Executive Master's in Medical Leadership

Key Information

Date: Applications for September 2020 have now closed and will open again Spring 2021 for September 2021 intake
Delivery: Part-time
Total UK credits: 180
Total ECTS: 90
Tuition fee: £23,000 (funding available through the Cass FMLM scholarship)

The Executive Master's in Medical Leadership is now available using apprenticeship levy funding. For more information please contact Ruth Velenski by email. Read more about Cass Business School having launched two degree apprenticeship programmes.

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Programme summary

The Executive Master's in Medical Leadership (EMML) 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 master's-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.

Studying at Cass on the Executive Master's in Medical Leadership (EMML) has been transformative for me.
Dr Sanjiv Sharma, Medical Director, Great Ormond Street Hospital

Cass-HCA Chief Medical Officer Clinical Management Fellowship

Cass has worked together with HCA Healthcare UK to create the Chief Medical Officer Clinical Management Fellowship programme. The fellowship aims to give ambitious doctors the skills, experiences and education to put them on the path to becoming the nation's future healthcare leaders. The fellowship offers 8 promising doctors the opportunity to gain practical experience of clinical management at HCA's acute complex care hospitals alongside the education that will equip with them skills and knowledge in leadership. HCA offers a full-time, 2 year fixed term employed Clinical Fellowship contract and full funding for the Executive Master's.

Cass-FMLM scholarships for consultants

Cass and FMLM are coming together to offer three Cass-FMLM scholarships for consultants and general practitioners for the EMML. The scholarships cover 50% of all fees for the degree. They are aimed at general practitioners and consultants in acute and community/mental health care after CCT/CESR. This is open to self-funded  candidates (i.e. your tuition fees are not being paid by anyone other than yourself) who have clear professional merit and can demonstrate their potential to contribute to all aspects of the EMML.

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 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.

Programme modules

Year 1 modules

  • September 2020 - Induction
  • Personal Leadership Development for Experts and Professionals Part 1: 11 – 12 Sept 2020
  • Personal Leadership Development for Experts and Professionals Part 2: 2 - 3 Oct 2020
  • Managing People and Change in Healthcare Part 1: 13 - 14 Nov 2020
  • Managing People and Change in Healthcare, Part 2: 11 - 12 Dec 2020
  • Expert Leadership, Part 1: 15 - 16 Jan 2020
  • Expert Leadership, Part 2: 12 - 13 Feb 2020
  • Managerial Accounting and Business Planning for Medical Leaders, Part 1: 12 - 13 March 2021
  • Managerial Accounting and Business Planning for Medical Leaders, Part 2: 23 – 24 April 2021
  • Work Based Leadership Impact Project, Part 1: 21 May 2020

Year 2 modules (2021/22)

  • Regulation, Policy, and Strategy in Health
  • Leading Innovation in Healthcare
  • Healthcare Analytics
  • Marketing and Machine Learning
  • Work Based Leadership Impact Project, Part 2

* All modules run for the full day unless otherwise indicated

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 co-founders of  the degree are Professor Amit Nigam and Dr Amanda Goodall.

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