Strategic Management and Senior Leadership in Health and Social Care

The details
Essex Business School
Colchester Campus
Autumn & Spring
Postgraduate: Level 7
Thursday 05 October 2023
Friday 22 March 2024
15 September 2023


Requisites for this module



Key module for

MSC N2B9MO Leadership in Health and Care

Module description

This module introduces students to a wide range of models, theories and topics within leadership and highlights central debates in the field.

The module will cover traditional approaches to leadership, the differences between management and leadership, current issues in leadership, including leading change, and critical issues in leadership from a theoretical and a practical perspective. At the end of the module students will have developed a critical appreciation of leadership and be able to relate this to their own work context.

Module aims

The aims of this module are:

  • To provide students with an understanding and appreciation of a range of theories and perspectives on organisational leadership.

  • To provide students with an understanding of how contextual and other organisational factors influence leadership practices.

  • To develop the ability of students to critically evaluate practices of organisational leadership in a healthcare context.

  • To develop the ability of students to critically reflect on the evolving content of leadership values and practices.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this module, students will be expected to be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a clear understanding of the key elements of the various theories and concepts on leadership.

  2. Critically evaluate practices of leadership.

  3. Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of organisational leadership.

  4. Apply techniques, models and frameworks to the health care context.

Module information

This module is structured along the themes of both theories and practices of leadership, and provides students with an overview, discussion and analysis of the differences between leadership and management and different styles of leaderships, with the aim to enhance and develop students’ professional and management capabilities.


  • Module introduction

  • Management vs leadership

  • Classical theories of leadership

  • Key concepts in leadership

  • Leadership and organisational culture

  • Leadership, learning and development

  • Leadership simulation exercise

  • Leadership and change

  • Leadership, inclusion and diversity

  • Leadership and power relations

  • Leadership, stakeholders and marketing/communications

  • Leadership, power and ethics

  • The future of leadership/post-heroic leadership

Learning and teaching methods

This module will be delivered via:

  1. Three days of block teaching (18 hours, organised by 3-hour am session and 3-hour pm session per day, for a total of 6 x 3-hour sessions)
  2. A total of 4 full days, one per fortnight following the three block teaching days (organised by a 3-hour am session and 3-hour pm session per day)

The module will consist of a variety of learning and teaching methods. Students will be encouraged to engage in reading, writing, participative learning, presentations, case studies, and virtual group-work / interaction.

Teaching delivery will be inclusive, and will:

  • Respect the diversity of students
  • Enable all students to take part in learning and fulfil their potential
  • Ensure different students’ learning needs and preferences are met, regardless of their backgrounds, learning styles or abilities
  • Remove any barriers that prevent students from learning.

An inclusive approach benefits all students because it values their individual strengths and contributions and makes the learning experience richer and more diverse for everyone.


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography for this year.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Coursework weighting
Coursework   Group Presentation  09/11/2023  25% 
Coursework   Individual Essay  15/01/2024  75% 

Exam format definitions

  • Remote, open book: Your exam will take place remotely via an online learning platform. You may refer to any physical or electronic materials during the exam.
  • In-person, open book: Your exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer to any physical materials such as paper study notes or a textbook during the exam. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, open book (restricted): The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may refer only to specific physical materials such as a named textbook during the exam. Permitted materials will be specified by your department. Electronic devices may not be used in the exam.
  • In-person, closed book: The exam will take place on campus under invigilation. You may not refer to any physical materials or electronic devices during the exam. There may be times when a paper dictionary, for example, may be permitted in an otherwise closed book exam. Any exceptions will be specified by your department.

Your department will provide further guidance before your exams.

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Louise Nash, email:
Dr Louise Nash



External examiner

No external examiner information available for this module.
Available via Moodle
Of 42 hours, 42 (100%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s), module, or event type.


Further information
Essex Business School

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