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MSc Leadership and Management in Health and Social Care

The MSc Leadership and Management in Health and Social Care is an inter-professional programme for people who are passionate about improving the quality of health or social services.

You will acquire the skills to become a health and social care leader of the future and head teams at the highest level. Our interdisciplinary programme is work-focused and concentrates on producing visionary leaders who can draw on the latest research and methodology to continuously enhance the quality of care for service users in the UK and worldwide. We will enhance your leadership, managerial, and organisational skills to enable you to inform tactics and strategy, and function as a highly competent senior leader in health and social care sectors.

This programme is open to both clinicians and non-clinicians.

Introducing your course

This is an interdisciplinary course that helps those who want to understand how to improve the quality of health or social care. You develop skills in understanding your own leadership styles, leading teams, managing strategically, and making decisions. You will be exposed to a broad range of contemporary perspectives on leadership, and how to inspire and get the best from people and organizations. Through option modules, you can develop further skills in coaching, service improvement, managing information, developing policy and governance frameworks, and using data to improve services. Students on this course come from the UK and across the globe, have a range of backgrounds and experience, and a desire to lead and improve services.

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I chose to stay in Southampton to do a PhD because the Web Science CDT offered a new interdisciplinary perspective to research. This would allow me to take my skills in Computer Science and apply it to solving problems with technology in healthcare, an area I had become interested in.
Peter West, PhD Leadership and Management in Health and Social Care 2019
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Level: 7

Duration: : 1 year (full-time); 2-5 years (part-time)

As a student on this leadership and management in health and social care masters degree you will benefit from the knowledge, skills and experience of academics at the leading edge of their fields.

Your progress will be continually aided by ground breaking research, which is carried out here at the School of Health Sciences.

Chief among research groups in this area is the Health Work and Systems Research Group, led by Professor Peter Griffiths.

Ultimately, you will apply your findings in the workplace to enhance the quality of care and health outcomes.

View the programme specification document for this course

To Apply

University application form with transcripts and two letters of reference. Self-funding or employer sponsorship

Closing date 31 August for September start.

You can apply to register to undertake a postgraduate degree online here

The Commonwealth Shared Scholarships scheme now open for students to apply. Full details on how to apply with criteria can be Found here:

More information: See the Commonwealth Shared Scholarships website

In addition to registering for the Masters in healthcare management, many courses will also require you to separately register for your chosen individual modules of study each year once dates are published. Please discuss this with the programme leader. Applicants may be required to attend an interview.

For more information contact: Programme leader: Richard Giordano

Tel: +44 (0)23 8059 7979

Programme Structure

This Masters degree in Leadership and Management in Health and Social Care comprises a number of core modules and optional modules.

This gives you a common base with your peers, as well as the chance to follow your own particular interests or career path.

Throughout the MSc healthcare management programme you will work closely with your academic tutor and supervisor; applying your learning to address management challenges.

Postgraduate certificate – three taught modules
Postgraduate diploma – six taught modules
MSc – six taught modules plus dissertation

Key Facts

This inter-professional, work-focused programme aims to explore and study the evidence-base of leadership and management, and enable you to systematically review evidence for best practice.

Typical entry requirements

  • A UK 2:2 Hons degree or above or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University in a relevant subject from an approved institution of higher education.  If you do not meet these criteria, evidence of suitable experience/qualifications may be considered (eg a relevant professional qualification at a suitable level, plus several years' post-qualifying experience, at least some at a senior level)
  • At least one satisfactory reference (on some occasions a second reference will be required)
  • Overall IELTS of 6.5 or above with no less than 6.0 in each component
Selection process

Intake: 15-20

The University’s Admissions Policy, available at, applies equally to all programmes of study. These are the typical entry criteria to be used for selecting candidates for admission. The University’s approved equivalencies for the requirements listed will also be acceptable.

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.

Typical course content

There are four core modules and a dissertation as well as two option modules on the MSc masters degree in leadership and management health and social care.

Please note: option modules are by negotiation with the programme lead.

To see a full list of individual modules, please follow the link below.

Year 1

Core [?]
A core module is a module which must be taken and passed.
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Tuition fees

List of tuition fees for this course and it's variations
NameAwardYear of entryMode of studyUK/EUInternational
Leadership and Management in Health and Social CareMSc2019Full-time£9,250£22,268
Leadership and Management in Health and Social CareMSc2019Part-time£4,625not offered
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Scholarships, bursaries, sponsorships or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

Commonwealth Shared Scholarships

The Commonwealth Scholarships Commission is accepting applications for the MSc Leadership and Management in Health and Social Care 2019 entry. Find out more here. 

Explore funding opportunities

Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:

StationeryYou will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationery items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc). Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module profile.
BooksWhere a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source. Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.
Printing and copyingPhotography: It is not a requirement that photographs or reproductions are needed in any assignment. In the event that you choose to include photographs or reproductions, you will supply the photographic equipment as well as the costs of processing and printing. Costs will vary depending on the type of equipment and printing you choose.
EquipmentRecording equipment: It is not a requirement that recordings are needed to satisfy any assignment. In the event that you choose to include recordings, you will supply the recording equipment as well as storage media such as memory cards. Costs will vary depending on the type of equipment and media you choose.
Printing and copyingYou may need to submit both an online and printed version of assignments. A list of the University printing costs can be found here:
OtherParking: It is advisable to take public transportation to the University. In the event that you choose to drive, parking costs can be found here:

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

You complete six modules (each at 10 ECTS credits) before you write your dissertation. The two option modules allow you to create a pathway that suits your individual interests and needs.  Options should be chosen after obtaining advice from the course leader or your tutor.

Modules on this masters degree in health management and social care typically meet for five full days spread over two months.  Modules often combine lectures with class discussion and experiential learning.

Learning on the leadership and management health and social care MSc course takes the form of lectures, case study analysis and debates with experts.

You will be assessed through written assignments, reports, interpretation of case studies and peer assessment, as well as individual and group presentations.

In addition, you will complete a dissertation project.

Study locations

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