MSc Leadership for the Health Professions (Distance Learning)

  1. Course Variations
    Nomenclature Duration Mode Of Attendance
    MSc - Distance Learning (UK) 3Yr PT
    MSc - Distance Learning (Int) 3Yr PT
    PGDip - Distance Learning (UK) 2Yr PT
    PGDip - Distance Learning (Int) 2Yr PT
    PGCert - Distance Learning (UK) 1Yr PT
    PGCert - Distance Learning (Int) 1Yr PT
  2. Typical offer:
    UK 2:2

Course Overview


This part time course will suit you if you are a teacher, researcher, doctor, nurse or other health professional at any stage of your career (including trainees) and you have a leadership or management role or aspire to one.

Key Features

This is a modular, flexible interprofessional programme which has been designed specifically for busy professionals as an online, distance learning programme in order to enable students across the world to develop their leadership and management skills and understanding. There are two entry points each year in September and January. The course is delivered primarily using the BlackBoard online learning platform and you will need access to good wifi or broadband in order to fully engage with the multimedia course materials.


For more information, please contact Professor Judy McKimm, Programme Director,


The programme provides theoretical and practical leadership development, focussing on developing understanding of leadership and management at three levels: the intrapersonal (understanding yourself and developing yourself as a leader), the interpersonal (working with and leading others, groups and teams) and the organisational/system level (looking at complexity and change). Our approach to leadership development aims to provide you with a broad-based theoretical and conceptual framework which you can use to apply to your own, others and organisational leadership and management practical situations. We take a unique, case study approach where we consider all aspects of health professionals’ activities from a leadership and management perspective. You can register for the full masters’ course, for the PGDip or PGCert levels or for individual modules as an Associate student.

The course offers the following modules:

Cert Level

• PML700 Leadership in Practice (15 Credits)

PML701 Understanding organisations, systems and services (15 Credits)

• PML702 Developing yourself as a leader and managing performance (30 Credits)

Dip Level

• PML703 The learning organisations, teams and groups (15 Credits)

• PML704 Developing leadership, innovation and change (30 Credits)

• PM707 Professional development in practice (15 Credits)

Masters Level

• PML705 Dissertation (report on a primary piece of research or critical literature review) or work-based reflective Portfolio module (60 Credits)

Entry Requirements

Admission to this course is normally on the basis of UK Honours Degree Grade 2:2 or above or an equivalent qualification for overseas applicants.

Applicants who are not first-language English speakers must provide one of the following qualifications:

  • IELTS Academic: 6.5 (minimum of 6.0 in each part)
  • TOEFL IBT: 93 (20 in each part)
  • Pearson PTE Academic: 62 (51 in communicative skill)
  • Cambridge CPE: Grade C
  • Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia: Grade 6 or above

How To Apply

 Application is via the University on-line system.

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2017/18 are as follows:

UK/EU International
MSc - Distance Learning (UK) Part-time £2,100
MSc - Distance Learning (Int) Part-time £4,000
PGDip - Distance Learning (UK) Part-time £2,100
PGDip - Distance Learning (Int) Part-time £4,000
PGCert - Distance Learning (UK) Part-time £2,100
PGCert - Distance Learning (Int) Part-time £4,000

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3%.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

International students and part-time study: If you require a Tier 4 student visa you must be studying full-time. If you are in the UK under a different visa category, it may be possible for you to study part-time. Please see our part-time study and visas page for more information.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

Cost of books is not included