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Healthcare Leadership and commissioning

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Healthcare Leadership and Commissioning

Key facts

MSc, PGDip, PGCert

Full-time: 1 year

Part-time: 3 years

Eligible applicants: UK, EU, international

Location: University of Brighton Falmer campus, University of Sussex Falmer campus

Course Leaders: Breda Flaherty

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This course is validated by the University of Brighton and the University of Sussex.

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Further information about this course can be found in the Course Application Handbook.

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Information for interntational students can be found in the international postgraduate prospectus.


Key areas of study

  • Leadership and change management in clinical services
  • Commissioning for quality care
  • Quality, safety and service improvement in clinical services
  • Principles and practice of public health
  • Research methods and critical appraisal 
  • Economics of health and health-related behaviour

Course overview

This innovative course offers clinicians and managers the opportunity to look in depth at healthcare leadership and commissioning theory, policy and practice, combining academic research with an up-to-the minute take on current policy, structured practical projects and work-based investigations.

A distinct feature of this course is that students can combine leadership modules with specialist clinical, public health, educational, and research modules; this combination strengthens professional knowledge, and applies learning to practice. The course will challenge existing work habits and mindsets, and underpin your work performance with a strong theory and policy base.

Leadership and Commissioning group

"The MSc Leadership and Commissioning course helped me to make sense of many experiences I had in the workplace by grounding theories and ideas to practice and government policy. The course also provided a practical and flexible learning environment which allowed freedom to explore issues fully. The MSc has had a very positive impact on my career. The teaching and qualification are recognised and respected and students who make a commitment to the course will get a lot out of it."

Matthew White (MSc graduate), Head of Planning & Programme Management, NHS Coastal West Sussex CCG

Course structure

Modules are usually assessed via presentations, seminars, abstracts, posters or a 3,000 – 4,000 word written assignment.

PGCert (60 credits)

Leadership and Change Management in Clinical Services (20 credits)

Quality, Safety and Service Improvement in Clinical Services (20 credits)


One module from the core list or optional list (20 credits)

PGDip (120 credits)

PGCert modules


Commissioning for Quality Care (20 credits)

Principles and Practice of Public Health (20 credits)

Research Methods and Critical Appraisal (20 credits)


One module from the optional module list (20 credits) See below.

MSc (180 credits)

PGDip modules


One module from the optional module list (20 credits) See below.


Dissertation (60 credits)

Optional modules

Diabetes Practice in Primary Care (20 credits)

Understanding Dementia (20 credits)

Management of Long-Term Conditions in Children (20 credits)

Communication, Learning and Teaching in Health and Social Care (20 credits)

Career opportunities

This course is delivered by a multi-professional team based both within the university and in health and social care services, bringing clinicians, leaders and commissioners together from all parts of the health and care system.

It offers a rich and inter-connected learning environment to build cross-organisation links with leaders from other settings. The classroom environment is enriched with practical applied examples of workplace initiatives.

Entry requirements

Applicants will normally have clinical, managerial or leadership experience and/ or be educated to degree level. Students are normally in practice in the health and social care field. Full-time students, or students not in healthcare practice, will be identified and supported through the tutorial process.


Successful completion of at least three years’ basic medical science at a UK medical school (having gained at least 360 credits) with a guaranteed place to continue medical studies on completion of the MSc.

For international students a minimum IELTS score of 7.0is required.

Fees and funding 

The fees listed below are the overall costs for full-time courses taken in the academic year 2020-21. Where courses are taken part-time over more than one academic year, fees are usually charged pro-rata for the modules taken during each academic year.  


UK / EU / Island students £8,262
International £15,156


UK £5,508
International £10,008


UK £2,754
International £5,004


All BSMS students on Masters courses accredited jointly by the University of Sussex and the University of Brighton are eligible to apply for University of Sussex postgraduate scholarships in 2020-21. 

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Applications are made through the University of Brighton online portal.