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MSc Healthcare Leadership

Master Programme

MSc Healthcare Leadership

Part Time

MSc Healthcare Leadership

Finesse your leadership and management ability in a range of healthcare settings and learn how to inspire others and drive innovation with this Masters programme, designed for healthcare professionals in a managerial capacity.

In a fast-changing and challenging healthcare environment, it takes effective leadership to perform successfully and inspire your staff to reach their full potential. On the MSc Healthcare Leadership programme, you will acquire advanced knowledge of health organisations and the changing context in which they operate, together with the leadership, communication, motivation and guidance skills that drive your strategic decisions and improved healthcare standards.

You will develop your understanding and skillset required to establish robust and effective management principles, theories, models and concepts applicable to any health environment, from primary healthcare to private practices, hospitals and other clinical organisations.

Core modules of studies cover areas in ethics, social care, data science and information processing, with topics spanning from effective leadership and healthcare innovations to financial management, research methods, and strategic management and implementation. Further to developing skills specific to healthcare and governance, you will also gain professional skills such as teamwork, critical thinking and research that will strengthen your CV.

Towards the end of the programme, you will undertake a project of your choice to evaluate the impact of a particular aspect of organisational change, and how that contributes to improvements within healthcare services.

This programme is also available as a postgraduate certificate (PGCert) and a postgraduate diploma (PGDip), depending on your study options.


Other online master's programmes are also available: 

Programme Excellence

  • Assessment is exclusively through assignments rather than examinations
  • Designed to be studied wholly online and part-time for enhanced flexibility for working professionals
  • Develop both subject-specific skills as well as professional skills that allows students to improve career prospects and apply for more senior roles


Course Structure

  • Understanding Leadership (15 credits)
  • Leading Strategic Management and Implementation of Healthcare Services (15 credits)
  • Leading Complex Change in Healthcare Settings (15 credits)
  • Leading People and Teams in Healthcare Organisations (15 credits)
  • Leading Innovation in Healthcare (15 credits)
  • Quality Management and Safety in Driving Safe Healthcare (15 credits)
  • Healthcare Finance (15 credits)
  • Research Methods (15 credits)
  • Work Based Project OR Dissertation (60 credits)


Duration: 30 months^

Programme Start: 16 May 2024

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^The actual duration may be longer or shorter depending on your speed of study, study options chosen and module availability.

Learning and Assessments

Teaching methods

You will take part in innovative online teaching methods and a range of interesting and thought-provoking exercises.. Core information is developed by subject-leading experts in the field and closely aligned with both industry and academic best practice, underpinned by rigorous theoretical and practical topics, examples and cases. During the study journey, students will learn through interactive individual activities, case studies, group tasks and discussion boards; these will be primarily asynchronous, but opportunities for synchronous interaction will be provided. Student groups are kept in small groups, with no more than 20 in each cohort.

Assessment methods

Assessment is by coursework only – no examinations required. Instead, a diverse range of assessments are used throughout the programme designed to mirror circumstances that students may experience within a professional context. This ensures a range of opportunities are given to students in showing evidence of their learning, understanding that people may perform better in certain assessments than others.


Entry Requirement

Entry Requirements

  • A minimum of a 2:1 class degree in a relevant subject area, equivalent to a UK bachelor’s degree, coupled with two years' relevant professional experience in a healthcare related setting; or
  • Professional work experience in other settings and/or other prior qualifications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.


All applicants from outside the UK must provide evidence that they have an English language ability equivalent to an IELTS (academic) score of 6.5.


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Fees and Funding

Full tuition fee: £16,065*

This fee^ is fully inclusive of all costs, including all teaching materials, core textbooks, assessments and resits.  


Full payment discount
If you choose to pay the full tuition fee upfront, you will receive an extra 5% discount.
A simple monthly payment plan is also provided to spread the cost over the study duration.


Regional Scholarship
A Regional Scholarship of 5% is available for students based in Hong Kong for the 2023/24 academic year.


10% discount for Kaplan HK Alumni

If you have completed a course in Kaplan Hong Kong campus, you are eligible to enjoy a 10% discount.


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*All tuition fees shown are net of any applicable sales tax payable by you in your country of residence. Where we are required to add sales tax at the local statutory rate, this will be added to the tuition fees shown and confirmed during the payment process. Programme fees are reviewed annually. We reserve the right to increase programme fees in line with the RPI-X index.


As one of Europe’s leading provider of advanced programmes and part of its global vision to offer world-class higher education online, the University of Liverpool is the premium choice that brings to the forefront a wealth of flexible career-focused postgraduate programmes tailored for working professionals around the globe.

Solid and sustainable partnership
Offering online programmes since 2000, the University of Liverpool has forged a robust partnership with Kaplan Open Learning, an experienced provider in online higher education learning with a track record of success, to host postgraduate degree programmes. With this venture, the University and Kaplan are dedicated to offering the highest quality programmes and maintaining quality assurance through which students worldwide will benefit from the flexibility of online delivery.

A member of the Russell Group
Founded in 1881, the University of Liverpool is a member of the elite Russell Group of research-led universities in the UK and has been ranked in the top 200 universities worldwide. The broad range of online programmes on offer spans across professional disciplines from Management, Business, Computing, Psychology and Health, all with an international edge.

All-embracing support
Teaching is delivered through a state-of-the-art learning platform, allowing students full access to all resources, interactive study materials and a comprehensive eLibrary 24/7, from anywhere in the world. Students will also benefit from holistic academic support throughout the entire course from student advisers and subject tutors.

The original redbrick
All online degrees are awarded by the University of Liverpool with the same validity and credibility as an equivalent degree awarded to campus-students. Upon completion, online students will be invited to receive their degrees in a graduation ceremony at the University of Liverpool campus in the North West of England, and will join a global network of more than 219,000 alumni.