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Northumbria’s Healthcare Management MSc will equip you with the knowledge, understanding and confidence you need to initiate and sustain real change within the complex and rapidly evolving healthcare landscape.

The course is designed to address global needs within the healthcare sector for committed personnel with strong management competencies. You will learn as part of a multicultural student cohort, from academics who have extensive experience in practice. This will give you access to new perspectives on healthcare, which will inform your future professional practice.

You will study modules in Strategic Management of Healthcare, Leadership & Collaborative Working in Public Health, Managing Health Improvement Through Social Marketing, and Research Approaches, Methods and Skills. You will supplement your understanding of these core topics with an in-depth research project in an area of professional interest.

Three course delivery options are available to fit with your professional and personal needs: this intensive 12-month full-time programme which begins in September, an 18-month full-time programme that commences in January, and a part-time programme over 28 months that begins in September.

Course Information

Level of Study

Mode of Study
1 year full-time
2 other options available

Social Work, Education & Community Wellbeing

City Campus, Northumbria University


September 2019

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Learning and teaching strategies include lectures, seminars, workshops, group activities, tutorials, discussions and self-directed learning. You will be active in the learning process and develop as a critically reflective individual.

Formative assessment will be used throughout the course to provide opportunities for feedback and development, within a supportive peer environment. Summative assessments include a report, an essay, an exam, an oral presentation and a poster presentation, in which you will be able to focus on an area of personal interest.

You will also complete a final dissertation on a topic of your choice, under the close guidance of your allocated supervisor. 

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The MSc Healthcare Management course is taught by a team of lecturers who boast extensive experience and knowledge of a variety of health management roles. This knowledge is integrated into all aspects of their teaching to ensure that all topics covered within this course are relevant to the workplace and the wider healthcare industry.

The staff will be there to support you through every step of your course, ensuring you leave with confidence and understanding of all aspects of this challenging and rapidly evolving sector.

The content and teaching methods utilised on this course have been designed to meet the requirements of both home and international students, and we have a vast network of support available should English not be your first language. Northumbria was ranked 3rd in the UK (2015) for satisfaction levels in the International Student Barometer survey.

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This course is based at our Coach Lane Campus, where our facilities are some of the most advanced in the country. They allow us to ensure your learning evolves in line with the latest developments in the industry.

Technology is embedded throughout all aspects of your degree. You will receive ongoing support through our innovative e-learning platform, Blackboard, where you can access module handbooks, assessment information, lecture presentation slides, reading lists and collaborative working opportunities. Key lectures will also be recorded to allow you to listen again.

If English is not your first language you will also have access to the English for Specific Academic Purposes (ESAP) programme to help you develop your English language, academic writing and study skills.

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Being part of the MSc Healthcare Management course will mean you are learning from a team of research-active professionals who are passionate about healthcare and their individual areas of specialism. 

Staff will use their own research as the basis for some module sessions, and you will actively engage with contemporary research across the sector.

You will develop your own research methodologies and skills through the dissertation module. The dissertation will be an opportunity to demonstrate your independence, creativity and unique contribution to healthcare knowledge practice and/or policy.

Northumbria University has been ranked in the top quartile in the UK for research power in Allied Health Sciences and Nursing. Additionally, more than 80% of our research activity in Allied Health Sciences and Nursing is rated as world-leading or internationally excellent (REF 2014).

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You will leave this course equipped with advanced understanding and skills in strategic healthcare management, change management, managing health improvement through social marketing, and leadership and collaborative working in health. Most of the modules give you scope to focus on your particular discipline interests, giving you a distinct advantage when progressing to professional employment.

To further enhance your employment prospects you will be actively encouraged to undertake relevant volunteering opportunities, and to attend local and national events. These elements will provide you with invaluable opportunities to meet practitioners and experts within the field of healthcare management.

For international students there may be a practice learning opportunity available, to give you a brief insight into healthcare management in the UK.

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This MSc will equip you for employment in healthcare management across public or government services, voluntary organisations, non-governmental organisations and private organisations globally.

Further study options are available should you wish to progress your studies to PhD level, and graduates may also wish to pursue careers within teaching or research.

To further enhance your future opportunities we offer ongoing career development support in the form of career guidance, CV advice, portfolio building and interview preparation. You will also develop valuable skills for high level employment including initiative, personal responsibility, problem solving, team working and planning.

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Entry Requirements 2019/20

Standard Entry


Applicants should normally have:

A minimum of a 2:2 honours degree or its equivalent in a relevant subject and senior work experience in healthcare practice or evidence of commitment to working in Health Management.

International qualifications
If you have studied a non UK qualification, you can see how your qualifications compare to the standard entry criteria, by selecting the country that you received the qualification in, from our country pages. Visit 
English Language requirements
International applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with 6 in each component (or approved equivalent*).
*The university accepts a large number of UK and International Qualifications in place of IELTS.  You can find details of acceptable tests and the required grades you will need in our English Language section. Visit

Fees and Funding 2019/20 Entry

Full UK Fee: £6,990

Full EU Fee: £6,990

Full International Fee: £15,000


There are no Additional Costs


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How to Apply

How to Apply

Application for most courses is direct to the University via our online application form. Simply click on the 'Apply Online' button you will see on each of our course entries.

However, there are some courses where the application method is not directly to the University. These are:


Postgraduate Research
If you wish to apply for postgraduate research then please submit a research enquiry.

Application Deadlines 

Whilst most of our courses do not set an exact deadline for applications, you are advised to apply early to secure your place and organise any sponsorship or funding. Overseas students should submit applications to us by no later than 31 July for courses starting in early September or 1 December for courses that commence in January. This allows sufficient time to process our decision, for you to obtain visas and to organise your accommodation and travel arrangements.

Graduate Teacher Training Courses
Equal consideration is given to all applications received by UCAS Teacher Training by the main application deadline, details of all deadlines can be found on the UTT website.

Law professional courses
For details about the selection and allocation process for the full-time Law Professional courses please see the relevant website. For the Legal Practice Course (LPC)/Common Professional Examination and the Graduate Diploma in Law (CPE/GDL) courses, and for the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC and BPTC LLM)

 Master of Fine Art (MFA)

Master of Fine Art (MFA) We encourage all applications to the MFA programme for entry in September 2017 to apply prior to our guaranteed application review date of 1st June 2017. After this date, we will review applications subject to there being remaining spaces on the programme.


Decision Making Process

Most courses require at least one reference, but some may need two. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure Northumbria receives a satisfactory academic reference. If you have not been in education for a number of years, then a reference from your employer may be acceptable.

We try to reply to applicants as soon as possible but you should receive a response within 10 working days, and this will be one of the following.

  • Conditional offer which will normally be upon the completion of your undergraduate degree or equivalent qualification and achieving a particular classification or grade. You will be required to send us a confirmation that you have passed your current degree course as soon as you receive notification to enable us to confirm your offer. 
  • Unconditional offer is made if you have already met the entry requirements of your chosen course 
  • Reject your application 

You will be asked to confirm your acceptance in writing of any offer made.

Fairness and Transparency
The University is committed to a system of admissions that ensures fairness, transparency and equal opportunities within the legal framework of the UK and best practice. All reasonable effort will be made to ensure that no prospective or existing student is unreasonably treated less favourably on the grounds of age, race, colour, nationality, ethnic origin, creed, disability, sexual orientation, gender, marital or parental/carer status, political belief or social or economic class, or any other type of discrimination.

Tuition Fee Assessment
Tuition fees are set at different levels for Home/EU and International Students. Before you begin your course the University must establish your tuition fee status. In many cases, the University will be able to make this assessment without requiring any additional information.

Guidance can be found on the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) website to help you understand how Higher Education Institutions (HEI's) make an assessment on your fee status.

Selection Process 

Applicants who may not have the standard entry qualifications are welcome to apply and may be interviewed. Some courses will interview as part of the selection process. This applies particularly to courses in art and design, teaching and health.

Health Screening
Applicants for Nursing, Midwifery, Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Primary (Early Years) and Social Work will be required to complete a health questionnaire. They may be required to attend for doctor or nurse assessment at the University Health Centre.

Prior to beginning their programme, all applicants to Nursing, Midwifery, Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy are advised to start a course of Hepatitis B vaccinations, available from their own GP. In addition, Midwifery applicants must provide evidence before they commence training that they are immune to Hepatitis B or have Hepatitis B non-carried status.

Applicants to these courses who have had contact with MRSA in the previous 6 months may be asked to provide evidence that they are not colonised by submitting negative swabs results prior to commencement of training. Alternatively, they may be screened on commencement of the programme.

All applicants will receive vaccination screening at the University Health Centre on commencement of their programme.

Disclosure of Criminal Background
To help the University reduce the risk of harm or injury to any member of its community caused by the criminal behaviour of other students, it must know about any relevant criminal convictions an applicant has.

Relevant criminal convictions are only those convictions for offences against the person, whether of a violent or sexual nature, and convictions for offences involving unlawfully supplying controlled drugs or substances where the conviction concerns commercial drug dealing or trafficking. Convictions that are spent (as defined by the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974) are not considered to be relevant and you should not reveal them.

If you are applying for courses in teaching, health, social work and courses involving work with children or vulnerable adults, you must complete the section of your UCAS application form entitled 'Criminal Convictions'. You must disclose any criminal convictions, including spent sentences and cautions (including verbal cautions) and bindover orders. Further information on how to complete this section is available from the UCAS booklet 'How to Apply'. For these courses, applicants are required to undergo police clearance for entry and will need to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) enhanced disclosure form. The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) helps employers make safer recruitment decisions and prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups, including children. It replaces the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA). Access to the DBS checking service is only available to registered employers who are entitled by law to ask an individual to reveal their full criminal history, including spent convictions - also known as asking 'an exempted question'. The University is such a 'registered employer' and will send you the appropriate documents to fill in if you are offered a place in the course.

If you are convicted of a relevant criminal offence after you have applied, you must inform the university immediately. Do not send details of the offence; simply tell the University that you have a relevant criminal conviction. You may then be asked to supply more details.

Anti-fraud Checks
Please note that the University follows anti-fraud procedures to detect and prevent fraudulent applications. If it is found that an applicant supplies a fraudulent application then it will be withdrawn.

The University reserves the right to cancel an application or withdraw any offer made if it is found that an application contains false, plagiarised or misleading information.


Disabled Students

Northumbria welcomes enquiries and applications from disabled students whether disability is due to mobility or sensory impairment, specific learning difficulties, mental health issues or a medical condition. Applications from disabled students are processed in the usual way, but applicants should declare their disability at the application stage so that the University can contact them to assess how to meet any support needs they may have. Disabled applicants may be invited to visit the University so that this can be done in person.

To find out more contact:
Disability Support Team
Tel +44 (0)191 227 3849 or
Minicom +44 (0)191 222 1051


International Students

The University has a thriving overseas community and applications from International students are welcome. Advice on the suitability of overseas qualifications is available from:

International Office
Northumbria University
Newcastle upon Tyne

Tel +44 (0)191 227 4274
Fax +44 (0)191 261 1264

(However, if you have already applied to Northumbria and have a query, please contact or telephone 00 44 191 243 7906)

Provision of Information
The University reserves the right at any stage to request applicants and enrolling students to provide additional information about any aspect of their application or enrolment. In the event of any student providing false or inaccurate information at any stage, and/or failing to provide additional information when requested to do so, the University further reserves the right to refuse to consider an application, to withdraw registration, rescind home fees status where applicable, and/or demand payment of any fees or monies due to the University.

Modules Overview


Module information is indicative and is reviewed annually therefore may be subject to change. Applicants will be informed if there are any changes.

AC0778 -

Research: Approaches, Methods and skills (Core,30 Credits)

On this module you will appreciate the knowledge and skills needed to undertake research. You will learn about research philosophy, methodology and the different methods associated with a range of research traditions. You will explore the value of research evidence in informing public health and healthcare management practices and be able to apply the principles of research to critically appraise research quality. Specifically on this module you will learn about:
• Locating and organising literature
• Philosophical assumptions and foundations of enquiry
• Qualitative, quantitative and mixed methodological approaches
• Data collection, data analysis and interpretation
• Research governance and ethical issues
• Analysis and interpretation
By the end of the module you will be able to prepare a research proposal on a topic of interest to yourself and of value to public health / healthcare management.

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AC0779 -

Strategic Management of Healthcare (Core,30 Credits)

This module will enable you to understand and critically appraise theories and concepts of strategic management approaches in relation to healthcare organisations. You will be introduced to the conceptual foundations of management, focussing on the essential strategic tasks of leadership and management. In particular research and theory on organisational behaviour will foster your understanding of the impact of positive and negative relationships within the organisational healthcare culture. You will learn how leadership and change management skills are addressed as an integral part of management in relation to communication and project planning for healthcare leaders. The module is particularly relevant if you are a senior or aspiring manager working in healthcare but is also very relevant if you have an interest in management in healthcare organisations. As a manager in a strategic role, you could be setting objectives for the organisation and creating the routes towards reaching these goals.
Key area you will study include:-
Understanding healthcare organizations: Challenges for Healthcare Management: global perspectives
Strategic Management: levels of strategy; Strategic planning
Service Area Competitor Analysis: Determining obstacles and boundaries
Internal Environmental Analysis: Resources Management for high performance healthcare
The Organizational setting: The meaning of organizational behaviour; Organizational practices
Managers and managerial behaviour: Principles of management; Managerial roles; Managerial effectiveness
Culture and climate in healthcare organizations: Cross-cultural leadership
You will critically apply knowledge within areas of your discipline and /or healthcare management that will support your future employability and long term career prospects.

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AC7024 -

Dissertation Project (Core,60 Credits)

This research rich module will enable you to bring together the knowledge, understanding and skills that you have accrued from other modules on your programme. Prior to the undertaking this module, you will have completed the appropriate level of study that prepares you for engagement with a Masters dissertation process. The module provides you with a vehicle for developing, refining and applying your research skills in an independent project.
You will identify a topic with which you are familiar, and which you believe has scope for development or change that will be the focus of your independent study. You can chose one of three methods to structure your dissertation.
- Systematic Review :A structured analysis of evidence
- Empirical research: Based on primary data analysis or secondary sources
- Feasibility study: Planning a future project.
In the module, you will revisit and deepen your understandings of a range of key topic areas linked to the research process within your chosen method. This may include discussion of worldviews and research paradigms, research design, working with literature and theory, developing ethical codes, collecting robust research evidence, ensuring quality assurance within your research work, critically assessing the feasibility of a virtual project and writing and disseminating the research dissertation work. There will be a series of research seminars during the module and you will have access to a named supervisor for one to one supervision work. Both the seminars and supervision will enable you to critically examine how the research process will work best for your dissertation goals and design.

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AC7027 -

Managing health improvement through social marketing (Core,20 Credits)

What will I learn on this module? (SRS 0001) Please give a brief indication of the content of the module including the main topic / subject areas studied
In this module you will learn how to critically consider managing health improvement through the use of social marketing techniques and approaches. You will explore understanding what social marketing consists of and how it can be used in managing health improvement practice .The module will enable you to identify the main theoretical principles underlying the practice of health related social marketing and critically apply these to improving health and reducing health inequalities. You will examine how marketing techniques can be used to influence behaviour change, health promotion and positive social change. You will learn how to effectively solve real-world problems and develop skills to enable you to plan implement and evaluate appropriate social marketing health interventions. Key topics you will study include:-
• Overview of social marketing in the context of health improvement
• Theoretical and conceptual models of social marketing for health
• Planning a social marketing intervention
• Evaluating social marketing for health interventions and the impact on health inequalities
• The application of social marketing for health to practice
• Key models and approaches of health promotion
• The application of social marketing techniques to health promotion interventions
• Models of communication
• The application of communication techniques in social marketing for health
• Engaging communities
• Community asset mapping
• Ethics
• Managing social marketing interventions

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AC7029 -

Leadership and Collaborative Working in Public Health and Healthcare (Core,20 Credits)

Through studying this module you will learn about the theories and models of leadership and management relevant to public health and / or healthcare management.
You will explore models of partnership working and the importance of working collaboratively to improve the health of the public. You will explore the application of leadership and management within contexts responsible for the provision of public health and / or healthcare management. You will gain an increased understanding of the importance of working in collaboration with partners to maximise resources and lead on health activities that aim to improve the health of the public and develop health services. You will critically evaluate a range of core concepts, theories and frameworks which are fundamental to understanding leadership and management theories and models of partnership working. You will have the opportunity to reflect on your own skill base and identify developmental needs in becoming an effective leader who is responsive and adaptive to change. Your learning on this module will include some of the key tasks involved in leadership and management within public health and / or healthcare management.

Specific areas that you will study will include:-

• Leadership and management theories
• Performance management and resource allocation in public health and healthcare management services
• Collaborative leadership skills development.
• Effective partnership working
• Approaches to negotiation and influencing
• Using tools for service improvement
• Leading in different public health and / or healthcare management contexts.

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AC7030 -

Developing management and leadership competencies in Healthcare (Core,20 Credits)

This module will support you in developing your personal and professional competencies as an existing or aspiring manager. You will develop your self-awareness and self-management, interpersonal skills and your abilities in working with others. You will focus specifically on developing core management and leadership skills and understanding the theories, concepts and models that underpin those skills. The broad areas covered by this module include:

Self -awareness and reflection
Interpersonal skills including emotional Intelligence
Team dynamics and team working

You will work on further enhancing your personal effectiveness by focusing on how you work effectively with others, through collaborating, influencing, and negotiating. You will have opportunities to consider ways in which leadership and management skills can be applied in a healthcare context. The importance of self- awareness and reflection will be a key feature of this module. On completion of the module, you will be able to critically analyse your own competence in relation to your professional practice or future career aspirations and present a personal development plan, which is appropriate to your chosen career context.

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EF0192 -

Academic Language Skills in Health PG (Health Health) (Optional,0 Credits)

The purpose of this module is to develop the participant’s ability in study skills and English language skills for academic purposes.

The module is designed to develop the participants as independent learners. The module is supported by a teaching and learning plan which outlines the formal sessions, together with the tutor-directed study and independent reading. An interactive approach to seminars will draw upon the directed learning undertaken and participants’ own experience of study skills. Directed learning will centre upon a range of activities including pre-reading, preparation for interactive activities and use of the discussion board on the e-learning platform.
Independent learning will focus upon the participants identifying those skills which they need to develop and understand through a range of learning activities that might include extended reading, and reflection. The sessions will attempt to follow the principles set out by the CEM model (Sloan and Porter, 2008)

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