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MSc Strategic Leadership

Course Description

Key Facts:
Our aim is simple - to develop transformational, innovative and visionary leaders who will excel in a dynamic and complex health and social care arena. Leading health care practitioners of the future will be required to work effectively both clinically and managerially, which is why the course is designed to develop everything from your political astuteness to strategic management to project planning while you keep abreast of clinical developments.

With an emphasis on learning to lead and manage across boundaries, you'll study in a multi-disciplinary environment. It's our aim to give you the confidence and insight to challenge current service delivery and work in partnership to re-shape services to enable improved patient care.

Course Overview
The course is aimed at people who are senior professionals currently working in the field of health and social care. You will be keen on challenging boundaries, innovative and motivated to seek new options for the improvement of services.

• This course has grown out of a clear demand to develop management and leadership areas alongside clinical specialisms to enable health and social care practitioners to develop clinical leadership and excel in everything from 'hands-on' patient care to influencing and leading health and social care changes
• We boast a continued and excellent relationship with Health and Social Care service providers
• We’re firmly committed to the concept of multi-professional and interdisciplinary working – essential to the quality of future health and social care provision
• An extremely flexible course, designed to meet your needs - how much you study is up to you, from a single module to an MSc

Entry Requirements
• A degree or equivalent level qualification • Current registration as a health or social care professional
• Substantial previous experience of heath/social care/allied areas ideally working within that field at a senior level.
• The academic ability to be able to work at postgraduate level.
• The agreement of your employer to provide a practice mentor/facilitator.

Entry to the Master’s (MSc) is usually following the Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip). If you already have an equivalent diploma from another institution, you may be able to register straight away for the MSc or you may need to take some extra modules or complete a further programme of study first.

Course structure:
Study at Master’s level is both rewarding and challenging; however it requires commitment to succeed within the programme, especially while working in your professional capacity.

A major strength of the programme is the chance to network with colleagues from the health and social care environments.

The course of study is in seven blocks of three days each. Attending the study days enhances your experience and will assist you in achieving the required learning outcomes.

How will I be taught?
The focus at postgraduate level is on facilitating independent critical study. While the responsibility for your learning lies very much with you, there will be plenty of support on hand.

Our aim is to create a positive environment, conducive to shared learning and development. As well as tutorial support for each module, you’ll also enjoy the support of a personal tutor to maintain an overall view of your progress and recommend strategies and experience to promote your learning. You will also have a workplace mentor - a senior professional working at a strategic level - to offer support and guidance in the clinical area.

Equally important, you will learn from your fellow students. Each student brings unique scenarios from clinical practice that will enrich the overall learning experience.

Some of your modules include online learning support. More information will be provided by your course tutors and can be found in the relevant module descriptions.

A broad range of assessment aims are used to help you to explore new ways of learning. Depending on the module, you might be assessed on a seminar or poster presentation, a briefing report, research proposal or portfolio of work.
The MSc will involve either a dissertation or a project about changing practice.

Further study:
This MSc course is designed for senior health professionals who want to progress their careers within the clinical environment and are involved in hands-on care and innovative development of service delivery

Completing this course provides the opportunity for lifelong learning and the awards given on graduation forms the basis for progression into further study. This could include MPhil, PhD taught as professional doctorates. The courses are part-time and flexible to fit around your work and domestic commitments

This course is ideal for those practitioners keen to develop clinical leadership and influence and lead health and social care changes. It is ideal if you are keen to move into management or to a more senior role within the clinical environment.

Visit the MSc Strategic Leadership page on the Birmingham City University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

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