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Management in Health and Social Care

MSc / PGDip / PGCert

Department of Psychology, Health and Professional Development

The MSc in Management in Health and Social Care welcomes UK, EU and international applicants who wish to study health or social care management and leadership at an advanced level.
This programme is focused on developing your insight, understanding and leadership of the complex and changing health and care environment. It gives you knowledge and perspective of the wider care system that can help you further your managerial career.
This course will help you to manage effectively and lead with confidence. It provides you with strategic insight, business acumen and a sound understanding of operational delivery and leading systems change. You will gain the skills needed for leading innovation, collaboration and partnership that bring about tangible results in the delivery of care.

Available start dates

January 2019 / September 2019 / January 2020 / September 2020

Teaching location

Headington Campus / Headington Campus, Marston Road site

Course length

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

For full application details, please see the 'How to apply / Entry requirements' section.

  • You will gain a whole system perspective on health and social care management, with teaching that combines rigorous academic theory and practical application.
  • You will strengthen your career options through the programme's focus on professional development and practical application.
  • You will develop strategic insight, knowledge and understanding of health and social care organisations and economies that will equip you to lead these organisations in the 21st century.
  • Through the extensive and close links with practice areas across a diverse range of health and social care settings, both within the UK and through our Erasmus programme, 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.
  • 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.
  • We have an excellent track record of high levels of student satisfaction, low student attrition rates and high employability.

The MSc Management in Health and Social Care 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 design of this course should provide you with a sound understanding of the operational environment of health and social care organisations through exploring the core modules:


  • Finance in Health and Social Care [P44813] - exploring financial flows, controls and application to business/service development
  • Operational Management in Health and Social Care [P44811] - understanding the relationship between system design, demand and capacity management
  • Human Resource Management in Health and Social Care [P44816] - exploring the relationship of organisational design, people management and HRM approach impact on capability and competency to deliver organisational goals
  • Leadership in Health and Social Care [P44820] - exploring 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 [P49210] - developing your data acquisition and interpretation techniques, and preparing you for the Dissertation
  • Dissertation [P49215] enabling 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.

This programme offers flexibility in terms of three exit points: PG Certificate, PG Diploma and Master's Degree.

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 learning and teaching methods including lectures, 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 can 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 in your work. Therefore assignments use real workplace issues to add value and maximise benefits to your professional role.

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:


Academics accredited courses

Our MSc Management modules can be taken as free-standing courses with 20 CAT point accreditation, or as part of the MSc Health Sciences Open Award.

Specialist facilities

We put the student at the heart of everything we do and are fully committed to each individual achieving their potential. We offer a broad range of student support schemes to facilitate learning and development. Academic Advisers give you both academic and personal support.

For more information about our postgraduate study, visit one of our Faculty Open Days or our web pages.

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.

Tuition fees

Home/EU - full time fee: 2019/20: £1,020 per single module 2020/21: £1,040 per single module

Home/EU - part time fee: 2019/20: £1,020 per single module 2020/21: £1,040 per single module

International - full time: 2019/20: £14,050 2020/21: £14,500

International - part time fee: 2019/20: £1,520 per single module 2020/21: £1,610 per single module

For information there are 9 single modules to pay for in a standard masters programme

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 in the 'This course in detail' window above.

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

Funding and scholarships

A limited number of scholarships are offered by Oxford Brookes University. Applicants who have been offered a full-time place on this master’s course are eligible to apply for the following scholarships:

John Henry Brookes Scholarship

The John Henry Brookes Scholarship is awarded to home/EU and international applicants for academic excellence. Each scholarship will be paid towards the tuition fee for a taught master's degree. The awards do not include a maintenance grant. 

For general sources of financial support, see:


UK applicants may be eligible for funding or sponsorship to undertake the course through your local strategic health authority, your employer or another source (note: these sources are not open to international students). Self-funding applicants are also welcome to apply.

International applicants will be asked to pay a deposit of £1,000 to secure a place on the course. General sources of information about finance and financial support for international applicants can be found at: www.brookes.ac.uk/international/fees-and-funding/

All applicants (UK, EU and international) will be required to provide details of their funding arrangements prior to enrolment on the course.

For more information about the funding opportunities that are open to you as a UK, EU or international student, please contact the Programme Administrator.

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.

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 Visas and Immigration 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

Please apply for this course through our Faculty Online application portal. You will need to register for the portal prior to proceeding with an application. 

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.

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.

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 care environment; you will learn theory to give you the big picture and critical thinking to apply it in practice.

Our philosophy is to promote management and leadership competency through better understanding of the self, the organisation and the working environment. The whole systems approach, the emphasis on applying theory to practice combined with personal development focus should enable you to become competent and confident managers and leaders locally, nationally or internationally.

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.


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

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 service 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 www.brookes.ac.uk/international/why-oxford-brookes/support/

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.

Research highlights

In the Research Excellence Framework  (REF) 2014, 98% of our research in Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy was rated as internationally recognised, with 82% being world leading or internationally excellent. 

Our academic staff  have a significant record of research and publications on the topics of management and leadership. Furthermore the Professional Education and Leadership course team have research and publication interests in the fields of coaching and mentoring, inter-professional and work-based learning and quality improvement. The currency of the course is also assured by the lecturers' close involvement in the health and social care sector and their movement between that sector and education.

Related courses

  • Advanced Nursing Practice
  • Health Sciences Open Award