MSc Advanced Leadership for Professional Practice (Allied Health Profession)

Year of entry: 2023

Overview

Degree awarded
Master of Science
Duration
1 year full-time, 2 or 3 years part-time
Entry requirements

We require a relevant health or social work professional qualification or current registration with the relevant professional, statutory or equivalent regulatory body.

You must also hold a relevant honours first degree (Lower Second or above, or equivalent) from an approved higher education institution OR evidence of previous advanced study, research or professional experience that the University accepts as qualifying you for entry.

Students whose unit(s) have practical components also need written support from their employer to attend and complete any practice requirements.

Full entry requirements

How to apply

Applicants must apply online. See the Application and selection section of this page for more information.

We recommend you apply as early as possible. We reserve the right to close applications if the course is full.

Course options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning
MSc Y N N N

Course overview

  • Develop the professional knowledge and leadership skills needed for advanced level practice in allied healthcare.
  • Learn when it suits you with our part-time and full-time study options.
  • Choose from a range of course units to suit your own interests within allied healthcare.

Open days

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Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2023, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc (full-time)
    UK students (per annum): £10,000
    International, including EU, students (per annum): £25,000

Further information for EU students can be found on our dedicated EU page.

The fees will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies. All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for International students, for the course duration at the year of entry).

For general fees information please visit postgraduate fees. Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your qualification award and method of attendance. Please be aware that you are only eligible for the postgraduate loan for English students if you choose the 1 year full-time or 2 year part-time programme.

International Fee

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1000 towards their tuition fees before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued. This deposit will only be refunded if immigration permission is refused. We will notify you about how and when to make this payment.

Policy on additional costs

All students should normally be able to complete their programme of study without incurring additional study costs over and above the tuition fee for that programme. Any unavoidable additional compulsory costs totalling more than 1% of the annual home undergraduate fee per annum, regardless of whether the programme in question is undergraduate or postgraduate taught, will be made clear to you at the point of application. Further information can be found in the University's Policy on additional costs incurred by students on undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes (PDF document, 91KB).

Scholarships/sponsorships

For the latest scholarship and bursary information please visit the fees and funding page.

Contact details

School/Faculty
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
Telephone
+44 (0)161 543 4705
Email
Website
https://www.bmh.manchester.ac.uk/nursing/
School/Faculty
Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

Courses in related subject areas

Use the links below to view lists of courses in related subject areas.

Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

We require a relevant health or social work professional qualification or current registration with the relevant professional, statutory or equivalent regulatory body.

You must also hold a relevant honours first degree (Lower Second or above, or equivalent) from an approved higher education institution OR evidence of previous advanced study, research or professional experience that the University accepts as qualifying you for entry.

Students whose unit(s) have practical components also need written support from their employer to attend and complete any practice requirements.

English language

International students must demonstrate English proficiency through a secure and approved testing system.

We ask for English language proof if you are from non-majority English speaking countries (a list of majority English speaking countries, as defined by the UK Home Office, can be found here).

Students whose first language is not English are required to hold one of the following:

  • IELTS 7.0, with a score of 6.5 or above in each component;
  • TOEFL iBT:100 overall (25 in all subscores);
  • GCSE English Grade C.
See further information about requirements for your country.

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Relevant work experience

Home/UK applicants should usually have current clinical practice experience at the point of application.

Those studying part-time should continue to practice throughout the duration of their studies.

International applicants should usually have current clinical practice at the point of application and up to the commencement of the course.

Due to the content of some course units, we require students to demonstrate a satisfactory level of experience in a related clinical area to be eligible to undertake the unit.

Application and selection

How to apply

Applicants must apply online. See the Application and selection section of this page for more information.

We recommend you apply as early as possible. We reserve the right to close applications if the course is full.

Advice to applicants

You can bring academic credits studied elsewhere to this course as part of Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL). Please contact us for further details about this.

Overseas (non-UK) applicants

To achieve the aims and individual clinical unit outcomes for this MSc, you will need to be able to reflect on your current/recent practice and demonstrate how your role can develop, enhance or propose change to patient care and service delivery.

Applicants must have one year post qualifying clinical experience.

When completing your application, please include the following in the 'Further Information' section of the application form:

  • the focus of your current/recent clinical practice and an overview of your role;
  • your areas of clinical interest and the units you are interested in studying.

Portfolio requirements

UK applicants who do not hold a first degree (or equivalent qualification) may be admitted on the basis of a health/social work professional qualification. To do this, you must demonstrate the ability to study at postgraduate level.

If you do not have a first degree, you will be required to undertake a stand-alone level 7 unit to test your ability to study at this level. If successful, this unit would be incorporated into your degree pathway.

Course details

Course description

Our MSc Advanced Leadership for Professional Practice course gives allied healthcare professionals the knowledge and skills they need to enhance their practice and prepare for leadership roles.

The course is aimed at registered professionals such as dieticians, audiologists, speech and language therapists, physiotherapists, paramedics and occupational therapists who seek continuing professional development opportunities.

You will study content that reflects professional, UK-wide government and international benchmarks for advanced level practice in health and social care, enhancing your suitability for revalidation.

This includes contemporary knowledge and skills in clinical and direct care practice, leadership and collaborative practice, improving quality and developing practice, and developing self and others.

You will learn how to develop efficient and ethical ways of working that offer a better quality of life and care by placing service users and carers at the centre of decision-making and service redesign.

Special features

Flexible learning

Study this course full-time over one year or part-time for a maximum of five years depending on your other commitments.

Interdisciplinary learning

Learn from - and alongside - professionals from various fields of allied healthcare.

Tailor your course

Choose from a range of course units to suit your own interests.

Teaching and learning

We use a range of teaching and learning methods, including face-to-face, blended and online learning.

The course focuses on an active learning approach and is designed to prompt the discovery, processing and application of knowledge through collaboration and cooperation.

You will draw on your own experiences - both academic and work-based - when learning. The course will promote the construction of understanding through task-related activities and reflection.

We have extensive experience and good practice in online learning, with dedicated e-learning technologists to support you and our staff in making the most of the e-learning platform.

This course does not have a practice placement element.

Find out more by visiting the postgraduate teaching and learning page.

Coursework and assessment

You can undertake standalone course units, or build up a selection of optional and core units and then undertake a dissertation to complete the master's course.

A range of assessments are utilised to assess your knowledge and understanding and to develop intellectual and practical skills.

The dissertation unit enables you to consolidate your learning and demonstrate the achievement of outcomes by undertaking a project focused on a specific aspect of practice.

Course unit details

You can study individual units as standalone short courses or build up units of study towards a PGCert or PGDip award, and undertake a dissertation to complete the MSc award. See the CPD Units page for more information.

Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) (60 credits)

You will initially develop your specialist knowledge and clinical practice, particularly in relation to leadership and management.

Recognising your key role in practice, these clinically focused units of study will enable you to enhance practice and service delivery.

  • 45 credits can be undertaken from a variety of optional course units to best suit your professional specialism.
  • 15 credits will comprise one core unit on Leadership in Professional Practice.

Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) (120 credits)

You will further explore and develop advanced clinical practice by selecting further optional units from the portfolio of units available.

  • PGCert - 60 credits including compulsory course unit Leadership in Professional Practice
Plus
  • 15 credits can be undertaken from a variety of optional course units to best suit your professional specialism and
  • 45 credits comprising two compulsory course units Advanced Evidence Based Practice & Leadership (30 credits) and Developing Practice and Managing Change (15 credits).

Master of Science (MSc) (180 credits)

After successfully completing the 120 credits for the PGDip, you may be eligible to undertake a dissertation from

  • full or adapted systematic review;
  • report-based dissertation.

Course unit list

The course unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this course of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Advanced Decision Making in Professional Practice NURS60055 15 Optional
Safe delivery of Systemic anti-cancer therapies (SACT) L7 NURS61722 15 Optional
Digital Health and Technology Enabled Care L7 NURS65522 15 Optional
Perinatal Parent and Infant Mental Health NURS69771 15 Optional
Burns Rehabilitation NURS69972 15 Optional

Course collaborators

Some course units are delivered in partnership with the Christie NHS Foundation Trust and the Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, which are National Centres of Excellence.

Facilities

The University of Manchester offers extensive library and online services to help you get the most out of your studies.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: dass@manchester.ac.uk

CPD opportunities

You can take individual units from this course as standalone courses for continuing professional development (CPD). See the nursing, midwifery and social work CPD page for further information.

Careers

Career opportunities

Our course is structured around the challenges facing advanced level practitioners, and each unit will draw from, and build on, your own professional experience. This will enable you to apply your new knowledge to your own area of practice and mould the course to best suit your learning requirements.

Accrediting organisations

The General Pharmaceutical Council and the Nursing and Midwifery Council have validated the Independent Prescribing unit, which is also available as a standalone short course.