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Management in Health and Social Care

MSc or PGDip or PGCert

Key facts

Course code


Start dates

January 2023 / September 2023 / January 2024 / September 2024

Application deadline

1 August (for a September start) 1 December (for a January start)

Course length

Full time: 12 months

Part time: 2 to 5 years

Academic level


Academic credits

60, 120, 180


The MSc Management in Health and Social Care has been developed to meet the needs of those currently working, or aspiring to work in the Health and Care sectors. It takes into account the changing nature of health and care delivery, in the UK and globally, drawing from experiences and new insights emerging from the COVID pandemic. We will help you to:

  • develop the skills of a reflective leader and learner, raising your self-awareness and enhancing your self-belief
  • identify needs and tools to improve, innovate and transform services
  • broaden your knowledge of how people and organisations behave within different policy and political contexts
  • select ways to enhance the management and performance of human and financial resources
  • enhance your research and project management skills
  • apply the latest research and theory to inform and enhance your leadership, management and organisational practice.
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How to apply

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
  • 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.

International applications

If you need a student visa to enter the UK you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration minimum language requirements as well as the University's requirements.

Pathways courses for international and EU students

We offer a range of courses to help you meet the entry requirements for your postgraduate course and also familiarise you with university life in the UK.

Take a Pre-Master's course to develop your subject knowledge, study skills and academic language level in preparation for your master's course.

If you need to improve your English language, we offer pre-sessional English language courses to help you meet the English language requirements of your chosen master’s course.

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

English language requirements

In addition to the academic entry qualifications, if your first language is not English you must demonstrate that your level of English is appropriate for study at postgraduate level. An IELTS overall score of 6.5 is required for this course.

English requirements for visas

If you need a student visa to enter the UK you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration minimum language requirements as well as the University's requirements. Find out more about English language requirements.

Tuition fees

Please see the fees note
Home (UK) full time
£1,080 per single module

Home (UK) part time
£1,080 per single module

International full time

Home (UK) full time
£1,120 per single module

Home (UK) part time
£1,120 per single module

International full time

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees

2022 / 23
Home (UK) full time
£1,080 per single module

Home (UK) part time
£1,080 per single module

International full time

2023 / 24
Home (UK) full time
£1,120 per single module

Home (UK) part time
£1,120 per single module

International full time

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

+44 (0)1865 483088

Fees quoted are for the first year only. If you are studying a course that lasts longer than one year your fees will increase each year.

Financial support and scholarships

For general sources of financial support, see our Fees and funding pages.

Additional costs

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course are detailed below.

Learning and assessment

You will gain an understanding of changes and developments in health and social care policy. The operational environment at local, national and international levels will also be covered.  

The course will enable you to:

  • build your knowledge of the core functions of management and leadership
  • examine policy and strategy in a variety of health and social care settings 
  • develop and apply leadership capability
  • gain and apply research skills
  • expand your networks.
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Study modules

The modules listed below are for the master's award. For the PGDip and PGCert awards your module choices may be different. Please contact us for more details.

Taught modules

Compulsory modules

Advanced Research Design

In this module you will develop your data acquisition and interpretation techniques, and prepare you for the Dissertation.

Coaching and Mentoring in Health and Social Care

This module is designed to enable you to explore the context, theory and application of coaching and mentoring within health and social care organisations. The role of managers and leaders in health and social care includes engaging, motivating and developing a wide range of staff in order to enhance engagement, retention and improve performance. Evidence-based coaching and mentoring is being used to support this, both in private and public sector organisations. This module will help you to learn the key principles and skills that underpin coaching and mentoring, identify how to incorporate these within your working relationships and create an environment to encourage and support this approach. The module also presents an opportunity to critically analyse and evaluate the theory and practice of coaching and mentoring, its emergence from and relation to other disciplines, and its implementation at team and wider organisational levels.

Leadership in Health and Social Care

This module explores the utilisation and impact of leadership on organisations and teams with a clear focus on gaining understanding of your own leadership practice and development and its enhancement.

Operational Management in Health and Social Care

In this module you will understand the relationship between system design, demand and capacity management.

Organisational Resource Management in Health and Social Care

This module explores financial flows, controls and application to business/service development.

Final project

Optional modules


The Dissertation enables you to develop a more specialised and deeper understanding of management in your sector. Alongside the core modules there is also a choice of an optional module allowing you to tailor your study to your specific interests and learning needs.

Please note: As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules you can choose from may vary from that shown here. The structure of the course may also mean some modules are not available to you.

Learning and teaching

You will learn through the following methods:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • learning sets
  • blended and online learning. 

Each module amounts to about 200 hours of study time. This is delivered through morning and afternoon sessions and online learning activities.

You can tailor your learning to cover topics suited to your professional development needs, through the course's flexible structure. 

You will maximise benefits to your professional role through the use of real workplace issues, adding value to assignments. You can then apply your learning and evidence-based management to your organisation. 


Assessment methods used on this course

Assignments use real workplace issues to add value and maximise benefits to your professional role.

Programme Changes:

On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website.

For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.