Postgraduate degrees

Our programmes provide a challenging and inspiring study experience for both existing and aspiring practitioners in health and social care organisations. They equip participants with the knowledge, skills and confidence to develop both their careers and organisations.

HSMC staff bring their wide knowledge of UK and international health systems, gained through research and consultancy activities, as well as their own professional experience, to their teaching and tutorial support for students. This emphasis on combining theory and practice is maintained throughout all of our programmes, from the choice of titles for assignments, through the involvement of practitioners and policy makers in teaching activities, to the topics selected for dissertations.

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Postgraduate MSc programmes (taught)

Health Care Policy and Management MSc/PGDip

The MSc Health Care Policy and Management provides both theoretical frameworks and practice tools that can be applied to health systems in the UK and overseas, designed for senior managers, clinicians and policy makers working in or with health care organisations, or with an interest in developing their careers in this direction. 

Leadership for Health Services Improvement MSc/PGDip

The Leadership for Health Services Improvement MSc/PGDiploma explores the theory, principles and practice of leadership and service improvement in health-related organisations with exploration of key issues relating to the individual (leadership values and behaviours, role, authority, power and influence); the organisation (systems and sub-systems, purpose, quality, culture, user choice and involvement); and the context (complex, ambiguous and political, multiple constituencies and accountabilities). It also includes a focus on personal development and action learning.

Healthcare Commissioning PGCert/PGDip

Although fully tailored to the current policy context, the PG Cert builds on previous successful programmes such as the MSc in Healthcare Commissioning delivered for NHS London and NHS West Midlands, the UK's first MSc in Public Service Commissioning (delivered jointly with the Institute of Local Government Studies) and a series of local and regional commissioning development programmes delivered throughout the country.

Health Services Management PhD/MPhil

We offer two types of research degree: a Health Services Management MPhil and PhD. Prospective applicants for research degrees in any aspect of health service management and health care policy, are invited to apply, outlining their special interests.

Further information

Jose Adkins
Postgraduate Programmes Coordinator
Tel: +44(0)121 414 2280


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