Course summary

This course aims to enable an in-depth knowledge and understanding of leadership practice in Health and Social Care, informed by current scholarly research and including a critical awareness of current issues and developments at the forefront of this field.

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1 year

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Bishop Grosseteste University

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About this course

You will be encouraged to develop critical self-reflection and self-management skills, along with developing the ability to learn through the reflection of practice and experience. You will also have the opportunity to undertake a research project relevant to your practice. This Masters course is aimed at advanced practitioners, supervisors and managers working or volunteering in the field of Health and Social Care who have extensive experience in practice, and whose current role is to lead, support and challenge those working within the field.

Throughout this course you will have the opportunity to work out your own ways of approaching situations and issues by exploring other perspectives and through increased self-awareness. The programme is designed to improve your ability to address issues involved in the successful implementation of practice and in securing better outcomes. You will be encouraged to develop a greater understanding of yourself and of the theoretical issues that examine the nature of leadership, thereby increasing your ability to manage complex issues in the future.

What will you study

Students on this course currently study some or all of the following modules

This module will develop an advanced understanding of a range of theories, roles, models, frameworks of organisations and in relation to health and social care. You will be encouraged to consider the wider organisational and contextual framework. The module will enable you to assess, interpret and analyse organisational problems and use rational analysis and creative thinking to consider strategies for action.

You will be required to think critically about leadership skills and the dynamic relationship between an individual and others. Considering different perspectives on leadership, you will be encouraged to identify your assumptions and values, and understand principled leadership practice within health and social care. The module will encourage you to consider your role in an environment where change is constant and where you are expected to deliver services in new ways.

This module will extend your research knowledge and skills and enhance your capacities to utilise research in health and social care practice, to critically review extensive literature and previous research findings for use in practice. You will be introduced to the ethical framework required to protect the rights, dignity and safety of those involved and the systems involved in approval of research activity.

During the course of this module you will consider the range of theories, models, frameworks and the practice of supervision. It will encourage you to have critical self-awareness, self-reflection and self-management, along with the ability to learn through reflection of practice and experience and encourage others to do so.

This module will offer an advanced grounding in decision making theory, and the significance of qualitative factors that affect decision making and professional judgement. This will include the consideration of beliefs, assumptions and values to enable you to critically evaluate the nature of knowledge, reality and human nature. It will explore the dynamics of the decision-making process and encourage you to use your experiences of decision making.

The dissertation is an independent study with tutorial support that will allow you to critically evaluate and analyse an organisational problem within your own work environment. It will develop your ability to articulate advanced knowledge and understanding of texts, concepts and theories and develop an appreciation of the relationship between theory and practice.

Entry requirements

You will need to have obtained or be predicted to obtain, normally an undergraduate honours degree in a Humanities or Social Science related subject (or equivalent).

In addition, all students will need to pay £57.20 for an Enhanced Disclosure from the Disclosure Barring Service. A successful Enhanced Disclosure is required before commencing the course.

If you have any questions about the entry requirements for this course, please contact our Enquiries team for advice on +44 (0) 1522 583658 or email

BGU is committed to widening access and participation and we adhere to a strict policy of non-discrimination.

Further information

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If you’ve recently completed or studied a particular module as part of a previous qualification, this may mean that you’re not required to undertake a particular module of your BGU course. However, this must be agreed in writing and you must apply for Accredited Prior Learning.

How you will be taught

Please note that due to COVID-19 our delivery methods may be subject to change in 2021. You will be informed of any changes at the earliest opportunity.

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A variety of assessments will be used, including presentation, observation, relationship building and research skills, ICT, critical thinking and analysis, all of which are designed to enhance your professional skills. We would expect students to make an early and significant contribution to improvement within their workplace.

Careers & Further study

The aim of this course is to improve your employment prospects and to enable you to achieve your personal learning goals. Graduates of this course will be able to develop their careers within their own workplace or to look for advancement opportunities within the wider Health and Social Care field. This includes statutory, private, independent and voluntary providers. Typical career and training progression routes for MA students also include such areas as teaching, or further academic study (e.g. PhD study).


Studying at BGU is a student-centred experience. Staff and students work together in a friendly and supportive atmosphere as part of an intimate campus community. You will know every member of staff personally and feel confident approaching them for help and advice, and staff members will recognise you, not just by sight, but as an individual with unique talents and interests.

We will be there to support you, personally and academically, from induction to graduation.

Fees & Finance

A lot of student finance information is available from numerous sources, but it is sometimes confusing and contradictory. That’s why at BGU we try to give you all the information and support we can to help to throughout the process. Our Student Advice team are experts in helping you sort out the funding arrangements for your studies, offering a range of services to guide you through all aspects of student finance step by step.

Click here to find information about fees, loans and support which will help to make the whole process a little easier to understand.

For all applicants, there are full instructions at UCAS to make it as easy as possible for you to fill in your online application, plus help text where appropriate.