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Management in Health and Social Care

MSc or PGDip or PGCert

Key facts

Start dates

September 2021 / January 2022 / September 2022

Course length

Full time: MSc: 12 months, PGDip: 12 months

Part time: MSc: normally 3 years, PGDip: 12-18 months, PGCert: 12 months

Overview

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

Specific entry requirements

You must have:

  • a UK BSc/BA degree, or equivalent learning experience, from a recognised international institution, or a professional qualification

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

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

English language requirements

Please see the University's standard English language requirements.

International qualifications and equivalences

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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.

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.

Application process

Tuition fees

Please see the fees note
Home (UK) full time
£1,060 per single module

Home (UK) part time
£1,060 per single module

International / EU full time
£14,900

International / EU part-time
£1,660 per single module

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

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

International / EU full time
£15,200

International / EU part-time
£1,850 per single module

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees

2021 / 22
Home (UK) full time
£1,060 per single module

Home (UK) part time
£1,060 per single module

International / EU full time
£14,900

International / EU part-time
£1,660 per single module

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

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

International / EU full time
£15,200

International / EU part-time
£1,850 per single module

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

+44 (0)1865 483088

financefees@brookes.ac.uk

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, if any, are detailed below.

The published course and module descriptions were accurate when first published and remain the basis of the course, but the University has had to modify some course and module content in response to government restrictions and social distancing requirements. In the event of changes made to the government advice and social distancing rules by national or local government, the University may need to make further alterations to the published course content. Detailed information on the changes will be sent to every student on confirmation in August to ensure you have all the information before you come to Oxford Brookes.

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

Organisational Resource Management in Health and Social Care

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

Operational Management in Health and Social Care

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

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.

Advanced Research Design

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

Final project

Compulsory modules

Dissertation

The Dissertation enables you to develop a more specialised and deeper understanding of management in your sector. Alongside the core modules there is also 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

Assessment methods used on this course

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

Research

Our academic staff have a significant record of research and publications on the topics of management and leadership. 

The Professional Education and Leadership course team have research and publication interests in the following fields:

  • coaching and mentoring
  • inter-professional and work-based learning 
  • quality improvement.
     
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After you graduate

Career prospects

This course can help if:

  • You want to move into a management / leadership role in clinical, social care or community healthcare settings.
  • You are a practising manager or leader at any level wanting to draw from a stronger research and theory base to enhance the way you work.
  • You need a management/ leadership qualification to enhance your professional profile and CV.
  • You have a management background and wish to orientate your practice toward provision in the health /social care sectors.

Our Staff

Professor Emidia Vagnoni

Read more about Emidia

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.