UCC Postgraduate courses

Healthcare Leadership

About This Course

Fact File

  • Title

    Healthcare Leadership

  • Code


  • College

    Business and Law

  • Duration

    24 months

  • Teaching Mode


  • Qualifications


  • Non-EU Fees 2021

    Not currently open to Non EU applicants

  • Entry Requirements

    To apply for this programme, you will have an honours primary degree or equivalent and at least 2 years significant managerial experience/responsibility in healthcare. See Requirements for full details.

  • Closing Date

    Not currently open for applications 2019-2020.

  • Non-EU Closing Date

    Not currently open to Non EU applicants

  • Start Date

    Course not going ahead this September 2019.

Course Outline

The MSc Healthcare Leadership is designed to prepare participants for leadership roles in the healthcare sector.  As a participant on the course, you will focus on developing your analytical and professional skills, culminating in an applied research project.

The programme has been designed in conjunction with healthcare professionals to ensure it meets the skills needs of the healthcare industry, in particular, hospital groups.  Upon completion of the MSc in Healthcare Leadership, you can expect to have excellent career prospects with public hospitals, private hospitals, primary and social care, community healthcare groups, state agencies with a health policy remit and healthcare firms. 

Delivered by the Cork University Business School, the MSc Healthcare Leadership is a 24-month programme designed for those wishing to strive for leadership roles in a healthcare environment. 

Delivered by the Cork University Business School, the MSc Healthcare Leadership is a 24-month programme designed for those wishing to strive for leadership roles in a healthcare environment.  

The programme is structured as follows: 


Part I students will take 30 credits over 6-month timeframe (September to March Year 1)




  • Team Leadership


This module will help students gain personal insight into their own leadership style via the use of appropriate instruments so as to deliver enhanced team leadership skills.  This module examines the application of team leadership theory in a modern healthcare environment.

  • Financial Management


This module includes financial management and investment decision models, including activity-based funding and money follows the patient approaches, to enable strategic decision making


  • Healthcare Operation and Data Management


This module focuses on Healthcare Quality Improvement by utilising an interdisciplinary approach to creating or adapting existing systems that address the realities of human error in health delivery systems. Also provides an understanding of the governance, risk and ethical considerations of healthcare operations, patient pathways and data governance

Part II students will take 30 credits over 6-month timeframe (September to March Year 2)

  • Health Information Systems & e-Health



This module will expose healthcare professionals to the concepts and knowledge involved in making strategic use of information technology (IT) in health care organizations. Issues around the introduction and dispersal of new healthcare technologies across health systems are identified

  • Strategic Management in Health Services


This module explores the experience of health services leaders in Ireland and overseas against the received wisdoms from business theory and practice. It will assess the relationship between leadership skills and abilities, and the challenges health service organisations face as they deal with internal and external pressures to address increasing levels of service efficiencies and positive outcome for patients.

  • Healthcare Economics


In this module participants will develop an understanding of health economics and how to apply key elements of economic theory to health and health care

Part III students will take 30 credits over 6 month timeframe (April to August Year 2)

  • Healthcare Leadership
  • Research Project

30 credits

Participants will conduct multidisciplinary research, under the supervision of an academic expert mentor on a real life leadership issue in their healthcare setting, to make real improvements and deliver results. Each student will initiate, research and provide a solution to a live leadership case. The output from this project will include a detailed report and presentation.


Further details on the modules listed above can be found in our book of modules. Any modules listed above are indicative of the current set of modules for this course but are subject to change from year to year.

University Calendar

You can find the full academic content for the current year of any given course in our University Calendar.

Course Practicalities

For the MSc Healthcare Leadership degree, the student will complete six course modules and an applied research project.  The course will run on a cyclical basis, every two years.

Lectures take place in a three-day block once per month, on Wednesdays, Thursday and Friday from 09.00 to 17.00.  You can anticipate spending up to 3 hours studying outside of lecture time for each hour of lecture.

Students will benefit from induction days, off site lecturing days, coaching and workshops.  Specifically module on Team Leadership will offer coaching skills.

Each student will be equipped with a student handbook with details of the supports available to the students.


To meet the development objectives of the programme the MSc Healthcare Leadership is assessed by a blend of assessments including formal examination and continuous assessment. Five modules are 100% continuous assessment while 1 module contains 50% exam and 50% continuous assessment.

Continuous assessment is in the form of individual assignments, group case study analysis and presentations.  

Students will be divided into different groups for each part of the course.  This allows you an opportunity to get to know, and work with, all of your colleagues.  While we understand some students may have concerns about being assessed in groups, the ability to work with, and lead others, is a skill which is at the heart of the programme.  Finally, presenting is one of most important professional skills and so we also incorporate this into the assessment.

The final element of the MSc Healthcare Leadership is an applied research project. Provision may be made if a student experiences a change of work conditions during the course of their study on a case by case basis.

Who teaches this course?

The MSc Healthcare Leadership is delivered by a combination of Cork University Business school academic staff augmented with leading national and international expert healthcare professionals.

The healthcare professionals include senior executives of the South/ South West Hospital Group and leading healthcare professionals both within Ireland and internationally.  Clinicians and professionals from the health service will be involved in the delivery of the course.

The academics who teach on the course are experts in their field. These lecturers all have PhDs and significant industry experience. Our academic staff are also engaged in research with involvement in research centres in UCC including a dedicated health information system research centre, consult for industry, and publish regularly in international journals that are pertinent to the healthcare industry.



Why Choose This Course

This is a dedicated executive education programme designed to meet the leadership development needs of Healthcare professionals in the South and South West of Ireland.

Skills and Careers Information

Upon completion of the MSc in Healthcare Leadership, you can expect to have excellent career progression within a healthcare organisation due to dedicated healthcare leadership training.


To apply for this programme, you will have:

  • an honours primary degree
  • or equivalent


  • at least 2 years’ significant managerial experience/responsibility in healthcare


  • 2 referees’ reports.
  • Applicants may be required to submit personal statement of motivation and/or attend for interviews
  • International applicants should have a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent.

English Language Requirements

Applicants that are non-native speakers of the English language must meet the university approved English language requirements available here.

For applicants with qualifications completed outside of Ireland

Applicants must meet the required entry academic grade, equivalent to Irish requirements, please find our grades comparison by country here

International/non-EU applicants

For full details of the non-EU application procedure please visit our how to apply pages for international students. In UCC, we use the term programme and course interchangeably to describe what a person has registered to study in UCC and its constituent colleges, schools, and departments.

Not all courses are open to international/non-EU applicants, please check the fact file above.

For more information please contact the International Office.

Fees and Costs

The Non-EU fee for this course is Not currently open to Non EU applicants.


If your course required a deposit, that figure will be deducted from your second semester fee payment in January.

EU student fee payment:

Fees for EU students are payable in two equal instalments. First payment at registration in August and the second in January.

International student fee payment:

Fees for Non-EU Students are payable in one instalment in August.

How can I pay?

By Credit/Debit card online or by credit transfer.


If you have any questions on fee payment please email our Fees Office at fees@ucc.ie .

Non-EU Fees

The fee schedule for 2019/2020 is available here.

How Do I Apply

1. Choose Course

Firstly choose your course. Applicants can apply for up to two courses under one application. Details of taught courses are available on our online prospectus.

2. Apply Online

Once you have chosen your course you can apply online at the online application portal. Applicants will need to apply before the course closing date. There is a non-refundable €50 application fee for all courses apart from the Education - Professional Master of Education - (Secondary School/Post-Primary Teacher Training) which has a €100 application fee.

Applicants for the Postgraduate Diploma in Public Health Nursing must apply on the PAC website when the programme opens for applications.

3. Gather Supporting Documents

Scanned copies of the following documents will need to be uploaded to the online application portal in support of your application. Applicants may need to produce the original documents if you are accepted onto a course and register at UCC.

  • Original qualification documents listed on your application including transcripts of results from institutions other than UCC
  • Any supplementary items requested for your course.

Please log into the online application portal for more details.

4. Application processing timeline

Our online application portal opens for applications for most courses in early November of each year. Check specific course details. 

5. Rounds

For courses that are in the rounds system (Irish and EU applicants), please check the rounds closing dates here.

Questions on how to apply?

Please use our web enquiry form to contact us.

Additional Requirements (All Applicants)

All students are advised to first contact the Programme Administrator via email before applying on PAC - details below:

Programme Administrator 
Email Address: healthcareleadership@ucc.ie
Telephone: +353 (0)21 420 5717
Address: University College Cork,
Western Gateway Building 2.02,
Western Road, Cork,

The closing date for non-EU applications is Not currently open to Non EU applicants

For queries regarding course content or timetables please contact