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Leadership and Management in Health and Social Care (MSc)

Master of Science
1 year
Course Type
Next course starts
September 2023

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 and 2nd among UK universities (QS World Rankings by Subject 2022).

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.

Flexible study

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 Certificate (PGCert) - study over 1 year full-time or 2 to 3 years part-time and you don't need to write a dissertation

  • 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

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.

Course lead

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:

“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.”
Julia Nosko, 2020 second year student

Course location

This course is based at Highfield.

Awarding body

This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.

Download the Course Description Document

The Course Description Document details your course overview, your course structure and how your course is taught and assessed.

Changes due to COVID-19

Although the COVID-19 situation is improving, any future restrictions could mean we might have to change the way parts of our teaching and learning take place in 2022 to 2023. This means that some of the information on this course page may be subject to change.

Find out more on our COVID advice page.

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