Why choose this course
Are you ready to meet the challenges of twenty-first century healthcare?
If you are a healthcare professional, this course could enhance your existing skills, knowledge and understanding so you are ready to take on leadership and management responsibilities in a healthcare organisation. We will help you develop into a visionary leader who can inspire others and provide high quality, innovative healthcare around the world.
You will learn alongside other healthcare professionals, and share knowledge and ideas from all areas of healthcare.
What you will study
This course is designed to develop your healthcare career. You will examine decision making, service redesign, implementation of change, patient safety and risk management, all in a range of healthcare settings.
While examining both contemporary policy, practice and leadership theory, we will also help you understand how all these apply to healthcare-relevant situations.
During your time with us, we will also encourage you to create a reflective portfolio so you can evaluate and reflect on your own practice.
Once you’ve graduated, you will be ready to meet the current and future needs of health service users in the UK and beyond.
This programme has an optional module and can take two to five years to complete.
Careers and graduate prospects
We offer careers information, advice and guidance to all students whilst studying with us, which is extended to our alumni for three years after leaving the University.
Healthcare constantly demands capable, accomplished professionals to take the lead in this fast-paced, challenging sector. Studying this course provides you with a masters level qualification in leadership – a valuable asset for the future growth of your career in modern medicine.
Academic year structure
This course operates on a 15-credit modular structure over two semesters. Each module is worth 15 credits and involves 150 hours of total learning time. Over the course, you’ll study eight core modules of 15 credits plus a 60 credit dissertation module.
Please note that you can only study this course on a part-time basis, with a maximum registration period of five years.
Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability, student demand and/or class size caps.
The University operates a credit framework for all taught programmes based on a 15-credit tariff. Modules can be either 15, 30, 45 or 60 credits, and additionally for some masters dissertations, 90 credits.
The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specifications which include further details such as the learning outcomes:
Course timetables are normally available one month before the start of the semester. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week (Monday–Friday). Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week, details of which can be obtained from the course administrators. View our Timetabling Policy (PDF).
A minimum of a 2:2 in a relevant UK honours degree, or a recognised equivalent international qualification. You should be currently working in a leadership or management role within a healthcare setting. You may be a registered healthcare professional or a healthcare manager.
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English language requirements
IELTS Academic: 7.0 overall with 6.5 in each element.
View the other English language qualifications that we accept.
If you do not currently meet the level required for your programme, we offer intensive pre-sessional English language courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.
Applications are screened for standard documentation and then referred to the programme lead for review.
The University of Surrey recognises that many students enter their higher education course with valuable knowledge and skills developed through a range of professional, vocational and community contexts. If this applies to you, a process called recognition of prior learning (RPL) may allow you to enter your course at a point appropriate to your previous learning and experience, or to join the start of a course without the formal entry requirements. This means that you may be exempt from certain elements of study in the course for which you have applied and be awarded credit based on your previous qualifications/experience. There are restrictions on RPL for some courses and fees may be payable for certain claims.
Please see the code of practice for recognition of prior learning and prior credit: taught programmes (PDF) for further information. Please email Admissions with any queries.
Students will pay fees on a module-by-module basis, please see our modules for further information.
- These fees apply to students commencing study in the academic year 2020-21 only. Fees for new starters are reviewed annually.
- If you are on a two-year full-time Euromasters or MFA programme, or a two-year or three-year part-time masters programme (excluding modular/self-paced/distance learning), the annual fee is payable in Year 1 and Year 2 of the programme.
There are associated costs with this programme:
- Commuting (local travel expenses): Unable to specify amount - You may need to arrange visits to other places as part of a module, however the choice of location is your own and you can arrange your visit to occur locally or via Skype so as to reduce or not to incur travel costs. Any additional costs for these visits are not included in the module fee.
You may be able to borrow money to help pay your tuition fees and support you with your living costs. Find out more about student finance.
Scholarships and bursaries
We're committed to making sure that we offer support for students who might need it.
Terms and conditions
When you accept an offer of a place at the University of Surrey, you are agreeing to comply with our policies and regulations, and our terms and conditions. These terms and conditions are provided in two stages: first when we make an offer and second when students who have accepted their offers register to study at the University. View our offer terms and conditions and our generic registration terms and conditions (PDF) as a guide as to what to expect.
Please note: our offer terms and conditions will be available in the September of the calendar year prior to the year in which you begin your studies. Our registration terms and conditions will vary to take into account specifics of your course.
This online prospectus has been prepared and published in advance of the academic year to which it applies. The University of Surrey has used its reasonable efforts to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content or additional costs) may occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for a course with us. Read more.
Campus locationKate Granger Building
The School of Health Sciences has now moved to the Kate Granger Building located on 30 Priestley Road on the Surrey Research Park. This is where our nursing, midwifery, paramedic science and operating department practice courses are taught.
Some modules on this course will be taught on Stag Hill campus.