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International Health Management and Leadership

School of Health and Related Research, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health

This programme provides a high-quality qualification in management and leadership for healthcare professionals.
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Course description

This is an online course for those who want to advance either within the sector where they are currently working or to step up the ladder into another sector in health.

The course focuses on the management challenges and practices that are unique to healthcare settings, making it ideal for those already working in healthcare management or those considering a career change into the sector.

You'll develop your understanding of quantitative and qualitative research methods used in health-related research, organisational theory, management and practices within health systems. You’ll also explore healthcare management challenges, accounting and finance, operating environments, and how to be an effective leader of people.

In particular, the programme is suitable for health practitioners taking up management roles in hospital or health departments; managers of fast-growing health insurance and health maintenance organisations in low and middle-income countries; mid-level public health officers seeking career progression or moving into leadership roles in government, NGO and multilateral organisations such as UNICEF, WHO and USAID, especially in low and middle-income countries; and others from different disciplinary backgrounds switching career into health management and leadership.

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Open days

Join us for our online open day on Tuesday 6 April 2021 and Thursday 2 September 2021 from 12pm-1pm (UK time).

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Continuing Professional Development

All modules on this course can be studied as standalone CPD modules. It is possible to complete standalone modules  and then apply to transfer to an MSc/PGDip/PGCert qualification. Any time spent on the CPD route counts toward the time-limit a student has to complete their chosen qualification.

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption. We are no longer offering unrestricted module choice. If your course included unrestricted modules, your department will provide a list of modules from their own and other subject areas that you can choose from.


The course is taught entirely online. We usually place 2-3 weeks of material online at a time, to allow you to complete tasks at your own pace.

Our teachers have experience of working in over 20 countries, managing health programmes and conducting research. Our work for organisations such as the UK National Institute for Health & Care Excellence (NICE), the UK Department of Health and the Medical Research Council influences national and international policy decisions.

We draw upon over 200 multidisciplinary staff with international reputations for health services research, health economics and public health research to develop ideas for your dissertation project that will make a difference to your industry and your career.


Assessment is by coursework and project work.


MSc or PG Diploma: 2 years, part-time

PG Certificate: 1-2 years, part-time

Your career

After successfully completing your course, graduates have the opportunity to secure management and senior management roles. This can include management of hospital units and departments and private health facilities as well as healthcare management consulting.

Recent graduates work in many healthcare settings, with opportunities available in international hospital groups, health authorities and health insurance organisations.

Entry requirements

2:1 honours degree or relevant professional qualification and experience.

Overall IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

We also accept a range of other UK qualifications and other EU/international qualifications.

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department.


You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It's a quick and easy process.

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+44 114 222 5454

Any supervisors and research areas listed are indicative and may change before the start of the course.

Recognition of professional qualifications: from 1 January 2021, in order to have any UK professional qualifications recognised for work in an EU country across a number of regulated and other professions you need to apply to the host country for recognition. Read information from the UK government and the EU Regulated Professions Database.

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