MSc Health and Social Care Integration and Innovation

The programme is designed to attract current and aspiring leaders in health and social care. Graduates of this course are expected to demonstrate the innovative and integrated vision required to be at the forefront of future health and care services.

The Course

This Master’s programme in Health and Social Care Integration and Innovation provides students with an exciting opportunity to collaborate and discuss and develop techniques to support the integration and innovation challenges and opportunities facing health and social care.

This part-time, employment-based programme is designed to nurture and create health care professionals of the future. To enable a real-time examination and exploration of the fundamental issues of health and social care, all applicants are required to be in relevant employment.

At Lincoln, you will have access to shared learning across your cohort and access to a range of national and international speakers who aim to encourage an environment of shared learning.

The 26-month programme will be delivered through a blended learning approach using structured teaching, structured independent learning and the use of the University’s Virtual Learning Environment as a collaborative learning platform and a distance learning vehicle. There will be an element of weekend teaching (Friday Afternoon/Saturday Morning) and summer schools.

The programme will make use of Action Learning Sets (ALS) throughout each year of study, where we provide a structured way of working in small groups which is designed to encourage the discipline required to help students learn from what they do and improve their practice as a result.

Speakers will also contribute to the programme through the use of key note addresses and ‘master classes’. We invite leaders and participants of innovation programmes to offer an insight into the process and challenges of integration.

Over the course of this programme students should expect to receive a total of 600 hours of contact time. Postgraduate level study involves also significant proportion of independent study, exploring the material covered in lectures and seminars.

Comparative Health and Social Care Integration systems (Core)
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Comparative Health and Social Care Integration systems (Core)

This module aims to critically examine how health and social care services are negotiated, commissioned and provided. It will concentrate on the challenges of innovation and pooled service delivery models, workforce models and workforce development and the processes which support greater service integration. The module will include a strong international dimension, including a critical examination, with the possibility of visits, to European and UK health and social care partners engaged in the integration agenda. It will examine the implications of integration for patient, service user and carer involvement.

Contemporary Health and Social Care Policy and Practice (Core)
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Contemporary Health and Social Care Policy and Practice (Core)

This module critically examines the current and future territory of health and social care policy. Particular emphasis will be placed on identifying themes which have had a permanence or frequency in national NHS and social care policy direction over the past thirty years. This policy analysis will be directly linked to the formal needs assessment and will focus on a specific area of policy (e.g. personalisation).

Identifying Needs: Using Knowledge for Integration and Innovation (Core)
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Identifying Needs: Using Knowledge for Integration and Innovation (Core)

The development of key skills in ‘needs assessment’ is a critical component of the integration and innovation agenda. Any evaluation programme begins with a comprehensive ‘needs assessment’. This module will look to explore and synthesise differing aspects and sources of needs assessment (personal, economic, social, psychological, physical).

Key aspects of this module will examine knowledge and evidence informed practice and re-introduce foundation research skills at Master's level. As the initial module of the programme, this will include study skills and the expectations of Mater's level work, and there will be a focus on key technological tools for learning.

Practice / Service Innovation Project: Research Dissertation (Core)
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Practice / Service Innovation Project: Research Dissertation (Core)

This module provides the opportunity to apply a comprehensive understanding and advanced skills in integration and innovation of health and social care. The principles of effective and sustainable service transformation across health and social care are reviewed.

Theories and practice of research will be re-examined, with a focus on developing a framework to support social research for integration and innovation in health and social care. Students are expected to critically engage in developing a detailed practice/service development project or service evaluation, utilising research knowledge, processes and skills. The module is designed to engage students in the principles of effective and sustainable service transformation across health and social care.

Service Innovation, Development and Evaluation (Core)
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Service Innovation, Development and Evaluation (Core)

This module draws on earlier developmental work in the other modules and begins to explore the process of changing services with integration and innovation in mind. Service Innovation Development and Evaluation will examine how services may be designed and commissioned in the future to support integration and innovation. The module explores more advanced research skills surrounding methodological considerations, data analysis and reporting of findings.

The Political Economy of Health and Social Care (Core)
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The Political Economy of Health and Social Care (Core)

This module will explore historic, contemporary and comparative understandings of the health and social care sector and examine the increasingly important role played by health economics in determining policy directions and choices within the sector.

Transformational Leadership and Management (Core)
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Transformational Leadership and Management (Core)

The delivery of the integration and innovation agenda will be predicated on inclusive and transformational approaches to leadership and management in public services. This module will explore key concepts and skills in transformational leadership and look at how such skills may be utilised to greatest effect across the wider health and social care economy. The module will present management and leadership within health and social care as a complex adaptive system approach.

Transforming Communities (Core)
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Transforming Communities (Core)

The participation and public health agenda in health and social care is at the heart of integration and innovation. The policy trajectory for the past 30 years has emphasised the desire to engage people in their own health and social care requirements and to transfer control to individuals and communities. People should have a stronger voice in decision about their health and care, and services should better reflect their needs and preferences, as a foundation of ‘person centred’ health and social care systems. New innovation and possibilities, for example the digital world, offers a unique set of tools to encourage participation, personal activation and citizenship.

Values Based Commissioning (Core)
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Values Based Commissioning (Core)

This module examines commissioning processes in health and social care and discusses the role of values in these processes, paying particular attention to the challenges and opportunities of public involvement. Values-based commissioning aims to integrate all the health and social care services, with service users and carers working jointly with commissioners to lead commissioning decisions. This module will also introduce the dissertation requirements.

†The availability of optional modules may vary from year to year and will be subject to minimum student numbers being achieved. This means that the availability of specific optional modules cannot be guaranteed. Optional module selection may also be affected by staff availability.

The range of assessments within the programme are designed to provide a wide and varied student experience with an emphasis placed on the engagement of students as producers of new knowledge and skills for integration and innovation.

The assessment strategy is intended to ensure that those who have obtained their Master’s degree have clearly demonstrated advanced capability in supporting a challenging integration and innovation agenda in health and social care. Therefore, part of the assessment strategy is related to assessment of practice in the workplace.

The assessment strategy consists of written reports, assignments and presentations, including an 8,000 word service development project/paper for publication.

Written requirements for the programme will be an extension of relevant work that you are already engaged in, such as reports, business care development, presentations and service needs assessment.

There are three stages that make up the programme:

Stage 1 provides an introduction and overview of the broad political, economic and social context of integration and innovation agenda in health and social care.

Stage 2 is the specialist stage of the programme which offers students the opportunity to develop the skills, values and knowledge necessary to make a significant contribution to service integration and innovation within their sphere of influence.

Stage 3 is the final dissertation project which is designed to provide students with the chance to bring together their learning experiences and skills gained throughout the programme.

Students can exit after Stage 1 with a Postgraduate Certificate or after Stages 1 and 2 with a Postgraduate Diploma.

Assessment Feedback

The University of Lincoln's policy on assessment feedback aims to ensure that academics will return in-course assessments to you promptly – usually within 15 working days after the submission date.

Applicants are advised to contact the programme leader through an informal telephone conversation to discuss their motivation and suitability for the programme.

In the event of high numbers of applications, a selection process will take place where applicants may be required to undertake a short academic writing exercise.

 2017/18 Entry*
Part-time Home/EU £3,780 p/a
(including Alumni Scholarship 30% reduction)
£2,646 p/a
Part-time International £3,780 p/a

* Academic year September- July


As a postgraduate student you may be eligible for scholarships.

Guidance for Part-time Postgraduate Fees

To complete a standard Masters Taught programme, you must complete 180 credit points.

Full time students will be invoiced for the programme in full upon initial enrolment.

For part-time students, tuition fees are payable each credit point enrolled. To calculate your part-time fees, multiply the part-time fee per credit point by the number of credits you intend to complete within that academic year. This is usually between 60 and 90 credit points per year.

For example, if the fee per credit point for your programme is £38, and you enrol on 60 credits, the tuition fee payable for that academic year will be £2,280.

For further information and for details about funding your study, scholarships and bursaries, please see our Postgraduate Fees & Funding pages [].

Other Costs

For each course you may find that there are additional costs. These may be with regard to the specific clothing, materials or equipment required.

With regards to text books, the University provides students who enrol with a comprehensive reading list and you will find that our extensive library holds either material or virtual versions of the core texts that you are required to read. However, you may prefer to purchase some of these for yourself and you will be responsible for this cost.

This is a part-time, employment/practice-based programme of study. It is essential that all participants are in a position where examining and exploring the health and social care integration agenda is a core component of their job. This will ensure that participants have the opportunity to address fundamental issues in ‘real time’, to facilitate the learning of others in the group through written and verbal means and open up their work environment to their peers.

Applicants will:

  • Be engaged in appropriate and relevant activity in a public, private, not for profit or voluntary sector organisation
  • Possess a 2:2 honours degree or above in a related subject or, exceptionally, be able to demonstrate a capacity to undertake Master’s level study through other means.
  • Enter the programme with the support of their employer, enabling participants to open up their work for the benefit of others.
Learn from Experts

Throughout this degree, students may receive tuition from professors, senior lecturers, lecturers, researchers, practitioners, visiting experts or technicians, and they may also be supported in their learning by other students.

Dr Ian McGonagle

Programme Leader


Your Future Career

Career and Personal Development

The programme is designed to attract current and aspiring leaders in health and social care. Graduates of this course are expected to demonstrate the innovative and integrated vision required to be at the forefront of future health and care services.


An exciting new development for the School, the Sarah Swift Building, is a £19m investment into a dedicated facility for the Schools of Health and Social Care and Psychology. The building houses high-quality teaching, research, social and learning spaces for both Schools.

We constantly invest in our campus as we aim to provide the best learning environment for our students. Whatever the area of study, the University strives to ensure students have access to specialist equipment and resources, to develop the skills, which they may need in their future career.

Students can study and research in the University's Great Central Warehouse Library, which provides more than 250,000 printed books and approximately 400,000 electronic books and journals, as well as databases and specialist collections. The Library has a range of different spaces for shared and individual learning.

The University intends to provide its courses as outlined in these pages, although the University may make changes in accordance with the Student Admissions Terms and Conditions.