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Diploma MSc is a collaborative partner of the University of South Wales. On successful completion of this course, you will receive a University of South Wales Master's.

Course Information

The Leadership in Healthcare MSc provides a progression route from the Leadership in Healthcare Postgraduate Diploma.

The MSc in Leadership in Healthcare runs over one calendar year. Starting with an initial 12-week online module to develop skills in critical appraisal and knowledge of research methodologies, students then choose either the professional project module which consists of a 1,200 word proposal and 10,500 word professional.

Entry to the one year MSc in Leadership in Healthcare will require the successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership in Healthcare (120 credits) either from the University of South Wales or from another UK University.

On completion of the Leadership in Healthcare Master's, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge of organisations, their management and the changing external context in which they operate
  • Apply a variety of leadership and management theories and philosophies to complex situations in healthcare settings
  • Demonstrate the application of a range of strategies to harness the human resource potential within healthcare organisations
  • Demonstrate the application of personal and theoretical strategies to bring about change in complex situations and organisations
  • Develop a knowledge of a range of research methods and techniques applied to leadership in healthcare
  • Use of appropriate research and critical perspectives to address a chosen healthcare leadership/management situation in depth

Course Structure

Module 1 - Research Methodologies & Critical Appraisal:

Aim of the module:

  • The aim of the module is to address the life sciences underpinning cosmetic medicine and the professional and ethical issues that arise in practice.

Synopsis of module content:

  • Anatomy of the face – the skin, muscles, fat pads, blood vessels, nerves and bones within the face.
  • Physiology and physiological changes relating to these structures.
  • Facial structure functions and their relation to ageing.
  • Facial assessments and treatment plans.
  • Ethics for treating patients for financial gain (treatment dependent).

This module includes mandatory formative assessment activities, to support students learning and development prior to summative assessment tasks.

On completion of this module, students will be able to:

  1. Critically apply in-depth anatomical and physiological knowledge of the face to the selection of appropriate cosmetic medical treatments.
  2. Critically analyse the professional and ethical issues surrounding aesthetic medicine.

Module 2 - Professional Project:

Aim of the module:

  • Address botulism as a disease and the pharmacology of botulinum toxins and treatments.

Synopsis of module content:

  • Botulinum and botulism history.
  • Botulinum toxin pharmaceutical history and licenses.
  • Clostridia as bacteria.
  • Indications for use, common complications and their treatment.
  • Patient selection, injection techniques, indications, safety, adverse effects and combination treatments.

On completion of this module the student should be able to:

  1. Critically apply the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of botulinum use in cosmetic and medical treatment.
  2. Critically appraise the use of botulinum toxin in aesthetic treatments.

Teaching Methods

To produce the professional project, students continue to use the online course; however much of the work is self-directed.

Students are expected in the first eight weeks to interact with their tutor on a weekly basis. Students select a specific project and submit a project summary/proposal (approximately 1,200 words).

Once the proposal has been approved, the professional project (10,500 words) itself is then completed through online guidance and supervision offered by the tutor. The student and tutor will interact regularly (weekly) on the dedicated students/tutor discussion area or through any other means of communication deemed appropriate by both parties (telephone/SKYPE/email). Note of any verbal communication with the tutor is recorded in the student's journal by the student.

Entry Requirements

Entry to the one year MSc Leadership in Healthcare programme will require the successful completion of the Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership in Healthcare (120 credits) either from the University of South Wales or from another UK University.

Students may apply for the Master's in Leadership in Healthcare as a two-year course consisting of eight modules (180 credits), the first 120 credits of which being the Postgraduate Diploma.

Applicants should submit copies of the following with their application:

  • Qualification certificates
  • One written reference

Further Information

Download the course description for further details.


Visit the Leadership in Healthcare - MSc page on the Diploma MSc website for more details!

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