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MSc Healthcare Leadership and Management

Please note: The below is for 2025 entries. Click here for 2024 entries.
UCAS code 1234
Duration Full time (1 year)
Part time (2 years)
Part time (3 years)
Entry year 2024
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


  • This course aims to challenge your thinking and help you to become the best health care leader that you can be, refining your communication skills, developing your ability to analyse and evaluate and helping you become a compassionate, inclusive and effective leader of the future.
  • Unique selection of Future Health modules with a focus on the leadership and innovation skills required to develop digitally-integrated, sustainable and equitable care systems
  • Develop the knowledge and skills to be a compassionate, inclusive and effective leader in UK and global health care systems. We’ll challenge you to consider offering solutions alone and in collaboration with other, supporting your development as a leader.
  • You will be taught by experienced lecturer-practitioners to help you to translate research-based evidence into healthcare leadership practice
  • Benefit from our flexible study options – study full or part time, with a variety of optional modules to complement your career needs.

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Programme Director: Sarah Bradley

Web: Enquire online

Phone: +44 (0)1392 72 72 72

Top 10 in the UK for our world-leading and internationally excellent Clinical Medicine research

Based on 4* + 3* research in REF 2021

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

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

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

Entry requirements

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

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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Entry requirements for international students

English language requirements

International students need to show they have the required level of English language to study this course. The required test scores for this course fall under Profile B2. Please visit our English language requirements page to view the required test scores and equivalencies from your country.

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.

This course aims to challenge your thinking and help you to become the best health care leader that you can be. We will support your development as a leader through engagement with both core and advanced concepts in leadership and change focusing on the delivery of healthcare at team and system level.

Compulsory modules include modules around leadership, management and leading change in healthcare.

On our MSc programme you’ll also choose from a range of optional modules covering systems and strategies of healthcare leadership, the application of data in healthcare, and challenges that you may find yourself facing in delivering medical care in extreme environments.

Programme structure

This MSc course can be studied on a full time basis over one year or over two or three years (part time), which may suit applicants who are already working full time. The programme is divided into units of study called ‘modules’ which are assigned a number of ‘credits’. To gain a Masters qualification, you will need to complete 180 credits at level seven. 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.

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 for Healthcare Leardership and Management 2024-25

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.


2024/25 entry

UK fees per year:

Fees are subject to an annual increment each academic year.

  • MSc:  £12,700 full-time 1 year, £6,350pa part-time (2 years), £4,250pa part-time (3 years)
  • PgDip: £4,250 pa (2 years)
  • PG Cert: £4,250pa (1 year)
  • Fees per 15-credit module: £1,200

International fees per year:

  • MSc £29,700 full-time 1 year, £14,850pa part-time (2 years)
  • PgDip: £9,900pa  (2 years)
  • PG Cert: £9,900pa (1 year)
  • Fees per 15-credit module: £2,700

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. This includes over £5 million in scholarships for international students, such as our Global Excellence Scholarships*.

For more information on scholarships, please visit our scholarships and bursaries 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 £12,167 are now available for Masters degrees. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply


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.

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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.


This programme 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).

Throughout this programme, we will 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.


Masters students conduct an Independent Research project into an area of their own choosing that is relevant to their professional practice.


The programme adopts a blended learning approach, combining campus-based teaching with high quality online resources for guided independent study. Students on the programme are practising health care professionals, managers or leaders. The course enables students to apply leadership and management theory to the real world challenges they face in the course of their work in health/social care and related industries.

The course does not include internships or placements in health care settings.


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 is based at the St Luke’s campus in Exeter, just a 15 minute walk from the city centre and just over a mile away from the Streatham Campus. The campus is close to the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital and RILD building, which is home to the NHS funded Exeter Health Library. Students have studied at St Luke’s campus for over 150 years and the campus enjoys a vibrant atmosphere set around the lawns of the quadrangle.

Facilities at St Luke’s campus include:

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Who is this course for? 

The course is for both aspiring and established health care leaders. You should be a qualified health professional, or have prior experience of management in health care or related industries. Previous students have included: doctors (from specialty trainees to consultants early in their leadership journey), dentists, nurses and midwives, allied health professionals, managers, and commissioners.  

Employer-valued skills this course develops

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 refine your written and verbal communication skills through the examination of theory and its use in practice. You will learn how to analyse, synthesise, evaluate and reflect on the translation of research-based evidence into healthcare practice

Career paths (graduate destinations)

Many of our students are already in employment in health care and related sectors. Graduates of the Healthcare leadership and management programmes progress in their existing clinical and managerial careers, equipped with the knowledge, skills and behaviours required to lead and manage in demanding roles both within and across organisations. 

Careers support

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.

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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