MSc Leading and Managing within Health and Social Care

Degree awarded by the University of Plymouth


February and October

Study options

1 year



Tuition fees


Health and social care is a dynamic, fast-growing sector, influenced by the changing nature of health and social care in the new mixed economy of welfare. It presents significant challenges too, from limited resources to the complexities of multi-agency service provision and, as a result, skilled leaders and managers are increasingly in demand.

This MSc at GSM London will help you understand the challenges and develop the specific skills and knowledge needed to flourish in a range of leadership and management roles within the sector.

Why study our MSc Leading and Managing within Health and Social Care?

Why study with GSM London?
This Master’s is an inter-professional programme ideal for current health and social care workers wishing to further their careers, as well as career changers and entrepreneurs passionate about improving the quality of health or social services.

You will gain a critical awareness of the issues and challenges facing the health and social care sector, and a systematic understanding of its many inter-professional and inter-agency relationships and working practices. You will also be encouraged to draw on relevant contemporary research to influence and inform your strategic decision making.

The programme opens up a variety of career opportunities in the sector, as well as related industries, both in the UK and overseas. The public sector offers a wealth of leadership and management roles, with local authorities and the NHS to the fore in the UK, and the private sector is also a major employer. Graduates may also secure roles in not-for-profit health and social care organisations – Age UK, for example, or the British Red Cross.

The knowledge and skills acquired will also serve you well should you have entrepreneurial ambitions to set up your own health and social care enterprise, such as a nursing home or sheltered accommodation.

Alternatively, after completing your Master’s you may wish to continue your studies with an MBA or a PhD research programme.

Real-world application and expertise
The programme is centred on providing you with experience of the real world and will help you acquire transferable management skills, applicable to a range of other industries. It will build on your leadership strengths within a context of professional, evidence-based and ethical practice, enhancing your employability, personal growth and career development. The teaching staff bring extensive practice and research experience to the classroom and the programme regularly features guest speakers and visits to relevant organisations and events.

Awarded by the University of Plymouth
Your MSc is awarded by the University of Plymouth, ranked 2nd in Times Higher Education's Young University Rankings 2018 (THE's list of the UK's best universities aged under 50). An established educational institution with business enterprise at its heart, it is a fitting validating partner for your MSc.

Study in London, the financial capital of the world
Our London location in Greenwich places you in the heart of one of the largest and most diverse commercial capitals of the world, a renowned city for events and entertainment. Studying in London will open up extensive opportunities to connect with senior stakeholders and business leaders across many global markets and industries.

How is the course structured?

The MSc programme can be broken down into the following stages:


Postgraduate Certificate Leading and Managing within Health and Social Care

  • Health and Social Care Management in Practice
  • Strategic Leadership in Healthcare
  • Operational Delivery and Strategic Commissioning


Postgraduate Diploma Leading and Managing within Health and Social Care

  • Managing Quality and Organisational Performance
  • Research Skills and Consultancy Planning
  • Plus one elective (subject to demand):
    • Project and Strategic Risk Management
    • Financial Implications of People


Master’s Degree (MSc) in Leading and Managing within Health and Social Care

  • Consultancy Project
  • Resourcing and Assessing Talent in Healthcare Organisations


To find out more about course modules, see full module descriptions.

Alternatively, see the programme specification for further details on this programme. Note that the specification represents the latest programme structure and may be subject to change.

For more details on the coure module please review the course Module Specifications.

MSc Leading and Management within Health and Social Care Module Specifications

Entry requirements

To start on Level 7, applicants require a recognised Bachelor Honours Degree with minimum 2:2 classification, (an equivalent qualification from a recognised UK or overseas institution may be accepted).

If you are not a UK passport holder, or a UK passport holder born outside of the UK and not born in a country that appears on the published list, you may need to complete an English language test, such as the in-house GSM London English Language Proficiency Test or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) test, to demonstrate you have the language skills needed to complete your postgraduate degree. All of our programmes are taught in English. Once you submit your application to GSM London the Admissions team will assess it. Should your application be successful and if an English Language Test is required it will appear as a condition of offer.

You will need an IELTS score of 6.5, or equivalent qualification.

Applicants to postgraduate programmes who hold a first degree (bachelor's degree) studied and awarded in the UK, or in a country that UKVI recognise as a majority English speaking country will be accepted in lieu of IELTS etc. but only if the degree was awarded 2 years ago or less.

Further details on English Language requirements are provided here.

To commence this programme, the applicant will need to have a recognised Bachelor Honours Degree with minimum classification 2:2, (an equivalent qualification from a recognised UK or overseas institution may be accepted). In addition to the above all applicants must have a minimum of three years’ work experience.

Applicants will be required to provide supporting evidence in the form of a satisfactory work reference which covers the period in question.

Non-standard entry:
Applicants who lack the normal programme entry requirements are positively encouraged to apply. In such cases, the Admissions Team must be satisfied that the applicant has the necessary potential, knowledge or experience and motivation to follow the programme successfully.

Applicants will be interviewed to identify their aptitude for study at postgraduate level through relevant life or career experience, and other factors relating to professional qualifications. Applicants will be required to provide supporting evidence of such achievements.

Accreditation of prior learning:
Partial exemptions from a postgraduate programme may be obtained in accordance with the Academic Regulations dependent on the compatibility of previous study. Each case is considered on its own merit and will be subject to approval by University of Plymouth.

Further information can be found in the Recognition of Prior Learnings Regulations within the Consolidated Policies and Regulations Document.

We will not normally consider APCL’s older than 3 years unless the applicant has a recent experiential learning that is directly related to the APCL/APEL.


Tuition fees

UK/EU student fees


International student fee


Discounts offered for alumni. Please contact us for details.

How to apply

Applications to GSM London for a postgraduate programme can be made direct to us using the application form here or made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) here.  All available programmes from GSM London are listed on the UCAS website.  There is no cost to you for applying directly to GSM London or through UCAS for a postgraduate programme.

Please note the application deadlines if applying through UCAS which can be found here along with further guidance.

If at any point you require any information, advice or guidance please do get in contact with our Course Advisory team by clicking here.

Registration and Enrolment

Once we receive your application form and supporting documents, we will assess your application and if successful, we will issue you an acceptance letter and a fee statement detailing your enrolment date, course cost and duration. 

You should arrive for enrolment on the date specified in your acceptance letter, at your chosen GSM London campus. Please note that international students will be asked to pay a percentage of tuition fees on or before enrolment.

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