PgCert Healthcare Leadership and Management 2017/18 entry

Duration 1 year
  • Healthcare and Medicine
LocationExeter (St Luke‘s)
Start date September


The challenges of maintaining a safe, accessible and sustainable health service require its future leaders to be inclusive, collaborative and possess critical skills in improvement and systems leadership.

Our Healthcare Leadership and Management programme has been specifically created to offer the time, space, and support you need to become a compassionate, inclusive and effective leader of the future.

It is suitable for all aspiring or established leaders in any health-related discipline which includes nurses, allied healthcare professionals, commissioners, managers and doctors of any speciality including training grades, GPs and consultants early in their leadership journey.

Throughout this programme we aim to:

• Provide you with a safe ‘practitioner researcher’ led environment of learning for you to share your ideas, perspectives and current experiences in response to realistic scenarios.
• Challenge you to consider offering solutions alone and in collaboration.
• Support your development as a leader through engagement with both core and advanced concepts in leadership and change focussing on the delivery of healthcare at team and system level.
• Enable you to analyse, synthesise, evaluate and reflect on the translation of research-based evidence into healthcare practice.
• Provide opportunities for you to refine written and verbal communication skills through the examination of theory and its use in practice.

Programme structure 2017/18

You will learn in a supportive collective environment in which professionals of all disciplines work together to enhance their leadership and management skills. The core principles of the programme are aligned to the national framework for action on improvement and leadership development in NHS-funded services, Developing People – Improving Care.

The programme consists of four compulsory modules (each 15 Masters level credits). A blended approach to learning of taught sessions, bespoke tutorials, and practical exercises is supported by on-line resources accessed via the University of Exeter’s electronic learning environment (ELE).

Carefully selected tutors and guest lecturers will join you throughout the programme offering up-to-the minute insight, shared reflections and on-going practical support, both in person and on-line.

Modules and delivery

The PG Certificate in Healthcare Leadership and Management is offered as a part-time programme of study at National Qualification Framework (NQF) level 7 and should be completed within one year.

The credit rating of a module is proportional to the total workload, with 15 credits being nominally equivalent to 150 hours of work.

You will be awarded your PgCert on completion of:

Module Description Credits
Implementation Science Using evidence to inform change in health and social care requires knowledge about both effectiveness and implementation. In this module, Exeter researchers at the forefront of Implementation Science will prepare you to critically appraise the evidence and theory that will enable you to develop an implementation strategy in practice.   15
Leading Change in health services Leadership is crucial for bringing together practitioners, managers, and service users in efforts to improve health care. In this module, Exeter clinicians and academics will prepare you to critically bring together Quality Improvement, routine data, communication techniques, and reflective practice to develop your own leadership strategy.  15
Leadership in Healthcare Drawing from your own experiences, you will evaluate and critically appraise the evidence base exploring the fundamental principles of leadership and followership in order to better understand how you may most effectively lead. You will then examine how to create influence in healthcare, and through understanding decision making theory, critically appraise the conditions needed to make a collaborative decision.  15
Management in Healthcare  Starting from first principles, this module will lead you through some of the language, tactics, techniques and procedures you will need to operate confidently in a complex healthcare setting. Although, largely based on experience drawn from the NHS, the principles will be transferable to private healthcare and other related sectors.   15

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

Learning and teaching

Teaching and learning methods

It is taught using a blended approach to learning of lectures, classroom discussion, bespoke tutorials, and practical exercises supported by on-line resources accessed via the University of Exeter’s electronic learning environment (ELE).


Each module will include both formative and summative elements. Formative assessment will involve opportunities for discussion and feedback from peers and tutors. The summative assessment element for each module will provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate achievement of the intended learning outcomes. Elements of assessment will include:

  • Development of Knowledge and Understanding
  • Cognitive and Intellectual skills
  • Key/Transferable Skills 


This programme will enhance your opportunity to take on more demanding roles or management roles within healthcare.

All University of Exeter students have access to Career Zone, which gives access to a wealth of business contacts, support and training as well as the opportunity to meet potential employers at our regular Careers Fairs.

Entry requirements 2017/18

Entry requirements 2017

Normally a minimum 2.1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline. Relevant clinical or professional experience may be taken into consideration as evidence of equivalency.

Requirements for international students

If you are an international student, please visit our international equivalency pages to enable you to see if your existing academic qualifications meet our entry requirements.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

Overall score 6.5. No less than 6.0 in any section.


Overall score 90 with minimum scores of 21 for writing, 21 for listening, 22 for reading and 23 for speaking.

Pearson Test of English (Academic)

58 with no less than 55 in all communicative skills.

Other accepted tests

Information about other acceptable tests of linguistic ability can be found on our English language requirements page.

Pre-sessional English

Applicants with lower English language test scores may be able to take pre-sessional English at INTO University of Exeter prior to commencing their programme. See our English language requirements page for more information.

Fees and funding 2017/18

Tuition fees per year 2017/18

For 2017/18, fees will be charged pro rata per 15-credit module for UK/EU students. Fees are subject to an annual increment each academic year.

UK/EU: £4000 for full PG Cert programme.
International: £6700 for full PG Cert programme

Fee information

Fees can normally be paid by two termly instalments and may be paid online. You will also be required to pay a tuition fee deposit to secure your offer of a place, unless you qualify for exemption. For further information about paying fees see our Student Fees pages.

UK government postgraduate loan scheme

Postgraduate loans of up to £10,000 are now available for Masters degrees. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.


There are various funding opportunities available including the Medical School's Global excellence scholarships. For more information visit our Masters funding page.

Please visit the scholarships pages for details of awards available for this programme.

Global Excellence Scholarship

We are delighted to offer Global Excellence Scholarships for students of outstanding academic quality applying to postgraduate Taught programmes starting in autumn 2018.

Contact us

Phone: +44 (0)1392 725500