Management in Health and Social Care - September 2014 or January 2015

MSc/ PGDip/ PGCert

This course is run by the Department of Sport and Health Sciences

The MSc in Management in Health and Social Care welcomes UK, EU and international applicants who want to study health and social care management and leadership at an advanced level.

The impact of leadership and organisational management on delivering quality health and social care is fundamental, particularly in the current context of global economic challenge, significant developments in technology, and changes in the expectations and relationships within health and social care consumption.

This course will help you to manage with confidence. It will enable you to work more effectively as a manager and leader well equipped to deal with the challenges of an ever changing and complex environment of health and social care; you will learn theory to give you the big picture and critical thinking to apply it in practice.

The course is designed to be flexible, enabling you to tailor your learning so that you can cover topics suited to your own professional development needs.

Why choose this course?

  • The course team has extensive and close links with practice areas across a diverse range of health and social care settings, so we are very well placed to introduce you to the disciplines of senior management within a health and social care context.
  • We have a large and dedicated building in Oxford (Marston Road) and a campus in Swindon (Ferndale),  equipped with state-of-the-art classroom and clinical skills simulation suites and resources.
  • Our courses are open to a wide range of health and social care professionals providing highly-flexible continuing professional development (CPD) study opportunities with part-time, full-time and mixed-mode options (including opportunities for e-learning, blended and distance learning).
  • We support multi and interprofessional learning and teaching, and many of our courses are either fully multiprofessional or offer excellent opportunities for shared learning.
  • Our lecturers are experienced in their specialist practice areas  and maintain excellent practice links with those areas locally or across the region.
  • Many of our lecturers have reputations for excellence and have established links with colleagues, organisations and institutions at national and international levels.
  • In addition to our own excellent libraries and resource centres, our postgraduate students have access to the world-renowned Bodleian Library, the Bodleian Law Library and the Radcliffe Science Library..
  • Oxford Brookes is a student-centred institution that is fully committed to each individual achieving their potential. To support this, we offer a broad range of student support schemes to facilitate learning and development
  • We have an excellent track record of high levels of student satisfaction, low student attrition rates and high employability.

This course in detail

This course offers you the opportunity to understand ongoing changes and developments in health and social care policy and the operational environment at local, national and international levels. It will challenge you to realise your potential and:

  • build your knowledge of the core functions of management and leadership including developing service redesign and business plans, and building skills for operational management of resources
  • examine policy and strategy in a variety of health and social care settings
  • develop and apply leadership capability to motivate, influence and engage key players
  • gain and apply research skills
  • expand your networks.

The course seeks to develop your knowledge, skills and experience as team leader and manager of resources and strategic policy, allowing you to contribute to the formation of corporate policy. We will help you develop the skills needed to plan, implement and evaluate projects and to develop competence in the practice setting based on the management charter initiative.

The course is offered at three levels: a postgraduate certificate (PGCert), a postgraduate diploma (PGDip) and as a master’s degree (MSc).

The PGCert is based on the completion of the following single modules:

  • P44820 Leadership in Health and Social Care      or 
  • P44816 Human Resource Management in Health and Social Care
  • P44811 Operational Management in Health and Social Care
  • P44813 Finance in Health and Social Care.

The PGDip is based on the completion of three modules listed above, plus the following single modules:

  • P49210 Advanced Research Design
  • P44820 Leadership in Health and Social Care or   
  •  P44816 Human Resource Management in Health and Social Care

Plus one acceptable single module selected from the postgraduate course portfolio. For example: health promotion, epidemiology,  evaluation or statistics.

The MSc is based on the completion of the modules listed under PGCert and PGDip plus the following triple module:

  • P49215 Dissertation or P44812 Project Management *

* Project Management is only available to students currently employed in health or social care within the UK.

Please note: as courses are reviewed regularly, the list of modules may vary from that shown here.

Teaching and learning

We use a range of innovative learning and teaching methods - for example seminars, learning sets as well as blended and online learning. Study for each single module taken will amount to 200 hours over the semester, delivered in morning and afternoon face-to-face sessions and in online learning activities which students access offsite at convenient times. Our philosophy is to promote management and leadership competency through better understanding of the self, the organisation and the working environment.

We also aim to help make a difference to your organisation through the application of learning and evidence-based management to your work. Therefore assignments use real workplace issues to add value and maximise benefits to your professional role.

Key facts


Department of Sport and Health Sciences

Course length

Full-time: MSc: 12 months, PGDip: 12 months
Part-time: MSc: up to 3 years, PGDip: 12-18 months, PGCert: 12 months

Teaching location

Headington Campus, Marston Road

Start date

September 2014 or January 2015

UKPass code


Fees / Funding

Tuition fees

Home / EU full-time on-campus fee: £940 per single module

Home / EU part-time on-campus fee: £940 per single module

International full-time on-campus fee: £12,100

International part-time on-campus fee: £1,340 per single module

Where part-time fees are quoted this is for the first year only. Fees will increase by approximately 4% each year.

Questions about fees?
Contact Student Finance on:
+44 (0)1865 483088

Funding and scholarships

How to apply / Entry requirements

Entry requirements

You must have:

  • a UK BSc/BA degree, or equivalent learning experience, from a recognised international institution, or a professional qualification applicable to health or social care
  • evidence of recent study (within last five years) at degree or equivalent level
  • 6 months' experience as a student, employee or volunteer within the health/social care sector (European or International; public, private or voluntary).

If you do not hold a UK BSc/BA degree or equivalent overseas degree from a recognised institution, you should contact the Programme Administrator for further information.

Please also see the university's general entry requirements.

English language requirements

Please see the university's standard English language requirements

English requirements for visas

If you need a student visa to enter the UK you will need to meet the UK Border Agency's minimum language requirements as well as the university's requirements.Find out more about English language requirements.

International applications

Preparation courses for International and EU students

We offer a range of courses to help you to meet the entry requirements for this course and also familiarise you with university life. You may also be able to apply for one student visa to cover both courses.

  • Take our Pre-Master's course to help you to meet both the English language and academic entry requirements for your master's course.
  • If you need to improve your English language, we have pre-sessional English language courses available to help you to meet the English language requirements of your chosen master’s.

If you are studying outside the UK, for more details about your specific country entry requirements, translated information, local contacts and programmes within your country, please have a look at our country pages.

How to apply

You apply for this course through UKPASS.

Application is made online through UKPASS. Supporting documentation should be forwarded using the email addresses indicated on the UKPASS application form.

International applicants will:

  • need to apply early to allow enough time for obtaining visas if offered a place
  • be asked to pay a deposit of £1,000 to secure a place on the course.

Applications are dealt with on a first come, first served basis, so please act early to avoid disappointment.

Conditions of acceptance

When you accept our offer, you agree to the conditions of acceptance. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

Careers and professional development

How this course helps you develop

Successful completion of the course will equip you to deal with the challenges of an ever changing and complex  health and social care environment; you will learn theory to give you the big picture and critical thinking to apply it in practice.


The qualifications associated with the course will be of value in consolidating your existing leadership role and/or contributing to your career development.

Free language courses for students - the Open Module

Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:

  • studying at a Brookes partner college
  • studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education courses.


How Brookes supports postgraduate students

There is a range of support mechanisms for students, such as academic advisers, who will facilitate your academic development, and student support co-ordinators, who provide a drop-in service for queries about any aspect of student life, covering both academic and personal welfare.

The University’s support services include Upgrade, which provides advice on study skills such as planning and writing essays, assignments and dissertations, research, or preparing for an exam. They also give advice on statistics and maths. There is a dedicated Student Disability and Dyslexia Service, which provides support for students with disabilities including sensory and mobility impairments, dyslexia and other specific learning difficulties, mental health problems and medical conditions. Here, staff offer advice and support on a range of issues, including physical access, funding, alternative assessment arrangements and liaison with teaching staff to ensure that they are aware of your requirements.

EU/International Students

As a new EU or international student you will join the Academic and Cultural Orientation Programme, which has been set up to enable you to make a smooth transition into study at the university. Within the sessions, you will explore the culture of the university, which will assist you in developing the appropriate academic skills required for your programme of study. The university also provides a comprehensive range of support networks and services to EU/international students. For more information, go to

Supporting your learning

From academic advisers and support co-ordinators to specialist subject librarians and other learning support staff, we want to ensure that you get the best out of your studies.

Personal support services

We want your time at Brookes to be as enjoyable and successful as possible. That's why we provide all the facilities you need to be relaxed, happy and healthy throughout your studies.