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Leadership and Management Theory and Practice

Duration: 2 months
Attendance mode: Part-time
Award: Module
Not suitable for international students
Start date: View attendance dates
Faculty of Health Studies


This module is aimed at providing students with the opportunity to explore and critically analyse a range of approaches to leadership and management. It is designed to provide students with the opportunity to develop their own leadership and management skills in health and social care.

The learning outcomes for the module are to enable the student to:

  • Critically evaluate the relationship between leadership and management roles
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of a range of theories and developments in leadership and management thinking
  • Critically analyse and evaluate a range of theories and developments in leadership and management thinking in relation to the health and social care context
  • Reflect and analyse the application of a range of theories of leadership and management in the health and social care context
  • Critically discuss the current environment and analyse the implications for management and leadership
  • Critically analyse approaches to leadership and management using appropriate tools
  • Critically apply a range of theories in order to lead and manage effectively
  • Evaluate the application of leadership and management tools

Why Bradford?

At the Faculty of Health Studies, University of Bradford, you can choose to study for individual modules, a named award or build module credits through the SSPRD Framework for Flexible Learning to achieve an award relevant to your professional needs.

The Framework for Flexible Learning in Health and Social Care is a Faculty-wide academic structure for Specialist Skills and Post-Registration Development. It offers students increased flexibility and choice in the modules and courses that can be undertaken and it is also responsive to employer needs. The flexibility also allows you to move from one award to another if your career changes or you take time out from regular studying. Shared teaching and research expertise from across the Faculty is offered through interdisciplinary teaching across our core research modules.

The Faculty of Health Studies is regionally, nationally and internationally recognised for its teaching and research, and works with a number of healthcare partners to ensure clinical excellence.

Entry requirements

The University welcomes applications from all potential students regardless of their previous academic experience; offers are made following detailed consideration of each individual application. Most important in the decision to offer a place is our assessment of a candidate's potential to benefit from their studies and of their ability to succeed on this particular programme, and your application will be based on a combination of your formal academic qualifications and other relevant experience.

Applications are welcome from candidates with non-standard qualifications. Those who lack academic qualifications but who have significant relevant experience will be considered. Please talk to us if you do not fit the standard pattern of entry qualifications.


The modules for this course can be found in the latest programme specification.

The syllabus for the module includes:

  • Leadership & management- tracing historical developments.
  • Examining the debate surrounding leadership & management theory.  
  • Approaches to strategic leadership and Management.
  • The changing policy context within the public sector.
  • An overview of models of leadership & management including the NHS Healthcare Leadership model.
  • Leadership and followership effectiveness.
  • Leading and managing ethically.
  • Assessing own management & leadership skills and practice.
  • Approaches to developing individuals.
  • Developing & leading teams.
  • Motivating an Inspiring individuals & teams.
  • Power and influence.
  • Leading and managing others.
  • Sustainability in management & leadership practice.

This module is a core module for:

MSc /Post Graduate Diploma Leadership Management and Change in Health and Social Care

Postgraduate Certificate Leading Quality and Service Improvement

Reading lists

All reading lists can be found here.

Learning activities and assessment

A 4000 word applied assignment critically examines a leadership scenario which explores how the theories can be applied and what lessons can be learned in order to develop your leadership practice.


Storyboard re a leadership situation  critically analysed supported with theory (4000 word equivalent)

Career support and prospects

Career support

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

Fees, Finance and Scholarships

Tuition fees


  • Home/EU: £1,500 (standard 30 credit module fee)


  • Home/EU: £1,545 (standard 30 credit module fee)

Tuition fees are subject to review for students starting their course in subsequent years. See our Fees and Financial Support website for more details.

Financial support

Funding for eligible staff within the region will be reviewed by Health Education England (HEE) in the coming months for the 2017/18 academic year. We advise all applicants to apply as normal for 2017/18 courses and further information will be provided as soon as it is available.

How do I find out more?

Steps to Postgraduate Study

Find out more about studying at a postgraduate level on the official, independent website Steps to Postgraduate Study (link opens in new window).

How to apply

If you wish to apply for a module at the Faculty of Health Studies please download our module application form below:

Return completed forms to the FoHS recruitment team via email.

This is the current course information. Modules and course details may change, subject to the University's programme approval, monitoring and review procedures. The University reserves the right to alter or withdraw courses, services and facilities as described on our website without notice and to amend Ordinances, Regulations, fees and charges at any time. Students should enquire as to the up-to-date position when applying for their course of study.