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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


Study advanced level health or social care management and leadership with our MSc in Management in Health and Social Care. 

We focus on developing your understanding and leadership of the complex and changing health and care environment. You will gain knowledge and perspective of the wider care system that can help further your managerial career.
You will learn to bring about tangible results in the delivery of care. And develop the skills you will need for leading innovation, collaboration and partnerships. You will learn to manage effectively and lead with confidence while gaining:

  • strategic insight
  • business acumen
  • a sound understanding of operational delivery and leading systems change.

We have close links with practice areas across a diverse range of health and social care settings within the UK, so you will be able to explore different approaches to the delivery and management of care. And gain new insight into the global issues, challenges and opportunities within the sector.

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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 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.

International qualifications and equivalences


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

Please apply for this course through our application portal. 

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 £3,000 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.

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Tuition fees

Please see the fees note
2021 / 22
Home (UK) full time
£1,060 per single module

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

International / EU full time

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

Questions about fees?

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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

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

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, 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


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 methods used on this course

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


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

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

Our Staff

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.