Health Care Management MBA

Postgraduate ( full-time, part-time)


January 2017

Intermediate awards: PG Cert, PG Dip

Course duration: 15 months full-time (January starts), 2 years part-time

Teaching times: 9am-4pm Tuesdays, 1-4pm Wednesdays.

Part-time teaching times: Trimester 2: Fridays 9am-5pm; Trimester 3: Tuesdays 9am-5pm

Course start dates
January 2017: Chelmsford


A health-related MBA is an investment in your future career in management. It will prepare you for all types of health and social care operational and senior managerial positions, opening up a range of career opportunities both nationally and internationally.

View our Module Delivery Pattern document (PDF) for information on when the modules are being delivered.

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Full description


Our MBA will prepare you for operational and senior managerial positions in health and social care, either in the UK or internationally.

Modules & assessment

Core modules

  • Advancing Professional Decision Making
    Advance your decision making skills through critical reflection, with the help of a 'critical friend'. This is a specialist designated module for the Management and Leadership in Health and Social Care course. Current health and social care policy and the modernisation of the NHS, and other international models demands new ways of working across traditional boundaries, and the implementation of national targets at local level. This requires the development of roles for confident autonomous practitioners, who possess the knowledge and skills to implement complex decisions in a rapidly changing environment and to play key roles in service development. You’ll need to be able to utilise practical decision making skills within an area of professional knowledge and to develop strategies to facilitate the implementation of the outcomes of the decision making process into practice, either as an individual or within a team/organisation. Management of change and service development are seen as core elements of the module, together with the enhancement of professional judgment and leadership.
  • Enabling Leadership in Health Care
    Health and Social Care is continuingly striving to improve itself and attain excellence against a backcloth of relentless change. The ability to accept and thrive during rapid and turbulent change as an inevitable consequence of life is a pre-requisite for organisational survival. This ability of organisations to adopt change rather than merely adapt to it is one of the major hall marks of a learning organisation. In these organisations, organisational learning becomes the mechanism by which organisational competencies can keep pace with national, local or international challenges. Change is inevitable, and it is readily accepted that to remain the same increases organisational risk, however, applying change management strategies to complex and high challenge organisations can be a difficult yet an essential task in today’s pursuit of organisational efficiencies. The role of the leader in setting the context for delivery of services in the health sector, whether in acute, primary or the voluntary sector, is key to successful enterprises. The leader has a vital role in promoting the environment in which change can flourish. This module will explore the complexity of the health sector, particularly in large hospitals. The use of hard and soft approaches will be explored along with the use of technologies and management information systems to support both clinical care and the organisational context. The support of the management of change through people will be a recurrent theme that will encourage a journey of self discovery based on emotional intelligence.
  • Finance, Accounting and Marketing in Health Care
    Finance, accounting and marketing are business skills which are becoming increasingly important throughout health care and a fundamental requirement of any senior manager, leader or decision makers within the sector. This module examines these areas from traditional approaches used in the private and public sectors, and then builds on this underpinning to consider contemporary approaches, including those relevant to third sector health care provision. Participants are taught techniques for making revenue and capital decisions.
  • Research Studies
    Designed to provide you with a critical overview of the main methodologies and designs applied to research within health and social care, professional practice, regulation and policy. It provides you with an opportunity to explore the theoretical dilemmas that underlie the process of inquiry and its relationship to practice. The module will provide a framework within which to select, evaluate and justify the research methods chosen for your research project.
  • Strategy Health Care Management
    The development and implementation of a coherent corporate strategy is one of the main measures of success for an organisation. Strategy is a critical feature of the organisations wellbeing. It establishes organisational direction, service intentions and resource commitment. It is the organisations blueprint for both survival and expansion. Understanding the nature and activities associated with strategy development and implementation is a key knowledge requirement for those in health service management. This module will provide exposure into the factors influencing the formulation, development and implementation of hospital and associated health sector strategy.
  • Major Project Health Management and Health Informatics
    The major project is of central importance to the Masters award. You will be expected to bring together aspects of learning from previous modules, as well as using the learning as the basis for planning, conducting and writing a research or work-based project. This module will support you in your preparation and submission of a Masters level major project (either a research project or work-based project). There will be eight hours of workshop support available to you during the module. This will be delivered as four, two-hour workshops. In addition, there will be a full-day introductory workshop before the module commences. You will be allocated a minimum of six hours individual supervisory support with additional supervisory support negotiated between you and your supervisor.


Your work is assessed through a variety of methods including seminar, group and individual presentations, virtual learning discussion boards with assessed components, mixed methods such as case review presentations with written commentary, and a final research application activity to conclude the course.

Please note that you will need to complete all of the above core modules. This course does not have any optional modules. Modules are subject to change and availability.

Where you'll study

Your faculty

The Faculty of Medical Science, opened in 2014, is founded on the strong international reputation of our flagship Postgraduate Medical Institute. Based on our riverside campus in Chelmsford and Young Street campus in Cambridge, we deliver innovative and clinically relevant teaching and research across two departments:

  • Department of Allied and Public Health
  • Department of Medicine and Healthcare Science.

Thanks to our close relationships with the major clinical-care providers in the east of England, there are significant opportunities for collaboration and student placements across a variety of clinical sites.

We offer exciting opportunities for research and education in the allied health professions. We also translate science and epidemiology into health education and primary care, and deliver taught Master’s programmes to qualified medics. We have a flourishing community of PhD and MD(Res) students across all of our research fields.

Our advanced learning facilities include state-of-the-art clinical skills laboratories and simulation suites, which mirror real-life clinical situations. We also have a fantastic, modern library and a wide range of science labs and ICT suites.

Where can I study?

Tindal Building on our Chelmsford campus

Our striking, modern campus sits by the riverside in Chelmsford's University and Innovation Quarter.

Explore our Chelmsford campus

Fees & funding

Course fees

UK & EU students, 2016/17 (per year)


International students, 2016-17 (per year)


UK & EU students, 2016/17 (per year part time)


UK & EU students, 2017/18 (per year)


International students, 2017/18 (per year)


UK & EU students, 2017/18 (per year part time)


How do I pay my fees?

Paying upfront

You won't need to pay fees until you've accepted an offer to attend, but you must pay your fees up-front, in full or in instalments.

How to pay your fees directly

International students

You must pay your fees up-front, in full or in instalments. You will also be asked for a deposit or sponsorship letter/financial guarantee. Details will be in your offer letter.

Paying your fees
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Funding for UK & EU students

It’s important to decide how to fund your course before applying. Use our funding guide for postgraduate students to learn more about the following:

  • The Government’s new £10k Masters loan
  • Applying for our scholarships
  • Additional funding options and support
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Funding for international students

We've a number of scholarships, as well as some fee discounts for early payment.

Entry requirements

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Important additional notes

Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email for further information.

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International students

We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.

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English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for postgraduate courses.

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Improving your English language skills

If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry.

We also provide our own English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT) in the UK and overseas. To find out if we are planning to hold an ELPT in your country, contact our country managers.

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