Online MBA Clinical Leadership

Start date
June, October, March
2.5 years
Course Type
Postgraduate, Continuing professional development, Distance learning, Taught
£22,225 (£1,710 per module)

Develop the business and clinical management skills needed to spearhead smarter healthcare systems with the Online MBA Clinical Leadership.

Advance your career at a world top 100 institution

Demographic changes, greater patient expectations, rising healthcare costs and the growing prevalence of chronic disease – to meet these challenges we urgently need more efficient clinical systems as well as decisive and innovative healthcare leadership.

Delivered jointly by the triple-accredited Birmingham Business School and the long-established Health Services Management Centre, our Online MBA Clinical Leadership takes a truly interdisciplinary approach. As well as the core MBA curriculum, you’ll study three specialised, healthcare-focused modules: clinical leadership; governance, policy and regulation; and digital health.

The flexible, online programme will enable you to communicate with and lead clinical experts effectively, work with policy and strategic changes, and understand the value of innovative care delivery models and advanced digital technology.

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Your programme of study

The Online MBA Clinical Leadership aims to develop innovative forms of leadership, combining the management focus of traditional MBAs with the unique challenges of modern healthcare. Through comparative methods, you will learn to take into account relevant similarities and differences amongst global healthcare systems when managing clinicians.

The three specialist modules will allow you to address topics such as the particular challenges and opportunities of leading clinicians, the importance of governance, policy, and regulation in healthcare settings, and how digital technology is revolutionising the sector.

The programme is designed to empower you to manage and lead healthcare professionals, understand and influence policy, and achieve strategic level changes within health services. You will develop an understanding of the value of innovative care delivery models and advanced digital technology in creating and maintaining sustainable healthcare systems.

Programme outcomes include:

  • Exploring and advancing leadership practices in a range of healthcare organisations and systems
  • Developing and implementing effective clinical management strategies
  • Appreciating the integrated value of marketing, operations, HRM, and accounting and finance within a healthcare management setting
  • Generating confident clinical and business leadership and communiation skills in multiple contexts

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Frequently Asked Questions

When can I start a programme?

There are three intakes per year - you can choose to join the Online MBA Clinical Leadership in summer, autumn or spring. Request information to find out more about upcoming start dates. 

What will my qualification say?

You will graduate with a Masters in Business Administration with Clinical Leadership and 180 postgraduate credits. Your certificate will not specify that you studied the qualification online, as we make no distinction between our campus and distance learning programmes.

Are there specific times for online classes?

We have designed the programme to fit your busy schedule. Much of the work that you will carry out with tutors and fellow students will be asynchronous, with specific periods of time given to collaborate via email, discussion forums and video conferences. You’ll receive a timetable of your synchronous (live) sessions after you enrol.

What are the types of networking and collaboration opportunities?

Our online learning environment, Canvas, allows you to contact your peers and tutors, use discussion forums, connect with lecturers and take part in group work. It’s a highly interactive environment, designed to make you feel part of the learning community. 

How will I be supported as an online student?

As well as learning from expert lecturers, you’ll have access to community boards, instant messaging services, live discussions and one-to-one support from a Student Services Coordinator. We also offer 24/7 technical support should you encounter any difficulties accessing the online platform. 

Our online learning environment includes videos and interactive activities for you to learn from. You can also access the university’s online library, which includes e-textbooks, journal articles and specialist industry reports.

Find out more about the online student experience: request information.


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  3. QS World University Rankings (2021)

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The Online MBA Clinical Leadership is a 180 credit, 30-month programme of study. As a student on the programme, you will complete nine core modules and choose an additional three elective modules (followed by a dissertation), to graduate with the full masters qualification. Note that your choice of elective may increase the duration of the programme.

Core modules

Elective modules


To fulifil the requirements of the masters degree, students then have the opportunity to complete a dissertation at the end of year two. This is a research project which can be tailored to a specific area of interest, or to your own work environment. The dissertation is equal to 60 credits of study.


The full cost of this programme is £22,225 GBP. This can be paid in full or in instalments of £1,710 GBP for each module. Programme fees are reviewed annually and are subject to change each academic year.

For more information and to speak to a Recruitment Coordinator, fill out our form.


International students can occasionally gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or via your home government. It’s good to do your research to find opportunities which you could be eligible for.

How To Apply

Click on the ‘Apply now’ button and create an account. You will be directed to an application specifically designed for the Online MBA Clinical Leadership. Submit your application and supporting documentation online. Your supporting documents include:

  • Curriculum vitae (CV) or résumé: Demonstrate your academic and work experience, in addition ot any other skills that may support your application. This will help our recruitment team ensure that you have the right experience for the programme.
  • Statement of purpose: Draw attention to your skills, experience and goals, and to explain why you wish to apply for this programme. This should be no longer than one page of text.
  • Two references: Send details of your references either as a letter of recommendation or a recorded transcript by email or by post to our recruitment team. These must be signed, on letterheaded paper, or supplied with your referee’s business card.
  • Transcripts: To verify your education, we ask you to submit your previous academic transcripts, either in notarized form or sent directly from your previous institution.
  • Evidence of language (if applicable): If English is not your first language, you will need to also supply an up-to-date English language certificate which meets the entry criteria – as detailed in our standard entry requirements section.

If you would like any feedback or advice about your application, our Recruitment team would be happy to help. You can fill out a request for information or call +44 (0)800 032 7101.

When clicking on the Apply Now button you will be directed to an application specifically designed for the programme you wish to apply for where you will create an account with the University application system and submit your application and supporting documents online. Further information regarding how to apply online can be found on the How to apply pages

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Our Standard Requirements

In order to be eligible for the Online MBA Clinical Leadership, you will need to have obtained (or be predicted to obtain) an upper second-class degree or postgraduate diploma from a UK university OR an equivalent qualification from a recognised institution.

We also require that applicants have at least 3 years of relevant management experience within a health industry or clinical setting that they can display as part of their application.

Standard English language requirements also apply. If English is not your first language, you must also have an up-to-date English language test certificate. We accept an Academic IELTS certificate with a grade of 6.5 and no less than 6.0 in any band. Other forms of English language certificates are accepted. Please discuss this with a Recruitment Coordinator.

International Requirements


What is it like to study for an MBA online?

Distance learning involves a whole lot more than just putting campus programmes online. All of our online programmes have been purpose-built from the ground up to harness the full power of the technologies available, involving everything from cloud-powered collaboration to interactive live lectures. The format is ideally suited to working professionals who are balancing their careers and personal commitments alongside their studies. 

Delivered jointly by the triple-accredited Birmingham Business School and the long-established Health Services Management Centre, our Online MBA Clinical Leadership covers the fundamentals of business leadership, but with an added focus on health services management. You will learn to lead through innovation on an online programme ranked 17th in the world for online MBAs1 – a programme that allows you the added flexibility of balancing study with your existing commitments.

By addressing a range of different management and clinical perspectives, the Online MBA Clinical Leadership programme allows you to shape your own learning experience. You will be encouraged to collaborate with fellow students, academics and healthcare practitioners to gain a comprehensive skill set that will help you to develop innovative forms of leadership, combining the management focus of traditional MBAs with the unique challenges of healthcare.

Transform clinical mangement

Online MBA Clinical Leadership students will have access to our digital learning platform throughout their studies. We have moved beyond the traditional classroom structure, taking full advantage of digital media with modules that draw on interactivity, active student participation and social connectivity to provide a more dynamic learning experience.

Rather than simply reading lecture transcripts and sending in assignments, the University of Birmingham’s online students engage with the curriculum directly using:

  • Video lectures: accessing content at any time and from any device
  • Interactive assignments: actively participating in learning exercises
  • Real-life case studies: gain skills you can apply to your organisation immediately
  • Social interaction: connect with peers, professors and tutors online
  • Digital resources: rely on support for any of your admissions, enrolment, technology or career needs

Module structure

In some modules there will be live lecture sessions. Dates and times for these sessions will be communicated to you once you begin your studies. In each live session you will have the opportunity to present your work and/or discuss case study exercises. 

  • Be taught by our internationally respected course leaders.
  • Communicate and network with fellow students in forums.
  • Undertake assignments (reports, essays, presentations, quizzes, group work), with deadlines structured at reasonable intervals to help guide you through your student journey.

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Career opportunities: Online MBA

Lead the future of healthcare

The Online MBA Clinical Leadership will empower you to manage and lead clinicians, understand and influence policy, and achieve strategic level changes within health services. It will enable you to understand the value of innovative care delivery models and advanced digital technology to develop sustainable health and healthcare systems.

After completing this course, you will have the opportunity to take a step further in your career and really make a difference within the healthcare system, including  healthcare providers (such as hospitals, clinics, national policy and regulatory agencies), commissioners, governments, pharmaceuticals and bioscience industries.

Become more employable

We want to ensure that you can progress in this competitive environment and have designed our course with a practical approach and cross-disciplinary subject matter. It is this experience that will give you a commanding position when it comes to taking advantage of the career opportunities available in this highly specialised area.

Our prgramme gives you the opportunity to apply what you have learned immediately in your career. You will be taught by experts from a range of clinical backgrounds, offering you a comprehensive understanding of leadership and healthcare management, and ultimately, allowing you to create better outcomes for patients.

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Why choose the University of Birmingham for your MBA?

  • A world top-100 university1
  • Ranked 17th in the world2
  • Number 1 most targeted University by the UK’s top employers (High Fliers Research 2021)
  • Partnered with the Health Services Management Centre
  • Leading UK provider of distance and blended learning
  • Immersive online learning experience

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  2. QS Online MBA Rankings (2020). QS World University Rankings [online] Available at: <> [Accessed 13.07.2020]

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