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MSc Healthcare Leadership

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Programme Description

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. 

unique aspects of the programme

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. 

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.

 

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Learning Outcomes

Programme Learning Outcomes for MSc (Healthcare Leadership) (NFQ Level 9, Major award)
On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

  • Communicate and work effectively to a high professional standard;
  • Demonstrate advanced analytical and problem solving skills associated with effective practice;
  • Engage in advanced application of frameworks and techniques in organisational settings;
  • Derive and apply healthcare leadership solutions from knowledge of the theory and practice of healthcare leadership;
  • Identify healthcare leadership problems, analyse their impact, and formulate solutions that will withstand critical examination;
  • Design and conduct an applied research project in Healthcare Leadership;
  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of the ethical and governance standards in healthcare and real-world healthcare leadership skills;
  • Communicate effectively with the healthcare community and with society at large;
  • Foster leadership potential in self and others;
  • Work effectively both as an individual and in teams.

Programme Learning Outcomes for Postgraduate Diploma in Healthcare Leadership (NFQ Level 9, Major Award)
On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

  • Communicate and work effectively to a high professional standard;
  • Demonstrate advanced analytical and problem solving skills associated with effective practice;
  • Engage in advanced application of frameworks and techniques in organisational settings;
  • Derive and apply healthcare leadership solutions from knowledge of the theory and practice of healthcare leadership;
  • Identify healthcare leadership problems, analyse their impact, and formulate solutions that will withstand critical examination;
  • Work effectively both as an individual and in teams;
  • Communicate effectively with the healthcare community;
  • Develop leadership potential in self.

Programme Learning Outcomes for Postgraduate Certificate in Healthcare Leadership (NFQ Level 9, Major Award)
On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to:

  • Communicate and work effectively to a high professional standard;
  • Demonstrate advanced analytical and problem solving skills associated with effective practice;
  • Engage in advanced application of frameworks and techniques in organisational settings;
  • Identify healthcare leadership problems, analyse their impact, and design solutions that will withstand critical examination;
  • Work effectively both as an individual and in teams;
  • Communicate effectively with the healthcare community;
  • Develop leadership potential in self.
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Practicalities & Assessment

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

Who teaches on this programme 

The MSc Healthcare Leadership is delivered by a combination of Cork University Business school academic staff augmented with leading national and international expert healthcare professionals.

The healthcare professionals include senior executives of the South/ South West Hospital Group and leading healthcare professionals both within Ireland and internationally.

The academics who teach on the course are experts in their field. These lecturers all have PhDs and significant industry experience. Our academic staff are also engaged in research with involvement in research centres in UCC including a dedicated health information system research centre, consult for industry, and publish regularly in international journals that are pertinent to the healthcare industry.

Assessment

The MSc Healthcare Leadership is delivered by a combination of Cork University Business school academic staff augmented with leading national and international expert healthcare professionals.

The healthcare professionals include senior executives of the South/ South West Hospital Group and leading healthcare professionals both within Ireland and internationally.  Clinicians and professionals from the health service will be involved in the delivery of the course.

The academics who teach on the course are experts in their field. These lecturers all have PhDs and significant industry experience. Our academic staff are also engaged in research with involvement in research centres in UCC including a dedicated health information system research centre, consult for industry, and publish regularly in international journals that are pertinent to the healthcare industry.

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.

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Modules

Year 1

  • Team Leadership

    Year 1

    Team Leadership (MG6023)

    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 healt

  • Financial Management

    Year 1

    Financial Management (BU6001)

    The aim of this module is to provide participants with tools to enable strategic decision making and evaluation based on financial information in healthcare.

  • Healthcare Operations and Data Management

    Year 1

    Healthcare Operations and Data Management (BU6002)

    This module focuses on Healthcare Quality Improvement by utilising an interdisciplinary approach to creating new systems or adapt existing systems to address the realities of human error in health delivery systems. Also provides an understanding of the go

Year 2

  • Health Information Systems and e-Health

    Year 2

    Health Information Systems and e-Health (BU6003)

    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

  • Strategic Management in Health Services

    Year 2

    Strategic Management in Health Services (MG6022)

    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 servi

  • Healthcare Economics

    Year 2

    Healthcare Economics (EC6049)

    Participants will develop an understanding of health economics and how to apply key elements of economic theory to health and health care.

  • Healthcare Leadership Research Project

    Year 2

    Healthcare Leadership Research Project (BU6004)

    To provide students with the opportunity to leverage their research outputs on a leadership challenge/opportunity in healthcare setting. The report is a capstone assignment during which students undertake research into an aspect of healthcare leadership t

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Entry Requirements

To apply for this programme, you will have:

  • an honours primary degree
  • or equivalent

AND

  • at least 2 years’ significant managerial experience/responsibility in healthcare

PLUS

  • 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.

 

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Application Process

For further information please contact


Programme Administrator 
Email Address: healthcareleadership@ucc.ie
Telephone: +353 (0)21 420 5717
Address:
University College Cork,
Western Gateway Building 2.02,
Western Road, 
Cork,
Ireland

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