MSc Healthcare Management

Postgraduate, Full-Time

Develop the knowledge and skills required to study health and social care at an advanced level and enhance your career development.

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    1 year, 18 months for January start

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  • Location:

    Sighthill campus

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Course introduction

Please note this course was formerly titled: MSc Health Administration

This innovative course is designed for graduates who have, or aspire to, a management role in health and social care.

The MSc Healthcare Management programme is designed to prepare students to work effectively within the complex and rapidly evolving environments of health and social care. Throughout the programme, students will be provided with the opportunity to enhance their knowledge and skills within a broad international context.

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Learning, teaching and assessment methods focus on providing students with engaging and contemporary materials which link practice and theory and challenge students to take a critical perspective on both.

While the assessment methods used are varied, they all have direct relevance to the world of work. The MSc Healthcare Management programme is distinctive in that it offers modules from the School of Health and Social Care, the School of Applied Sciences and the Business School. 

Subjects include

  • Leadership and finance for effective service delivery
  • Contemporary human resource management
  • Organisational Change and Management
  • Clinical governance and improvement practice
  • Exploring evidence to improve practice
  • Healthcare Management project
  • Modules from:
    • Contemporary ethical and professional Issues in healthcare
    • International health and social care

Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Full information on this is available in our disclaimer.

The course aims to enable students to be innovative, provide leadership and prepare them as professional health care managers.

Critical appraisal of culturally relevant health and social policy is used to help students achieve advanced levels of practice and influence decision making at local and strategic levels.

The entry requirement for this course is a Bachelor (Honours) Degree at a 2:2 or above or equivalent.  We look for applicants to have a background in health, health sciences or management in order to be eligible for the programme.

We may also consider lesser qualifications if you have sufficient relevant work experience within the industry.

English language requirements

If your first language isn't English, you'll normally need to undertake an approved English language test and our minimum English language requirements will apply.

This may not apply if you have completed all your school qualifications in English. Check our country pages to find out if this applies to you.

Our entry requirements indicate the minimum qualifications with which we normally accept students. Competition for places varies from year to year and you aren't guaranteed a place if you meet the minimum qualifications.

International students

If your qualifications aren't listed above, visit our country pages to get entry requirements for your country.

Please note that non-EU international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:

BN Nursing/MN Nursing (Adult, Child, Mental Health or Learning Disability)

BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery

Admissions policies

We are committed to being as accessible as possible to anyone who wants to achieve higher education.

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures and how decisions are made.

Tuition fees
Students from 2018/19 2019/20
Home/EU £5,850 tba
Overseas £13,000 tba

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Modules that you will study* as part of this course

Clinical Governance and Improvement Practice ( NMS11156 )

You will explore relevant policies and models related to clinical governance as well as differentiating between evidence-based practice and clinical effectiveness. You will also examine the different approaches to determining levels of quality in health and social care and ways of developing improvements in practice. Through the module you will also investigate the importance of teamwork in delivering quality person-centred care, the evolution of the principles of clinical governance and the quality improvement agenda at both the UK and international level. Exploration, analysis and synthesis of principles and policies relating to quality assurance, clinical effectiveness, theories and measures, clinical governance; evidence-based practice and the role of clinical guidelines, clinical standards, integrated care pathways and best practice statements, user involvement; monitoring the quality of care, teamwork, accountability and reflective activities which are designed to challenge assumptions and promote learning.

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Contemporary Human Resource Management ( HRM11101 )

The module starts with a brief introduction to developing theory and current models of HRM, providing a framework for more detailed consideration of key operational areas: resourcing, development, performance management & reward, and the management of the employment relationship to minimise conflict and encourage employee engagement. Current issues such as work life balance and the management of diversity are given particular focus

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Exploring Evidence to Improve Practice ( NMS11174 )

.In this module you will develop a set of skills required by all professionals when undertaking an employment focussed project. Throughout the module you will be critically examining both quantitative and qualitative investigation methods as well as using a variety of problem-solving approaches and interventions to help you to learn about a range of different approaches to conducting employment focussed projects. This will help you to understand that conducting an employment focussed project requires the integration of both ‘know-how’ and ‘know-that’ knowledge
Topics included in this module are reviewing literature; formulation of researchable questions; exploration of a range of qualitative and quantitative research designs; theory and concepts of consultancy; consultancy models; the consultancy process; techniques for interpreting data and developing conclusions; and report writing and presentation of findings and recommendations.

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International Health and Social Care ( NMS11766 )

This module aims to provide a learning experience that enables students to develop knowledge and skills essential to comparative assessment of international health and social care trends, policies and systems. Such skills are required by healthcare managers and are important to keeping up to date with current, effective healthcare management practices. Within the module you will explore contemporary issues in international health and social care policies and systems. To achieve this, each of the three units you study will start by comparing the differences, for example in health trends, between the home countries of the United Kingdom before making comparisons with other countries. Unit 1 focuses on international trends in health and social care needs. You will be able to self-assess your confidence in relation to the analysis of data relating to the trends, differentiate between international and global health and reflect on key health and social indicators. This draws on research based information and current published data. In unit 2 you will be introduced to health and social care policy and critically reflect on the implementation of international health and social policy by national governments. This includes examination of the role of the European Union and World Health Organisation in addressing global health issues. Unit 3 enables you to build on the previous units through comparison of international health and social care systems. Socioeconomic and political drivers to variations in health and social care trends, policies and provision will be addressed by comparing high and low income countries. Global challenges to health and social care systems are also addressed. Your knowledge and understanding of evidence based healthcare management will be developed through the exploration of the module content, online resources and through discussion with other students.

Please note internet access is required to enable you to access module materials, participate in online discussions about contemporary issues in healthcare management and communicate with other students.

Further information

Leadership and Finance for Effective Service Delivery ( NMS11189 )

The module introduces you to concepts of financial accounting and tools to analyses the health of a company. It also leads you through theories and practices of leadership and then merges the two to look at the ways in which leaders work with financial information dependent upon their styles of leadership. The module looks at budgeting within both a profit making environment and in a not for profit context.

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Organisational Change and Management ( HRM11118 )

This module focuses on the behaviour of people at work by placing an emphasis on understanding the vital importance of managing change and culture. It covers two broad areas, namely:
1. Organisational Behaviour: attitudes; perception; motivation; groups and teams; leadership; management of transformational change; power, politics and conflict; and
2. Managerial Process and Skills: activities designed to develop skills relating to the management of people, including corporate social responsibility
By the end of the module you will have developed an appreciation of the dynamics of working organisations in a rapidly evolving business environment by planning and carrying forward system-wide change programmes.

Further information

* These are indicative only and reflect the course structure in the current academic year. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Ahmed's student experience

You actually get a chance to learn how NHS Scotland applies theory: my tutor invited me to NHS board meetings and my Programme Leader helped me attend a conference about technology in health.

Ahmed Sweilam

MSc Health Administration (now MSc Healthcare Management)