MSc Healthcare Management (Online)

  • MSc
  • PG Certificate (Postgraduate Certificate)
  • PG Diploma (Postgraduate Diploma)


This innovative online programme is designed for those with an interest in pursuing a career in management or with managerial responsibilities in the healthcare sector. The programme aims to create a new generation of healthcare professionals who understand and can provide solutions for the challenges faced by health systems and healthcare organisations.

The MSc reflects contemporary themes and developments within healthcare management. You will discuss the latest understanding of how to successfully manage healthcare organisations and acquire the skills and confidence to challenge, innovate and solve problems. You will also have the opportunity to pursue projects relevant to healthcare management.

The programme draws from the knowledge of leading University of Bristol academics from across disciplines and healthcare experts from industry to offer both a comprehensive, research-driven theoretical framework and practice-oriented knowledge and management skills. It provides an in-depth understanding and specialised knowledge of a number of subjects related to healthcare organisations, such as leadership, management, financial reporting, innovation, quality and safety.

It brings together the significant expertise and reputation of the Faculty of Health Sciences and Business School. It also benefits from the presence of world-class cross-disciplinary research institutions, along with the partnership and collaboration between the University and major healthcare providers in the South West.

This online programme is delivered through a blend of live online teaching sessions, recorded content, activities and web-based discussions. Through collaborative learning environments, you will network and learn from peers from a variety of backgrounds. Online learning offers the flexibility to study from anywhere in the world, allowing you to manage your own time and resources efficiently whatever your personal and professional commitments.

Programme structure

The full master's programme (180 credits) features six taught units and a research dissertation. All units are mandatory.

This programme is delivered online through a blend of self-guided study and real-time tutorials and discussions. There are six units in total and a final dissertation project.

Visit our programme catalogue for full details of the structure and unit content for our online MSc in Healthcare Management.

In recognition of the fact that our students are busy professionals who often experience changes in their working conditions, we offer entry levels and exit levels for the programme at Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) level (60 credits), Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip) level (120 credits) and Master's (MSc) level (180 credits).

The PGCert in Healthcare Management programme is a part-time online course consisting of three taught units and a Capstone unit (60 credits) structured over one year.

Students may choose to enter for a PGDip in Healthcare Management primarily as part of a two-year part-time online programme or they may choose to progress to the PGDip programme following the successful completion of a PGCert in Healthcare Management. Those who enter the Diploma primarily will complete six taught units and a Capstone unit over two years (120 credits), whilst those who choose to progress from a PGCert will complete a further three taught units (60 credits) to be awarded a PGDip in Healthcare Management.

Finally, students may enter the MSc Healthcare management primarily as part of a part-time online two-year programme. During their two years of study, these students will complete six taught units and a Capstone Unit (120 credits) followed by a 60-credit dissertation unit.

Students may also enter the MSc Healthcare Management following successful completion of a PGDip in Healthcare Management. Students entering through this route will complete their 60-credit dissertation unit to be awarded their MSc in Healthcare Management.

Entry requirements

An upper second-class honours degree or international equivalent in any healthcare subject or discipline, including social work, veterinary and dental qualifications.

Applicants must be in current part-time or full-time employment in a professional field, not limited to the health professions or a health service environment.

For applicants who are currently completing a degree, we understand that their final grade may be higher than the interim grades or module/unit grades they achieve during their studies.

We will consider applicants whose interim grades are currently slightly lower than the programme's entry requirements. We may make these applicants an aspirational offer. This offer would be at the standard level, so the applicant would need to achieve the standard entry requirements by the end of their degree. Specific module requirements may still apply.

We will consider applicants whose grades are slightly lower than the programme's entry requirements, if they have evidence of significant, relevant work experience. This is not limited to work in the healthcare sector. If this is the case, applicants should include their CV (curriculum vitae / résumé) when they apply, showing details of their relevant work experience and/or qualifications.

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.

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If English is not your first language, you will need to reach the requirements outlined in our profile level B.

Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.

Fees and funding

UK: part-time (two years)
£9,150 per year
Overseas: part-time (two years)
£15,650 per year

Fees are subject to an annual review. For programmes that last longer than one year, please budget for up to an 8% increase in fees each year.

More about tuition fees, living costs and financial support.

Alumni discount

University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a 25% reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study. Check your eligibility for an alumni discount.

Funding for 2024/25

Funding is sometimes available through organisation sponsorship, or more commonly through a combination of individual and organisation funding.

Further information on funding for prospective UK and international postgraduate students.

Career prospects

This programme is intended for anyone who has an interest in pursuing a career with managerial responsibilities in the healthcare sector. This includes managers, clinicians and other healthcare professionals who are already working in or with healthcare organisations, or who are interested in developing their careers in this direction.

The programme is also an ideal platform for anyone who does not have prior working knowledge of healthcare organisations but would like to pursue a career in this sector.