MSc/PgDip/PgCert Integrated Community Healthcare and Leadership

How can organisations across the health and social care sectors work together to tackle community health issues? How does health inequality influence patients and their health seeking behaviour? How do you evaluate the impact of new service interventions?

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Traditional health and social care roles are changing. There’s a shift away from conventional roles towards partnership working across the health and social care sectors.

This is a new part-time course, responding to the evolving health and social care devolution landscape. It focuses on developing the leadership skills needed to deliver integrated health and social care services.

This part-time masters degree is designed to support you in understanding the needs of your service users. To empower you to work with your clients to solve the challenges to health and wellbeing. To help you focus on service redesign and quality improvements.

This course is designed to support people working in the health, community, and social sectors to understand the needs of the populations they serve. This will empower them, and in turn, their service users, to solve the challenges to health and wellbeing.

You’ll develop leadership skills linked to key factors that impact on collaborative service provision, such as health inequality. 

You’ll study core units and you’ll typically choose two option units. Some of the topics you might explore include population health, health informatics, and the principles of health economics.

You could also choose to complete independent study projects related to your workplace as part of the option units. One independent study gives you the opportunity to explore evidence that could prospectively lead to a community care service change. The other is a retrospective study, where you’ll appraise and critique a change that has been implemented.

We teach you via blended learning, through methods such as online sessions, face-to-face tutorials, and group work to help you network and share best practice with fellow students.

You’ll learn from an academic team with experience across fields including public health, social work, mental health and gerontology.

Features and Benefits

Career Prospects

You’ll develop the leadership skills to support the integration of health and social care (primary and secondary) within the wider health, social care and third sectors. This will help you to create seamless patient journeys, across both urgent and non-urgent situations.

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Entry requirements

Applicants must be a qualified health or social care professional, and hold a first degree at 2.2 classification or above and work in a health and/or social care environment.

Course details

Through this part-time masters course, we aim to develop emerging leaders in integrated community care.

You’ll study core units, critically analysing topics from inequality and discrimination across communities to leadership theories and develop ideas to address specific local needs.

As well as the core units, you’ll typically study two option units. Topics you might explore include the influence of physical activity on health, and the economic evaluation of health care systems and health care reforms.

If you’re not sure you can fit studying around your other commitments, you can exit this course with an interim award instead of a masters degree.

To gain the MSc in Integrated Community and Healthcare Leadership, you’ll need to complete 180 credits at Level 7.

You’re awarded a postgraduate certificate (PgCert) when you complete 60 taught credits, and a postgraduate diploma (PgDip) for 120 taught credits.

 Year one

  • Evidence-based Practice
  • Health Inequalities
  • Community Care Leadership

    Year two

    • Research Methods for Quality Improvement (core)
    • Clinical Complexity and Deprivation (option)
    • Independent study (option)
    • Flex-S (option)
    • Physical Activity and Health (option)
    • Principles of Health Economics (option)

    Year three

    • Project in Practice

    Postgraduate Medicine

    Postgraduate Medicine is a university wide initiative that brings together medical educators, researchers and healthcare professionals.

    In collaboration with NHS partners, we have developed a suite of taught masters courses aimed at upskilling medical professionals in the areas needed most by Trusts and residents across the region. Alongside taught masters, we have a flexible CPD portfolio shaped to meet the needs of the health and social care sector.

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    Taught by experts

    Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject.

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    UK and EU students

    UK and EU students: Part-time fee: £800 per 20 credits studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

    Additional Information

    A Masters qualification typically comprises 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits, and an MFA 300 credits. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of study provided the course is completed in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

    Additional costs

    All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop up to £100 for books and printing. Total optional cost: £400

    Postgraduate Loan Scheme

    Loans of up to £10,906 for many Postgraduate Courses

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    The quickest and most efficient way to apply for this course is to apply online. This way, you can also track your application at each stage of the process.

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