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

Why choose this course?

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. You will enhance your leadership skills and gain a critical understanding of research into leadership and management.

Ranked as one of the best health management masters courses in the world, and in the top three in the UK*, the programme offers both academic rigour and the practical skills to apply what you have learned to the workplace. On this course you will work with the latest research and learn modelling and theories that you can use to analyse and improve your organisation straight away.

You will learn how to manage people, budgets, information, marketing and quality, as well as how to navigate organisational change and think creatively. For all course enquiries, please contact Graham Walker.

"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.

*Eduniversal global ranking 2021

Mode Duration Attendance Start date
MSc/PgDip part time 2–4 years 2 days face-to-face per month plus supported independent learning September 2022
MSc/PgCert top-up part time 1–2 years 2 days face-to-face per month plus supported independent learning September 2022
Location Kingston Hill

2021/22 entry

If you are planning to join this course in the academic year 2021/22 (i.e. between August 2021 and July 2022), please view the information about changes to courses for 2021/22 due to Covid-19.

 

Continuing students

Students who are continuing their studies with Kingston University in 2021/22 should refer to their Course Handbook for information about specific changes that have been, or may be, made to their course or modules being delivered in 2021/22. Course Handbooks are located within the Canvas Course page.

Reasons to choose Kingston University

  • This course has been rated by the Eduniversal masters ranking 2021 as one of the best health management masters courses in the world, and in the top three in the UK.
  • 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.
  • Students are from a wide range of clinical and administrative backgrounds which makes for valuable sharing of different perspectives.
  • Free car parking at the Kingston Hill campus is available for students of this course. The campus can also be easily accessed by public transport. Halls accommodation is just a walk away from the classrooms.

Kingston Business School Accreditations

Kingston Business School holds the prestigious international accreditation by the AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) in recognition of the excellence of its business education. This accreditation has been earned by just 5% of the world's business schools and recognises the high quality and standard of our business degree offering.

Kingston Business School Accreditations

Qualification

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

  • MSc  Masters degree – minimum 2 years
  • MSc top-up – Masters top-up – minimum 1 year
  • PgDip – Postgraduate Diploma – minimum 2 years
  • PgCert – Postgraduate Certificate – minimum 1 year

Teaching hours

Teaching takes place on Thursdays and Fridays once a month during term time. Students usually take two modules per term. You will study at Kingston Hill for a total of three days per 15-credit module and six days per 30-credit module. The rest of the course is taught through guided independent study. Students are supported remotely by the course academics throughout their chosen programme.

What you will study

You will start with an induction programme that introduces you to the modules, aims of the course and helps you plan your study around your professional commitments. You will then move on to the course material for your chosen qualification:

MSc

MSc top-up

PgDip

PgCert

You will complete 180 credits across a minimum of 2 years, comprising seven core modules.

Core modules

Leading People and Organisational Change in Health

30 credits

This module aims to integrate theory and practice of leadership, management and organisational behaviour, towards understanding of the individual, group and organisational factors that underpin organisational effectiveness in healthcare services in a context of accelerated change. Students will be encouraged to critically evaluate the characteristics of successful organisations, group dynamics and individual high performers within the context of health. In addition, the module discusses the internal, external and political triggers for change in healthcare. Students will learn to evaluate how receptive an organisational context is to change and to critically appraise the strengths and weaknesses of different models and tools for organisational change.

Strategic Health Management and Governance in Context

15 credits

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.

Managing Health Services for Quality

15 credits

This module aims to introduce the basic concepts of service operations management applicable to the health and social care environment. It will provide the methodology for the planning and control of resources within the health and social care environment and allow students to investigate various means of quality measurement and control and their suitability in ensuring the delivery of an appropriate and consistent service in line with the expectations of the service user.

Aspects of Financial Resource Management in Health

30 credits

This module seeks to examine the key issues which influence decision making in what is often a ‘cash limited' environment. The module 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 it is then dispersed within organisations.

Secondly, and in contrast, Health Economics for Policy Decisions then reviews how clinicians and other managers who hold budgetary responsibility should constantly review the degree to which allocated funding is being spent appropriately in order to drive clinical quality, value for money and health gain.

Managing Information in Health

15 credits

This module develops student ability to understand and use information as a strategic resource in supporting the delivery of health and social care services. It covers the changing role of information and communications technology (ICT) in the light of structural changes in the NHS and social care; and the enabling role of Information Technology (IT) in facilitating communication and collaboration among professionals and patients in the health and social care sectors.

Health Services Marketing

15 credits

This module explores the evidence base for, and measures the effectiveness of, the range of approaches available within the private sector which can be used to leverage improvements in public health service design and delivery. Topics include service and marketing aspects of: patient choice (choose and book), service user engagement, stakeholder involvement, service quality (fitness for purpose), service re-engineering (organisational turn-around), payment by results, demand management, marketing and differentiation / relationship management (stakeholder / professional), and relationship management (consumer / end-user). Students will also learn how to understand and balance both user and stakeholder expectations and perceptions in the effective management of service delivery.

Research Methods and Dissertation

60 credits

This is a core module for students studying at master's level. The module introduces students to the role that research methods play in developing discipline knowledge, and in providing the knowledge that underpins evidence-based practice. Students will develop the ability to critically evaluate research articles and other documents from a methodological perspective. They will develop the skills to conduct high quality research. Core factual material and learning resources will be provided electronically via Canvas. Classroom sessions will take the form of workshops where possible, and will cover topics such as reviewing research literature systematically; research design; qualitative and quantitative data collection methods and data analysis techniques; writing up and presenting research. For the dissertation, each student will have a personal supervisor who will provide guidance on planning and conducting the research, and on writing it up.

To complete the MSc top-up, you take the 60 credit Research Methods and Dissertation module.

Core module

Research Methods and Dissertation

60 credits

This is a core module for students studying at master's level. The module introduces students to the role that research methods play in developing discipline knowledge, and in providing the knowledge that underpins evidence-based practice. Students will develop the ability to critically evaluate research articles and other documents from a methodological perspective. They will develop the skills to conduct high quality research. Core factual material and learning resources will be provided electronically via Canvas. Classroom sessions will take the form of workshops where possible, and will cover topics such as reviewing research literature systematically; research design; qualitative and quantitative data collection methods and data analysis techniques; writing up and presenting research. For the dissertation, each student will have a personal supervisor who will provide guidance on planning and conducting the research, and on writing it up.

The minimum requirement for a PgDip is 120 credits. This is gained by completing year 1 of the programme, comprising one 30 credit points module and two 15 credit points modules. And also completing the second year of the programme, comprising one 30 credit module and two 15 credit modules.

Students who complete the PgDip successfully can convert this to an MSc by completing the MSc top-up.

Core modules

Leading People and Organisational Change in Health

30 credits

This module aims to integrate theory and practice of leadership, management and organisational behaviour, towards understanding of the individual, group and organisational factors that underpin organisational effectiveness in healthcare services in a context of accelerated change. Students will be encouraged to critically evaluate the characteristics of successful organisations, group dynamics and individual high performers within the context of health. In addition, the module discusses the internal, external and political triggers for change in healthcare. Students will learn to evaluate how receptive an organisational context is to change and to critically appraise the strengths and weaknesses of different models and tools for organisational change.

Strategic Health Management and Governance in Context

15 credits

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.

Managing Health Services for Quality

15 credits

This module introduces the basic concepts of service operations management applicable to the health and social care environment. You will cover:

  • methodologies for the planning and control of resources within the health and social care environment; and
  • means of quality measurement and control and their suitability in ensuring the delivery of an appropriate and consistent service in line with the expectations of the service user.

Topics include:

  • investigation of different planning and control strategies and evaluation of their impact upon the scheduling and control of resources and facilities;
  • measuring customer satisfaction (bridging the link between expectations and perceptions, the Servqual model, a review of the role of quasi independent bodies such as the Picker Institute, Doctor Foster Intelligence); and
  • evaluation of quality programmes specific to the health and social care environment (eg Chris Wilson's model, RCN DySSy, Social Care Quality models).
Aspects of Financial Resource Management in Health

30 credits

This module seeks to examine the key issues which influence decision making in what is often a ‘cash limited' environment. The module 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 it is then dispersed within organisations.

Secondly, and in contrast, Health Economics for Policy Decisions then reviews how clinicians and other managers who hold budgetary responsibility should constantly review the degree to which allocated funding is being spent appropriately in order to drive clinical quality, value for money and health gain.

Managing Information in Health

15 credits

This module develops student ability to understand and use information as a strategic resource in supporting the delivery of health and social care services. It covers the changing role of information and communications technology (ICT) in the light of structural changes in the NHS and social care; and the enabling role of Information Technology (IT) in facilitating communication and collaboration among professionals and patients in the health and social care sectors.

Health Services Marketing

15 credits

This module explores the evidence base for, and measures the effectiveness of, the range of approaches available within the private sector which can be used to leverage improvements in public health service design and delivery. Topics include service and marketing aspects of: patient choice (choose and book), service user engagement, stakeholder involvement, service quality (fitness for purpose), service re-engineering (organisational turn-around), payment by results, demand management, marketing and differentiation / relationship management (stakeholder / professional), and relationship management (consumer / end-user). Students will also learn how to understand and balance both user and stakeholder expectations and perceptions in the effective management of service delivery.

The minimum requirement for a Postgraduate Certificate is 60 credits, gained by completing year 1 of the programme, comprising one 30 credit points module and two 15 credit points modules.

Core modules

Leading People and Organisational Change in Health

30 credits

This module aims to integrate theory and practice of leadership, management and organisational behaviour, towards understanding of the individual, group and organisational factors that underpin organisational effectiveness in healthcare services in a context of accelerated change. Students will be encouraged to critically evaluate the characteristics of successful organisations, group dynamics and individual high performers within the context of health. In addition, the module discusses the internal, external and political triggers for change in healthcare. Students will learn to evaluate how receptive an organisational context is to change and to critically appraise the strengths and weaknesses of different models and tools for organisational change.

Strategic Health Management and Governance in Context

15 credits

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.

Managing Health Services for Quality

15 credits

This module introduces the basic concepts of service operations management applicable to the health and social care environment. You will cover:

  • methodologies for the planning and control of resources within the health and social care environment; and
  • means of quality measurement and control and their suitability in ensuring the delivery of an appropriate and consistent service in line with the expectations of the service user.

Topics include:

  • investigation of different planning and control strategies and evaluation of their impact upon the scheduling and control of resources and facilities;
  • measuring customer satisfaction (bridging the link between expectations and perceptions, the Servqual model, a review of the role of quasi independent bodies such as the Picker Institute, Doctor Foster Intelligence); and
  • evaluation of quality programmes specific to the health and social care environment (eg Chris Wilson's model, RCN DySSy, Social Care Quality models).

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.

What our students say

I chose the MSc because I wanted to develop my management skills. I love the blended learning aspect - the discussion boards are great - and the lecturers are very supportive, particularly during my assignments. I'd really recommend this course.

Tawanda Chirisa – Clinical team leader, Huntercombe Roehampton Hospital

I've learnt a lot in a very short space of time; we've covered a huge variety of topics. I'm the youngest on the course, at 23 years old, and intend to use my new found knowledge to move into a managerial position. I'm a recent graduate, so haven't found studying too hard.

Osmaan Saed – Clinical Database Analyst, Johnson & Johnson

What this course offers

This Leadership and Management in Health course aims to:

  • Help you develop leadership competencies and skills in the healthcare sector.
  • Equip you with the knowledge and skills required to either enter professional practice of health management, or continue to a higher level professionally.
  • Offer flexible, modular learning which can be taken as a Postgraduate Certificate, a Postgraduate Diploma or a Masters (MSc).
  • Give you access to a wealth of information in lectures, journals, e-learning forums, seminars, the library, online lectures and discussion groups.
  • Provide a critical understanding of the body of academic knowledge relevant to leadership and management and its application in practice.
  • Expand your professional knowledge by facilitating discussion with other practising professionals from different organisations and sectors.
  • Gives you an opportunity to research a specific area of healthcare management with practical application to your current workplace by means of a masters-level dissertation.

"Students act as their own resource in that you have a tremendous breadth of both education and practical experience... Students also act as a resource to each other and they can actually stimulate others to go on and do things that they felt maybe were beyond their scope." Graham Walker, Course Director

After you graduate

Recent graduates work for NHS trusts in roles such as service improvement and efficiency managers, senior managers, physiotherapy inpatient operational leads and as corporate strategists for St Michael's Hospital, Ontario, Canada.

What our graduates say

The Leadership and Management in Health MSc has given me confidence in my abilities in management in the health sector, and developed my critical thinking, strategic thinking and writing skills. These skills have supported me in my day-to-day working activities and allowed me to think ‘outside the box', which I may not have done prior to the course. The course taught me that personal reflection is important in both my personal and professional life.

The programme has been the most challenging thing I have ever done; however has also been the most rewarding. I cannot thank Kingston University or my fellow classmates enough for the fantastic experience. I definitely recommend this MSc programme to anyone who wishes to advance their skills and career in healthcare leadership and management.

Robyn Jenkins, partnership manager – south west London at Macmillan Cancer Support

This course is a great insight into all aspects of managing healthcare and has benefited me in my role leading a multidisciplinary team. By the end of the two years (which flies by) I learnt lots and put into practice everything from budget planning to improving organisational culture.

The tutors are very knowledgeable and approachable, with varying teaching styles which adds to the student experience. The added bonus of this course is fellow students – their camaraderie, wealth of experience and varied professional backgrounds supports your own learning and development.

I would recommend this course to any health professional who has a desire to learn more about how the cogs are turned in healthcare.

Victoria Meyrick, specialist physiotherapist and clinical lead of integrated respiratory team, King's College Hospital

Entry requirements

Typical offer

We value work experience as highly as academic qualifications when selecting students for this course. We look for candidates who can not only support each other throughout the programme, but also contribute to the kind of lively classroom discussions that enhance and cement learning.

PgCert/PgDip/MSc programme

Entry to this programme is assessed on either academic attainment or work experience. You will need:

  • a good honours degree from a UK university (or an equivalent qualification from a recognised international higher education provider) in a relevant discipline. This is usually health or social sciences, though other qualifications at honours degree level are acceptable; or
  • at least four years' work experience in middle or senior management, including participation in appropriate training events; and
  • candidates need to demonstrate their motivation and ability to work at postgraduate level: they must be well prepared, disciplined and able to manage their time and workload effectively.

MSc top-up programme

Candidates must have a Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership and Management in Health (a level 7 qualification worth 120 credits).

Advanced standing admission

Advanced standing can be given for relevant educational or professional achievements. The Kingston University procedures for the assessment of prior learning (APL) and prior experiential learning (APEL) will be applied.

International

Please note: most students from countries outside the European Union/European Economic Area and classified as overseas fee paying, are not eligible to apply for part-time courses due to UK student visa regulations. For information on exceptions please visit the UKCISA website or email our CAS and Visa Compliance team.

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

Teaching and assessment

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, 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

Type of teaching and learning

  • MSc: 12% of your time is spent in scheduled teaching
  • MSc (top up): 8% of your time is spent in timetabled teaching
  • PgDip: 14% of your time is spent in scheduled teaching
  • PgCert: 16% of your time is spent in scheduled teaching

MSc

MSc (top-up)

PgDip

PgCert

MSc
  • Scheduled teaching: 216 hours
  • Guided independent study: 1585 hours
MSc (top-up)
  • Scheduled teaching: 50 hours
  • Guided independent study: 551 hours
PgDip
  • Scheduled teaching: 166 hours
  • Guided independent study: 1034 hours
PgCert
  • Scheduled teaching: 94 hours
  • Guided independent study: 506 hours

Contact hours may vary depending on your modules

How you will be assessed

Type of assessment

MSc

PgDip

PgCert

MSc (top up)

MSc
  • Coursework: 100%
PgDip
  • Coursework: 100%
PgCert
  • Coursework: 100%
MSc (top up)
  • Coursework: 100%

Feedback summary

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

Class sizes

You will be part of an intimate cohort of students which provides dedicated academic guidance and advice and the opportunity to build a life-long network of colleagues. Some modules are common across other postgraduate programmes therefore you may be taught alongside students who are on these courses within the Business School.

Who teaches this course?

You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on this course. The team includes by a mixture of highly qualified academics and healthcare practitioners with experience in the healthcare sector. The following group of staff members are currently involved in the delivery of different elements of this course. This pool is subject to change at any time within the academic year.

Visiting practitioners

A range of guest practitioners will also contribute to sessions on this course. They will provide insight and specialist knowledge whilst making connections and links to real-life experience within industry. The following experts have appeared on this course recently:

  • Gema Borrego, Senior Project Manager EMEA, Becton & Dickinson
  • Charlotte English, Senior Improvement Lead, King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
  • Daniel Woodruffe, Chief Information Officer, Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust
  • Jenny Platt, Service Improvement Manager, Chelsea and Westminster NHS Trust
  • Charlotte Amison, Project Manager, Contact a Family
  • Kristina Holding, Owner and Sports Rehabilitation Therapist, Fitworx

Course fees and funding

2022/23 fees for this course

Home 2022/23

  • MSc part time £4,248
  • MSc part time £5,852
  • PGCert part time £3,782
  • PGDip part time £3,728

International 2022/23

  • MSc part time £6,478
  • MSc part time £8,965
  • PGCert part time £5,726
  • PGDip part time £5,726

2021/22 fees for this course

Home 2021/22

  • MSc part time £5,274
  • PGCert part time £3,690
  • PGDip part time £3,638
  • MSc top-up part time £3,272

ELQ (Equivalent Lower Qualification) fee 2021/22

  • MSc part time £3,564

International 2021/22

  • MSc part time £7,910
  • PGCert part time £5,560
  • PGDip part time £5,560
  • MSc top-up part time £4,700

Tuition fee information for future course years

If you start your second year straight after year 1, you will pay the same fee for both years.

If you take a break before staring your second year, of if you repeat modules from year 1 in year 2, the fee for your second year may increase.

Additional costs

Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs that are not covered by tuition fees which students will need to consider when planning their studies. Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessment and operating University facilities such as the library, access to shared IT equipment and other support services. Accommodation and living costs are not included in our fees. 

Where a course has additional expenses, we make every effort to highlight them. These may include optional field trips, materials (e.g. art, design, engineering), security checks such as DBS, uniforms, specialist clothing or professional memberships.

Textbooks

Our libraries are a valuable resource with an extensive collection of books and journals as well as first-class facilities and IT equipment. You may prefer to buy your own copy of key textbooks – this can cost between £50 and £250 per year.

Computer equipment

There are open-access networked computers available across the University, plus laptops available to loan. You may find it useful to have your own PC, laptop or tablet which you can use around campus and in halls of residences. Free WiFi is available on each of the campuses. You may wish to purchase your own computer, which can cost from £100 to £3,000 depending on your course requirements.

Photocopying and printing

In the majority of cases written coursework can be submitted online. There may be instances when you will be required to submit work in a printed format. Printing, binding and photocopying costs are not included in your tuition fees, this may cost up to £100 per year.

Travel

Travel costs are not included in your tuition fees but we do have a free intersite bus service which links the campuses, Surbiton train station, Kingston-upon-Thames train station, Norbiton train station and halls of residence.

Eduniversal best masters winner 2021

This course has been rated as one of the best health management masters courses worldwide.

It was ranked 72 in the world by the Eduniversal masters ranking 2021, placing the programme in the top three in the UK.

Eduniversal ranks masters programmes from more than a thousand business schools and universities. Key criteria include: the reputation of the programmes with human resources managers, career prospects, salaries and details of first jobs. The rankings also look at the results of a satisfaction survey of recent graduates.

Changes to courses for 2021/22 due to Covid-19

Course information (changes for 2021/22 entry)

Composition of the course

The experience of delivering courses in 2020/21 under the various Covid-19 restrictions has enabled us to better prepare and plan the delivery of our courses in 2021/22. We are confident the course can be delivered as planned and, therefore, we do not anticipate having to make any further changes to the course, i.e. number of modules or credits in a year, in response to issues arising from the pandemic. However, if this becomes necessary, the changes will be highlighted to students via email before enrolment.

Unless government advice instructs otherwise, Study Abroad programmes will take place in 2021/22. The safety of all our students is paramount, therefore, as per normal practice, all Study Abroad activities must also be approved by the University's insurers to ensure that students are adequately protected during their period abroad. We will provide updates as the pandemic situation stabilises and/or further government advice is released.

Changes can be made to courses as part of normal enhancement processes in order to keep our courses up to date with current developments in that subject area and in response to feedback from students and other key stakeholders. Any such changes made to the composition of the course will be highlighted to students by email before enrolment.

Modules

The experience of delivering courses in 2020/21 under the various Covid-19 restrictions has enabled us to better prepare and plan the delivery of our courses in 2021/22. We are confident the course can be delivered as planned and, therefore, we do not anticipate having to make any further changes to module titles and summaries or to the availability of modules in response to issues arising from the pandemic.

Changes can be made to modules as part of normal enhancement processes in order to keep our courses up to date with current developments in that subject area and to provide a high quality student experience. Any such changes made to module titles, module summaries and/or availability of modules will be highlighted to students by email before enrolment.

Length of course

We expect to deliver the course within the planned timescales to enable successful students to progress through and graduate from the course without delay.

In exceptional circumstances the sequence of learning and teaching activities may be changed in 2021/22, e.g. moving those modules which can be delivered more effectively to the first teaching block and moving back those – such as practical modules and placements – which may be more difficult to deliver due to some ongoing restrictions.

In some cases, it may be necessary to delay placement modules which may then impact the length of the course. In these circumstances the University will guide students through the appropriate options available to ensure students are able to make informed choices.

Entry requirements (changes for 2021/22 entry)

We have not changed entry requirements as a direct result of the pandemic.

Entry requirements for international students

We have not changed entry requirements for international students as a direct result of the pandemic.

Teaching (changes for 2021/22 entry)

Changes to the way the course will be delivered

As we transition from the pandemic restrictions, we expect to steadily increase the proportion of on-campus teaching. We will continue to provide a proportion of online learning, as experience has shown that this enriches and supports the student learning experience.

If the pandemic affects teaching and learning activities in 2021/22 more than we currently anticipate, the proportion of online learning will increase. However, unless a lockdown is enforced, we will ensure that all courses provide a reasonable percentage of their teaching and learning activities on campus.

Should your circumstances prevent your attendance at on-campus sessions, you should still be able to engage with your course remotely in a way that allows you to progress. Where this is not possible, for example on courses with high practical content, your course team will be able to advise you on the options available to you.

Changes to teaching in the event of a further lockdown or adjustments in government advice

The University will continue to closely monitor government announcements and advice in relation to the pandemic and, where required, will take any necessary action in order to comply with such advice.

In the event that a further lockdown is enforced in 2021/22 the University will aim to deliver the course fully online once more. The majority of our courses are prepared to be delivered fully online if the situation requires it. Where the quality of the student experience may be compromised, or the course is unable to be delivered fully online, the University may need to suspend the delivery of that course until a time that it can be delivered. Students will be supported in these situations to ensure they are able to make the right choices for their particular circumstances.

Changes to the overall breakdown of scheduled teaching hours, placements and guided independent study hours for Year 1

Changes to the overall breakdown of scheduled learning and teaching hours, placements and guided independent study hours were not and will not be made as a direct result of the pandemic.

‘Scheduled learning and teaching' includes teaching delivered online, either live or recorded/on demand.

Timetable

Your individualised timetable for teaching block 1 (i.e. up to December 2021) should be available by the end of August. Timetables for teaching block 2 (i.e. from January 2022) will not be available until the autumn. We make every effort to ensure timetables are as student-friendly as possible.

In 2020/21 it was agreed that scheduled learning and teaching could take place on any day of the week between 9am and 9pm, to maximise the time available for teaching in order to accommodate smaller group sizes and social distancing. This meant we sometimes had to use Wednesday afternoons and enrichment week for additional teaching slots. If we need to accommodate smaller group sizes and social distancing in 2021/22 we expect to adopt a similar approach. Timetables for part-time students will depend on the modules selected.

Assessment (changes for 2021/22 entry)

The experience of delivering courses in 2020/21 under the various Covid-19 restrictions has enabled us to better prepare and plan the delivery of our courses in 2021/22. We are confident the course can be delivered as planned and, therefore, do not anticipate having to make any further changes to the course, i.e. to the overall methods of assessments, in response to issues arising from the pandemic. However, if this becomes necessary, the changes will be highlighted to students via email before enrolment.

Changes are made to modules, including how they are assessed, as part of normal enhancement processes to keep our modules up to date with current developments in that subject area and in response to feedback received from students and other key stakeholders. Any changes to the overall methods of assessment for Year 1 of the course will be highlighted to students by email before enrolment.

If social distancing or lockdown restrictions are in place in 2021/22, online alternative options to formal on-campus examinations, including practical examinations, will be made available to students where possible.

Staff (changes for 2021/22 entry)

No changes are expected to the general level of experience or status of staff involved in delivering the course.

Staff are engaged in Continuous Professional Development activities to develop their teaching expertise, as part of the normal enhancement processes, to ensure that course teams have the required breadth of expertise.

Fees, funding and additional costs (changes for 2021/22 entry)

Tuition fees

There will be no changes to published tuition fees for 2021/22.

Additional costs (e.g. field trips, materials, equipment, etc.)

As we transition from the pandemic restrictions, we expect to be able to increase student access to on-campus facilities. Students will therefore have access to University computers and library facilities.

If, due to an increase in social distancing requirements or the enforcing of a lockdown, it becomes necessary to significantly increase the proportion of teaching delivered online, students will need a personal laptop or computer and access to the internet to participate in online teaching and learning activities. Students who are able to travel will have access to computers on campus, however, it should be noted that access to on-campus facilities might be restricted if social distancing requirements are enforced.

The University is committed to supporting students who are unable to access suitable technology to ensure equity of access in a blended delivery mode.

Funding

There will be no changes to any existing University funding arrangements for 2021/22. Currently there are no indications from the UK government that there will be any changes to government funding arrangements.

Fees and funding for international students

There will be no changes to published tuition fees or funding arrangements specifically relating to international students for 2021/22.

Work placements and field trips (changes for 2021/22 entry)

We are anticipating that placements (including work and clinical placements) and field trips included as part of the course will go ahead in 2021/22. However, to ensure students gain maximum value from placement activities, it may be necessary to reschedule them to later in the year, when any impacts from the pandemic restrictions are minimised.

Any proposed changes to placements or field trips would go through the University's agreed processes where the impact of the change will be carefully considered.

In the interests of the health and wellbeing of our students, all placement arrangements must be approved by the University's insurers and the appropriate risk assessments made before students are sent on a placement.

Courses which require placements or field trips to be completed in order to pass relevant modules will have contingency plans in place in the event that a placement or field trip cannot be completed due to another lockdown or more stringent social distancing measures.

Award, qualification and accreditation (changes for 2021/22 entry)

Qualification

No changes will be made to the qualification awarded, e.g. BSc (Hons), MSc, etc., as a direct result of the pandemic.

Changes can be made to courses, including the qualification awarded (although very rare), as part of normal enhancement processes in order to keep our courses up to date with current developments in that subject area. Any changes made to the qualification awarded for the course will be highlighted to students by email before enrolment.

Accreditation

The experience of delivering courses in 2020/21 under the various Covid-19 restrictions has enabled us to better prepare and plan the delivery of our courses in 2021/22. We are confident the course can be delivered as planned and in accordance with any professional body requirements. We do not anticipate making any further changes to courses in response to any issues arising from the pandemic and which would put at risk any professional body accreditation status.

Additional (changes for 2021/22 entry)

International students should maintain awareness of the UK government's and their home country's government's advice on possible travel restrictions. The University will closely monitor advice and guidance published by the UK government and assess its impact on our international students. Appropriate advice and guidance will be provided as and when required.