Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

Introduction to Management & Leadership in Healthcare Services MED5614

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Medicine Dentistry and Nursing
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Repeated in Semesters 1 and 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No
  • Taught Wholly by Distance Learning: Yes

Short Description

This course introduces students to theories of management and leadership, using real-life examples to help apply your learning to your professional practice. In addition, it offers students the opportunity to engage with like-minded professionals and facilitates the sharing of good practice across various aspects of health services.


Online content delivered over 10 week teaching blocks.

Requirements of Entry

A relevant first degree, at least at 2.2 honours level, or equivalent in addition to a minimum of six months' work experience in health service management. Exceptionally, if no degree then a professional qualification and experience in the practice of health service management for at least two years at a professional level is required.

Excluded Courses





Written assessment - 70%

Written assessment - 30%

Course Aims

The aim of this course is to provide students with an introduction into understanding management and leadership within the context of healthcare settings, and to explore different ways of managing competing needs and demands with limited resources.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

1. Critically assess the role of management and leadership in health services.

2. Critically evaluate the organisation and delivery of health care services, including inter-organisational issues.

3. Critically appraise the principles underlying the development of health services and health service policy.

4. Critically evaluate and apply the principles of quality assurance, clinical governance, and risk management in health services.

5. Critically appraise health intelligence data used in health service quality and improvement activities

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.