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MSc Healthcare Leadership and Management - 2023 entry

Please note: The below is for 2023 entries. Click here for 2022 entries.
UCAS code 1234
Duration Full time (1 year)
Part time (2 years)
Part time (3 years)
Entry year 2022
Campus St Luke's Campus
Discipline Healthcare and Medicine

Programme Director: Sarah Bradley
Web: Enquire online 
0300 555 6060 (UK)  
+44 (0)1392 725500 (non-UK)

Typical offer

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2:2 Honours degree (or equivalent) 

Contextual offers


  • We’ll provide you with the time, space, and support you need to become a compassionate, inclusive and effective leader of the future
  • You will join a safe ‘practitioner researcher’ led environment of learning where you can share your ideas, perspectives and current experiences in response to realistic scenarios
  • We’ll challenge you to consider offering solutions alone and in collaboration with other, supporting your development as a leader
  • You will learn how to analyse, synthesise, evaluate and reflect on the translation of research-based evidence into healthcare practice
  • You will refine your written and verbal communication skills through the examination of theory and its use in practice

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Accreditation of prior learning (APL)

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Programme Director: Sarah Bradley

Web: Enquire online

Phone: +44 (0)1392 72 72 72

We are Top 10 in the UK for our world-leading and internationally excellent research in clinical medicine

Based on 4* + 3* research in REF 2021

Major capital investment in new buildings and state-of-the-art facilities

Our Public Health research is 11th in UK for Research Power

Submitted to UoA2 Public Health, Health Services and Primary Care REF 2021

Entry requirements

Normally a minimum 2.2 Honours degree (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline. Relevant clinical or professional experience may be taken into consideration as evidence of equivalency.  A personal statement, detailing your reasons for seeking to undertake this subject, will be required. 

Entry requirements for international students

English language requirements

• IELTS: Overall score 6.5. No less than 6.0 in any section.
• TOEFL: Overall score 90 with minimum scores of 21 for writing, 21 for listening, 22 for reading and 23 for speaking.

Please visit our entry requirements section for equivalencies from your country and further information on English language requirements.

Please visit our international equivalency pages to enable you to see if your existing academic qualifications meet our entry requirements.

International students are normally subject to visa regulations which prevent part-time study. It is recommended that international students apply for the level of the final award you intend to complete i.e. PGCert, PGDip or Masters, due to the associated cost and requirements for a Tier 4 student Visa.

Accreditation of prior learning for Masters courses in Healthcare and Medicine

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL) is a process whereby students, who have already gained relevant skills and knowledge prior to the start of their course, may be granted a partial credit exemption from their programme instead of unnecessarily repeating work. Find out more about APL

Entry requirements for international students

Please visit our entry requirements section for equivalencies from your country and further information on English language requirements.

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Course content

Our Healthcare Leadership and Management programme 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

The programme is also divided into units of study called ‘modules’ which are assigned a number of ‘credits’. The credit rating of a module is proportional to the total workload, with one credit being nominally equivalent to 10 hours of work, a 15 credit module being equivalent to 150 hours of work and a full Masters degree being equivalent to approximately 1,800 hours of work.  Therefore, for applicants who are working full time (or close to full-time), we recommend applying to complete the Masters degree over 2 or 3 years rather than 1 year.

To gain a Masters qualification, you will need to complete 180 credits at level 7.

It is also possible to exit with a PGCert after completing 60 credits of taught modules. The list of modules below shows which are compulsory.

The PgCert must be completed within one year. Intercalators are able to complete the MSc in one year.

Contact days

View the draft timetable of contact days for 2022/23

View the draft timetable of contact days for 2021/22

Please note: this timetable is draft and subject to change

The last contact day and assessment deadline for the programme will be earlier than the actual end date of your registration with the University, to allow a period of time at the end of your active studies for further support and mitigation, if needed


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.


2022/23 entry

UK fees per year:

Fees are subject to an annual increment each academic year.

  • MSc:  £10,500 full-time 1 year, £5,250pa part-time (2 years), £3,500pa part-time (3 years)
  • PgDip: £3,500 pa (2 years)
  • PG Cert: £3,500pa (1 year)
  • Fees per 15-credit module MSc: £950
  • Fees per 15-credit module PGCert: £950

International fees per year:

  • MSc £23,000 full-time 1 year, £11,500pa part-time (2 years)
  • PgDip: £7,700pa  (2 years)
  • PG Cert: £7,700pa (1 year)
  • Fees per 15-credit module MSc: £2,100
  • Fees per 15-credit module PGCert: £2,100

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.


We invest heavily in scholarships for talented prospective Masters students and have over £2.5 million in scholarships available, including our Global Excellence Scholarships* and Green Futures Scholarships* for international fee paying students.

For information on how you can fund your postgraduate degree at the University of Exeter, please visit our dedicated funding page.

*Selected programmes only. Please see the Terms and Conditions for each scheme for further details.

Funding and scholarships

UK government postgraduate loan scheme

Postgraduate loans of up to £10,609 are now available for Masters degrees. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply


There are various funding opportunities available including Global excellence scholarships.

For more information visit our  Masters funding page


The University of Exeter is offering scholarships to the value of over £4 million for students starting with us in September 2021. Details of scholarships, including our Global Excellence scholarships for international fee paying students, can be found on our dedicated funding page.

Pro Vice Chancellor's NHS Postgraduate Scholarship

The University of Exeter Medical School is delighted to offer the Pro Vice Chancellor's NHS Postgraduate Scholarship of £5000 to two NHS staff who accept a place to study on one of our Masters programmes. Please check your eligibility before applying.

University of Exeter Class of 2022 Progression Scholarship

We are pleased to offer graduating University of Exeter students completing their degree in Summer 2022 and progressing direct to a standalone taught Masters degree (eg MA; MSc; MRes; MFA) or research degree (eg MPhil/PhD) with us a scholarship towards the cost of their tuition fees. These awards are worth 10% of the first year tuition fee for students enrolling on a postgraduate taught or research programme of study in 2022/23, with the exception of the PGCE programme. Find out more

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Teaching and research

Our purpose is to deliver transformative education that will help tackle health challenges of national and global importance.

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.

Studying a PgCert in Healthcare Leadership and Management has broadened my horizons and career prospects. I've been impressed by the quality of teaching, the support I've received and have enjoyed the course content, which is enriched by field experts as guest speakers.

 I've had a truly engaging experience and have equally learned a great deal from my fellow cohort members. I'd recommend the course to anybody looking to enhance their leadership and management skills. 

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Laura Winzer

PgCert in Healthcare Leadership and Management

I undertook the PG Cert part-time, alongside my clinical work. It was very well organised and easy to plan around work. The modules were inspiring and changed my practice. 

In fact, I enjoyed it so much that I then undertook the Diploma. The knowledge definitely made me a better and stronger candidate for consultant applications. I wholeheartedly recommend this programme to those considering it. 

Read more from Clare Attwood

Clare Attwood

Consultant Anaesthetist