Postgraduate Course

Course details

Study options

Full-time: 1 year, Part-time: Up to 6 years

UK fee

£9,450 for the full course* (2024/25)

International fee

£14,900 for the full course (2024/25)

Course level




Start dates

September, January


Kedleston Road, Derby Campus

The MSc Leadership in Health and Social Care is suitable for a wide range of professionals and those involved in influencing the provision and delivery of a changing and expanding health and social care agenda. Increasingly, practitioners and managers are being called upon to lead change within their organisation on both clinical and strategic fronts. Study can be completed as a full-time route or in a part-time modular approach which is ideal for busy professionals.

This programme will:

As a programme team we are aware that the health and social care workforce is required to have a wide range of specific and transferable skills and this programme offers you the diversity and flexibility that will help you develop these skills.

Multi-Faith Centre, Kedleston Road

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What you will study

The first 60 credits can be combined into one of the prescribed PG Certificates or as standalone modules.

  • Optional Module (20 Credits)
  • Optional Module (20 Credits)
  • Optional Module (20 Credits)
  • 7NU508/7OT513/7NU547/7NU575 Research Module* (core 20 credits)
  • 7NU563/7NU540 Leadership Module** (core 20 credits)
  • Optional Module (20 credits)
  • 7NU997 Independent Scholarship (core 60 credits)

* Core modules include: Research Methodologies: Application to Advanced Practice (7NU508 on-campus); Research Methods (7OT513 distance Learning), Research Methods in Integrative Health (7NU547 online) or Critical Appraisal and Research Skills (7NU575 on-campus). Only one should be completed.

** Core modules include: Leading for Quality (7NU564 on-campus) or Leadership in Health & Social Care (7NU540 online). Only one should be completed.

Please contact the programme leader for more information about optional modules.

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

How you will learn

Within the programme there is a strong interprofessional ethos to teaching and learning. Activities that facilitate this include group work, use of discussion boards, peer assessment and group presentations. Lecturers from a range of professional backgrounds support this transition and integration enabling you to take a holistic view of the subject area.

There are a large number of modules to choose from, so you can tailor the course to suit your learning needs and your professional career aspirations. You can study specific awards or take stand-alone modules as part of your professional development. Many of the modules are available online or through distance learning, so you can study at a time and place to suit you.

How you're assessed

There are a range of assessment methods used, including:

These depend on the modules chosen.

Entry requirements

2:2 Undergraduate Degree classification or above

Applicants who wish to apply for Advanced Standing and /or block credit will be assessed according to the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Regulatory Framework. The flexible approach to RPL ensures students may enter at all levels.

For applicants for whom English is not a first language, the minimum English language qualifications acceptable are:

For Home and UK professionally registered applicants there are certain option modules which have additional UK regulatory body requirements which may include minimum levels of work experience or Disclosure and Barring Scheme checks. This programme does not contain clinical placements or result in a professional nursing or social work qualification. 

Fees and funding

2024/25 (August 2024 - July 2025)


£9,450 for the full course*

£1,050 per 20 credits


£14,900 for the full course


Please note fees normally increase in line with inflation and the University's strategic approach to fees, which is reviewed on an annual basis. The total fee you pay may therefore increase after one year of study.

* UK full-time fees paid within one academic year are rounded down to the nearest £50 if applicable

About postgraduate awards

Please note at postgraduate level, you’ll need to gain the following number of credits in total to obtain the respective awards. If you have any questions please contact us.

Postgraduate Certificate60 Credits
Postgraduate Diploma120 Credits
MA or MSc180 Credits

This means you will gain 180 credits in total to complete the full MA or MSc. If you are studying part time you will normally complete your studies over two or three years, depending on the course structure.

Funding your studies

Find out more about fees, postgraduate loans and support you may be entitled to.

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Alumni discount for Derby graduates

We offer a discount on postgraduate course fees for all Derby alumni.

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How to apply

Please look at our application deadlines before you apply.


The aim of this programme is to support lifelong learning and career development beyond the completion of the course. Employability within this programme is underpinned by both the University's Learning and Teaching Strategy, of which employability is a key pillar, and the University of Derby Graduate Attribute Framework. Students on the programme have access to the University's Careers and Employability Service which offers a diverse range of services including personal advice, CV building, volunteering, and looking for and applying for jobs. Events are held throughout the programme to provide opportunities for students to engage with the careers service during their time with us.

Professionals accessing this programme will work innovatively as part of a wider health and social care team and across traditional professional boundaries due to the shared teaching and learning approaches. In additional to employability skills, students will develop emotional intelligence and resilience throughout their studies. They will become resourceful and seek solutions to their problems using their own initiative: skills which will be in high demand from future employers. They will be provided with information management and processing skills to be able to seek, understand, process and apply information to their context.

Contact us

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† Additional information about your studies

January 2024 intake is not open to International students.

Teaching hours

Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.