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The Health and Management MSc gives you the opportunity to explore specialist topics that match your personal and professional aspirations, in depth and at an advanced level.

You will benefit from the course if you are involved in the public sector or health management on a professional or voluntary basis. The course will develop your skills and knowledge for personal or professional advancement, with an emphasis on management.

The programme is extremely flexible, and is designed to meet the needs of health graduates in their continuing education and professional development. Each student designs, in consultation with the course leader, their own plan of study choosing from our wide range of modules.

You will be assigned a personal tutor and be able to consult with the course leader before choosing your modules and pathways. This ensures that you have a clear focus on your intended direction before you start the course.

Our high quality teaching and research are renowned, and have an applied focus. We have established strong links with specialist practice educators to ensure the provision of support and guidance both within the university and in practice.  

We have a dedicated team of academic staff who are actively engaged in internationalising the nursing and midwifery curriculum.

Course structure

This course can be studied either full- or part-time and the modules are delivered at different times throughout the year. The course is delivered in a variety of ways, and is flexible enough to meet the needs of part-time students. Delivery is typically via e-learning, lectures, seminars, and workbooks for work-based learning.

Each module has approximately 30 hours' lecturer contact and approximately 170 hours of individual study. Individual modules employ varying learning and teaching strategies.

There are a suite of management modules that can be chosen according to your own professional and personal developmental aspirations.

The core research module is offered on different campuses and also online so that a range of students' needs are met. You will then choose a further two modules from our School of Health Sciences postgraduate education programme and complete your MSc with the dissertation, which will normally have a management component. Alongside your personal tutor, you will review your module choices, according to a career planning framework.

At the start of the course you will consult with the course leader, and complete a SWOT analysis alongside using the university's student profile system. This allows you to review your current achievements and highlight areas for further development. On this basis a tailored choice of modules from the Graduate Programme in Health and Social Science is created that will suit your professional, academic and personal aspirations.

School of Health Sciences postgraduate education

This course is part of our School of Health Sciences postgraduate education programme. The programme allows you to sign up for one module at a time and build your qualification as you go. It also gives you access to interdisciplinary modules across a broad selection of health and social science subjects.

Areas of study

Current students are from range of backgrounds but all identify that they want to develop management knowledge and skills around key areas such as: change management, strategic leadership, leadership roles, managing in publics and finance.

The dissertation project is an exciting element to this course and again is guided by your career route or employer requirements. This is the opportunity for you to consolidate the transferable masters-level skills gained from the taught modules which include analysing and interpreting data from a range of sources, demonstrating initiative, evaluating and problem solving, developing research skills and project management skills in order to produce a science-based project appropriate to your chosen pathway.


One research module from the following:

  • Research Theory and Practice
  • Research Methods and Critical Appraisal
  • Research Methods for Health Professionals
  • Qualitative Research.


  • Three management modules


Study abroad

The School of Health Sciences offers an opportunity to add a European dimension to your learning and development within the context of nursing or midwifery through our international work-based learning module.

If you have a particular clinical interest, for example public health nursing, and are interested in how this is delivered and practised in Scandinavia we can arrange for you to access a placement area with one of our partners in Sweden or Denmark. We can also help structure your experience through establishing focused learning outcomes and detailed preparation.

Our courses are vibrant and many of our academic staff have international health and education experience. Some are members of groups such as Sigma Theta Tau and the Florence Nightingale Scholars.

Careers and Employability

On course graduation, you will be equipped with skills that are directly transferable to health and social care-focused employment. Many of our previous course graduates have progressed into senior positions in their organisations.

During the periodic review of the course a range of local health-related employers are consulted, to ensure that the course content complements the priorities of employers as well as students.

The career planning framework that is integral to this course guides students towards choosing an appropriate and personal route through the programme.

Visit the Health and Management (MSc/PGCert/PGDip) page on the University of Brighton website for more details!




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