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Healthcare Leadership

The MSc Healthcare Leadership is designed to prepare participants for leadership roles in the healthcare sector. As a participant on the course, you will focus on developing your analytical and professional skills, culminating in an applied research project.

The programme has been designed in conjunction with healthcare professionals to ensure it meets the skills needs of healthcare industry, in particular hospital groups. Upon completion of the MSc in Healthcare Leadership, you can expect to have excellent career prospects with public hospitals, private hospitals, primary and social care, community healthcare groups, state agencies with a health policy remit and healthcare firms.

Delivered by the Cork University Business School, the MSc Healthcare Leadership is a 24 month programme designed for those wishing to strive for leadership roles in a healthcare environment.

Delivered by the Cork University Business School, the MSc Healthcare Leadership is a 24 month programme designed for those wishing to strive for leadership roles in a healthcare environment.

Entry requirements

To apply for this programme, you will have:
-an honours primary degree
-or equivalent

-at least 2 years' significant managerial experience/responsibility in healthcare

-2 referees' reports.
-Applicants may be required to submit personal statement of motivation and/or attend for interviews
-International applicants should have a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent.

Non-EU Candidates
Non-EU candidates are expected to have educational qualifications of a standard equivalent to Irish university primary degree level. In addition, where such candidates are non-native speakers of the English language they must satisfy the university of their competency in the English language. To verify if you meet the minimum academic requirements for this programme please visit our qualification comparison pages.

For more detailed entry requirement information please refer to the International website .


24 months part-time

Careers or further progression

Skills and Careers Information
Upon completion of the MSc in Healthcare Leadership, you can expect to have excellent career progression within a healthcare organisation due to dedicated healthcare leadership training.

Further enquiries

Programme Administrator
Telephone: +353 (0)21 420 5717

Dr. Aileen Murphy
Tel:+353 21 490 3489

Subjects taught

The programme is structured as follows:

Part I students will take 30 credits over 6 month timeframe (September to March Year 1)

Title - Credits - Objective

Team Leadership 10
This module will help students gain personal insight into their own leadership style via the use of appropriate instruments so as to deliver enhanced team leadership skills. This module examines the application of team leadership theory in a modern healthcare environment.

Financial Management 10
This module includes financial management and investment decision models, including activity based funding and money follows the patient approaches, to enable strategic decision making

Healthcare Operation and Data Management 10
This module focuses on Healthcare Quality Improvement by utilising an interdisciplinary approach to creating or adapting existing systems that address the realities of human error in health delivery systems. Also provides an understanding of the governance, risk and ethical considerations of healthcare operations, patient pathways and data governance

Part II students will take 30 credits over 6 month timeframe (September to March Year 2)

Health Information Systems & e-Health 10
This module will expose healthcare professionals to the concepts and knowledge involved in making strategic use of information technology (IT) in health care organizations. Issues around the introduction and dispersal of new healthcare technologies across health systems are identified

Strategic Management in Health Services 10
This module explores the experience of health services leaders in Ireland and overseas against the received wisdoms from business theory and practice. It will assess the relationship between leadership skills and abilities, and the challenges health service organisations face as they deal with internal and external pressures to address increasing levels of service efficiencies and positive outcome for patients.

Healthcare Economics 10
In this module partipants will develop an understanding of health economics and how to apply key elements of economic theory to health and health care

Part III students will take 30 credits over 6 month timeframe (April to August Year 2)

Healthcare Leadership
Research Project 30 credits
Participants will conduct multidisciplinary research, under the supervision of an academic expert mentor on a real life leadership issue in their healthcare setting, to make real improvements and deliver results. Each student will initiate, research and provide a solution to a live leadership case. The output from this project will include a detailed report and presentation.


Course Practicalities
For the MSc Healthcare Leadership degree, the student will complete six course modules and an applied research project. The course will run on a cyclical basis, every two years.

Lectures take place in a three-day block once per month, on Wednesdays, Thursday and Friday from 09.00 to 17.00. You can anticipate spending up to 3 hours studying outside of lecture time for each hour of lecture.

Students will benefit from induction days, off site lecturing days, coaching and workshops. Specifically module on Team Leadership will offer coaching skills.

Each student will be equipped with a student handbook with details of the supports available to the students.

Why Choose This Course?
This is a dedicated executive education programme designed to meet the leadership development needs of Healthcare professionals in the South and South West of Ireland.

Assessment method

To meet the development objectives of the programme the MSc Healthcare Leadership is assessed by a blend of assessments including formal examination and continuous assessment. Five modules are 100% continuous assessment while 1 module contains 50% exam and 50% continuous assessment.

Continuous assessment is in the form of individual assignments, group case study analysis and presentations.

Students will be divided into different groups for each part of the course. This allows you an opportunity to get to know, and work with, all of your colleagues. While we understand some students may have concerns about being assessed in groups, the ability to work with, and lead others, is a skill which is at the heart of the programme. Finally, presenting is one of most important professional skills and so we also incorporate this into the assessment.

The final element of the MSc Healthcare Leadership is an applied research project. Provision may be made if a student experiences a change of work conditions during the course of their study on a case by case basis.

Application date

Closing dates

Closing Dates for Application

Applications for 2018 start dates will open on November 1st 2017.

EU Applicants: UCC operates a rounds closing date system for the majority of postgraduate taught programmes (detailed below).

Some programmes have a specific closing date. Applicants are advised to consult with the postgraduate prospectus for programmes with a specific closing date.

The UCC rounds EU application system closing dates for Postgraduate Taught courses are detailed below. However, we would advise applicants to apply as soon as possible.

Deadline for receipt of Applications: Offers will be made:
For all completed applications received by January 15th 2018 Offers will be made by January 29th 2018

For all completed applications received by March 1st 2018 Offers will be made by March 15th 2018

For all completed applications received by May 1st 2018
Offers will be made by May 15th 2018

For all completed applications received by July 2nd 2018
Offers will be made by July 16th 2018

Late applications may be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis for any courses that have remaining capacity for places.

While there is no official closing date for Research courses applicants are advised to submit their application at least two months ahead of their proposed start date. There are four official Research start dates – September/October, January, April and July.

Non-EU Applicants:

Please visit the following page for further information for Non EU applicants

Enrolment and start dates

Next Intake: 10 September 2018

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