MSc in Healthcare Improvement Leadership

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About the course

Healthcare improvement is a hot topic globally, and this programme offers an advanced education in healthcare improvement leadership. Aimed at individuals employed within health care disciplines, you will benefit from the course if your role requires you to lead improvement initiatives and those who wish to adopt a rigorous, evidence informed and systematic approach to their practice.

This programme offers a high degree of flexibility and allows you to tailor your studies to meet your own personal development requirements, the needs of your professional role, and sponsoring employer. The course is inter-professional in nature, suitable for those working in both clinical and non-clinical roles. Work-based projects are central to the assessment and students are encouraged and supported to learn in and from practice.

This programme is part-time with start dates available in January, June and September. 

Key facts

Tuition fees


Home/EU: £7,275 for the full programme

Home/EU part-time: 20 credits: £810, 60 credits: £2,425, 90 credits: £3,640

Overseas: Please contact

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More information on fees can be found in the funding information section of this page.

Application deadlines

All applicants: TBC

Entry requirements

Entry is open to anyone working in a health care environment.

Admission to the programme normally requires an honours degree in a subject related to health care, with a classification of 2:2 or above.

Where this requirement is not met, alternative professional qualifications and experience may be considered. Please contact the Programme Leader to discuss.

This is a part-time programme only, but may be suitable for international students currently employed within UK healthcare institutions to meeting IELTS requirements and visa regulations.  

International students

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires IELTS 6.0 overall, with 5.5 in each skill.

For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

Study information

This part-time MSc is usually studied over 3 years. You can also choose to study for the interim award of Post Graduate Certificate or Post Graduate Diploma.

This programme is not suitable for full time study.

Modules within the Post Graduate Certificate and Post Graduate Diploma stages can be taken on a ‘stand alone’ basis as individual units of study.

Year 1 (Post Graduate Certificate stage)

Core modules

  • Healthcare Improvement Project
  • Evidencing Personal and Professional Development

Year 2 (Post Graduate Diploma stage)

Core module

  • Research and Literature Review Methods

Optional modules

  • Two options (to be chosen from those suitable and available)

Year 3 (Master’s Degree Stage)

Core module

  • Dissertation


For further information / An informal discussion of your study needs please contact:

Tracey Heath, Programme Lead


Telephone: 01482 464519

* All modules are subject to availability.

Funding information

Future prospects

The MSc in Healthcare Improvement Leadership is aimed at those already employed in a health-care related organisation. The programme will give you the knowledge and skills to go on to specialise and lead in the implementation of healthcare improvements. The programme also prepares you to progress on to further study, and the University offers a range of research degrees in Health, Nursing and Midwifery.