latest thinking and bring best practice to your studies.

Research themes and programmes include:

  • Children and families
  • Midwifery;
  • Emergency and critical care;
  • Healthcare education;
  • Integrative and collaborative working.

Health and social care for people with long term conditions and their family carers - research that informs policy and practice to support people with long term conditions;

Innovation and development in the healthcare workforces and organisation - addressing a broad range of workforce questions, including how best to educate and train people for their current and future work in health and social care.

Find out about research in the Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education.