MSc Health Care Management

  1. Course Variations
    Nomenclature Duration Mode Of Attendance
    MSc 1Yr FT
    MSc 3Yr PT
  2. Typical offer:
    UK 2.2
  3. Taught at
    Singleton Park Campus

Course Overview

The Masters Degree in Health Care Management develops health care managers and enhances their skills within a research-based environment.

Key Features


  • The MSc focuses on developing an appreciation among students for examining the evidence of good management so it can be put into practice in a context where healthcare is increasingly integrated with social care
  • Emphasis on developing skills has benefitted many people within health care in securing promotion
  • Provides the major content for people seeking their first job in health care management and administration
  • Taught by research active staff from a range of disciplines

Teaching and Employability:

  • Designed to meet the management development needs of a modern healthcare system
  • Particular emphasis on assessing evidence for what is effective in managing healthcare and leadership
  • Focus on economic evaluation and research-based evidence


Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

MSc 3 Year Part-time

Year 1 (Level 7 PGT)

Year 2 (Level 7 PGT)

Year 3 (Level 7 PGT)

FHEQ 7 Taught Masters / PGDip / PGCert
Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
SHQM22Semester 1 and 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)60Dissertation (Health Care Management)


Health care management is a very competitive and rewarding area of employment. The MSc is designed for people with experience of management in health care, or for those expecting to have a significant management component in their future employment.

The skills and knowledge gained through this degree are applicable to a wide variety of health care and related management roles.  Participants will leave equipped with a range of managerial and leadership tools that will enable them to meet the challenges of working in health care management today.

The course has an international standing with students selected from a wide range of different nationalities.  This provides attendees with an opportunity to learn from their course colleagues about different health care systems and the unique challenges faced by managers in different countries.

This course explores the following in a healthcare environment:

  • planning and delivery of service improvements
  • working with others to achieve organisational goals
  • optimising resources used
  • managing and motivating change
  • communicating effectively and being accountable for performance

Entry Requirements

  • a UK 2.2 degree from a recognised university or awarding body
  • or equivalent qualifications
  • or professional qualifications in a relevant field
  • or at least two years relevant work experience
  • International students:

English language requirements: Students are required to have a minimum of IELTS 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in all domains, or a University approved equivalent, prior to starting the programme.  

How To Apply

Applicants are encouraged to visit apply online as this will make it easier to track their progress.

International students should visit for more information.

Please contact the course leader for specific deadline information or to discuss the application.

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2017/18 are as follows:

UK/EU International
MSc Full-time £5,900 £14,200
MSc Part-time £1,950 £4,750

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3%.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

International students and part-time study: If you require a Tier 4 student visa you must be studying full-time. If you are in the UK under a different visa category, it may be possible for you to study part-time. Please see our part-time study and visas page for more information.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

Students are likely to encounter additional costs at university. These can include, amongst others:

  • Buying stationery and equipment, such as USB sticks, etc.
  • Printing and photocopying
  • Binding of research projects/ dissertations (approximately £5)

Please note there are no mandatory additional costs specified for this course. 

Who should apply?

  • Candidates working in health care management looking to develop and update their practice
  • Candidates interested in entering the health care sector in a managerial capacity
  • Candidates keen to gain an academic or critical appreciation of health care management
  • Candidates whose role involves close working or partnership with health care organisations e.g. voluntary sector, social service, pharmaceutical sector, etc.

Course Structure

Lectures are interactive with students encouraged to contribute their own experience of working in health care and related settings. In addition to lectures course modules include workshops, group discussions, team exercises and student led presentations.

Full-time students will study for 13 months, attending taught modules from October to Easter (part one). Part two is undertaken through the completion of a dissertation which must be submitted by 30th September of the same year.

 Part-time students will study the part one modules one day a week over two years (Typically in year one students attend October to Easter on Tuesdays and in year two October to December on Thursdays. Year two January to Easter is modular and the day of attendance will depend on the module selected.), Dissertations must be submitted by 30th September of the third year.

The MSc Health Care Management comprises two parts.

Part one is taught through five compulsory modules and a choice of two optional modules.

Part two requires completion of a dissertation - This independent directed module can only be taken on successful completion of all of the taught modules.



A variety of methods are used including written assignments and presentations to assess each module. There is a pass mark of 50% for each module and the dissertation. 

Staff Expertise

Staff on the teaching team for MSc Health Care Management has expertise in a variety of areas:

Professor Ceri Phillips has expertise in health economics

Professor David Hughes has expertise in policy, politics, and public engagement

Dr Deborah Fitzsimmons, Reader, has expertise in health economics and quantitative research methods

Dr Mirella Longo, Lecturer Health Economics

Dr Pete King, Lecturer, has expertise in quantitative and qualitative research methods

Dr David Rea, Senior Lecturer, has expertise in qualitative research methods, quality improvement, and patient involvement

Dr Amy Brown, Senior Lecturer, has expertise in psychology, management and quantitative research methods

Jan Lewis, Lecturer, has expertise in public health and primary care

Dr Stephanie Best. Lecturer health care management and leadership

Dr Alison Hann, Senior Lecturer Public Health and Policy Studies

Postgraduate Community

The College of Human and Health Sciences has a vibrant postgraduate community with students drawn from a variety of backgrounds and nationalities. The College is known for its friendly, welcoming and supportive environment, which combined with its extensive facilities, state-of-the-art technology and superb beachside location, helps to ensure that students benefit from an exceptional student experience. 


In addition, students have access to a wide range of excellent facilities and equipment for realistic workplace experiences find out more here  or take a virtual tour  of the college.