PG Dip/MSc Interprofessional Health & Social Care Management

The aim of this programme is to provide students from different health and social care professions an opportunity to harness the diversity of their experience to develop a holistic, interprofessional view of care enabling them to lead and influence health care services.

The Interprofessional Health & Social Care Management (IPHSCM) course is a 2 year (PG Dip) or 3 year (MSc) part-time postgraduate course. The interprofessional nature and ethos of this course meets the needs for promoting and encouraging interprofessional health & social care management and leadership. The course was introduced in 2008 and is the first and only one of its kind in Northern Ireland. It highlights the innovation and leadership that is synonymous with Queen’s University in collaboration with the HSC Leadership Centre.

  • Duration:                    2 or 3 years part-time
  • Download a leaflet:   PG Diploma / MSc in Interprofessional Health & Social Care Management 

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Course Content

The first two years of the course are structured as six taught sequential modules. In Year 1, students focus on enhancing their knowledge and skills through increased self awareness leading to enhanced personal and interprofessional effectiveness. They become familiar with the theory underpinning interprofessional education and work to develop their skills in critically analysing the complexity of interprofessional working within a modern health and social care organisation. In Year 2, students study the ethical and legal principles including the philosophical questions arising in health and social care practice across the professions. Following from this, students focus on leadership and its multi-faceted nature and develop skills in critically analysing the approaches to managing and adapting to changes including consideration of the opportunities and constraints that influence change in interprofessional settings.

Students progressing on the MSc pathway will enter their dissertation module in 3rd year. Students will have an opportunity to undertake research in their area of choice, in line with course content, and to write and present these findings in a submitted thesis.

In years 1 & 2, classes will be delivered by collaborative partnerships between the School of Medicine, Dentistry & Biomedical Sciences and the HSC Leadership Centre. Delivery will take

place mainly at the HSC Leadership Centre on the Beeches site. In Year 1, attendance is required on alternate Tuesdays from 9.00am – 1.30pm and in Year 2 on alternate Wednesdays from 9.00am – 1.30pm.

For social work students, the course is a PQ accredited programme for the NI Leadership and Strategic Award in Social Work. The MSc leads to the full award covering the complete 9 PQ requirements, whereas the 2 year PG Diploma will enable students to gain 6 of the PQ requirements.

Entrance Requirements

Applicants must have a minimum second class honours degree and at least three years experience working within their profession (extending to 5 years for short listing requirements should this be necessary). Approval must be sought from the student employing organisation as a large proportion of assessment is project based within the workplace. As this course requires representation from at least 3 disciplines (i.e. medicine, nursing, dentistry, social work, allied health professions, pharmacy, management etc.) and ideally proportional representation to run the course, applicants may be subject to interview to ensure that this requirement is met.

English Language

An IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6 in each element of Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing. IELTS Certificates are valid for a period of 2 years or equivalent qualification.

Applicants must have a minimum second class honours degree and at least three years experience

Tuition Fees

For further information on Tuition Fees and payment options please refer to the University's webpages for Tuition Fees and to the Student Finance Framework 2014-15 (2014-15).  Please also refer to the Tuition Fee Schedule 2014-15 for further details.

Sources of Funding

Students applying from HSC Trusts, NIAS Trust, HSCB, RQIA, NIBTS, and BSO (Core Clients) may be funded partly through the Service Level Agreement with the HSC Leadership Centre, but must gain approval from within their organisation for this arrangement.

How to Apply

As this programme is delivered in collaboration between Queen’s and the Leadership Centre there is a dual application process.  Applicants to this course must apply through both the QUB and HSC Leadership Centre websites

Candidates should make application to Queen’s via the Universities Online Admissions Portal .  Guidance is available on the University’s Prospective Student pages.  In addition to this candidates must also submit a short  application to the Leadership Centre (please refer to their website for information on how to make this application.  

When applying please choose 'Postgraduate Taught' as your application type and ‘Medicine’ as your subject area/School.

For further advice on the application process at QUB please contact:

Admissions and Access Service
Lanyon North
Queen’s University Belfast
Tel: +44 (0)28 9097 5081

What to do once an offer of a place has been made

The University’s Admissions office are responsible for issuing offers to students.  Please ensure that you either accept or decline an offer of a place as appropriate by following the instructions provided by the University’s Admissions Office.  This can be done through the online admissions portal.  If you are unsure how to do this please contact the University’s Admissions Office.

Enrolment and Registration

Once new students have accepted and met the conditions of their offer they will receive a Welcome Registration Essentials Guide from Queen’s Central Admissions through the post in early September.  Late applicants will receive the Guide via email. The Guide will contain your username and password which will allow you access to your Queen’s email and the online Registration and Enrolment Wizard.

For Enrolment & Registration you must complete a two stage process. You are required to begin the process using the Registration Wizard and then attend the University for on-site completion of registration, in person, to verify your qualifications, identification and obtain your Queen’s University ID card.

Further Information will be provided to students in early September on this process.


Further Information

Dr Melissa McCullough
School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences
Tel: +44 (0)28 9097 1455

William Young
The Leadership Centre
Tel: +44 (0) 28 9064 4811

Graduate Prospects

The course curriculum is designed to develop health professionals to have a positive impact on the delivery of health and social care through enhanced interprofessional working. The qualification provides an opportunity for students to improve their employability through the development of their management and leadership capabilities. It provides students with the knowledge and skills to pursue a career in health and social care or other health-related leadership roles.

Our work-based assessment facilitates students to engage at influential levels within their  organization and the wider health and social care system