MSc Advanced Leadership for Professional Practice (Allied Health Profession) / Course details

Year of entry: 2023

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
  • 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.


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:

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.