Healthcare Management MSc

Study health and social care at an advanced level, learn alongside students from around the world and enhance your career development


This innovative course is designed for graduates who have, or aspire to, a management role in health and social care.

The programme will prepare you to work effectively within the complex and rapidly evolving environments of health and social care, and provide the opportunity to enhance your knowledge and skills within a broad international context.

The MSc Healthcare Management programme is distinctive in that it offers modules from the Business School and the School of Health and Social Care.

A particular feature is the opportunity to learn on campus with students from Scotland, across Europe and around the world.

On completion of the programme students already working in healthcare have attained promotion or commenced further study at PhD level.

Others have taken the programme as a stepping stone to healthcare management positions in their home country.

Our MSc in Healthcare Management has a 93% overall student satisfaction score (PTES,2023). 

Typical entry points to this course are in January and September. Please enquire for more information.

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Mode of Study:


(available as part-time)


1 year

Start date:


Course details

Learning, teaching and assessment methods focus on providing students with engaging and contemporary learning materials that relate to practice and theory and challenge students to take a critical perspective on both. 

While the assessment methods used are varied, they all have direct relevance to the world of work.

Lead academics

Mandy Gentleman is programme lead, with a MSc in Nursing and a Post Graduate Certificate of Education and is a Senior Teaching Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Mandy is a Registered Mental Nurse and Registered General Nurse, and has worked in a variety of clinical settings including; neuromedicine, neurosurgery and clinical research in Infectious Diseases.

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    How you’ll be taught

    This is a full-time course and is split up into three trimesters. You can choose to start in either January or September.


    • September starts: 12 months
    • January starts: 18 months with a three-month break over the summer (after the first taught trimester)

    You’ll learn by a variety of teaching methods including lectures, tutorials, online learning and independent study.

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    A range of assessments are used for learning. These include: 

    • Critically reflective outlines and essay
    • Examination
    • Learning agreement
    • Project proposal
    • Project
    • Report
    • Financial report
    • Reflective account
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    Work placement

    There are no work placements on this programme. Students are encouraged to attend healthcare management events locally.

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    Our Sighthill campus serves more than 5,000 students and staff of the Schools of Applied Sciences and Health & Social Care. Facilities include our [EN]GAGE sports centre.


Modules that you will study* as part of this course

Clinical Governance and Improvement Practice ( NMS11156 )

You will explore relevant policies and models related to clinical governance as well as differentiating between evidence-based practice and clinical effectiveness. You will also examine the different approaches to determining levels of quality in health and social care and ways of developing improvements in practice. Through the module you will also investigate the importance of teamwork in delivering quality person-centred care, the evolution of the principles of clinical governance and the quality improvement agenda at both the UK and international level. Exploration, analysis and synthesis of principles and policies relating to quality assurance, clinical effectiveness, theories and measures, clinical governance; evidence-based practice and the role of clinical guidelines, clinical standards, integrated care pathways and best practice statements, user involvement; monitoring the quality of care, teamwork, accountability and reflective activities which are designed to challenge assumptions and promote learning.

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Contemporary Human Resource Management ( HRM11101 )

The module starts with a brief introduction to developing theory and current models of HRM, providing a framework for more detailed consideration of key operational areas: resourcing, development, performance management & reward, and the management of the employment relationship to minimise conflict and encourage employee engagement. Current issues such as work life balance and the management of diversity are given particular focus

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Exploring Evidence to Improve Practice ( NMS11174 )

In this module you will develop a set of skills required by all professionals when exploring a work related problem. The skills you will develop will include how to search and critically examine the literature. You will explore and develop understanding of a range of quantitative and qualitative investigation methods and data collection tools to explore and inform ways of solving workplace issues. You will also develop skills in report writing and presentation of findings and recommendations.

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Healthcare Management Project ( NMS11176 )

You will learn how to identify and evaluate evidence in order to improve healthcare systems. By constructing an effective search strategy, you will identify relevant evidence to help address a challenge within your healthcare management practice. For your learning agreement, you will begin by drawing on a range of evidence in order to present a justification for your chosen research question. This will help you define your aims and objectives for the project. You will learn how to conduct an effective search strategy and systematically search for empirical evidence. You will learn how to use critical appraisal tools to enhance evaluation of evidence. Submitting drafts of each activity to your supervisor, will enable you to gain feedback and support your development throughout the process. On completion of critical appraisal of selected evidence, you will utilise your critical analysis skills to develop a synthesis of your findings. Conducting a reflective commentary on the process of conducting an integrative review will enable you to integrate your new academic and professional learning.

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International Health and Social Care ( NMS11766 )

This module aims to provide a learning experience that enables you to develop knowledge and skills essential to critical analysis of international health and social care trends, policies and systems. Such skills are required by healthcare managers and are important for keeping up to date with current, effective healthcare management practices. Within the module you will explore contemporary issues in international health and social care policies and systems. To achieve this, each of the three units you study will start by comparing the differences, for example in health trends, between the four countries of the United Kingdom before contrasting this with other countries. Unit 1 focuses on international trends in health and social care populations. You will be able to self-assess your confidence in relation to the analysis of data relating to the trends, differentiate between international and global health and reflect on key health and social indicators. This draws on research based information and current published data. In unit 2 you will be introduced to health and social care policy and critically reflect on the implementation of international health and social policy by national governments. This includes examination of the role of the European Union but more particularly, the World Health Organisation in addressing global health issues. Unit 3 enables you to build on the previous units through critical analysis of international health and social care systems. Socioeconomic and political drivers to variations in health and social care trends, policies and health care provision will be addressed by considering high and low income countries. Global challenges to health and social care systems are also addressed. Your knowledge and understanding of evidence based healthcare management will be developed through the exploration of the module content, online resources and through discussion with other students.

Please note internet access is required to enable you to access module materials, participate in online discussions about contemporary issues in healthcare management and communicate with the team and your peers.

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Leadership and Finance for Effective Service Delivery ( NMS11189 )

The module introduces you to concepts of financial accounting and tools to analyses the health of a company. It also leads you through theories and practices of leadership and then merges the two to look at the ways in which leaders work with financial information dependent upon their styles of leadership. The module looks at budgeting within both a profit making environment and in a not for profit context.

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Organisational Change and Management ( HRM11118 )

This module focuses on the behaviour of people at work by placing an emphasis on understanding the vital importance of managing change and culture. It covers two broad areas, namely:
1. Organisational Behaviour: attitudes; perception; motivation; groups and teams; leadership; management of transformational change; power, politics and conflict; and
2. Managerial Process and Skills: activities designed to develop skills relating to the management of people, including corporate social responsibility
By the end of the module you will have developed an appreciation of the dynamics of working organisations in a rapidly evolving business environment by planning and carrying forward system-wide change programmes.

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* These are indicative only and reflect the course structure in the current academic year. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.


Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Full information is available in our disclaimer.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

The entry requirement for this course is a Bachelor (Honours) Degree at a 2:2 or above. We are looking for an academic background in a related subject. This includes healthcare professional degrees e.g. nursing, medicine, dentistry, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, health promotion, health administration or health management. We may also consider different subjects if you are a registered healthcare professional working at a senior level.

We may also consider lesser qualifications if you have sufficient relevant work experience within the industry.

As part of your personal statement, you should include the following information to support your application:

  • Evidence of your work experience in healthcare (experience of working at a senior management level of equivalent is required)
  • How have your current or previous studies influenced your decision to study healthcare management?
  • What interests you about the subject area or course? Why do you want to complete this programme?
  • What skills and attributes you have gained from inside and outside of education? For example, are you good at problem solving or have good analytical skills?
  • Do you have a long-term career goal? How will this course help you get there?
  • Do you have any relevant work/volunteer experience, and any other achievements you would like to be taken into consideration?

English language requirements 

If your first language isn't English, you'll normally need to undertake an approved English language test.  The English Language requirements for this programme are IELTS (Academic) with an overall score of 6.0 with no individual component score of less than 5.5.  For guidance on the acceptability of other English Language tests please contact

This may not apply if you have completed all your school qualifications in English, or your undergraduate degree was taught and examined in English (within two years of starting your postgraduate course). Check our country pages to find out if this applies to you.

We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
Entry requirements by country

Please note that international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:
  • BN Nursing/MSc Nursing (Pre-registration) (Adult, Mental Health, Child, Learning Disabilities)
  • BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery
  • All Graduate Apprenticeship courses.

See who can apply for more information on Graduate Apprenticeship courses.

We’re committed to admitting students who have the potential to succeed and benefit from our programmes of study. 

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures, and how we use the information you provide us in your application to inform the decisions we make.

Undergraduate admissions policies
Postgraduate admissions policies

Fees & funding

The course fees you'll pay and the funding available to you will depend on a number of factors including your nationality, location, personal circumstances and the course you are studying. We also have a number of bursaries and scholarships available to our students.

Tuition fees
Students From 2023/24 2024/25
Scotland, England, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Republic of Ireland £6,930 tba
Overseas and EU £17,090 tba
Please note tuition fees are subject to an annual review and may increase from one year to the next. For more information on this and other Tuition Fee matters please see Frequently Asked Questions about Fees Click this link for Information of Bursaries and Scholarships
The University offers a 20% discount on Postgraduate Taught Masters programmes to its alumni. The discount applies to all full-time, part-time and online programmes. The discount can only be applied to year one of a full-time Postgraduate degree, any additional years are exempt from the discount. For part time Postgraduate degrees the discount will apply to years one, two and three only and any additional years will be exempt from the discount.
Please note that the tuition fees liable to be paid by EU nationals commencing their studies from 1 August 2021 will be the Overseas fee rate. The University offers a range of attractive Tuition Fee bursaries to students resident in specific countries. More information on these can be found here.

Please note:

The discount for Edinburgh Napier alumni can only be applied to year one of a full-time Postgraduate degree, any additional years are exempt from the discount.

For part time Postgraduate degrees the discount will apply to years one, two and three only and any additional years will be exempt from the discount.

Please read our full T&C here


The course aims to enable students to be innovative, provide leadership and prepare them as professional healthcare managers.

Critical appraisal of culturally relevant health and social policy is used to help students achieve advanced levels of preparation, for future healthcare management practice and to influence decision making at local and strategic levels.

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