Bournemouth University

Leading and Developing Services

This course provides managers and experienced health and social care professionals with the opportunity to develop and extend their knowledge of management theory and enhance their management practice. It will prepare you to take on first line, middle and senior management positions and supports organisation leadership and management strategies.

This course is part-time and delivered mostly in monthly two-day blocks as this suits busy leaders and managers.

For 2018 entry: In order to take advantage of new approaches to learning and teaching, as well as developments in industry to benefit our students we regularly review all of our courses. This course is currently going through this process and we will give you full information about what we will be offering once the review process has concluded.

Entry requirements

Applicants will normally hold a social work qualification recognised by the Health and Care Professions Council or a qualification in an allied profession. Applicants should be a registered social work or healthcare professional, and normally hold a first degree. You must hold at least a Diploma level qualification or equivalent. If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS 6.0 (Academic) or above.

Course modules

This course is part-time and delivered in monthly two-day blocks as this suits busy leaders and managers. 

Postgraduate Certificate Leading and Developing Services

Choose three 20-credit units from the options below. 

Postgraduate Diploma in Leading and Developing Services

Choose six 20-credit units from the following options including the core unit ‘Strategic Leadership’:

  • Evidencing Professional Learning (EPL) 1, 2 & 3: Learn to evaluate yourself as a lifelong learner and to apply learning outcomes in the complex and unpredictable professional context. You can take this unit up to three times on the course. All parts can be taken as work-based CPD units and combine what you’ve previously learnt before taking our Master’s level programme. (Up to 60 credits from a social work undergraduate specialist programme may be used in a Recognition of Experiential Learning (RPEL) process against the EPL 1, 2 and 3 units.)
  • Strategic Leadership (core unit): This unit aims to provide an opportunity for you to develop an understanding of the way in which health and social care is organised, lead and managed. Strategy is considered in respect of how it might be formulated and implemented locally but also to evaluate both national and local strategy. Being strategic within the organisation and in collaboration/integration with others is a key principle here.
  • Leading and Enabling Others: This unit will provide you with the opportunity to critically consider your role in leading and enabling others to develop and enhance their practice (either formally or informally), particularly in the context of change management and service improvement. You will also critically reflect on how you can develop and maintain an effective learning culture within your team.
  • Critical Thinking in Advanced Practice: Develop your expertise in critical thinking by using evidence from research and practice experience to inform complex judgements and decisions when working at an advanced level of professional practice.
  • Self-leadership: This unit will enable you to increase your self-leadership capability and capacity to better manage self and others under the multiple pressures of the work environment. The development focus is upon the quality of the leaders thinking, creativity, and deeper self-awareness in the moment and ultimately developing advanced level professional leadership impact. Personal resilience and better relating within complex and critical situations is a fundamental goal of this leadership unit.

MA in Leading & Developing Services

Once you've completed the above stages you study the following units (however they may be undertaken earlier if required)::

  • Preparing for your Service Improvement Project (PSIP):In this unit you will learn about an appropriate, systematic and justified service improvement methodology, undertake a short literature review, and design an original, intellectually challenging and in-depth SIP action plan for your professional context.
  • Service Improvement Project (SIP): You'll show your autonomous and independent ability in a complex professional context to expand or redefine existing knowledge or develop new approaches to service improvement, and then evaluate your SIP's impact. Throughout the unit you'll be supported by a university tutor via phone calls, emails and face-to-face meetings. Your tutor will direct you towards helpful resources. This may include electronic resources, workshops, seminars and master classes.

On this course you will usually be taught by a range of staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This will include senior academic staff and qualified professional practitioners. 


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Part-time September 2019 - 3 Years
PgCert Part-time September 2019 -
PgDip Part-time September 2019 -

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Lansdowne Campus Bournemouth BH1 3JJ South West

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