Healthcare Management - MSc

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Do you aspire to be a strong, solution-focused leader in the healthcare industry?

Overview

Contemporary Healthcare Management faces enormous challenges and requires leaders that provide effective management and oversight of healthcare organisations. Healthcare managers need sophisticated and refined leadership, strong communication skills and advanced organisational capabilities that are applicable to both private and public health care contexts.

Designed in collaboration with the Centre for Health Services Studies (CHSS), the CMI-accredited MSc Healthcare Management course is taught by international experts and enables you to get to grips with corporate strategy and leadership alongside the study of healthcare.

Reasons to study MSc Healthcare Management at Kent

What you’ll learn

You’ll study topics such as corporate strategy and performance measurement, finance and accounting, marketing management and leadership. You will also gain a detailed insight into healthcare topics such as global sustainability in healthcare and managing integrated healthcare systems. You will end your Master's with a detailed report to further develop your skills in management and healthcare theory.

See the modules you’ll study

Being able to link theories and ideas between modules helped with my understanding of the business side of the healthcare industry.

~ Angel Saunders, MSc Healthcare Management 2019

Entry requirements

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You are more than your grades

For 2022, in response to the challenges caused by Covid-19 we will consider applicants either holding or projected a 2:2. This response is part of our flexible approach to admissions whereby we consider each student and their personal circumstances. If you have any questions, please get in touch.

Entry requirements

A minimum of a second-class UK degree, or an equivalent internationally recognised qualification in a variety of subject areas is accepted for entry into this course.

All applicants are considered on an individual basis and additional qualifications, professional qualifications and relevant experience may also be taken into account when considering applications. 

International students

Please see our International Student website for entry requirements by country and other relevant information. Due to visa restrictions, students who require a student visa to study cannot study part-time unless undertaking a distance or blended-learning programme with no on-campus provision.

English language entry requirements

The University requires all non-native speakers of English to reach a minimum standard of proficiency in written and spoken English before beginning a postgraduate degree. Certain subjects require a higher level.

For detailed information see our English language requirements web pages. 

Need help with English?

Please note that if you are required to meet an English language condition, we offer a number of pre-sessional courses in English for Academic Purposes through Kent International Pathways.

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Course structure

Duration: 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

This course consists of 10 compulsory modules in Stage 1 with Stage 2 consisting of a piece of healthcare management related research.

Stage 1 aims to provide you with a broad overview of healthcare management, covering topics such as corporate strategy and performance measurement, finance and accounting, marketing management and leadership. It also provides a detailed insight into healthcare topics such as health economics, global sustainability in healthcare and managing integrated healthcare systems.

Stage 2 consists of one piece of healthcare management research. This allows you to further develop your skills in management and healthcare theory whilst practically applying the knowledge and skills developed throughout Stage 1.

The MSc Healthcare Management course is available with an optional industrial placement, which will require you to complete the Industrial placement Report.

Modules

The following modules are indicative of those offered on this programme. This list is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation.

Compulsory modules currently include

This module aims to provide an advanced understanding of the role of strategic management in organisations, relating to the strategic analysis, decision-making and processes within and between organisations in different business contexts. Through studying this module students develop critical awareness of current developments and new insights in strategic management and performance measurement.

Indicative topics may include:

Defining corporate strategy; the strategy context; strategy formulation; resource-based strategy; corporate and business strategy; performance measurement (tools and techniques).

The module aims to cover key accounting and financial management aspects of a business. The module begins by learning about the use of accounting principles in measuring and reporting financial position of a business for external stakeholders. It then moves on to analysing and interpreting financial reports for decision making. Under the financial management aspect, the module covers key capital investment decision making techniques such as NPV and IRR. Finally, the major aspects related to long term financing decisions such as sources of long term finance, capital structure, and costs of debt, equity and capital are covered.

This module will utilise domestic and international companies to shed light on change management issues, and models of change and therefore allows students to gain understanding of leadership and change in organisations and subjects covered will typically include:

  • Understanding change management.
  • The role of change agents including management consultants.
  • Examine the core issues involved in leading change.
  • Organisations and key stakeholders to deliver change and organisational success.
  • Contemporary issues in change management.

This module examines recent developments in marketing thinking and market strategy development. Students will acquire a theoretical foundation through the lectures and discussions on marketing management and communications concepts and frameworks. The use of case studies will allow the student to explore the process of marketing decision-making and strategy development as well as enhancing the ability to apply marketing theory to a wide range of problems.

Indicative topics are

  • Marketing planning
  • The market: understanding and analysing the marketing environment
  • Segmentation, targeting and positioning
  • Marketing research
  • Understanding customers and buyer behaviour
  • The organisation: marketing strategy and ethics
  • The marketing mix (goods and services)
  • New product development
  • Marketing communications
  • Pricing
  • Marketing channels
  • Contemporary issues in marketing

This module aims to develop the skills and knowledge necessary for enhanced employability for postgraduate students. Subjects covered will typically include:

  • Employability skills and career theory
  • Personal skills analysis
  • Management skills development
  • Insights into Career opportunities relevant to course of study
  • Navigating the job application process: Psychometric tests, interviews, assessment centres, and presentations
  • Finding your consultancy project/internship/industrial placement opportunity

The module will focus on exploring how health systems need to adapt to changing health needs and maintain financial sustainability. Students will be introduced to a range of concepts relevant to developing sustainable health systems. This will encompass the way health systems are funded, how care delivery is organised to meet the needs of patients and how managers will need to respond to changing systems and organisational demands.

The aim of this module is to explore system changes, integrated care models, and system architecture as they relate to health care. The focus will be primarily on health systems in high income countries. In many high income countries, including the UK and Canada, health systems are facing the challenge of adapting to new approaches to healthcare that focus on the organisation and management of health services in primary and community settings to meet changing health needs. These organisations tend to be smaller, often networked or federated groups, have flatter organisational structures and are developing new ways of working, coping with more complex delivery settings and the need to adopt more collaborative and integrated ways of working between organisations.

The module will commence by considering two questions 'How can patients be part of an interdisciplinary team?' and ‘How can an interdisciplinary team be managed?’ thereby enabling students to think in terms of inclusion of the patient and reflecting upon the possible advantages and disadvantages of this approach. Students will then be introduced to the main history, challenges, and factors influencing collaboration and partnership between patients and professionals, and various practices of interpersonal collaboration practices. Subsequent weeks will cover topics on role clarification, negotiation and conflict resolution.

The module content includes business consultancy skills that are transferable into the business consulting profession, internal consultancy positions within organisations, and senior management roles.

Indicative topics are:

  • Approaches to management consulting.
  • Negotiating a scope of work.
  • Developing a client proposal.
  • Data collection and analysis.
  • Preparing and presenting a consulting report.
  • Working as an effective team member in a consulting team.
  • Managing client relationships and expectations.
  • Consulting project management.

Managing uncertainty in the organisation of healthcare draws upon key managerial insights into the management of risk and uncertainty in contemporary systems of healthcare, with a specific emphasis on management of healthcare service delivery and organisation. The module begins with an introduction to general management principles of risk and uncertainty. Subsequently the module explores the nature of risk and uncertainty in the context of healthcare, in which notions of safety are paramount and the costs and visibility of organisational failures are high. The module further explores the impact upon decision making of increasingly complex systems of healthcare through different organisational forms (bureaucracy, market, network) and at different levels (policy, organisation, profession). The module considers values such as efficiency and effectiveness, and the role of knowledge and domain (e.g. health economics and implementation science in attempting to rationalise professional and managerial decision-making). The module concludes with an examination of new technologies and their impact upon risk, safety and uncertainty in healthcare.

Compulsory modules currently include

This module will focus on both qualitative and quantitative approaches to business and management research and would allow students to gain knowledge of the various research techniques and research design issues, such as ethics and dealing with informants. Subjects covered will typically include:

• Formulating and clarifying the management consultancy topic.

• Theoretical approaches and literature review.

• Philosophy of social science research.

• Research design.

• Research ethics.

• Secondary and primary research methods.

• Quantitative method and data analysis.

• Qualitative method and data analysis.

• Writing a consultancy proposal.

• Library resources: online sources and searching journal databases.

• Writing and presenting a management consultancy report.

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Teaching and assessment

Teaching

We use a variety of teaching methods, including:

  • lectures
  • small group seminars
  • group projects
  • presentations
  • expert speakers
  • company visits
  • computer-based workshops.

Classroom-based learning is supported by the latest online technologies and learning platforms.

Assessment

This course is assessed by 100 per cent coursework 

Students wishing to undertake the optional industrial placement will be also required to successfully complete all stage 1 modules. The Industrial Placement is assessed by the completion of the Industrial Placement Report.

Fees

The 2022/23 UK fees for this course are:

  • Home full-time £11400
  • EU full-time £15900
  • International full-time £21200
  • Home part-time £5700
  • EU part-time N/A
  • International part-time N/A

For details of when and how to pay fees and charges, please see our Student Finance Guide.

For students continuing on this programme fees will increase year on year by no more than RPI + 3% in each academic year of study except where regulated.* If you are uncertain about your fee status please contact information@kent.ac.uk.

Your fee status

The University will assess your fee status as part of the application process. If you are uncertain about your fee status you may wish to seek advice from UKCISA before applying.

Additional costs

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Research

Research areas

Kent Business School is a research-led business school. Our research strategy is developed around the core theme of sustainable innovation which cuts across the entire School. This theme can be seen as being divided into two sub-strands of research aimed at answering these main questions:

  • How can innovation that enables sustainable long-term economic growth be created and supported?
  • How can sustainable business practices improve environmental and social conditions?

Kent Business School advances knowledge through constant promotion and support of innovative research. We have an impact on wider society through extensive collaborations with external partners which range from other academic institutions to a variety of local, national and international businesses as well as the NHS. Within this wider context, our main strategic aim has been geared towards establishing ourselves as a leading institution for research in sustainable innovation.

Kent Business School is a global leader in research and develops a wide portfolio of research related activities including workshops, conferences and research seminar series. This has led to a large number of international collaborations and to over 200 co-authored papers with international partners.

Research groups

Accounting

Specialising in public-sector critical accounting and accounting history.

Finance

Looking into a wide array of financial issues from derivatives pricing to real-estate modelling.

Management Science

Innovating in wide-ranging topics such as operational research and systems thinking.

Marketing

Studying issues surrounding consumer behaviours, product development and maintaining value supply chains among others.

People, Management and Organisation

Specialising in improving human resource management, organisational behaviour and leadership.

Strategy and International Business

Helping in the development of innovative business strategies for business all over the world.

Research centres

Centre for Logistics and Heuristic Optimisation

Helping companies to solve complex strategic, tactical and operational problems.

Centre of Productivity and Workplace Performance

Contribute to the productivity debate and drive improvements at all levels; from the national economic output, to changes in the ways SME’s operate.

Centre for Quantitative Finance

Providing quantitative analysis of issues in the financial markets for businesses and policy makers.

TIME

Helping both academics and practitioners tackle the challenges emerging from the rapid development of new digital technologies

Dynamic publishing culture

Staff publish regularly and widely in journals, conference proceedings and books. Among others, they have recently contributed to: Critical Perspectives on Accounting; Quantitative Finance; Human Resource Management Journal; Journal of Product Innovation Management; European Journal of .Operational Research; and Psychology & Marketing.

Careers

Successful KBS graduates: graduate destinations

Our Healthcare Management graduates find work across many realms of the NHS and private healthcare institutions. They also go on to work in  general management and consultancy both overseas and in the UK in a wide range of companies and organisations.

Embedded employability: developing career-enhancing skills

You gain much more than an academic qualification when you graduate from Kent Business School – we enhance your student experience and accelerate your career prospects.

In today’s business climate employers are increasingly demanding more from new employees, we are therefore proud that they continually target our graduates for their organisations across the globe. Employers respect our robust teaching and reputation for delivering international business expertise, leading global research and an outstanding international learning experience.

From the moment you start with us, our efforts are focused on helping you gain the knowledge, skills and experience you need to thrive in an increasingly competitive workplace.

Ongoing support: help finding a job

Kent Business School has an excellent international reputation and good links with businesses locally and globally. Our qualified careers practitioners provide support to all business postgraduate students for up to three years after graduation.

In addition, Careers and Employability Service at the University provide a comprehensive package of skills development training programmes, careers advice, volunteering and paid work opportunities to enhance your career prospects.

Professional recognition

This course is accredited by The Chartered Management Institute (CMI), the Chartered Body for Management and Leadership. The CMI is the only organisation that can award Chartered Manager status, the highest accolade for managers and leaders.

Study support

A friendly and supportive environment

Kent Business School has a lively and active postgraduate community, ought about in part by our strong research culture and by the close interaction between our staff and students. Staff publish regularly and widely in journals, conference proceedings and books and embed their research in their teaching.

Taught students have regular contact with their course and module conveners with staff on hand to answer any questions and to provide helpful and constructive feedback on submitted work.

The Business School has an active and inclusive extra-curricular academic and social scene with guest lectures, talks and workshops organised by our academic staff, research centres and the ASPIRE team. You can catch up with our most recent Open for Business Seminar Series.

State-of-the-art facilities

The Sail and Colour Loft is Kent Business School's home on our Medway campus. This historic 18th-century building was renovated and adapted to create a unique learning and teaching space.

The Loft features new digital classrooms, a Bloomberg suite, seminar rooms, group learning room, a computer suite, quiet and general study areas, social spaces and a special reference collection of core textbooks.

Kent’s libraries offer over a million books, periodicals and journals, and we have subject-specific librarians to help you to secure access to the information you need.

Worldwide partnerships

Kent Business School has close links with: ifs (Institute of Financial Services); dunnhumby, who partners the Consumer Insight Service in the Centre for Value Chain Research; Hong Kong Baptist University, with whom we offer a joint Master’s programme in Operational Research and Finance Business Statistics; University of Castellanza (Italy); Audencia Nantes Business School (France); Aarhus School of Business and Social Sciences (Denmark); Universiti Teknologi Malaysia; University of Ingolstadt, Bayern (Germany); City University of Hong Kong; Renmin University of China, School of Business.

Global Skills Award

All students registered for a taught Master's programme are eligible to apply for a place on our Global Skills Award Programme. The programme is designed to broaden your understanding of global issues and current affairs as well as to develop personal skills which will enhance your employability.  

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