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Healthcare Leadership and Commissioning - MSc/PGDip/PGCert

Brighton & Sussex Medical School Division of Medical Education, Postgraduate

Full time & Part time See Course PgDip, MSc, PgCert 1 year full-time; 3 years part-time

About the course

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.

Key areas of study

  • Leadership and change management in clinical services
  • Commissioning for quality care
  • Quality, safety and

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Entry Requirements

Applicants will normally have clinical, managerial or leadership experience and/ or be educated to degree level. Students are normally in practice in the health and social care field. Full-time students, or students not in healthcare practice, will be identified and supported through the tutorial process.


Successful completion of at least three years’ basic medical science at a UK medical school (having gained at least 360 credits) with a guaranteed place to continue medical studies on completion of the MSc.

For international students a minimum IELTS score of 7.0is required.

Course Content

Where is Brighton & Sussex Medical School

Student Profile(s)

Matthew White (MSc graduate), Head of Planning & Programme Management, NHS Coastal West Sussex CCG

The MSc Leadership and Commissioning course helped me to make sense of many experiences I had in the workplace by grounding theories and ideas to practice and government policy. The course also provided a practical and flexible learning environment which allowed freedom to explore issues fully. The MSc has had a very positive impact on my career. The teaching and qualification are recognised and respected and students who make a commitment to the course will get a lot out of it.

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