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Institute of Health

Commissioning for Health and Social Care

  • Institute Code W75
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  • Start Date(s) 21 September 2020
  • Award PGDip
  • Study Mode Part-time
  • Course Length Part-time (2 years)
  • Campus Location Walsall Campus
  • School Institute of Health

Why choose this course?

“Commissioning for Quality, Caring for People”

The School has worked closely with senior NHS and Local Government Commissioning staff to develop this work-based, relevant applied course for staff working in or with public services. Designed with current practitioners in mind the course is a mixture of blended and face-to-face learning delivered around the needs of the individual and their employer.

The MSc Commissioning for Health and Social Care aims to provide you with a master’s level education in the concepts, theories, academic and practical skills that you will require to be an effective and efficient commissioner. The Postgraduate Diploma forms a third of the overall Masters, following on from the Postgraduate Certificate. The course offers a flexible approach to learning with options to study a module at a time or as a whole course starting with the Postgraduate Certificate and leading on to the Master's dissertation.

You will develop a sound working knowledge of the principles and practice of commissioning for health and social care and the underpinning policy. You will develop valuable skills in communication and strategic leadership. You will also develop a wide range of inter-personal skills for effective use in multi-agency teams. There will be opportunities to take part in module activities with a wide range of professional and other key stakeholders and organisations involved in the commissioning process. 

What happens on the course?

Market Shaping and Mapping

Module code: 7HW059

This module will enable you to explore a range of market analysis, market trends and mapping tools relevant to the commissioning process. You will demonstrate a range of skills in particular goal setting, prioritisation and decision making processes relevant to commissioning.

Assessment Description: 

Choose a specific health or social care issue which has been identified as a priority within your local area. Produce a report that could be delivered to the local commissioner which analyses the provider market, and carries out an appraisal of the options on how the required services could be secured.


Choose a specific health or social care issue which has been identified as a priority within your local area. Produce a report that could be delivered to  your local Health and Wellbeing Board, which set out the process for priority setting and the rationale for which interventions to commission

Leading and delivering Quality through commissioning

Module code: 7HW058

This module will enable   you to critically evaluate a range of leadership theories and styles relevant to commissioning. You will explore a range of quality tools and measure available to commissioners in relation to procurement and contracting of services. You will have an opportunity to develop a range of personal skills in particular negotiating and influencing skills, public relations and communication skills.

Assessment Description: 

Further to your presentation you will be required to develop your action plan identifying the key challenges faced within an organisation for leading and developing innovation and change in the commissioning role.  You will discuss in detail your personal leadership skills and how you would take forward your action plan drawing on the principles and theories of good leadership this assessment will enable you to apply the principles of leadership to your work-place and the role of the commissioner in organisations.

Advanced Research skills

Module code: 7HW012

The aim of this module is to provide you with depth knowledge of the research process and to acquire practical skills for the design and conduct of research studies, including data collection and analysis. You will plan a research study to be carried out independently, in fulfilment of the requirements of the Master's Dissertation. You will write a research plan in preparation for the development of the research proposal needed in your application for ethical approval of your study. You will gain a critical, depth knowledge of the methodologies and research methods you will need in order to write Chapter 3 (Methodology and Methods) of your Master's Dissertation.

Assessment Description

You will develop a research plan and proposal to prepare you for the dissertation module

In order to see more about the modules we offer and to prepare for your academic counselling session please visit our module information pages.

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

Students will be able to seek employment in a range of health and social care organisations within the public and private sector in commissioning.

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Part-time £2134 per year 2020-21

These fees relate to new entrants only for the academic year indicated for entry onto the course, any subsequent years study may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

Applicants for this course will normally hold a first degree or evidence of Level 6/7 study achieved at or above a minimum pass grade. However, applicants who have experience related to the areas of study will be considered eg. If currently working in commissioning. 

If English is not your first language you will need evidence of TOEFL score of 550 or above; or an IELTS score of 6.0 or above; or evidence of English proficiency equivalent to these scores.

You may be eligible to apply for accreditation of prior experience and learning (APL) to be counted towards your studies up to a maximum of 90 credits.

Postgraduate Loyalty Discount:

You can get 20% discount on a taught postgraduate course if you’re a University of Wolverhampton Graduate.

The University offers a generous 20% Loyalty Discount to students progressing from an undergraduate programme to a taught postgraduate programme, where both courses are University of Wolverhampton Awards.

There is no time limit on how long ago you completed your degree as long as this is your first Masters level qualification.

The discount applies to the first year of enrolment only. Students who receive a loyalty discount are not entitled to any further tuition discount or bursary. For full terms and conditions click here.


If you are paying for the fees yourself then the fees can be paid in 3 instalments: November, January and April. More information can be found by clicking here.

Sponsored - Your employer, embassy or organisation can pay for your Tuition fees:

Your employer, embassy or organisation agrees to pay all or part of your tuition fees; the University will refer to them as your sponsor and will invoice them for the appropriate amount.

We must receive notification of sponsorship in writing as soon as possible, and before enrolment, confirming that the sponsor will pay your tuition fees.

Financial Hardship:

Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.

Charitable Funding:

You might also want to explore the possibility of funding from charitable trusts; please see the following websites Association of Charitable Foundations, Directory of Social Change or Family Action. Most charities and trust funds offer limited bursaries targeted to specific groups of students so you will need to research whether any of them are relevant to your situation.

You can find more information on the University’s Funding, cost, fee and support pages.


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