Executive Education

Executive Masters in Medical Leadership

Cass has long been the home of professional leadership. With our strong research background in healthcare business intelligence and leadership, we have collaborated with clinicians, healthcare partners and experts to create this bespoke programme. *

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Programme summary

The Executive Masters in Medical Leadership is a specialised degree that offers advanced leadership training to doctors. The programme develops leaders who can transform healthcare systems in ways that ultimately help people live longer, healthier lives. Grounded in research that shows that medical leadership improves healthcare system performance, this degree is distinct in targeting doctors. We have structured it in a way to fit into your busy schedule as a doctor, by offering the degree on a part-time, flexible basis.

Our degree will enable you to realise the Faculty of Medical Leadership and Management’s Leadership and Management Standards for Medical Professionals. A key feature of our programme is its dual focus on personal development and research-based conceptual knowledge. The aim is to combine Masters-level learning about people, innovation and change in healthcare with your own development as an effective leader in this environment. In doing so, we will be drawing on Cass Business School’s world-class research capabilities and experience of executive development.

Programme benefits

Personal leadership development – You will develop reflective awareness of your own leadership and management style, strengths and weaknesses. This personal development focus is built into our curriculum. You will learn how to negotiate successfully, manage conflict and difficult conversations.  You will have regular sessions with an experienced executive coach who will work with you to recognise and meet the leadership and managerial challenges you face.

Conceptual knowledge – You will be introduced to conceptual knowledge that will be critical to your development as manager and leader. This includes contextual knowledge (e.g. regulation and policy) that will allow you to engage with and transform health systems; people management skills (e.g. teams, managing culture, decision-making, negotiations) that will help you effectively mobilise support from others; and analytical knowledge (e.g. managerial accounting, health care analytics) that will give you practical tools that you need to identify, communicate, and achieve improvements in your own organisation.

A practical emphasis – Our emphasis on experiential learning will help you translate the conceptual knowledge into practical application. The programme is designed around exercises, cases, simulations, action learning sets, a short work placement with a radically different health care provider (e.g. financially rich or poor) and other experiential tools.

An impact project – As part of the programme you will complete a leadership impact project that enables you to synthesise what you have learned and apply it in your career.  You will lead and implement a change project in a host healthcare organisation. The specific task will be negotiated with the participating institution, which could be your own or another organisation. The project will give you the chance to lead a major change initiative with the support of a structured learning community including an academic mentor and/or peer.

Programme structure

The programme is designed and structured to allow for intellectual progression through core modules taught over a two year period. You will attend one two-day block session (on a Friday and Saturday) each month during the academic year (September through June). Additionally, you will have the opportunity to attend social and networking events where you can engage with the larger community of Cass alumni and friends in healthcare.

Participant profile

Unlike most management degrees in healthcare, our programme has been designed specifically for doctors.  Participants will include: medical directors, associate directors, clinical directors and clinical leads; consultants and general practitioners; senior clinical academics and clinician scientists; other senior medical professionals with appropriate experience; senior doctors in training with extensive clinical experience.

Next steps

There is growing recognition among policy-makers and managers in the UK and around the world that nurturing effective medical leaders is critical. We are excited to offer a programme that helps address this need – and look forward to playing our part in helping you improve healthcare organisations and systems, and ultimately peoples’ health and lives. The programme directors on the degree are Dr Amit Nigam and Dr Amanda Goodall. If you would like more information, please get in touch using the links on the right.

* This programme is currently under development and is subject to final approval. For further information, please contact Cass Executive Education.

A route through HCA Healthcare UK

HCA Healthcare UK

If you are a senior junior doctor and considering a career in clinical management, then the Chief Medical Officer Clinical Management Fellowship Programme with HCA Healthcare UK may be the route for you. The fellowship will enable you to explore your potential as a clinical manager with the world's largest private healthcare provider group. HCA UK is currently accepting applications to the fellowship programme.


  • Fully funded part-time Executive Masters in Medical Leadership at Cass Business School, City, University of London
  • Two-year full-time clinical management fellowship programme, combining clinical practice and management development
  • Structured leadership development within HCA UK, including exposure to senior clinicians and healthcare managers
  • Fellows will be full-time employees of HCA UK and will receive a competitive salary and an attractive employee benefits rewards package. 
  • Fellows already working for the NHS will be strongly encouraged to go back into the NHS at the end of this 2 year term.


In addition to the requirements for the Executive Masters in Medical Leadership, the following also applies:

  • Evidence of commitment to healthcare management or quality improvement
  • GMC registration
  • ST3+ (ST4+ in paediatrics)
  • A postgraduate qualification in your speciality (All specialities will be considered, although speciality in the following is desirable: cardiology/cardiothoracic surgery, oncology, paediatrics and critical care)
  • Evidence of career progression

To be considered for this programme, please submit your application before 13 February 2017 using the appropriate link provided (top right).