Governing, Leading and Managing Healthcare Postgraduate Diploma

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UKPASS code: 060214 | Institution code: W50 | Attendance mode: Part-time day
Start: 15 January 2018
Duration: 3 or 4 years
Location: Central London
Campus: Marylebone

Home/EU: £3,150.00
Overseas: £4,350.00

If you work in healthcare management in a governance-related role and would like to increase your knowledge and skills within this increasingly important area of healthcare management and leadership, this course is ideal for you.

You will gain an academic qualification that:

  • equips you to work at a senior level
  • is focused on the specific challenges you face in your workplace

You will also benefit from a flexible programme of learning that delivers direct benefits to your employing organisation, requires only limited absence from the workplace and delivers a recognised qualification at each stage.

The programme comprises three stages – Postgraduate Certificate (three modules), Postgraduate Diploma (an additional three modules) and the MSc (a further two modules). Each module typically requires four or five days attendance at the University each semester.


The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course. For more details on course structure and modules, and how you will be taught and assessed, see the full course document.


Students usually attend four days per module, which usually works out at as approximately one day per fortnight each semester.

Postgraduate Certificate (3 modules)

Individual and Professional Development – 20 credits (Core)

This introductory module establishes participants' professional and organisational learning needs. It involves 360° feedback, exploration of transformational leadership, action-learning sets and work-based learning. Participants map their previous professional development and carry out a needs analysis using the Real World Group Transformational Leadership 360° Questionnaire. They receive individual coaching on their questionnaire report.


Clinical Governance and the Quality Framework (20 credits)

This module traces the development and implications for practice of Clinical Governance and the current quality framework, including quality improvement, quality standards and accounts, patient and public involvement, clinical audit, and regulation.


Integrated Governance (20 credits)

Complementing the Clinical Governance module, Integrated Governance focuses on financial, information and corporate governance, recognising their interdependence. You will examine different models of governance, the role of the board in formulating strategy and ensuring accountability, and the role of others in the organisation in ensuring good governance.

Postgraduate Diploma (2 or 3 modules)

Critical Inquiry in Practice – 20 credits (Core)

During this module, participants learn methods of critical inquiry, analysis and appraisal to develop an understanding of how evidence is used in health and social care practice. They undertake a critical analysis of the construction, location, management and appraisal of knowledge for professional practice.

Plus either the following modules:

Negotiated Learning Module (Institute of Healthcare Management Managers' Portfolio) – 40 credits

This module is run in partnership with the Royal Society for Public Health and the Institute of Healthcare Management.

Participants explore Professional Behaviours (How a manager makes an impact), Professional Knowledge and Skills (How a manager works) and Professional Practice (What a manager does). They construct a workplace-focused portfolio of reflection and activity in the context of Institute of Healthcare Management's Professional Practice Framework.

Health Policy (20 credits)

This module provides an in-depth analysis of health policy design and implementation. Participants are given the opportunity to develop their skills in critical assessment of the policy process both at a national and an organisational level.

Organisational Analysis and Professional Practice (20 credits)

Adopting a social science perspective, this module provides insight into key aspects of how organisations function in terms of their structure, culture and the dynamics of change, along with how these factors impact on the behaviour of an organisation's members and the effectiveness of managers in managing others.

Course team

Additional costs information 

To check what your tuition fees cover and what you may need to pay for separately, see our What tuition fees cover page.



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In addition to this, you will receive careers support from academic staff and faculty work placement teams, offering targeted course-specific careers advice and assistance in securing a work placement during your time at Westminster. You can find out more about course-specific career opportunities by visiting the Prospects website.

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Career Development Centre

Our Career Development Centre can help and support you throughout your study and after graduation.

We can help you to:

  • find part-time/vacation, placement and graduate jobs, including voluntary experience
  • explore how to develop the skills that employers are looking for
  • plan your career development
  • identify your career options
  • market yourself effectively in CVs, application forms and at interviews
  • develop your enterprise skills

We also organise a range of presentations and networking events with employers, professional bodies, alumni and other organisations throughout the year to help you with career planning.

Find out more about the Career Development Centre.

Work Placements

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More details on work placements can be found on our Work placements page.

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You can also browse the career options available to you after you graduate on the Career Development Centre's Finding work in your subject area pages and on the Prospects website.

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Upcoming postgraduate information evenings

01 February 2017Postgraduate Information Evening – Architecture and the Built EnvironmentMarylebone
08 March 2017Postgraduate Information EveningCavendish, Harrow, Little Titchfield Street, Marylebone, Regent Street
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What our alumni say

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“I thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of the course and meeting governance people from other organisations. This has been a fantastic learning opportunity that I have been able to take back to my workplace. I am so pleased that the results of my work-based project are now being implemented into our Risk Management IT system to enable improved action planning.”

Risk and Governance Manager, NHS Trust

Meet the course leader

This new MSc has been developed following enthusiastic feedback from a previous healthcare governance course and in response to requests for an academic qualification focused on this key area of healthcare management.

Please contact me if you’d like to discuss your application.

Joy Tweed
Course Leader


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