Clinical Leadership PGCert

Clinical Leadership PGCert

Part time: 12 months
CPD modules available


This Clinical Leadership PGCert is for experienced healthcare professionals. You will develop personal, professional and strategic leadership knowledge and skills. You will have access to inter-professional debate, the latest leadership theory and a variety of evidence based tools and techniques.

This course offers a unique learning opportunity to healthcare professionals from all clinical and non-clinical backgrounds. The course will increase your knowledge by sharing experiences of leadership dilemmas and challenges. Teaching is facilitated by leadership experts from a variety of healthcare backgrounds.

Academics, researchers and NHS clinicians deliver the courses, all with extensive experience in a range of healthcare leadership roles. Dr Paul Young, Degree Programme Director (DPD), has links to Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. 

You will reflect on your own leadership performance and experience through self-evaluation and 360 degree assessment. Diagnostic psychometric tools include:

  • MBTI (Myers Briggs Type Indicator)
  • Healthcare Leadership Model 360 Degree Assessment
  • Hays ESCI-U (Emotional and Social Competency Inventory)
  • i-resilience

You will also have the opportunity to access team diagnostic tools including:

  • ATPI (Aston Team Performance Inventory)
  • Team Reflexivity Questionnaire
  • Do OD (NHS Organisational Development)

The mix of clinical professions and the teaching staff allows for confidential conversations, experience sharing, and for different perspectives to be explored. All helping to reaffirm that difficult dilemmas and people leadership issues are common and experienced by all.

Recent graduate


Our teaching is underpinned by current research, theory and practice.

The course includes:

  • nine compulsory teaching days spread over nine months
  • approximately 15 hours of independent study per week

Each module comprises three full teaching days. This is one per month for three months.

Each teaching day includes a mix of:

  • lectures
  • tutorials
  • workshop style seminars

The teaching days are designed to encourage a reflective approach to personal and professional development. Individual or group tutorials can also be arranged with members of the teaching team.

Blackboard is our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). It allows you to access the course content at anytime and from anywhere. The teaching and reading materials are accessible by desktop computer, tablet or mobile device.

I would recommend this course and have already done so to both colleagues and my seniors. In fact I believe all clinical leaders should undertake this course.

Recent Graduate

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Student Profile

The class size was good, enough to benefit from a wide range of personalities and experience but small enough to get to know people.

Alyson's student profile


Modules for 2017 entry

Compulsory modules

Modules might change for your year of entry.

Students must have completed MCL8001 Developing yourself as a Leader prior to undertaking MCL8002 Leadership Coaching or MCL8003 Strategic Leadership in Healthcare. MCL8001 is an essential pre requisite.

Recent graduate

Module changes

Module changes

Modules change annually to take account of:

  • changing staff expertise
  • developments in the discipline
  • the requirements of external bodies and partners
  • student feedback.

Most module information for 2018 entry will be available from mid-May 2018.

Fees & Funding

2018-2019 fees

The fees displayed here are per course. 



Part time: £2,600


Part time: £2,600


Find out more about our tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts.

EU students starting at Newcastle in 2018 will pay the UK (Home) tuition fee for the full duration of their course.

Funding opportunities

Entry Requirements

You should have obtained a 2:2 honours degree (or international equivalent) in a relevant discipline.

You must also work in a healthcare related field.

Students who do not meet the above academic criteria but are working in the healthcare profession or allied field may be considered on an individual basis at the Degree Programme Director’s discretion.

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English Language Requirements

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Pre-sessional English Language courses are not accepted as an alternative entry to this course.

How to Apply

You apply online, track your application and contact the admissions team via our applicant portal. Our step by step guide can help you on your way.


Rachel Craggs
Programme Coordinator
Faculty of Medical Sciences Graduate School
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 5199