Healthcare Management MBA

Postgraduate ( full-time, part-time)



Intermediate awards: PG Cert, PG Dip

Course duration: 12 months full-time, 2 years part-time

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Dealing with the complex environment of modern healthcare requires highly skilled leaders and managers. Our Healthcare Management MBA provides opportunities for you to develop the requisite skills. View our Module Delivery Pattern (PDF) for information on when the modules are being delivered.

Full description


Our Healthcare Management MBA will prepare you for operational and senior managerial positions in health and social care, either in the UK or internationally.

Modules & assessment

Core modules

  • Enabling Leadership in Health Care
    Health and Social Care is continuingly striving to improve itself and attain excellence against a backcloth of relentless change. The ability to accept and thrive during rapid and turbulent change as an inevitable consequence of life 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. In these organisations, organisational learning becomes the mechanism by which organisational competencies can keep pace with national, local or international challenges. Change is inevitable, and it is readily accepted that to remain the same increases organisational risk, however, applying change management strategies to complex and high challenge organisations can be a difficult yet an essential task in today’s pursuit of organisational efficiencies. The role of the leader in setting the context for delivery of services in the health sector, whether in acute, primary or the voluntary sector, is key to successful enterprises. The leader has a vital role in promoting the environment in which change can flourish. This module will explore the complexity of the health sector, particularly in large hospitals. The use of hard and soft approaches will be explored along with the use of technologies and management information systems to support both clinical care and the organisational context. The support of the management of change through people will be a recurrent theme that will encourage a journey of self discovery based on emotional intelligence.
  • Finance, Accounting and Marketing in Health Care
    Finance, accounting and marketing are business skills which are becoming increasingly important throughout health care and a fundamental requirement of any senior manager, leader or decision makers within the sector. This module examines these areas from traditional approaches used in the private and public sectors, and then builds on this underpinning to consider contemporary approaches, including those relevant to third sector health care provision. Participants are taught techniques for making revenue and capital decisions.
  • Advancing Professional Decision Making
    The module is tailored to respond to the challenges and issues faced by health and social care professionals, managers and leaders in contemporary health and social care services worldwide. It has a healthcare management orientation, drawing on management theory and cutting-edge research. The module provides introduction to important topics such as organisational behaviour, organisational decision making, entrepreneurship, innovation, health economics and health information systems and support you in applying this knowledge within your work environment. The skills you develop by applying this knowledge will enable you to influence the service development and enhance the effectiveness, efficiency and quality of service provision in your area.
  • Research Studies
    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 underlie 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.
  • Strategy Health Care Management
    The development and implementation of a coherent corporate strategy is one of the main measures of success for an organisation. Strategy is a critical feature of the organisations wellbeing. It establishes organisational direction, service intentions and resource commitment. It is the organisations blueprint for both survival and expansion. Understanding the nature and activities associated with strategy development and implementation is a key knowledge requirement for those in health service management. This module will provide exposure into the factors influencing the formulation, development and implementation of hospital and associated health sector strategy.
  • Major Project
    The major project is of central importance to the Masters award. The Health Management and Health Informatics major project provides you with an opportunity to write a significant piece of academic work on a Healthcare Management topic. It is a systematic review providing an analysis of a specific research question relevant to healthcare management or health informatics, using (1) the research skills and academic skills they have developed and (2) the knowledge you have gained during the course. You are encouraged to choose a topic that has arisen from material or issues they have studied during the course. However this need not always be the case as you may wish to identify a topic related to your planned career, past work experience or form a contemporary emerging issue in healthcare management or health informatics.


Your work is assessed through a variety of methods including seminar, group and individual presentations, virtual learning discussion boards with assessed components, mixed methods such as case review presentations with written commentary, and a final research application activity to conclude the course.

Please note that you will need to complete all of the above core modules. This course does not have any optional modules. Modules are subject to change and availability.

Where you'll study

Your faculty

The Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care is the largest in ARU, with over 7,000 students. Our Faculty is teeming with expertise and primed to meet the demand for creating health professionals, teachers, doctors, scientists and educators for the three districts we serve: Chelmsford, Cambridge and Peterborough.

We have been training undergraduates for professional roles for over 25 years, with a reputation for quality, dedication and ambition balanced with student satisfaction.

We know that to give our students the very best experiential learning, prior to getting into the workplace, simulation is second to none, for safe, realistic, learning environments. We have invested heavily in purpose built simulated wards, science labs and skills space, to support our students through their learning.

Where can I study?

Tindal Building on our Chelmsford campus

Our striking, modern campus sits by the riverside in Chelmsford's University and Innovation Quarter.

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Fees & funding

Course fees

UK & EU students starting 2020/21 (per year)


UK & EU students starting 2020/21 (part-time, per year)


UK students starting 2021/22 (per year)


UK students starting 2021/22 (part-time, per year)


International students starting 2020/21 (per year)


International students starting 2021/22 (per year)


How do I pay my fees?

UK students

You can pay your fees upfront, in full or in instalments – though you won't need to pay until you've accepted an offer to study with us. This information also applies to EU students starting a course before 1 August 2021.

How to pay your fees directly

International students

You can pay your fees upfront, in full or in two instalments. We will also ask you for a deposit of £4,000 or a sponsorship letter. Details will be in your offer letter.

Paying your fees

Funding for postgraduate students

It’s important to decide how to fund your course before applying. Use our finance guide for postgraduate students to learn more about postgraduate loans and other funding options.

We offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships and bursaries, which provide extra financial support while you're at university.

International students

As well as a number of scholarships, we offer an early payment discount. Explore your options:

Entry requirements

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Important additional notes

Whether you're studying entirely online or through a blend of on-campus and online learning from September 2020, you'll need a computer and reliable internet access to successfully engage with your course. A small number of our courses require additional technical specifications or specialist materials. Before starting the course, we recommend that you check our technical requirements for online learning. Our website also has general information for new students about starting university in 2020-21.

Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email for further information.

International students

We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.

Whether you're studying entirely online or through a blend of face-to-face and online learning from September 2020, you'll need a computer and reliable internet access to successfully engage with your course. Before starting the course, we recommend that you check our technical requirements for online learning.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for postgraduate courses.

Improving your English language skills

If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry.

We also provide our own English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT) in the UK and overseas. To find out if we are planning to hold an ELPT in your country, contact our country managers.

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