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Management (Leadership for Clinicians) MSc

Course Description

Course Overview:

This part-time, work-based course will help you develop the leadership and management abilities necessary to deliver high-quality health care services. It is aimed at experienced clinicians who want to combine study with full-time careers.

The Management (Leadership for Clinicians) MSc places emphasis on areas of management particularly relevant to the public services, and develops individuals who think innovatively, negotiate difficult situations and wish to enhance organisational performance. It will enable experienced professionals to critically enhance their management skills and challenge both themselves and their organisations.

The course will enhance your knowledge, skills, confidence and competencies to address complex organisational problems in a fast changing political and global environment.

It also emphasises the need for 'soft' and 'hard' management skills, promoting creative problem-solving, communication, multidisciplinary thinking, team work, and leadership and management skills. The emphasis is on developing the knowledge in an applied and integrated way. Your written projects will link an area of learning to your work situation.

The course is delivered by block mode. Students attend lectures for intensive weekly periods. You only need to attend seven separate weeks.

Career Opportunities:

The Management (Leadership for Clinicians) MSc will equip you with the practical skills necessary to help them reach your potential as a leader.

It will strengthen your capacity to manage people from different specialisms, develop their ability to address complex organisational problems, and contribute towards improving organisational performance through innovation and change.

Why study with Brighton Business School?

The Business School at the University of Brighton has a postgraduate community of around 600 students from a diverse range of backgrounds whose learning experience is enriched by the high quality of our research.

The latest Research Assessment Exercise (2008) ranked us in the top 15 UK business schools in terms of world-leading research outputs. Our postgraduate programmes reflect the research that is being undertaken.

Our equipment includes lecture theatres equipped with the latest audio-visual equipment and over 100 hot desks with high-speed internet access. Once at the university you will have access to a range of services including a modern library and comprehensive careers and personal support.

Course Content:

The Management (Leadership for Clinicians) MSc is delivered block mode, with additional supervision and assessment time. There are seven five-day blocks, plus an induction programme, workshops and an individual project of strategic relevance to your organisation.

The course is normally completed within two years. However, if you are unable to take all of the modules during this period then you can postpone individual elements and complete the course over a longer period of time.

If your circumstances change and it is not possible to complete the whole course, you can exit with a postgraduate certificate after completing one-third of the course or a postgraduate diploma after completing two-thirds of the course.

Each module explores a different aspect of functional management and leadership, and is examined by written assessment in the form of a work-based project.

Year 1:

Year 1 will provide you with a sound understanding of the impact of the external environment on organisations. It will help you develop analytical and critical capability, with specific reference to the public sector, and it will examine organisational behaviour and how to enhance effectiveness.

The second part of this year will examine issues relating to strategy formulation and implementation, with an aim of enhancing organisational performance. Issues include turn around strategies, quality and project management, and examining financial management such as costing and budgeting models as well as financial control systems.

The Year 1 syllabus comprises:

- Induction Programme (2 days)
- Research Skills Workshop (2 days)
- The Public Service Environment (5 day module)
- Managing People (5 day module)
- Service Planning (5 day module)
- Managing Finance in the Public Services (5 day module)

Year 2:

This year will introduce you to the disciplines which underpin leadership, organisational learning, change and strategy. It also develops your skills as an organisational analyst and consultant within your own organisation.

The second part of Year 2 focuses on strengthening strategic thinking and service planning abilities by studying a module on strategy and change. Finally, you are required to investigate an integrative management topic of strategic relevance to your own organisation in a larger project.

The Year 2 syllabus comprises:

- Induction Programme (1/2 day)
- Consultancy Skills Workshop (2 days)
- Leadership (5 day module)
- Organisational Learning and Leadership (5 day module)
- Public Service Strategy and Change (5 day module)
- Final Integrative Management Report


Between modules you will undertake written assignments based on management or leadership issues in your workplace. These are assessed through a written report. The final stage of the course is the individual integrative project, which is a significant piece of work of strategic relevance to your organisation.

Visit the Management (Leadership for Clinicians) MSc page on the University of Brighton website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Individual offers may vary. Normally a good honours degree or equivalent is required. Work experience is useful but not essential. Applicants with non-standard entry qualifications will be considered. If you are unsure whether you meet the entry requirements then please contact us. In order to benefit from, contribute to and enjoy the course, a good command of spoken and written English language is required. If English is not your first language, you will need English language proficiency equivalent to an overall IELTS score of at least 6.5, with 6 in the written test.

Course Fees

(Full Time entry 2013) UK/ EU students: £9,180; Island students: £9,450; International students: £13,500

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