University of Birmingham

University of Birmingham

Leadership for Health Services Improvement

This programme responds to the contemporary political agenda by developing leadership skills within the context of improving health services; it explores the theory, principles and practice of leadership and organisational development in health-related organisations with exploration of key issues relating to clinical quality and performance, service improvement, and user choice and involvement; it includes a focus on personal development and action learning.

Entry requirements

A good Honours degree (minimum 2:1) or an equivalent professional qualification; English language requirements may apply for international students; in addition to the normal requirements, applicants must be in employment in a health care-related organisation at the time of programme commencement.

Course modules

The programme consists of taught modules and a dissertation; there are 5 compulsory modules: Managing quality and service improvement in health care; introduction to organisational development in health and social care; public and user involvement in health care; leadership in context; applied leadership learning.

Assessment methods

The MSc dissertation is 10,000 words and worth 60 credits. It is a personally chosen and managed research project, undertaken over the duration of the programme with formal research training incorporated. To be eligible for postgraduate certification, candidates are normally expected to achieve passes on all required modules, although overall performance is taken into account where this is not achieved. A dissertation of pass standard is required for the award of the MSc. The pass mark is 50% and candidates gaining an overall average of between 60-69% and, where appropriate, a dissertation in this range, are awarded a 'pass with merit'. Those achieving an average score of 70% or more, and a dissertation mark in this range, where appropriate, are awarded a 'pass with distinction'.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Part-time £ 5,535 per Whole course (home fees) 2 years
PgDip Part-time £ 4,710 per Whole course (home fees) 2 years
PgCert Part-time £ 4,710 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Edgbaston Campus Birmingham B15 2TU West Midlands

Key information

Postgraduate Enquiry Service
Telephone number: 
0121 414 5005