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MA Leading & Developing Services

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This course provides experienced health and social care professionals with the opportunity to develop and extend their knowledge of management theory and enhance their practice. It will prepare you to take on first line, middle and senior management positions and supports organisation leadership and management strategies.

The course is designed to fit in with the busy schedules of leaders and managers, so is part-time and delivered mostly in monthly two-day blocks. 

Allowing you to focus on your own leadership and management pracice, and have a positive and direct impact on service outcomes, you will gauge the development of your own skills and knowledge, and your organisation will be aware of your increasing effectiveness.

See Course details for more information, including how this course will be delivered safely in autumn 2020 in response to Covid-19.

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Bournemouth University, Lansdowne Campus


Part-time, maximum 5 years

Entry requirements:

A Bachelors Honours degree with 2:2 in any subject, or equivalent. Applicants should be a registered social work or healthcare professional. For post-experience and professional qualifications, there may be additional entry requirements set by the association or institute that ultimately administers the qualification in question.

For more information check out our full entry requirements.

International entry requirements:

If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component of writing, speaking, listening and reading. For more information check out our full entry requirements.

Course details

This course is part-time and delivered in monthly two-day blocks to fit in with the busy schedules of leaders and managers. 

The course assessments demand the application of theory to organisation situations. 

Download the programme specification (pdf 1.2mb)

Your application

This programme is primarily designed to meet the development needs of leaders or managers already in post. This includes supervisors, team leaders, first line managers, middle and senior managers. However experienced professionals who aspire to a management career may also access the programme as long as they have supervisory responsibilities that allow them to complete the practice assessments. As this course offers a good grounding in strategic management it is suitable for managers currently in first line and middle manager positions who may be seeking promotion to a senior position.

Entry requirements


After completing this course, you will possess the practical skills and theoretical knowledge required for work in senior positions.

Costs and fees

You can find full information about the deposits required and how to pay your fees in our postgraduate fees and funding section, including details of the Postgraduate Loan (subject to fee status).

All fees are quoted in pounds sterling and are per year. Fees quoted are for tuition only unless stated otherwise. Your tuition fees will be the same for each year of your course. 

Find out more about living expenses for postgraduate students

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Hear what our staff think

Lynne Rutter, Unit Leader

Team leaders and managers undertaking this pathway have said that they develop a useful range of skills across the units and an ability to think more deeply and flexibly about their leadership style and the impact of their own behaviours on others.

Statistics shown throughout this page are taken from Unistats and BU institutional data unless otherwise stated.