University of Birmingham

University of Birmingham

Health Care Policy and Management

Within the UK, the NHS is expected to deliver on national targets, improve organisational performance, and respond to local needs and demands, and internationally most countries face similar challenges; this programme is 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.

Entry requirements

The normal entrance requirement is a good Honours degree (upper 2nd class or above), or an equivalent professional qualification and professional experience. However, appropriate career experience may be taken into account.

Course modules

This programme is available with optional specialisms in: Healthcare in a community setting; commissioning; international health care; quality and service improvement; the programme consists of four core modules on: health service management; health and health care policy; introduction to organisational development in health and social care; public and user involvement in health care; plus optional modules chosen from a wide range offered; plus a dissertation.

Assessment methods

Each module is worth 20 credits and is normally assessed through 2 seperate 3,000-word assignments (or 1 of 6,000 words). 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. To be eligible for postgraduate certification, candidates are normally expected to achieve passes on all required modules, although overall performance is taken into account where this is not achieved. A dissertation of pass standard is required for the award of the MSc. The pass mark is 50% and candidates gaining an overall average of between 60-69% and, where appropriate, a dissertation in this range, are awarded a �pass with merit�. Those achieving an average score of 70% or more, and a dissertation mark in this range, where appropriate, are awarded a �pass with distinction�.

Sponsorship information

Scholarships may be available to home and international students.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
PgDip Full-time £ 8,760 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
PgDip Full-time £ 13,000 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MSc Full-time £ 10,080 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MSc Full-time £ 16,170 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
PgDip Part-time £ 4,380 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years
MSc Part-time £ 5,040 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years
PgCert Part-time £ 4,170 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Edgbaston Campus Birmingham B15 2TU West Midlands

Key information

Postgraduate Enquiry Service
Telephone number: 
0121 414 5005