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Healthcare Leadership (MSc)

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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. 

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.  

The programme is structured as follows: 

Modules

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.

Details

 

 

 

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.

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

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.

Assessment

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.

Who teaches this course?

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.

 

 

Full module information is detailed in the section below.

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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

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  • 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.

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  • 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

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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

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  • 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

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  • 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.

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  • 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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For full programme requirements, please refer to the University College Cork Academic Calendar here

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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.

View the grades comparison table

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 .

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Application Process

1. Choose Course

Firstly choose your course. Applicants can apply for up to three courses under one application. Details of taught courses are available on our online prospectus.

2. Apply Online

Once you have chosen your course you can apply online at the Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC). Applicants will need to apply before the course closing date. There is a €50 application fee.

3. Gather Supporting Documents

Scanned copies of the following documents will need to be uploaded to PAC in support of your application. Applicants may need to produce the original documents if you are accepted onto a course and register at UCC.

  • Original qualification documents listed on your application including transcripts of results from institutions other than UCC
  • Any supplementary forms requested for your course.

Please log into PAC for more details.

4. Application processing timeline

Our online application system PAC opens for applications in early November of each year.

Questions on how to apply?

EU students contact graduatestudies@ucc.ie

International students contact internationaloffice@ucc.ie

Additional Requirements (All Applicants)

All students are advised to firstly contact the Programme Administrator via email before applying on PAC - details below:

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

Irish/EU Closing Date Rounds

Irish/EU places on this programme are offered in rounds. The closing dates for each round can be found here

The closing date for non-EU applications is Not currently open to Non EU applicants

Non-EU Applications

Applicants who are interested in applying for the programme can also apply online at PAC.

For full details of the non-EU application procedure please visit our how to apply pages for international students.

**All Applicants please note: modules listed in the course outline above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course, but these are subject to change from year to year. Please check the college calendar for the full academic content of any given course for the current year. 

In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools and departments. 

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