Health Care Policy and Management


Start date
September 2019
1 year full-time, 2 years part-time
Course Type
Postgraduate, Continuing professional development, Taught


Masters (MSc):
UK/EU (full-time) £11,970
UK/EU (part-time) £5,985
Overseas students (full-time only) £20,880

UK/EU (full-time) £10,200
UK/EU (part-time) £5,100
Overseas students £16,620

UK/EU (part-time) £5,100

The Health Care Policy and Management course at HSMC bridges the traditional divide between academic study and the worlds of policy and practice.

The MSc Health Care Policy and Management provides both theoretical frameworks and practical 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. 

There are two programme pathways:

  • MSc Health Care Policy and Management 
  • MSc in Health Care Policy and Management specialising in managing quality and service improvement

A postgraduate certificate or diploma can be awarded within any of these options.

  • Masters (180 credits) incorporates taught modules with an additional piece of independent research in the form of a dissertation.
  • Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits) or Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) are earned with ‘taught’ modules of 20 credits each

You can study full-time (one year) or part-time (over two years). 

If you require further information, please telephone 0121 414 2280 or email   


Health Care Policy and Management

Core modules

  • Health Services Management
  • Health and Health Care Policy
  • Introduction to Organisational Development in Health and Social Care
  • People, Patients and Communities
  • Dissertation 

Optional modules

  • Strategic Planning and Decision Making
  • Healthcare Quality: Measuring and Assuring
  • Healthcare Quality: Innovation and Improvement
  • Integrated Care: Policy and Theory

Management (Managing Quality and Service Improvement)

Core modules

  • Health Services Management
  • Health and Health Care Policy
  • Introduction to Organisational Development in Health and Social Care
  • People, Patients and Communities
  • Healthcare Quality: Measuring and Assuring
  • Healthcare Quality: Innovation and Improvement
  • Dissertation 

The optional modules listed on the website for this programme may unfortunately occasionally be subject to change. Where the module is no longer available we will let you know as soon as we can help you make other choices.


Fees 2020 - 2021

Masters (MSc):

Code: 2355 UK/EU (full-time) £11,970
Code: 2356 UK/EU (part-time) £5,985
Code: 2355 Overseas students (full-time only) £20,880

Code: 6000 UK/EU (full-time) £10,200
Code: 6005 UK/EU (part-time) £5,100
Code: 6000 Overseas students £16,620

Code: 8072 UK/EU (part-time) £5,100

These are the first year fees, second year fees are liable to rise slightly with inflation/ increases in university fees generally. Please check with the Centre for the most up-to-date fees information.

Postgraduate Loans for Masters students 

A postgraduate loans system for Masters degrees in the UK will provide up to £10,906 for taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas including part-time and distance learning. 

Learn more about fees and funding


Contact:  International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government. 

Learn more about Scholarships for international students

How To Apply

Monday 1 July 2020 is the application deadline for international students (Tier 4) who wish to study in the United Kingdom. We are not able to consider applications for 2020 made after this date. The deadline for Home/EU (non-Tier 4) students is Monday 10 September 2020. Applications will reopen for 2021 entry in early October 2020.

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

The normal entrance requirement is a good Honours degree (upper second-class or above), or an equivalent professional qualification and professional experience. However, appropriate career experience may be taken into account.

Learn more about entry requirements  

International Requirements

International Students

English language requirements

You can satisfy our English language requirements in two ways:

  • by holding an English language qualification to the right level
  • by taking and successfully completing one of our English courses for international students

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.

While some students choose to concentrate on theoretical topics, many students carry out empirical studies for their dissertation, often related to their own place of work or area of professional expertise.

The Health Services Management Centre (HSMC)

The Health Services Management Centre (HSMC) is one of the UK’s leading centres for research, teaching, professional development and consultancy to health and social care agencies. For more than forty years, the Centre’s mission has been to strengthen leadership and management in health care, and to promote improved health and wellbeing.

HSMC has pioneered innovative approaches to personal and professional education. We deliver multi award winning national leadership programmes that have made a real difference to the working lives of staff and have improved patient care and experience across all healthcare settings.


Postgraduate programmes are taught at Park House which is a short walk from the centre of the University campus and provides a comfortable and well-appointed study environment. Facilities include:

Just a few steps away is the University’s Conference Park, which provides an excellent hotel environment for those wishing to be residential for taught modules.

HSMC students have access to the University’s main library and substantial online journals, databases and other materials via Canvas. A Programme Handbook provides comprehensive advice and information, and a separate handbook is provided for each module.

Participants are assigned an academic tutor to guide them through their studies and bespoke dissertation workshops are held twice a year. Students are encouraged to engage as much as possible with HSMC staff and to participate in other events such as conferences, seminars and workshops.

Assessment Methods

Each module is worth 20 credits and is normally assessed through one 1,000 word 'in-module' assessment and one 3,000 word reflective essay.

The MSc dissertation is 10,000 words and worth 60 credits. It is a personally chosen and managed research project, undertaken over the duration of the programme with formal research training incorporated.



This programme is designed for senior managers, clinicians and policy makers who are already working in or with health care organisations, or who have an interest in developing their careers in this direction.