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Leadership

MSc
Institute of Leadership, Dublin

Course details

Healthcare organisations are among the most complex in today's society. As a new era for healthcare emerges, healthcare leaders will need to manage increased risk, uncertainty, ambiguity and effectively manage and implement change, which requires effective leadership style and qualities.

The MSc in Leadership is designed to develop tomorrow's leaders today by significantly developing leadership competencies, management skills and the ability to be innovative in an uncertain healthcare environment that has limited resources, increased demands and significant budget restrictions

Delivery and design

In response to the uncertainty surrounding COVID 19, potential travel restrictions and the importance of social distancing for healthcare professionals for the foreseeable future, we are pleased to confirm that our blended learning model will be facilitated in a digitally engaged format via our online teaching platform for Academic Year 20/21.

The MSc in Leadership will be delivered through a blend of online content and activities and live interactive sessions, to offer a collaborative and supported student experience. Our experienced team have the skills and technology to provide a rich and engaging online experience and will be on hand to smooth your course for success as you commence your studies, no matter what your level of technical ability. Students will have the opportunity to become part of an international, healthcare focused, learning community, as they are supported to engage through collaborative group work, team building and networking opportunities – benefiting from each other’s experience in a safe and supported environment. 

Onsite days will be scheduled when it is safe to do so in the context of the Covid 19 pandemic.

 

Semester 1

Module 1: Developing and Demonstrating Personal Leadership Qualities (10 ECTS)

The aim of this module is to provide you with a knowledge and understanding of how to develop your leadership competencies and capabilities through lectures, guest speakers, seminars, readings and assignments. In this module you will develop and demonstrate personal leadership qualities; learn how to effectively manage yourself in order to understand how you can influence and persuade your team and those around you, and understand how your actions influence your ability to get things done.

Module 2: Working with and Leading Others (10 ECTS)

In this module you will develop an understanding of leading teams and how to ensure effectiveness and build rapport among team members. This learning will contribute to the advancement of your skills and knowledge in building and developing effective work teams that are motivated and can achieve excellence in performance.

Module 3: Leading and Managing Services (10 ECTS)

This module will provide you with an understanding of the nature of service and the factors that contribute to excellence in leading and managing services in healthcare. You will develop an understanding of the healthcare structures and your competing demands, the development of a culture of service excellence, the various activities involved in the analysis, formulation and implementation of strategic initiatives.

Semester 2

Module 4: Leading Innovation & Change (10 ECTS)

This module focuses on the models of change, recognising the key triggers of change, how to effectively lead and implement change and innovation in healthcare and overcome resistance to change. This learning will assist in the advancement of your skills and knowledge in understanding the need for change and the most effective strategies for the successful implementation of change and innovation.

Module 5: Strategic Planning and Implementation (10 ECTS)

This module will introduce you to the current strategies, practices and a selection of best practice frameworks, tools and techniques for strategic planning and implementation in healthcare. You will develop an in-depth understanding of the various activities involved in the analysis, formulation and implementation of strategic initiatives.

Module 6: Developing a Future-Oriented Mindset (10 ECTS)

This module will provide you with competencies in the role of leadership in healthcare by developing a future-oriented mindset that advance tomorrow’s leadership skills and qualities today. In this module you will develop skills to lead and develop creative and collaborative working environments in a complex healthcare system.

Semester 3 and 4

Module 7: Research Methods and Methodology (10 ECTS)

This module will provide you with an in-depth knowledge of the principles of good research and recognition of the range of tools and concepts that are necessary in healthcare research. You will gain the knowledge and skills to understand and use a range of methods and decide on appropriate research designs and methods to investigate your chosen research problems in innovation or change in healthcare.

Research Project

Leading and Innovation or Change Project and Action Learning Sets In order to fulfil the requirements for a MSc degree, you must complete the seven modules outlined above and conduct a research project in your organisation.

The project is assessed on the basis of three components: a project report, a project proposal and a poster or defence presentation.

Participants on our MSc programmes in the past have produced considerable developments in their organisations and many projects have resulted in significant improvements, substantial cost savings and publications in management journals.

Assessments

Your learning on each module is assessed by one of a number of methods: examination, individual assignment or team assignment and case studies.

 
 

This programme will provide you with the skills and knowledge to:

  • Develop the personal and professional capacity to lead in healthcare organisations.
  • Critically appraise modern leadership theory and practice, and develop the ability to apply leadership approaches that are at the forefront of informed best practice in healthcare.
  • Analyse and synthesise complex management and leadership problems and deploy a range of people management skills, particularly in relation to the management of multi-disciplinary and trans-disciplinary teams.
  • Examine the role of health economics, quality improvement, financial management, human resources management and the principles of governance in leading effective innovative services.
  • Demonstrate the ability to challenge assumptions and question processes, policies and procedures in healthcare, at individual and organisational levels.
  • Develop as a reflective practitioner with the skills, insight, confidence and awareness necessary to identify and implement evidence-based innovative management and leadership practices.
  • Develop a strategic mindset, understand the theoretical underpinnings of strategic leadership and demonstrate the capacity to deploy a range of strategic methodologies.
  • Recognise the importance of leadership and innovation and develop the capacity to effectively manage and lead in a diverse healthcare setting.

Orientation takes place in two parts: the Orientation Preparatory work and the Live Orientation Session facilitated through our online platform

  • Orientation Preparatory work: The preparatory work for orientation will commence on our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). Students will be required to complete some brief exercises and view a suite of short instructional videos. Students will be fully supported to access materials and the programme team are on hand to assist students.
  • Live Orientation Session: The 1 day Live Orientation Session will be facilitated online via our interactive teaching platform in the last week in September. This one-day orientation event is an excellent opportunity to meet the Institute of Leadership team, meet your new classmates and get the skills and knowledge you need for academic success. IOL staff will be available to assist students at all times throughout the live orientation event. Please be assured that we are very experienced in working with students to access new technology and will make sure all our new students are able to participate. 

Module Teaching Dates

We are finalising timetables for webinars and live interactive sessions now and will make this available shortly. Please check back here for more details.