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Governing, Leading and Managing Healthcare (MSc/PGDip/PGCert)

Course Description

Healthcare management, leadership and governance master's degree for proactive professionals

If you work in healthcare management in a governance-related role and would like to increase your knowledge and skills within this increasingly important area of healthcare management and leadership, this course is ideal for you.

You will gain an academic qualification that:
- equips you to work at a senior level
- is focused on the specific challenges you face in your workplace

You will also benefit from a flexible programme of learning that delivers direct benefits to your employing organisation, requires only limited absence from the workplace and delivers a recognised qualification at each stage.

Three stages to MSc

This master's degree enables participants to gain expertise in healthcare governance, while developing their competence, confidence and practice in leadership and management. The programme emphasises reflective practice and takes a critical perspective on current professional practice and likely future developments.

The programme comprises three stages – Postgraduate Certificate (three modules), Postgraduate Diploma (an additional three modules) and the MSc (a further two modules). Each module typically requires four or five days attendance at the University each semester.

Participants can choose the Certificate, the Diploma or the full MSc programme (each stage usually takes one year) and all modules are available as stand-alone short courses.

Postgraduate Certificate (3 modules)

- Individual and Professional Development – 20 credits (Core)
This introductory module establishes participants' professional and organisational learning needs. It involves 360° feedback, exploration of transformational leadership, action-learning sets and work-based learning. Participants map their previous professional development and carry out a needs analysis using the Real World Group Transformational Leadership 360° Questionnaire. They receive individual coaching on their questionnaire report.


- Clinical Governance and the Quality Framework (20 credits)
This module traces the development and implications for practice of Clinical Governance and the current quality framework, including quality improvement, quality standards and accounts, patient and public involvement, clinical audit, and regulation.


- Integrated Governance (20 credits)
Complementing the Clinical Governance module, Integrated Governance focuses on financial, information and corporate governance, recognising their interdependence. You will examine different models of governance, the role of the board in formulating strategy and ensuring accountability, and the role of others in the organisation in ensuring good governance.

Postgraduate Diploma (2 or 3 modules)

- Critical Inquiry in Practice – 20 credits (Core)
During this module, participants learn methods of critical inquiry, analysis and appraisal to develop an understanding of how evidence is used in health and social care practice. They undertake a critical analysis of the construction, location, management and appraisal of knowledge for professional practice.

Plus either

- Negotiated Learning Module (Institute of Healthcare Management Managers' Portfolio) – 40 credits
This module is run in partnership with the Royal Society for Public Health and the Institute of Healthcare Management.

Participants explore Professional Behaviours (How a manager makes an impact), Professional Knowledge and Skills (How a manager works) and Professional Practice (What a manager does). They construct a workplace-focussed portfolio of reflection and activity in the context of Institute of Healthcare Management's Professional Practice Framework .


- Health Policy (20 credits)
This module provides an in-depth analysis of health policy design and implementation. Participants are given the opportunity to develop their skills in critical assessment of the policy process both at a national and an organisational level.


- Organisational Analysis and Professional Practice (20 credits)
Adopting a social science perspective, this module provides insight into key aspects of how organisations function in terms of their structure, culture and the dynamics of change, along with how these factors impact on the behaviour of an organisation's members and the effectiveness of managers in managing others.

MSc (2 modules)

- Learning in Context (Strategic Leadership in Health and Social Care) – 20 credits (Core)
Exploring strategic leadership behaviours, goals and theories through case studies and workplace learning, this module provides an opportunity for participants to investigate internal and external processes, visions and successes in their own organisation and other organisations and to develop a critical analyses of the outcomes.


- Work-based Inquiry Project – 40 credits (Core)
This module equips participants to research and report findings and recommendations that are directly relevant to their employing organisation. It provides the opportunity for them to make a significant contribution to management and leadership in practice, while their organisations benefit from the outputs and recommendations of a robust research project.


At Westminster, we have always believed that your University experience should be designed to enhance your professional life. Today’s organisations need graduates with both good degrees and employability skills, and we are committed to enhancing your graduate employability by ensuring that career development skills are embedded in all courses.

Opportunities for part-time work, placements and work-related learning activities are widely available, and can provide you with extra cash and help you to demonstrate that you have the skills employers are looking for. In London there is a plentiful supply of part-time work – most students at the University of Westminster work part time (or full time during vacations) to help support their studies.

We continue to widen and strengthen our links with employers, involving them in curriculum design and encouraging their participation in other aspects of career education and guidance. Staff take into account the latest data on labour market trends and employers’ requirements to continually improve the service delivered to students.

Visit the Governing, Leading and Managing Healthcare (MSc/PGDip/PGCert) page on the University of Westminster website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Our standard postgraduate entry requirements for most courses are: a good honours degree from a recognised university or qualification or experience deemed to be equivalent; AND English Language competency requirements vary among courses, but as a minimum, you will need the equivalent to an IELTS* score of at least 6.5 overall (and minimum 5.5 in each component)

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