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Leadership and Management in Health PgCert/PgDip/MSc top-up/MSc

Course Description

Leadership and Management in Health

PgCert/PgDip/MSc top-up/MSc

This course gives practising clinicians and health service managers a step up to the next level, and provides first-class training in key competencies for those who want to enter this sector. The programme offers both academic rigour and the practical skills to apply what you have learned to the workplace. Graduates leave the course as dynamic, forward-thinking healthcare professionals and service managers who excel in their field.

Get the best of both worlds with a highly flexible modular programme that combines face-to-face lectures, seminars and workshops that foster a learning community with online study that fits alongside your work commitments.

Work with the latest research and learn modelling and theories that you can use to analyse and improve your organisation straight away.

Learn how to manage people, budgets, information, marketing and quality, as well as how to navigate organisational change and think creatively. Enhance your leadership skills and gain a critical understanding of research into leadership and management.

Study with staff who all have experience within the healthcare sector, on a course that applies to public, private and voluntary sectors in the UK and internationally. Kingston Business School is a principal member of the Institute of Leadership and Management in Health (ILMH), and you will benefit from regular guest speakers, as well as the everyday experiences that other students bring from their workplaces.

Study in the happiest and safest area in London, with fast transport links to the rest of the city.

Kingston Business School has joined an elite group of global institutions to be awarded the prestigious international accreditation by the AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business). A hallmark of excellence in business education, the accreditation has been earned by just 5 per cent of the world's business schools.

What will you study?

You will start with an induction programme that introduces you to the modules and the aims of the course, and helps you plan your study around your professional commitments.

You will then move on to the course material.

You can take advantage of professional and leadership development activities throughout the course. You will also get plenty of opportunities to broaden your knowledge through events arranged by ILMH.

Choose your direction

The programme you will follow depends on which qualification you want to pursue – choose from:
Postgraduate Certificate;
Postgraduate Diploma;
Masters degree (MSc); and
Masters top-up.

Students who enrol for an MSc or PgDip from the outset usually complete their studies within two years. Students who complete the PgDip successfully can convert this to an MSc by completing the Masters top-up.

Each qualification has a different set of module requirements.


Our assessments look at how you apply your new skills and knowledge to your work. We assess you using individual and group exercises, computer-based tasks, presentations, role plays, case studies and written reports.

Course structure

Teaching takes place on Thursdays and Fridays at our Kingston Hill campus, once a month during term time – a total of three days per 15-credit module and six days per 30-credit module, usually two modules per term. The rest of the course is taught online and through guided independent study.

Module details

Please note: This is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list.

Postgraduate Certificate students take the following modules:
Strategic Health Management and Governance in Context
Managing Health Services for Quality
Leading People and Organisational Change in Health

Postgraduate Diploma students take the Postgraduate Certificate modules, plus the following modules:
Health Services Marketing
Managing Information in Health
Aspects of Financial Resource Management in Health (30 credits)

Masters degree (MSc) students take the Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma modules, plus the following module:
Research Methods and Dissertation

English language requirements

All non-UK applicants must meet our English language requirement, which is Academic IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no element below 6.0. Make sure you read our full guidance about English language requirements, which includes details of other qualifications we consider.

Applicants who do not meet the English language requirements could be eligible to join our pre-sessional English language course.

Applicants from a recognised majority English speaking countries (MESCs) do not need to meet these requirements.

Visit the Leadership and Management in Health PgCert/PgDip/MSc top-up/MSc page on the Kingston University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Pamela McDonald Kuhne

The Leadership and Management in Health MSc is attached to Kingston Business School, which has a solid reputation. The programme outline offered relevant modules, which offered an excellent balance of theory and modern application. There is an energy that crackles on the Kingston Hill campus, which makes it a great place to visit. You cannot help but feel great to be learning in this environment!


Entry Requirements

PgCert/PgDip/MSc Good honours degree from a UK university (or an equivalent qualification) in a relevant discipline. This is usually health or social sciences, though other qualifications at honours degree level are acceptable; or at least four years' work experience in middle or senior management, including participation in appropriate training events; and candidates need to demonstrate their motivation and ability to work at postgraduate level: they must be well prepared, disciplined and able to manage their time and workload effectively. MSc top-up programme Postgraduate Diploma in Leadership and Management in Health (level 7 qualification worth 120 credits).

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