Peninsula Medical School

MSc Healthcare Management, Leadership and Innovation

Enhance your skills in the areas of management, leadership and innovation – required by a wide range of healthcare professionals and health service managers. The course is designed to be a highly flexible entry into management within the health and care service, whether your interests lie in leadership, quality improvement, innovation methodology, organisation development, patient safety, or education.

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Delivered by professional experts, our programmes are tailored to you and your career. Together, we address today's most challenging healthcare issues, through research-informed teaching and active, real-world learning.


Applications for 2022 entry

The programme is now accepting applications for 2022 delivery. The closing date for international applications is 31 May 2022. The closing date for home applications is 30 June 2022. Please contact for further information.

Key features
  • Choose to study part-time (usually over three years) – if you wish to study at your own pace, then this inter-professional and highly flexible programme is for you as you can choose to take breaks between modules according to the demands of your busy personal and professional life.
  • Benefit from flexible learning. There are a number of continuing professional development (CPD) opportunities relating to this programme where a single module or specific days within a module may be taken independently. Please email to find out more.
  • Improve your leadership and management skills – develop your knowledge and abilities as a leader, manager and innovative thinker, appropriate if you are a doctor, dentist, manager or a healthcare professional working in a care environment.
  • A blended learning approach with face-to-face sessions, access to interactive materials, electronic learning environment and tutorial support.
  • Equip yourself with the skills to plan and conduct a full masters dissertation.
  • Choose whether to substitute the research-based dissertation project with a professional or quality improvement project that is directly relevant to the service area in which you work.
  • APEL (Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning) is available as an option. For example, if you have completed the Plymouth/Bristol Professional and Generic Skills programme, you may use this in place of the Foundation module.
Course details
  • Year 1

  • You study aspects of management, leadership and innovation in healthcare, relevant to professionals seeking to lead services and organisations into the future and explore the management and leadership theories pertinent to health and care practice.

    Core modules

    • Foundation in Healthcare Management, Leadership & Innovation (HML711)

      A critical exploration of the management and leadership theories pertinent to health and care practice and how these might be effectively applied to health and care services to enhance patient and client care. This module will incorporate analysis of the systems and organisational culture that underpin successful change management and innovation.

    • Organisation Development and Culture (HML712)

      This module complements the Foundation and Advanced Management and Leadership modules, and comprises an in-depth study of organisations into the 21st century with a focus on health and care. Critical study of the structure, values and cultures of organisations will be incorporated along with theory from established and contemporary OD literature. This module can stand-alone and is suitable for CPD purposes.

  • Year 2

  • Gain practical experience of multidisciplinary team working through problem identification and problem solving to encourage innovation and creativity in project design, development and knowledge transfer.

    Core modules

    • Advanced Healthcare Management, Leadership and Innovation (HML721)

      An in-depth study of aspects of management, leadership and innovation in healthcare, relevant to professionals seeking to lead services and organisations into the future. This will build on the themes from the Foundation Module and develop them in the context of the current political, economic, regulatory and technological environment.

    • Project Design, Development and Knowledge Transfer (PDD721)

      This module will provide students with the knowledge and skills associated with the project design, development and knowledge transfer process. Students will gain practical experience of multi-disciplinary team working through problem identification and problem solving to encourage innovation and creativity in project design, development and knowledge transfer.

  • Final year

  • During this stage of the programme, we offer you the choice of a traditional research-based dissertation or the option to undertake a work-related professional project or quality improvement project built on improvement science principles. This is a truly interactive and flexible masters programme developed for the busy health and care professional, designed to fit in with your professional and personal life.

    Core modules

    • Dissertation (DIS731)

      This module is the dissertation associated with the Masters programme and is designed to enable students to produce a project dissertation under supervision, and to demonstrate project design, development, evaluation and synthesis skills.

Every postgraduate taught course has a detailed programme specification document describing the programme aims, the programme structure, the teaching and learning methods, the learning outcomes and the rules of assessment.

The following programme specification represents the latest programme structure and may be subject to change:

MSc Healthcare Management Leadership Innovation PT 4634

The modules shown for this course or programme are those being studied by current students, or expected new modules. Modules are subject to change depending on year of entry.
Entry requirements

A recognised first degree or equivalent will be required. 

Entrants who have acquired experience through work or other means that enables staff responsible for admissions to be confident of the candidate’s ability to succeed in the programme may also be considered, in line with QAA guidance. 

If your first language is not English you will be required to provide evidence of competence in English language:

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS): The minimum acceptable English language requirement is IELTS 6.5 or above with no less than 6.0 in each category
    (listening, reading, speaking, writing).
We welcome applicants with international qualifications. To view other accepted qualifications please refer to our tariff glossary.

Fees, costs and funding

The UK is no longer part of the European Union. EU applicants should refer to our Brexit information to understand the implications.

All fees are published per 60 credits. A full MSc represents 180 credits.

New student 2021 2022
Home £3,250 £3,300
International £5,400 £5,700

Please note that fees are reviewed on an annual basis. Fees and the conditions that apply to them shown in the prospectus are correct at the time of going to print. Fees shown on the web are the most up to date but are still subject to change in exceptional circumstances.

How to apply

Make sure you meet the entry requirements for this programme.

Before you apply

Make sure you have all your supporting documents. Documents required usually include:
  • Evidence of qualifications (degree certificates or transcripts), with translations if not in English, to show that you meet, or expect to meet the entry requirements
  • Evidence of English language proficiency, if English is not your first language
  • Personal statement of approximately 250-400 words about the reasons for your interest in this course and outlining the nature of previous and current teaching experience. You can write this into the online application form, or send it as a separate attachment.
  • Two academic/professional references, confirming your suitability for the course 
  • Two passport photographs
  • Curriculum Vitae or résumé, including details of relevant professional/voluntary experience, professional registration/s and visa status for overseas workers
  • Proof of sponsorship, if applicable

When to apply

Applications for postgraduate programmes of study can usually be made throughout the year. When applying for a taught postgraduate programme, please check for any submission deadlines with the Medicine and Dentistry Admissions team (contact details below). For full-time programmes, you may be invited for interview.

Check the closing date and apply as early as possible as our programmes are popular.

Submitting an application

Once you are happy that you have all of the information required you can apply using our online postgraduate application form (the blue 'Apply now' icon on this page).

Once you have registered and logged in, please enter the ‘course code’ which can be found above into the search bar to begin your application.

Additional guidance information can also be downloaded on how to fill in the postgraduate application form.

Admissions policy

More information and advice for applicants can be referenced in our online admissions policy for taught programmes. Prospective students are advised to read the policy before making an application to the University.

What happens after I apply?

For more information contact the Medicine and Dentistry Admissions team.

If you would like to speak to one of our course information advisors, please contact us:

University of Plymouth

Faculty of Health
The John Bull Building
Research Way
Plymouth Science Park

Tel: +44 (0)1752 437333
Fax: +44 (0)1752 517842

You will normally receive a decision on your application within four weeks of us receiving your application. You may be asked to provide additional information, to take part in an interview (which in the case of overseas students may be by telephone or video conference) or you will be sent a decision by letter or email.

The University aims to make the application procedure as simple and efficient as possible. Our Admissions and Course Information team is on hand to offer help and can put you in touch with the appropriate faculty if you wish to discuss any programme in detail. The Doctoral College is also available to answer any queries on our postgraduate research degrees.

If you have a disability and would like further information about the support provided by the University of Plymouth, please visit our Disability Services website.

Support is also available to overseas students applying to the University from our International Office.

MSc Healthcare Management, Leadership and Innovation

Gain a valuable insight into this postgraduate taught programme with Louise Hardy, Module lead and Associate Professor.

“We offer a blend of academic application critical thinking alongside practical application. The flexibility of this programme, which lends itself to classroom learning and online learning, will appeal to quite a wide audience of healthcare professionals, not just in this country but abroad.”


Alumni case study: Dr Elizabeth Reilly

Dr Reilly returned to Plymouth to study a PGCert in Healthcare Management, Leadership and Innovation after our beautiful coastline lured her back to the region.

“Studying this course has given me greater confidence to take on more managerial roles as part of my Consultant Rheumatologist post in the future. 

It will allow me to manage the team more effectively, and with greater knowledge of the wider hospital management teams and systems supporting our clinical practice. Plymouth prepared me for the challenges that I face.”