MSc Healthcare Management

Postgraduate, Part-time

Healthcare Management MSc

Study health and social care at an advanced level, learn alongside students from around the world and enhance your career development


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

The programme will prepare you to work effectively within the complex and rapidly evolving environments of health and social care, and provide the opportunity to enhance your knowledge and skills within a broad international context.

The MSc Healthcare Management programme is distinctive in that it offers modules from the Business School and the School of Health and Social Care.

A particular feature is the opportunity to learn on campus with students from Scotland, across Europe and around the world.

On completion of the programme students already working in healthcare have attained promotion or commenced further study at PhD level.

Others have taken the programme as a stepping stone to healthcare management positions in their home country.

Lead academics

Elaine Carnegie is programme lead. She is a healthcare professional with over 25 years’ experience spanning healthcare, academic and third sector arenas. Her training and experience includes: research and policy, healthcare management, general nursing, psychiatric nursing, learning disability nursing and drug counselling, and is complimented by a Master of Medical Science in Primary and Community Care and Nursing Doctorate.

Mandy Gentleman is deputy programme lead, with a MSc in Nursing and a Post Graduate Certificate of Education and is a Senior Teaching Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Mandy is a Registered Mental Nurse and Registered General Nurse, and has worked in a variety of clinical settings including; neuromedicine, neurosurgery and clinical research in Infectious Diseases.

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Mode of Study:


(available as Full-time)


21-33 months

Start date:


Course details

Learning, teaching and assessment methods focus on providing students with engaging and contemporary learning materials that relate to 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.

  • calendar How you’ll be taught

    This is a part-time course and attendance is individually tailored to meet student circumstances.

    You can choose to start in either January or September. You’ll learn by a variety of teaching methods including lectures, tutorials, online learning and independent study.

  • note and pen Assessments

    A range of assessments are used for learning. These include: 

    • critically reflective outlines and essay
    • examination
    • learning agreement
    • project proposal
    • project
    • report
    • financial report
    • reflective account
  • briefcase Work placement There are no work placements on this programme. Students are encouraged to attend healthcare management events locally.
  • library Facilities Our Sighthill campus serves more than 5,000 students and staff of the Schools of Applied Sciences and Health & Social Care. Facilities include our [EN]GAGE sports centre.


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

Placement and study abroad opportunities are subject to UK and Scottish Government health and travel advice.

Full information is available in our disclaimer.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

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 a related subject (healthcare professional degrees such as nursing, medicine, dentistry, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, health promotion, health administration or health management). We may also consider different subjects if you are a registered healthcare professional working at a senior level.

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

The University does not sponsor students to study on part-time programmes in the UK under the Student Visa route. International Applicants must therefore have other valid immigration leave to study on this programme.

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.

International students

We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
Entry requirements by country

Please note that international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:
  • BN Nursing/MSc Nursing (Pre-registration) (Adult, Mental Health, Child, Learning Disabilities)
  • BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery

Admissions policies

We’re committed to admitting students who have the potential to succeed and benefit from our programmes of study. 

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures, and how we use the information you provide us in your application to inform the decisions we make.

Undergraduate admissions policies
Postgraduate admissions policies

Fees & funding

The course fees you'll pay and the funding available to you will depend on a number of factors including your nationality, location, personal circumstances and the course you are studying. We also have a number of bursaries and scholarships available to our students.

Tuition fees
Students from 2021/22 2022/23
Scotland, England, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Republic of Ireland-Taught modules *£990 *£1,020
Scotland, England, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Republic of Ireland-60credit Dissertation module £585 £600
Overseas and EU-Taught Modules *£2,322 *£2,390
Overseas and EU-60credit Dissertation £1,558 £1,608

Please note tuition fees are subject to an annual review and may increase from one year to the next.
For more information on this and other Tuition Fee matters please see Frequently Asked Questions about Fees

Click this link for Information of Bursaries and Scholarships

Fees for modules are calculated according to the number of credits (multiples of 20). The rate shown in the table is for 20 credits*. The total fee you will pay is dependant upon the exit award you wish to achieve.
The University offers a 20% discount on Postgraduate Taught Masters programmes to its alumni. The discount applies to all full-time, part-time and online programmes.
Please note that the tuition fees liable to be paid by EU nationals commencing their studies from 1 August 2021 will be the Overseas fee rate. The University offers a range of attractive Tuition Fee bursaries to students resident in specific countries. More information on these can be found here.


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

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