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Master of Science (MSc) International Healthcare Management

University of Essex


Healthcare is a subject area that affects everyone from all over the world, and this programme gives you a chance to delve into the worldwide management of this complex and vital field. The MSc International Healthcare Management will build on your existing experience whilst enhancing your knowledge of the challenges faced by the industry and how to build a successful management and leadership within it.*

This course will provide you with the skills and knowledge to progress your career in a wide variety of healthcare and related organisations.

Developed and taught by subject experts, this programme will look into the complex healthcare management issues facing managers today and give you the ability to make decisions and implement change, whilst gaining an understanding and awareness of risks and how to evaluate alternative approaches. You will also learn to recognise and address ethical, social and political dilemmas, and how to apply ethical and organisational values to situations and choices.

There will also be the opportunity to develop a focused piece of independent research into a global healthcare management issue that is personal or of interest to you.

* The start date and details of this course are still subject to University approval. In the event that approval is not granted by your course start date, an alternative date will be offered or a full refund given. If changes  to this programme are needed as part of the University of Essex validation process, these changes will be communicated to you at the earliest possible date.

Course structure

The MSc International Healthcare Management degree is made up of the following modules and, upon completion, is equal to a total of 180 credits at Level 7.

Level 7 modules:
Healthcare Management: Principle and Practices (20 credits)*
Leadership in Practice (20 credits)
Health Economics (20 credits)*
Comparative Systems and Innovation in Healthcare (20 credits)
Social, Political and Ethical Issues in Healthcare (20 credits)*
Service Improvement (20 credits)
Research Methods (20 credits)*
Healthcare Management Dissertation (40 credits)*
* These modules are core and must be passed in order to achieve the award.

Learning and assessment

Studying online gives you the freedom to study when and where it suits you – at home, during your lunch hour or anywhere else you have internet access.

All of the University of Essex online courses have an indicative study duration which is a guide to how long your course will take to complete. The actual duration may be longer or shorter depending on your speed of study, study options chosen and module availability. It is possible to complete your studies faster than the indicative course duration by doubling up on modules at certain times; however, minimum study durations do apply.

All of the University of Essex courses have regular start dates throughout the year. The academic year is organised into modules, typically with a one- or two-week break between modules and a structured three-week break for the Christmas period. Students will receive a course timetable during the application process.

Teaching methods and style
As the University is a 100% online university, it utilises a virtual learning environment instead of a traditional campus. The system tracks and manages the learning process in real-time and provides you with immediate access to your learning materials.

This learning platform allows both students and tutors to actively take part in real-time conversations and you can listen to, and view, live lectures and seminars over the internet. All courses are delivered in English only.

You are supported throughout your course by a dedicated Student Adviser and have the opportunity to regularly interact with fellow students and your tutor. To ensure you receive the support you need from your tutor, class sizes are capped at 20 students.

The MSc International Healthcare Management course includes both compulsory and core modules.

The University adopts an assignment-based approach to assessment instead of exams. Assessment for the MSc International Healthcare Management is based on a combination of written coursework and work on a dissertation or individual project.

You are able to see your current provisional marks from the start of the programme, allowing you to evaluate the success of your current study methods and clearly identify areas to improve. The University of Essex believes that this transparency gives you the information you need to make the most of your Masters course. This is achieved by:

– showing your marks clearly in your gradebook, which can be viewed whenever you log onto the learning platform
– the rapid turnaround of work assessed to ensure that your gradebook is always up to date
– assessing your work throughout the module rather than waiting for end of year exams
– ensuring you have regular contact with your Student Adviser
– the simplicity and transparency in the design of our assessment criteria

The University also has a policy of ensuring that work submitted by students is authentic. As well as the fact that all work is frequently assessed, a well-established electronic monitoring system is used to check for plagiarism.

On successful completion of your MSc International Healthcare Management degree, you will be invited to attend a graduation ceremony at the University of Essex, Colchester Campus.

Career prospects

Achieving this MSc International Healthcare Management will demonstrate your knowledge and commitment to future employers. Whether you’re looking to advance your management role, or looking for a career change, this MSc will give you the skills you need to succeed in almost any organisation.

The wide range of international healthcare management skills that you’ll develop will be complemented by the transferable skills that you will also build upon throughout the course. These include, but are not limited to, critical thinking skills, research, strategy evaluation, communication and information collection skills.

The programme can lead to a career in hospital or healthcare management in a variety of public and private organisations around the world. Students may also progress into related fields such as public and community health management, medical sales or third sector organisations. outpatient care and public health, support service executives and many more roles in business and health.

Entry requirements

1. Academic Entry Route
In order to satisfy the Academic Entry Route requirements for our MSc International Healthcare Management programme you must have the following qualifications as a minimum:

An undergraduate degree from an approved institution equivalent to a UK Honours degree or a relevant professional qualification.
If English is not your first language, IELTS (Academic) 6.5 or equivalent. If you do not hold an IELTS or equivalent qualification students are required to pass a free online English test.

2. Work Experience Entry Route
We recognise that you can gain skills in a wide variety of ways and that prior academic performance is not the only indicator of an applicant’s ability. Therefore, if you do not meet the minimum academic standards above, you may still be eligible to enrol via our Work Experience Entry Route.

In order to satisfy the Work Experience Entry Route requirements for our MSc International Healthcare Management programme you must meet the following criteria as a minimum:

At least five years’ senior level work experience supported by appropriate references.
English language proficiency should be at a level equivalent to IELTS (Academic) 6.5.

You don’t need to prove your knowledge of English if you’re a national of, or if you have completed a qualification equivalent to a UK degree in an English-speaking country.

Your application will be considered on an individual basis taking into account your motivation for doing the course, prior work experience and other relevant qualifications that demonstrate your ability to successfully complete the programme.

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Course Information

Who should attend

Healthcare is a subject area that affects everyone from all over the world, and this programme gives you a chance to delve into the worldwide management of this complex and vital field.

Tuition Fee
MSc International Healthcare Management
£10,608 GBP

Entry requirements

There are two entry routes: (a) the Academic Entry Route; and (b) work experience route.

Tuition Fee
MSc International Healthcare Management
£10,608 GBP

Programme Overview

The Programme is made up of 7 modules equivalent to 180 credits and can be completed in about 24 months.

Tuition Fee
MSc International Healthcare Management
£10,608 GBP