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MSc Leadership Development

Course Description

This MSc in Leadership Development will create leaders able to improve the quality of care and act as effective change agents. Throughout the programme, reflection will be applied to determine the type of leader you are; the type of leader you aspire to be (and why); and the action that will be taken to further your leadership development. This will be supported by group work, debate, action learning sets and student-led seminars to create a learning community conducive to critical reflection.

Three specialist pathways are available:

- MSc Leadership Development (Clinical Leadership)
- MSc Leadership Development (Leadership and Management)
- MSc Leadership Development (Medical Leadership and Management)

Who is this course for?

If you are working in a position of influence across the wider health and social care community (including the statutory and independent sector), this MSc in Leadership Development is for you.

The programme is targeted at healthcare professionals working in a clinical role (e.g. allied health professionals, clinical scientists, nurses, doctors) and those working in a non clinical role (e.g. social workers, patient advocates, voluntary sector).

The choice of three pathways enables you to tailor the programme to meet your individual needs:

- The Clinical Leadership pathway is ideal if you work as a clinician and wish to focus on clinical leadership;
- Alternatively, if you work as a clinician and also have a managerial role, the Leadership and Management pathway is for you. This pathway is also suitable for non-clinicians;
- Our Medical Leadership and Management pathway is suitable for doctors, offering bespoke modules which provide a medical content and a business focus.


The overall goal for this programme is to facilitate the development of principle-centred leaders. The specific aims are to:

- Develop leaders who are able to improve the quality of care, enhance and improve service delivery and lead people though change;
- Promote inter-professional learning, critical thinking, self awareness and leadership skills in decision making, within complex environments;
- Facilitate critical reflection on practice;
- Act as a change champion;
- Provide an evidence base for practice.


The programme will provide you with opportunities for in-depth self awareness, critical reflection on your own style of leadership and leadership skills and learning to be dynamic in decision-making. It will provide you with the knowledge and skills to effectively implement change and inform your practice with an evidence base. There will also be an opportunity to plan a research proposal and undertake a project utilising your leadership and change management skills in the final year of your study.

In addition you are able to access optional modules from the existing postgraduate portfolio from the Faculty of Health and Social Care or from the MSc Leadership and Management Development programme (delivered by Edge Hill University's Business School). There is a close working relationship with the Business School, with the intention to maximise opportunities for accessing appropriate expertise across the University.


The programme will be delivered through lead lectures, workshops, seminars, Action Learning Sets, group work and critical debates to provide a framework to underpin the development of critical thinking and sharing in the learning process. The approach will be ‘flexible’ - blended learning where face-to-face sessions are the predominant delivery method supported by the University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).

The attendance is daytime, approximately three hours per module, however some sessions will be online.
Who will be teaching me?

Edge Hill University enjoys an excellent reputation for teaching quality and members of the teaching team publish in international journals and present at national and international conferences.

The programme team comprises staff from the Faculty of Health and Social Care, the Evidence Based Practice Research Centre, Social Sciences, Business School and the Head of Staff Development. In addition, guest speakers who are executive/senior professionals within health and social care will provide you with opportunities to learn from their experience.


The assessment strategy will focus on the synthesis and critical application of theory to practice in relation to your leadership role. A variety of assessment strategies will be utilised to provide balance including essays, presentations, a leadership development plan, reflective diaries, seminars, online discussion and the undertaking of a project. You will be assessed both formatively to support your development and summatively to demonstrate achievement of learning outcomes.
What are my career prospects?

In an increasingly competitive health service, health and social care staff will need to continually seek opportunities to add to their portfolio of qualifications in order to advance their careers. This is especially true for allied health professionals, clinical scientists, nurses and social workers where a postgraduate qualification is increasingly deemed desirable and essential.

This MSc Leadership Development programme will equip you with key leadership and change management skills. It will provide a highly relevant qualification which demonstrates a commitment to continuous professional development for health and social care professionals and also gives you an advantage over your peers.

Visit the MSc Leadership Development page on the Edge Hill University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

The normal minimum requirement is a lower second-class honours degree in a health or social care related subject. However you can access the programme without a degree through successfully completing a standalone masters module. The focus for the programme is to link theory to practice; you are expected to be working in an environment that allows you to meet the learning outcomes of the course. All applicants for the programme will be offered an academic interview prior to commencement of the programme.

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