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Course content

This innovative course offers clinicians and managers the opportunity to look in depth at healthcare leadership and commissioning theory, policy and practice, combining academic research with an up-to-the minute take on current policy, structured practical projects and work-based investigations.

A distinct feature of this course is that students can combine leadership modules with specialist clinical, public health, educational, and research modules; this combination strengthens professional knowledge, and applies learning to practice. The course will challenge existing work habits and mindsets, and underpin your work performance with a strong theory and policy base.


• Leadership and change management in clinical services
• Commissioning for quality care
• Quality, safety and service improvement in clinical services
• Principles and practice of public health
• Research methods and critical appraisal


Modules are usually assessed via presentations, seminars, abstracts, posters or a 3,000 – 4,000 word written assignment.

PGCert (60 credits)

• MDM110 Leadership and Change Management in Clinical Services (20 credits)
• MDM76 Quality, Safety and Service Improvement in Clinical Services (20 credits)


• One module from the core list or optional list (20 credits)

PGDip (120 credits)

• PGCert modules


• MDM111 Commissioning for Quality Care (20 credits)
• MDM50 Principles and Practice of Public Health (20 credits)
• MDM10 Research Methods and Critical Appraisal (20 credits)


• One module from the optional module list (20 credits) See below.

MSc (180 credits)

• PGDip modules
• PLUS One module from the optional module list (20 credits) See below.
• PLUS MDM164 Dissertation (60 credits)

Optional modules:

• MDM59 Diabetes Practice in Primary Care (20 credits)
• MDM119 Understanding Dementia (20 credits)
• MDM159 Management of Long-Term Conditions in Children (20 credits)
• MDM122 Communication, Learning and Teaching in Health and Social Care (20 credits)


This course is delivered by a multi-professional team based both within the university and in health and social care services, bringing clinicians, leaders and commissioners together from all parts of the health and care system.
It offers a rich and inter-connected learning environment to build cross-organisation links with leaders from other settings. The classroom environment is enriched with practical applied examples of workplace initiatives.

Visit the Healthcare Leadership and Commissioning MSc/PGDip/PGCert page on the Brighton & Sussex Medical School website for more details!





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