About this course
Develop the skills to improve care and health outcomes in the UK and worldwide on this MSc Leadership and Management in Health and Social Care. Our master’s will boost your leadership, managerial, and organisational skills.
We'll prepare you to direct strategy and tactics as a health and social care leader of the future. You'll also join a globally recognised healthcare community ranked 5th in the world (QS World Rankings by Subject 2020).
This flexible healthcare management master’s course is ideal if you want to lead medical, health or social care teams at the highest levels. You’ll learn how to inspire the people and organisations you work with to get the best from them. It’s suitable for clinicians and non-clinicians from a range of backgrounds.
You'll learn modern approaches to leadership, with learning on self-leadership, leading teams, and leading organisations and systems. The Research Methods module prepares you for the dissertation and research projects in your workplace. We'll teach you how to use the latest research to take an evidence-based approach to improving care.
Our Health Work research group, led by Professor Peter Griffiths, has highlighted the impact of low nurse staffing and long working hours on patient safety. This work informs national conversations, health policy and practice world-wide.
If you're a UK applicant, you can apply to study this course as:
- a part-time master's - study the same course content over 2 to 5 years
- Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) - study over 1 year full-time or 2 to 4 years part-time and you don't need to write a dissertation
- Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) - study over 1 year full-time or 2 to 3 years part-time and you don't need to write a dissertation
You can also take a single module as part of continuing professional development (CPD). Explore modules that are available as CPD.
Your modules and fees may vary if you choose a different study option. For example if you choose a part-time study route you can pay as you go for each module.
Dr Richard Giordano is your course lead. He's an expert in healthcare informatics (problem-solving using data). Before joining Southampton he was Senior Consultant in Leadership Development at the King’s Fund and research lecturer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Visit Dr Giordano’s staff profile for his contact details and to learn more about his work.
If you have a question about the course you can contact Richard directly: email@example.com
“I strongly believe that this course will empower me to lead and improve quality services in Ukraine. As well as help me manage strategically and make considered decisions.”
This course is based at Highfield.
This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.
Download the programme specification
The programme specification sets out the learning outcomes of this course and details how the course is taught and assessed.
If you're applying for the full time master's course, you need a 2.2 honours degree in a relevant subject from a clinical, health, science or social science background.
Three years' work experience is helpful, but not necessary.
Find the equivalent international qualifications for your country.
Recognition of professional experience
If you don't have the exact entry requirements, but you have significant work experience in this sector we’ll assess your relevant professional experience, your subject knowledge and your aptitude for learning.
Your application will be considered on individual merit and you may be asked to attend an interview.
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On the full-time version of this master’s degree in Leadership and Management in Health and Social Care your studies will run for a full 12 months. The first 8 months cover your taught modules.
Modules will begin from January 2021 and continue through July. Your dissertation research will start in September 2021 and work should be completed at the beginning of January 2022.
Full-time Postgraduate Diploma and Certificate
If you’re a UK applicant interested in studying the PGDip or PGCert full-time, your studies are structured in the following ways:
- PGDip: you must study a total of 6 modules, excluding the dissertation, over 12 months
- PGCert: you must a total of 3 modules over 12 months
Part-time master's*, Postgraduate Diploma and Certificate
If you’re a UK applicant interested in studying part-time for the MSc, PGDip or PGCert your studies are structured in the following ways:
- MSc: you must study a total of 7 modules over 2 to 5 years
- PGDip: you must study a total of 6 modules over 2 to 4 years
- PGCert: you must study a total of 3 modules over 2 to 3 years
*You must have submitted the assessments for your modules before you submit the dissertation.
Want more detail? See all the modules in the course.
You'll study all the modules listed below if you're applying for the full-time version of the MSc.
If you’re a UK applicant interested in studying the Postgraduate Diploma, you must take all the modules shown below, except for the dissertation.
If you’re a UK applicant interested in the studying the Postgraduate Certificate, you must take the following modules:
- Leading and Managing Organizations and Systems
- Leading Others
- Self Leadership
For entry in Academic Year 2020-21
You must study the following modules in year 1:
Learning and assessment
On this course, you'll learn to:
- develop effective leadership skills
- reflect on your own leadership and decision-making traits
- understand and influence both group and organisational practices
You will also:
- test and explore your interactions with others
- enhance your healthcare leadership skills
- apply both observed and theoretical research to your practice
As well as lectures there's a strong focus on interactive learning. You’ll take part in simulations, discussions and games to bring together theory and practice.
Invited guest speakers will share their knowledge and you can join in discussions with active researchers, practitioners, patients, policy analysts, and clients.
You’ll need to complete supplementary reading and explore other online resources in advance of the class sessions.
Assessment methods may include:
- designing policies, rules, pathways or strategies
- building a business case for service redesign
- evaluating a new or existing service or intervention
- completing a critical incident analysis
- analysing a problem in your own work environment
- interviewing co-workers, superiors, and/or clients
- reviewing and critically evaluating research
We encourage you to choose an assessment approach that has meaning to you and which you can immediately apply to your work.
For your dissertation you’ll plan and complete an independent, original project relevant to your current or future area of practice. This takes place over 10 months and starts in December.
You can select one of the following dissertation formats:
- A literature review: You'll find and review evidence relevant to your topic. You'll then present your findings and explain the implications for your practice
- A service improvement project: You’ll plan and complete a service improvement project in your area of practice. You’ll present the findings to relevant stakeholders such as patients, staff, managers, commissioners or service users
We’ll assign you a personal tutor, and you’ll have access to a senior tutor.
You’ll graduate with the skills and knowledge to take up leadership and management positions in health and social care. Our graduates work for organisations across the globe including:
- the Care Quality Commission
- the World Health Organisation
- non-governmental organisations that provide health and social care in refugee camps
Their work includes:
- leading service improvement teams in NHS Trusts
- designing data collection and privacy policies in social care
- pursuing doctoral studies in the UK and beyond
Careers services at Southampton
We're a top 20 UK university for employability (QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2019). Our Careers and Employability Service will support you throughout your time as a student and for up to 5 years after graduation. This support includes:
- work experience schemes
- CV/resume and interview skills workshops
- networking events
- careers fairs attended by top employers
- a wealth of volunteering opportunities
- study abroad and summer school opportunities
We have a vibrant entrepreneurship culture. You'll be able to take advantage of:
Fees, costs and funding
Fees for a year's study:
- UK/EU students pay £9,250.
- International students pay £23,136.
Part-time study (UK students only)
If you're a UK student and you choose to study part-time you can pay as you go for each module.
The cost of an individual module is £1249. Exceptions to this are:
- Leading Others (HLTH6120): £1405
- Dissertation, part-time (HLTH6213) and Dissertation, full-time (HLTH6214): £2186
What your fees pay for
Your tuition fee covers the full cost of tuition and all examinations.
10% alumni discount
If you’re a graduate of the University of Southampton you get a 10% discount on your postgraduate tuition fees.
Postgraduate Master’s Loans (UK and EU nationals only)
This can help with course fees and living costs while you study a postgraduate master's course. Find out if you're eligible.
Funding your postgraduate studies
A variety of additional scholarships, grants and bursaries may be available to help you fund your master’s study, both from the University and from other organisations.
How to apply
You can apply directly through our online form by using the apply button on this page.
Applications must be received no later than 4 weeks before the start of the course. You must supply all supporting documentation at least two weeks before starting your course.
We recommend you apply at least 6 weeks before the start of the course to ensure you're able to meet our requirements and apply for a visa in time.
We cannot guarantee students who do not meet these deadlines will be able to begin their course.
When you apply you’ll need to submit a personal statement explaining why you want to take the course.
You’ll need to include information about:
- your knowledge of the subject area
- why you want to study a postgraduate qualification in this course
- how you intend to use your qualification
You'll also need to send 2 academic references.
Please include the required paperwork showing your first degree and your IELTS English language test score (if you are a non-native English speaker) with your application. Without these, your application may be delayed.
You may also be asked to provide:
- a degree transcript
Learn more about how to apply with our postgraduate application guide.
What happens after you apply
You'll be able to track your application through our online Applicant Record System.
We will assess your application on the strength of your:
- academic achievements
- relevant professional experience
- personal statement
- academic references
We'll get back to you within 6 weeks with a decision about your application.
Equality and diversity
We treat and select everyone in line with our Equality and Diversity Statement.
Got a question?
Please contact us if you're not sure you have the right experience or qualifications to get onto this course.
Tel: +44(0)23 8059 5000