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Leadership Skills and Project Management for Health and Healthcare, Level 7 - 20 credits - Module

If you are looking to further your career in health and healthcare then this module will be given you valuable insight and specific skills to increase your confidence and abilities to lead and manage a service improvement by assessing the drivers of the change and   applying a flexible yet assertive leadership style while working through the different phases of project management and managing the ...

Studying with us in 2021/22

It is possible that the 2021/22 academic year may be affected by the ongoing disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.  Information about the arrangements the University has put in place for the 2021/22 academic year in response to Covid-19 and the emerging variants can be found here.

Should the impact of Covid-19 continue in subsequent years of your course, any additional and/or alternative arrangements put in place by the University in response will be in accordance with the latest government public health advice, pandemic-related/health and safety legislation, and the terms and conditions of the student contract.

  • Level CPD
  • Study mode Short Course
  • Location City South
  • School School of Health Sciences
  • Faculty Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences


If you are looking to further your career in health and healthcare then this module will be given you valuable insight and specific skills to increase your confidence and abilities to lead and manage a service improvement by assessing the drivers of the change and   applying a flexible yet assertive leadership style while working through the different phases of project management and managing the challenges of project delivery.

This course is open to International students.

What's covered in this course?

Through face-to-face classes and formative learning activities, students will have the opportunity to understand the knowledge-base for the need for a change, analyse the interface between theory and practice, and reflect on the project’s transferability to other areas of relevant practice. 

Fees & How to Apply

  • International students

Award: Module

Starting: Apr 2021

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Short Course
  • 12 Weeks
  • £720 per 20 credit module

Award: Module

Starting: Apr 2021

  • Mode
  • Duration
  • Fees
  • Short Course
  • 12 Weeks
  • £720 per 20 credit module

If you're unable to use the online form for any reason, you can complete our PDF application form and equal opportunities PDF form instead. The University reserves the right to increase fees in line with inflation based on the Retail Prices Index or to reflect changes in Government funding policies or changes agreed by Parliament up to a maximum of five per cent.

How to apply

Complete the online application form via the link above, including the name of the module you are enrolling onto. 

Course in Depth

Level 7

This module explicitly addresses students’ personal and/or professional development with a view to enhancing competence for service improvement in a rapidly changing health and healthcare environment. Through a flexible provision, students are inspired to reflect critically upon their individual learning needs as well as their organisations’ practices, to appraise and apply concepts from the literature on leadership, to issues of relevance for their role, organisation and overall programme of study.

This module also focuses on pursuing excellence in leadership and project management principles and encouraging practice-led, applied knowledge for students on various MSc courses to lead service improvement and/or policy change effectively and efficiently. This will be achieved by supporting students to work through the technical steps and phases as well as the more practical realities of leading and managing a project; and addressing the more challenging aspects of project management such as demonstrating a need for change, sustaining staff engagement, managing resistance and working across departmental and organisational boundaries.

A range of learning, teaching, and assessment strategies will be employed during this module, reflecting those of the programmes it serves. Among these are 36 hours of scheduled learning and teaching activities comprised of lectures, demonstrations, workshops, discussion forums and tutorials; and 164 hours of independent study. Independent study involves guided reading and self-directed study activities. Feedback will be made available in class or online. Learning resources include: the Module Guide; face-to face contact with the Module Leader or teachers, either in groups or individually; classroom-based learning; and a dedicated Moodle site.

Each student will negotiate the summative assessment with the Module Leader to prepare a Project Management Proposal. Preparation of this proposal helps prepare students to undertake a Project Management for an MSc Dissertation and to prepare bids in the workplace.

Course structure

You will choose a service improvement project within their areas of study and develop a written proposal demonstrating leadership effectiveness coupled with a rigorous application of project management principles. This service improvement project provides an opportunity for students to demonstrate their capacity for independent learning and their ability to make an innovative contribution to applied leadership and management change theory within their chosen discipline. This proposal will ultimately prepare students confidently for undertaking a Project Management for an MSc Dissertation. 

International Students

Birmingham City University is a vibrant and multicultural university in the heart of a modern and diverse city. We welcome many international students every year – there are currently students from more than 80 countries among our student community.

The University is conveniently placed, with Birmingham International Airport nearby and first-rate transport connections to London and the rest of the UK.

Our international pages contain a wealth of information for international students who are considering applying to study here, including:

Facilities and Staff

The creation of our new suite of courses in Sport and Life Sciences is yet another exciting development at Birmingham City University. The 10,500sq metre building at City South Campus will enable us to offer a wide range of new health, nutrition, biomedical science and sports courses, as well as providing a new home for our education programmes.

Not only are we investing £41 million in a new building to house the laboratories and teaching spaces needed, but we also plan to open up these facilities to benefit all students and the wider community. This will complement our existing sports facilities, which already provide a base for students to compete in activities ranging from rugby to jiu jitsu.

The courses will reflect the latest developments in our teaching and our focus on practice-led learning with work placements and live industry case studies incorporated into the curriculum. All courses have been co-designed with employers and are endorsed or accredited by professional bodies where appropriate.

By expanding our provision to these new areas, we will be helping to tackle some of the biggest challenges facing society today, such as obesity and unhealthy lifestyles, by encouraging and supporting healthy eating and greater physical activity.

In addition, we will be producing graduates who can support elite performers in meeting the UK’s ambitions for sporting success at events such as the Olympics and other world sporting tournaments. We are constantly looking to enhance the range of courses we offer - please check all our courses for the latest additions to our portfolio.

Simulation Mannequins

We have several Simulation men (SIM men) and Simulation babies (SIM babies) which are leading edge, anatomically correct mannequins used for teaching specific techniques such as advanced adult and paediatric life support skills, acute and high dependency clinical skills, first aid and communication skills.

Simulation Mannequins

SPACE skills practice model


SPACE is an innovative practice area all students can access to use equipment and resources to practise a wide range of skills in a safe, welcoming and supportive environment. It provides students with a creative learning environment to get the best educational experience before becoming a health care professional.


Learning Facilities

We offer up-to-date, innovative facilities that simulate the real situations that medical staff may come across. These resources are essential in offering students a hands-on introduction to health and social care practice.

Learning Facilities

Nursing - Facilities - Virtual Tour

Virtual Tour

Explore our facilities in 360 panoramas, including welcome videos from key members of staff and Health and Wellbeing student profiles.

Virtual Tour

Doug Ellis Sports Centre

Our £8.5 million Doug Ellis Sports Centre boasts an 80-station fitness suite, an eight-court sports hall, and workout and spinning studios. The centre offers state-of-the-art fitness training equipment and plenty of room for team sports including five-a-side football and cricket. An all-weather pitch adds the finishing touches to the centre.

Visitors to the gym can choose a personalised fitness programme, instructed by qualified fitness trainers, and take advantage of a selection of classes, such as yoga, salsa or body combat.

Doug Ellis Sports Centre website

Our staff

Dr Fouad Berrahou

Senior Lecturer (subject lead), Health Leadership and Management

Dr Fouad Berrahou joined the University in 2014 as Subject Lead in Health Leadership and Management and Programme Director for the online MBA in Health.

In 2010, founded a start-up company, Founouvel Informatics, Inc., in Oran, Algeria and directed the development and testing of an intuitive and integrated electronic health records (EHR) system for single and multi-site medical practices.

Dr Berrahou began his career as a Health Planner in 1993 with the Texas Department of Health and was promoted to several different managerial positions within the Department. In 2003, he became a member of the leadership and management team as the Director of Maternal and Child Health Services, including children with special health care needs, for the State of Texas. Dr Berrahou brings to his post practical experience in ensuring that members of the healthcare workforce are equipped with the leadership and management talent to match the increased complexity of the healthcare environment.

More about Fouad


Module Leader

If you have any queries about this course please contact the Module Leader, Fouad Berrahou on:

Professional Navigators

Our Professional Navigator, Nicola Clarke, is also on hand to offer guidance and will help you to choose which modules are best for you, taking into account your aims, professional or clinical experience, KSF requirements and your academic achievements.

Call Nicola on +44 (0)121 331 6162.