Healthcare Management MSc

Postgraduate Degree (2 years)


January, September

Intermediate awards: PG Cert, PG Dip

If you're already, or would like to be, a leader or manager in a health or social care setting, our Masters course will develop and polish the skills you need to progress and be highly effective in your role.

Application Deadline:
Wed, Aug 1st, 2018


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Management and leadership in the health and social care sector is increasingly important worldwide, with The World Health Organization highlighting the need for managers to have appropriate competencies (WHO, 2007) and the NHS promoting specific values and principles of care (Department of Health, 2010).

Full Description

Our course is designed to make sure you gain the knowledge, skills and emotional tools you need to meet these requirements and develop your full potential as a manager. You'll explore the important social and other factors which influence managing and leading both organisations and individuals, learning with other current and aspiring managers and leaders from a range of health and social care organisations from around the world.

Course Details

Core Modules

Advanced Professional Decision Making

This module responds to the continuously changing nature of service design and redesign of health and social care systems informed by a constituted legal framework for practice. It enables health and social care practitioners to develop and therefore extend their roles for advanced practice as they prepare for more autonomous as well as more integrated organisational roles and functions, in a rapidly changing health and social care sector environment. Students will need to be able to utilise both strategic and operational decision making skills at an advanced level to accommodate national strategic intentions.

Organisational Transformation in Health and Social Care

The ability to accept rapid and significant change is a pre-requisite for organisational survival. This ability of organisations to adopt change rather than merely adapt to it is one of the major hall marks of a learning organisation Indeed the NHS is an institution that is continuously striving to improve itself and attain excellence against a backcloth of relentless change. Organisational learning becomes the mechanism by which organisational competencies can keep pace with national, local or international challenges. The delivery of the module will allow students to explore cross cultural examples of health and social care and how the management of change is influenced by the environment in which it is implemented.

Global Leadership

Businesses, whether private, public or third sector, operate in a world facing a range of urgent global issues. This module examines the fitness of businesses and individuals to tackle such issues, based on the Global Leadership model developed by lecturers at this university.

This module consists of four elements:

  • Effective decision making
  • Adoption of a global approach
  • Creation of a new business paradigm
  • Creation of a contemporary mission.

It also considers the related concept of mis-leadership, which looks at how leaders have often failed to achieve the optimum outcomes for those they lead. Leaders predominantly create context and this module will explore the skills required to successfully mould and develop the context in a chaotic environment.

Research Studies

This module is designed to provide you with a critical overview of the main methodologies and designs applied to research within health and social care, professional practice, regulation and policy.

It provides you with an opportunity to explore the theoretical dilemmas that lie beneath the process of inquiry and its relationship to practice. The module will provide a framework within which to select, evaluate and justify the research methods chosen for your research project.

Major Project

The Major Project, which is .central to the Masters award, enables students to demonstrate their ability to synthesise learning from previous modules and use this learning as the basis for planning, conducting and writing up a research or work-based project. This project provides the opportunity for students to demonstrate:

  • the ability to raise significant and meaningful questions in relation to their specialism
  • depth of knowledge, critical understanding of research methods and its relationship to knowledge
  • awareness of and ability to develop solutions to ethical dilemmas likely to arise in their research or professional practice
  • the ability to draw meaningful and justifiable conclusions from information which may be complex or contradictory
  • the capability to expand or redefine existing knowledge to develop new approaches to changing situations
  • contribute to the development to best practice
  • the ability to communicate these processes in a clear and sophisticated fashion
  • the capability to evaluate their work from the perspective of an autonomous reflective learner.


How you’re assessed will vary between modules. This is in order to assist you in developing submission evidence for Management and Leadership professional recognition later. Assignments include the production of report, essays and portfolio. For the Masters, a major project of no more than 18,000 words is also required.


Delivery of our online MSc is via Anglia Ruskin’s Learning Management System. You will be full supported by specialist tutors and distance learning facilitators. Students will have access to ARU’s extensive digital library, along with a range of specialist videos, reports, articles and support services.

Special Features

This course follows a modern approach by addressing the important social and other factors influencing the management and leadership of both organisations and individuals. Our aim is to equip professional and non-professional students with the knowledge, skills and emotional tools to enable them to reach their full potential as a manager and leader. You’ll be able to use these skills to develop approaches to management and leadership, and will be equipped to put in place mechanisms which support the development of organisational learning.

You’ll study with, and learn from, other current and aspiring managers and leaders from a range of health and social care organisations, allowing you to benefit from their experiences and best practice. You’ll also build ongoing relationships that will support you in your future career.

Whether you see your future career in local public services or in global non-governmental organisations, our course will provide an essential foundation.

Why study Healthcare Management at Anglia Ruskin University?

Our Healthcare Management course has been designed specifically for potential and existing leaders and managers working in a wide range of health or social care settings to enable them to develop these competencies.

In recent years, the theme of management and leadership has become increasingly important within the health and social care sector. The World Health Organisation has highlighted the need for ensuring that managers have appropriate competencies (WHO 2007).

Your faculty

The Faculty of Medical Science, opened in 2014, is founded on the strong international reputation of our flagship Postgraduate Medical Institute. Based on our riverside campus in Chelmsford and Young Street campus in Cambridge, we deliver innovative and clinically relevant teaching and research across two departments:

  • Department of Allied and Public Health
  • Department of Medicine and Healthcare Science

Thanks to our close relationships with the major clinical-care providers in the east of England, there are significant opportunities for collaboration and student placements across a variety of clinical sites.

We offer exciting opportunities for research and education in the allied health professions. We also translate science and epidemiology into health education and primary care, and deliver taught Master’s programmes to qualified medics. We have a flourishing community of PhD and MD(Res) students across all of our research fields.

Our advanced learning facilities include state-of-the-art clinical skills laboratories and simulation suites, which mirror real-life clinical situations. We also have a fantastic, modern library and a wide range of science labs and ICT suites.

Meet your Tutors

Dr Nebil Achour, PhD, MSc, BSc Nebil Achour

Nebil is our Course Leader for the MSc and has a vast amount of expertise in the resilience of healthcare to major hazards, about which he published over 50 scientific articles and reports, and was a member of the global WHO Hospital Safety Index revision panel.

After gaining a BSc in Civil Engineering from the Tunis Advanced School of Science and Technology, Tunisia, Dr Achour worked in private engineering and design firms on designing structures and training engineers in several countries. Granted a Japanese Government Scholarship to further his education, he gained his MSc with a focus on the response of hospital lifeline systems following seismic activities and his PhD on hospital's fragility assessment in 2004 and 2007 respectively from Kanazawa University.

Following his graduation he was then employed as a Post-doctoral Researcher in his graduate University. He joined Loughborough University in September 2007 as a Research Associate. He coordinated the research activities of the £11million HaCIRIC research centre, and the CPM WBDL MSc Course. He was awarded the Best Paper Award during the CIB World Congress 2010, and the Highly Commended Paper in the 2016 and 2015 Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence. Nebil is actively involved in national and international research and consultancy activities and interested in exchanging knowledge with academics and practitioners, specifically those working on similar topics.


This course will enhance your career by developing your independent thinking skills and provide you with leading-edge practice within the field of strategic leadership and management. It’ll enhance your ability to plan and implement consultancy projects in a group context, and to generate originality and enterprise when approaching complex health and social care management issues.

Career Advice

Our Employability Service is here to help give you the best chance of landing the job you want. We’ll help you improve your skills and bulk up your CV to improve your career prospects.

As a distance learning student, you’ll still benefit from help and advice on CV writing, interview techniques, job hunting, and general careers advice.

To find out more please visit our careers advice page.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should normally have a good first degree or equivalent and be currently working in, or have recently worked within, the arena of Management and Leadership.

A professional qualification isn’t a necessity for access to the course, but you must meet the criteria above and demonstrate a strong interest in Management and Leadership.

As a distance learner, you’ll also need a suitable computer with internet connection, together with sufficient IT competence to make effective use of word processing, internet and email.

If English is not your first language, you will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

For non-graduates, non-traditional entry routes to the course may be possible by clearly demonstrating on their application that their qualifications and experience are equivalent to an Honours degree.

Applicants seeking admission with credit (either APCL or APEL) are referred initially to the AP(E)L Advisor for the Faculty of Health & Social Care.

For military students: Various entry points are available depending on accreditation against military training. Contact us for more details.

Fees & Funding

This course costs £6,700 in total.

For employers considering this course for a group of employees, please call our Degrees at Work team on 01245 686 707 or email to discuss your specific requirements.

Instalment options may be available, subject to meeting the required criteria.

Your course can be fully funded by the new Postgraduate Student Loans now available (subject to eligibility).

For military students: You can use your ELCs towards this course. Anglia Ruskin University is a recognised ELCAS provider (number 1007). Please contact your Learning Centre for details of ELC, eligibility and how to apply.

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