Leadership and Innovation in Healthcare

RCSI, Dubai

Course details

Dubai aims to become a global leader in the delivery of healthcare by delivering world-class services and fostering innovation and creativity in alignment with the UAE vision and Dubai plan 2021. Healthcare is one of the fastest growing sectors in the UAE, as recognised in the Dubai Health Strategy 2016-2021. A world-class healthcare system needs highly educated, innovative leaders; this new programme has been devised to meet the needs of healthcare professionals in this unique and complex environment.

This evidence-based programme combines academic rigour, practical experience and in depth self-analysis in order to develop and enhance participants’ leadership capacity. It provides you with the opportunity to develop and enhance your knowledge of concepts, theories, research and best practice relating to leadership in healthcare while using associated language, tools and techniques.

The focus of this programme is firmly on leadership, thus it will address the main issues and problems that healthcare professionals experience in recognising, assessing, managing and overcoming the daily challenges they face. One of the key aims of the programme is that you emerge as a reflective practitioner, which places you at the forefront of change, innovation and best practice. Graduates of this programme will have the knowledge, skills and attitudes to provide world-class leadership in this critical sector.


Local and international accreditation

The Commission for Academic Accreditation (CAA) of the Ministry of Education (MoE) has licensed RCSI Dubai as a higher education provider in the UAE. All of our Masters programmes are CAA accredited. The full list of the CCA's accredited programme is available here.

Furthermore, all of our Masters programmes are accredited by the National University of Ireland.

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 and Innovation 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.


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.
  • Advance knowledge and skills in managing oneself in diverse healthcare settings.
  • Advance skills and knowledge in managing and leading others in healthcare.
  • 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.
  • Critique the complexity of modern leadership and practice.
  • Evaluate the theories to develop and execute an effective plan to professionally lead within healthcare.
  • Analyse and synthesis 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.
  • Evaluate complex management and leadership issues and consistently and sensitively develop personal management skills across diverse teams.
  • Examine the role of health economics, quality improvement, financial management, human resources management and the principles of governance in leading effective innovative services.
  • Critique the complex role of health economics, quality improvement, financial management, human resources management and the principles of governance and its impact, to effective lead innovative services in healthcare
  • Demonstrate the ability to challenge assumptions and to question processes, policies and procedures in healthcare, at individual and organisational levels.
  • Critique and challenge highly complex issues in healthcare, professionally leading activities in such a context.
  • 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 personal competencies, leadership and teamwork skills and strategies to implement innovative management and leadership practices to healthcare.
  • Develop a strategic mindset and understand the theoretical underpinnings of strategic leadership and demonstrate the capacity to deploy a range of strategic methodologies.
  • Develop and execute strategic skills using appropriate methodologies to create sound strategic conclusions for leading healthcare.
  • Recognise the importance of leadership and innovation and develop the capacity to effectively manage and lead in a diverse healthcare setting.
  • Advance competencies in leadership and innovation within a diverse healthcare practice.
  • Advance problem-solving skills for the diverse and highly complex healthcare setting.

Below is the timetable for the academic year 2020/2021:

Semester 1 Date
Orientation Day 25-27 September 2020

Module 1: Developing and Demonstrating Personal Leadership Qualities

2, 3, 8, 16 October 2020
Module 2: Working with and Leading Others 13, 14, 19, 27 November 2020
Semester 2 Date
 Module 3: Leading and Managing Services 15, 16, 21, 29 January 2021
Module 4: Leading Innovation and Change 26, 27 February; 4, 12 March 2021
Module 5: Strategic Planning and Implementation 9, 10, 15, 23 April 2021
Module 6: Developing a Future-Orientated Mindset 21, 22, 27 May; 4 June 2021