Plymouth University Peninsula School of Medicine

PgCert Healthcare Management, Leadership and Innovation

This programme responds to the need for skills enhancement in the areas of management, leadership and innovation. This need is being increasingly expressed 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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This programme is part of the largest range of healthcare study options in the South West.

Key features

  • This is an inter-professional and highly flexible programme which you can study at your own pace, taking breaks between modules according to the demands of your professional and personal life.
  • APEL is an option for this programme. For example, if you have completed the Professional and Generic Skills for Doctors in Training Programme you may use this in place of the Foundation module.
  • The programme is available for you if you are an Intercalating Medical student and have successfully completed your fourth year, or have already completed an undergraduate programme.
  • CPD opportunities are a feature of this programme. Single modules or days may be attended independently. Please email to find out more.

Course details

  • Year 1
  • Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits)

    For the new professional leader, we offer a Foundation Module exploring basic management, leadership and innovation techniques. We will equip you with a good understanding of the health and care landscape, including how commissioners and providers perform and interact, and which skills are required to help them. A further module will focus on organisation development, and will help you to understand the organisational structures, values, cultures and political environments in which strategy and decisions are managed.

    Core modules
    • HML711 Foundation in Healthcare Management, Leadership & Innovation

      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.

    • HML712 Organisation Development and Culture

      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.

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

Normally 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. 

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of competence in English Language.

Fees, costs and funding

New Student 2017 2018
Home/EU Check with School To be confirmed
International Check with School To be confirmed
Part time (Home/EU) £2,640 To be confirmed
Part time (International) £5,370 To be confirmed
Full time fees shown are per annum. Part time fees shown are per 60 credits. Fees are correct at the time of publication and may be subject to change.

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 (certificates or transcripts) to show that you meet, or expect to meet the entry requirements
  • Evidence of English language ability, if English is not your first language
  • Two references
  • Two passport photographs
  • Curriculum Vitae or résumé, if required
  • 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 Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of 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.

Apply for this course

Apply for postgraduate study using our online postgraduate application form.

Alternatively you can download a copy of the application form to be submitted by hand, by post or via email with accompanying attachments.

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 Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry Admissions team.

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

Plymouth University

Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry
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 Plymouth University, please visit our Disability Services website.

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