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Healthcare Management, Leadership and Innovation (PGCert/PGDip/MSc)

Course Description

This programme responds to the need for skills enhancement in the areas of management, leadership and innovation. This need is being increasingly expressed by a wide range of healthcare professionals and health service managers. The course is designed to be a highly flexible entry into management within the health and care service, whether your interests lie in leadership, quality improvement, innovation methodology, organisation development, patient safety, or education.

Key features

This is an inter-professional and highly flexible programme which you can study at your own pace, taking breaks between modules according to the demands of your professional and personal life.

The research-based dissertation project may be substituted with a professional or quality improvement project that is directly relevant to the service area in which you work.

APEL is an option for this programme. For example, if you have completed the Professional and Generic Skills for Doctors in Training Programme you may use this in place of the Foundation module.

The programme is available for you if you are an Intercalating Medical student and have successfully completed your fourth year, or have already completed an undergraduate programme.

CPD opportunities are a feature of this programme. Single modules or days may be attended independently. Please email to find out more.

Course details

Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits)

For the new professional leader, we offer a Foundation Module exploring basic management, leadership and innovation techniques. We will equip you with a good understanding of the health and care landscape, including how commissioners and providers perform and interact, and which skills are required to help them. A further module will focus on organisation development, and will help you to understand the organisational structures, values, cultures and political environments in which strategy and decisions are managed.

Postgraduate Diploma

Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits)

For the diploma, you can choose Advanced Healthcare Management, Leadership and Innovation, or select modules from the Clinical Education or Simulation and Patient Safety programmes such as Simulation and Enhanced Learning; Patient Safety and Quality Improvement; and Human Factors in Healthcare.


During this stage of the programme, we offer you the choice of a traditional research-based dissertation or the option to undertake a work-related professional project or quality improvement project built on improvement science principles. This is a truly interactive and flexible Masters programme developed for the busy health and care professional, designed to fit in with your professional and personal life.


Make sure you have all your supporting documents. Documents required usually include:

Evidence of qualifications (certificates or transcripts) to show that you meet, or expect to meet the entry requirements
Evidence of English language ability, if English is not your first language
Two references
Visual evidence for art and design applicants
Two passport photographs
Curriculum Vitae or résumé, if required
Proof of sponsorship, if applicable

For more information contact the Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry Admissions team.

If you would like to speak to one of our course information advisors, please contact us:

Plymouth University

Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry
The John Bull Building
Research Way
Plymouth Science Park

Visit the Healthcare Management, Leadership and Innovation (PGCert/PGDip/MSc) page on the Plymouth University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Normally a recognised first degree or equivalent will be required. You should also have successfully completed the Postgraduate Diploma in Healthcare Management, Leadership and Innovation. Entrants who have acquired experience through work or other means that enables staff responsible for admissions to be confident of the candidate’s ability to succeed in the programme may also be considered, in line with QAA guidance. Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of competence in English Language.

Course Fees

Part-time (per 60 credits): UK/EU: £2,520, International: N/A, Islands: £5,130

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