MSc Health and Social Care Leadership

Year of Entry 2025/26
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MSc

Health and Social Care Leadership

Take your career to the next level on our MSc Health and Social care Leadership – a course designed to prepare you for senior leadership roles.

Everything you need to know...

  • Pound sign

    What is the fee?

    Home: £10,620 for the course

  • Time

    How long will I study?

    3 Years

  • Location

    Where will I study?

    Collegiate Campus

  • Date

    When do I start?

    September 2025


Course summary

  • Develop the skills you need to be a leader in health and social care.
  • Gain essential, qualifications for senior positions.
  • Learn to lead strategically – evaluating and improving services at both systems and service levels.

Leadership has consistently been shown to be key to the effective delivery of health and social care services. Indeed, lack of leadership has been cited as a major cause of most health and social care system failures. On this course, you will learn how to lead effectively and make sustainable improvements to health and social care services.


How you learn

All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.

We help you to develop the skills you need to successfully lead across the many facets of health and social care provision. Through engaging in learning and assessment tasks, you have the opportunity to actively improve service delivery throughout the programme.

You'll learn to understand strategic system level issues, solve organisational problems and devise, implement and evaluate successful service improvement initiatives. You'll also learn to strengthen teamwork, motivation, commitment and effort, and thereby improve service user outcomes.

You will learn through

  • lectures and seminars
  • workshop–style sessions
  • live projects
  • extensive independent reading and study
  • self–reflection,
  • peer and tutor engagement
  • blended learning approaches
  • online learning
  • written assessments
  • case studies

Applied learning

Live projects

As a student on our unique MSc programme you will maximise your learning by engaging in real world assignments. All course assessments centre on service delivery and improvement, giving you the opportunity to actively display and practice leadership. This means that you will not only gain enhanced knowledge of evidence–based management and leadership theories, but also develop the practical skills you require to lead more effectively in the workplace.


Future careers

This course prepares you for

  • leadership and management positions in the NHS or other health or social care providers
  • further studies

Where will I study?

You study at Collegiate Campus through a structured mix of lectures, seminars and practical sessions as well as access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

Collegiate campus

Collegiate Campus can be found just off Ecclesall Road, a bustling student district.

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Location

Collegiate Crescent
Sheffield
S10 2BP

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Entry requirements

All students

A first degree or an appropriate professional qualification considered to represent equivalence to a degree.  N.B.  In some circumstances experience of degree level study along with leadership/management experience will be considered.

Where English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.5 is required, with no individual element below 5.5.

Previous work experience of a professional role and management or leadership context that will support the work-based learning elements of the course and will enable you to learn in practice.

You will be considered on an individual basis and will be accepted if you can satisfy the course team that you have a commitment to completing your proposed pathway of study and you fulfil the specific admissions criteria.

You must be prepared to be intellectually challenged; to reflect upon your practice and to consider how this can be applied to improve your service and the experiences of your service users. This improvement will be based upon critical evaluation and application of theory and evidence and new understanding. You should be motivated, able to actively contribute to discussion and debate, and prepared to study independently to explore the policy, theoretical and research literature that underpins effective managerial and leadership practice.

Additional information for EU/International students

This course is not open to international students who require a Tier 4 (General) student visa to study in the UK. If you are an international applicant but do not require a Tier 4 (General) student visa, email our Admissions Team to find out whether you’re eligible to apply.


Modules

Important notice: The structure of this course is periodically reviewed and enhanced to provide the best possible learning experience for our students and ensure ongoing compliance with any professional, statutory and regulatory body standards. Module structure, content, delivery and assessment may change, but we expect the focus of the course and the learning outcomes to remain as described above. Following any changes, updated module information will be published on this page.

Year 1

Compulsory modules

Module
Credits
Assessment
Leadership In Practice
Credits 15
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Leadership In Practice (Distance Learning)
Credits 15
Assessment Coursework(200%)

Elective modules

Module
Credits
Assessment
Evaluating Service Improvement
Credits 15
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Evaluating Service Improvement (Distance Learning)
Credits 15
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Interprofessional Education
Credits 15
Assessment Practical(100%)
Interprofessional Education (Distance Learning)
Credits 15
Assessment Practical(100%)
Leadership In Context
Credits 15
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Leading People And Teams
Credits 15
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Managing People: Organisational Approaches
Credits 15
Assessment Coursework(70%) , Practical(30%)
Planning Service Improvement
Credits 15
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Planning Service Improvement (Distance Learning)
Credits 15
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Year 2

Compulsory modules

Module
Credits
Assessment
Leading Change
Credits 30
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Researching For Practice (Distance Learning)
Credits 15
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Researching For Practice (Taught)
Credits 15
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Systems Leadership
Credits 15
Assessment Coursework(100%)

Elective modules

Module
Credits
Assessment
Evaluating Service Improvement (Distance Learning)
Credits 15
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Interprofessional Education
Credits 15
Assessment Practical(100%)
Interprofessional Education (Distance Learning)
Credits 15
Assessment Practical(100%)
Planning Service Improvement (Distance Learning)
Credits 15
Assessment Coursework(100%)
Final year

Compulsory modules

Module
Credits
Assessment
Dissertation 60 Credits
Credits 60
Assessment Coursework(100%)

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting part-time study in 2025/26 is £10,620 for the course. The tuition fee displayed above is for the full course. If the full course is more than one year in duration, the fee will be divided into annual payments which will then be rounded. This may mean the total fee you pay is slightly higher than the fee stated above. If you take a break in study or have to re-take part of the course, you may also be charged an additional fee and will be notified of this at the time. Our tuition fee for UK students starting part-time study in 2025/26 is £3,540 per year.

If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

Additional costs for Health and social care management courses (PDF, 326.8KB)

Legal information

Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and Student Regulations.

 

How do I apply?

You apply for this course via our online application form.

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You can also use the application form above to apply for future years of entry.

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Why choose us?

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Funding

Home students can access a non-repayable maintenance grant of at least £5,000 per year, eligibility applies

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Training

We are one of the largest training providers of health and social care in the UK, giving you access to cross-discipline learning

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Employment

98% of our health and social care students are in work or further study fifteen months after graduating

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