MSc Healthcare Management

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Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences Faculty of Social Sciences and Law
Awards available MSc
Programme length Two years part-time
Location of programme Clifton campus
Part-time study available Yes, part-time only
Attendance is compulsory at all taught units, which take place on a Thursday, Friday and Saturday for each unit. There are six units in total.
Start date September 2020

Programme overview

This MSc programme is designed for anyone who has an interest in pursuing a career in management or with managerial responsibilities in the healthcare sector. Students will be from a variety of professional backgrounds, including doctors, nurses, managers and other healthcare professions. The programme aims to create a new generation of healthcare professionals who understand and can provide solutions for the challenges faced by health systems and healthcare organisations in the 21st century.

The MSc reflects contemporary themes and developments within healthcare management. You will discuss the latest understanding of how to successfully manage healthcare organisations and acquire the skills and confidence to challenge, innovate and solve problems.

The programme draws from the knowledge of leading academics from across disciplines and healthcare experts to offer both a comprehensive research-driven theoretical framework and practice-oriented knowledge and management skills. It provides an in-depth understanding and specialised knowledge of a number of subjects related to healthcare organisations, such as leadership, management, financial reporting, innovation, quality and safety.

You will benefit from the interdisciplinarity, uniqueness and flexibility of this programme. It brings together the significant expertise and reputation of the University's Faculty of Health Sciences and Faculty of Social Sciences and Law. It also benefits from the presence of world-class cross-disciplinary research institutions, such as the Elizabeth Blackwell Institute, along with the partnership and collaboration between the University and major healthcare providers in the South West.

Fees for 2020/21

We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2020/21 are as follows:

UK/EU: part-time (two years)
Channel Islands/IoM: part-time (two years)

Fees are subject to an annual review. For programmes that last longer than one year, please budget for up to a five per cent increase in fees each year. Find out more about tuition fees.

Alumni scholarship

University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a ten per cent reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study. Check your eligibility for an alumni scholarship.

Funding for 2020/21

Funding is sometimes available through organisation sponsorship, or more commonly through a combination of individual and organisation funding.

Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.

Programme structure

The master's programme features six discrete taught units and a research dissertation. All units are mandatory.

Each taught unit covers an important healthcare sub-field, which will equip you with the practice-oriented knowledge, theoretical frameworks and decision-making skills needed in your chosen employment.

You will have the opportunity to integrate the knowledge acquired from different healthcare disciplines into a project focused on patient safety, risk management and quality improvement.

A mixture of teaching methods will be employed during the intensive three-day face-to-face learning blocks, including lectures, seminars, tutorials, case study discussions, group work and computer labs. You will be encouraged to learn in a structured and facilitated learning environment. Problem-based approaches will be central to all learning and will be employed where appropriate; these may include your own real-life management challenges.

Visit our programme catalogue for full details of the structure and unit content for our MSc in Healthcare Management.

Entry requirements

A first or upper second-class honours degree or equivalent, including a clinical subject, or equivalent qualification. In exceptional circumstances candidates with a lower class degree, equivalent qualifications or at least two years' work experience in the healthcare sector may be admitted if they can demonstrate their potential for master's-level work.

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Profile B
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.

Admissions statement

Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.

Admissions statement


This programme is intended for anyone who has an interest in pursuing a career with managerial responsibilities in the healthcare sector. This includes managers, clinicians and other healthcare professionals who are already working in or with healthcare organisations, or who are interested in developing their careers in this direction.

The programme is also an ideal platform for anyone who does not have prior working knowledge of healthcare organisations but would like to pursue a career in this sector.

How to apply
Application deadline:

We welcome applications at any time of year. Early application is advised.

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Contact details

Professor Peter Robinson Programme Director Phone: +44 (0) 117 342 9646 Email:

Professor Gianluca Veronesi Programme Director Phone: +44 (0) 117 394 0525 Email:

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REF 2014 results

  • Public Health, Health Services and Primary Care:
  • 50% of research is world-leading (4*)
  • 36% of research is internationally excellent (3*)
  • 12% of research is recognised internationally (2*)
  • 2% of research is recognised nationally (1*)

Results are from the most recent UK-wide assessment of research quality, conducted by HEFCE. More about REF 2014 results.


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