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Course content

Why study this course?

- Support for developing a portfolio career
- Ideal for stepping-up as a leader, educator or researcher

The MSc in Medical Leadership, Education and Research is designed to put you, as a doctor, at the centre of shaping your career. It is a practical and supportive leadership course for doctors. A framework is provided which enables you to develop your own area of interest and supports you with implementing an improvement project, in addition to learning about teaching and research. It will enable you to become a more able clinician, more patient-centred and more able to influence service delivery for patient benefit.

*formerly known as the MSc in Medical Leadership and Advanced Professional Skills

- Run in partnership with both Primary and Secondary Care Medics from Health Education England in the East Midlands
- Creates a forum for discussion across medical specialties
- Part-time and uses a mix of study days and distance-learning to enable you to work whilst studying
- Flexible options to undertake a postgraduate certificate / diploma or MSc. Extensive tutor support and feedback on your assessments
- Reciprocal arrangement with the Postgraduate Medical Education Certificate if you wish to qualify as a trainer

Attendance dates

All the study days are Wednesdays and are from 10am until 5pm. There are 7 attendance days in the first year, 7 in the second and 3 in the third.

Course modules

The modules build up your skills in leadership, research, teaching and quality improvement in a blended manner as you develop and progress through the programme.

Leadership - personal development skills of mastery, reflection, time and stress management, vision, active listening, communication skills, leadership theory, strategy development, managing change and presentation skills.

Research - analytical thinking, literature searching, interviewing skills, critical appraisal of research papers, qualitative research and analysis skills, quantitative research and analysis skills, research ethics, research presentation skills, conducting a research project, writing for a dissertation and publication skills.

Teaching - developing your own PDP and portfolio, reflection, communication, learning theory, mentoring and educational assessment.

Service Improvement - communication and competency mapping, stakeholder and patient engagement, health policy, designing, evaluating and conducting a Quality Improvement project using QI tools.

Teaching and assessment

The course is taught by a mix of attendance at the university and distance learning.

Attendance is required at six study days in year 1, five in year 2 and three in year 3. Students are also expected to commit to 6 hours a week self-study plus their 2 hours work time allocated for CPD a week, during semester times (2 x 18 week semesters per year).

Industry links and professional accreditation

Doctors who complete the PG Diploma in Medical Leadership, Education and Research maybe exempted from part of PG Certificate in Medical Education to qualify as a trainer.

How to apply

Please e-mail the course leader Dr Josie Solomon - and the admissions administrator Katy Wright . We will then guide you through the following process:

a) Complete an online application
b) Obtain a reference from your line manager at work, in e-mail format from a work e-mail address, that states that your organization will support you in undertaking the course by allowing you study leave to attend the compulsory study days at the University (as specified above) and confirming that you are employed in a patient-facing role as a doctor.
c) Scan copies of your GMC registration details and all degree certificates
d) Provide details of how you will be funded - either a declaration that you are self-funding or confirmation from your employer that they will fund the course.

Please complete your on-line application form (a) as soon as possible as places are limited.

Please send the other documents (b, c and d) by e-mail to and clearly mark the subject of your e-mail as MLAPS or MSc in Medical Leadership and Advanced Professional Skills.

Contact details

For further information please contact:
Dr Josie Solomon, course leader
T: 0116 207 8128

Katy Wright admissions team

Visit the Medical Leadership, Education and Research MSc/PG Dip/PG Cert page on the De Montfort University website for more details!




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