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Health Care Management - MBA

Course Description

The management of health and social care services in hospitals and other related facilities is changing rapidly with government, funding bodies and healthcare insurance companies demanding greater accountability and efficiencies.

Increasing complexity of the user/patient journey creates unique challenges for managers and leaders of health and social care services to respond to. Commissioning and purchasing of health related services, logistics, continuous professional development, accounting, legal and professional regulation along with increasing public scrutiny of health care systems require expert high quality strategic leadership and management functions.

This course prepares the next generation of healthcare managers, leaders and entrepreneurs to think creatively in refreshing the delivery and quality of existing health and social care services and responding to future demands.

The MBA Health Care Management with Professional Experience, is an extended full-time Masters programme with a substantive professional experience component. Within the professional experience modules, students have the option of undertaking an internship with a host organisation or, alternatively, campus-based professional experience. Internships are subject to a competitive application and selection process and the host organisation may include the University.

Internships may be paid or unpaid, and this will depend on what is being offered and agreed with the host organisation. Students who do not wish to undertake an internship or are not successful in securing an internship will undertake campus-based professional experience, which will deliver similar learning outcomes through supervised projects and activities designed to offer students the opportunity to integrate theory with an understanding of professional practice.


-Offered as a full-time or part-time programme with two points of entry, September and January.
-Opportunities to undertake an internship or consultancy project and voluntary work placements in a range of settings.
-Collaboration between the Coventry Business School, with its excellent International reputation and the School of Health within the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, drawing on highly qualified and academic staff relevant subject expertise in business, health and social care and management and leadership.
-Interprofessional learning across a range of modules, both within the Coventry Business School in which students will learn alongside their peers on other MBA programmes and the School of Health in which they will learn alongside their peers on other health-related Masters programmes.


You will study a range of modules which provide a detailed understanding of business management combined with examination of contemporary challenges within healthcare management.

The course will feature a range of current and management theories relevant to the health and social care sectors. In addition, it will also explore multi-cultural and international dimensions of healthcare management. The programme will also develop students’ employability and entrepreneurial skills.

Specifically, the modules of study are:
-Leading Complex Healthcare Systems
-Leadership, Service Improvement and Integrated Care
-Human Resource Management
-Financial Analysis and Decision-Making
-Principles of Marketing
-Strategic Analysis
-Research Methodology, Design and Methods

Additionally, the understanding gained from these modules will be demonstrated and applied in either the university-based MBA Management Project (12 month full-time and 24 month part-time) or the MBA Postgraduate Internship Research Project undertaken with an host organisation or MBA Postgraduate Consultancy Project (18 month full-time).

You will experience learning with students from other MBA programmes within the Coventry Business School and Masters programmes within the School of Health, in addition to those specialising in healthcare management at different stages of your course.

You will be supported by a personal tutor throughout your studies and receive individual supervision whilst undertaking either the MBA Management Project or MBA Postgraduate Internship Research Project.


Graduates from this programme enter challenging and rewarding positions which come with great personal and financial rewards. Earning an MBA in Healthcare Management is an excellent way to propel your management career to higher levels in the worlds of health and social care.

The learning and development demanded by this qualification prepares its graduates well for the prospects of director level employment; be it related to a discrete service department or hospital unit, private or publically funded hospital or service or healthcare company. It enables students to develop the skill set for posts in local, regional, national or even international government policy making bodies (for example Professional Bodies, Ministries of Health, World Health Organization).

Opportunities within health related industries e.g. the pharmaceutical industry will also be relevant for some graduates.


Within the professional experience modules, students have the option of undertaking an internship with a host organisation or, alternatively, campus-based professional experience. Internships are subject to a competitive application and selection process and the host organisation may include the University.

The professional experience modules are not available to students undertaking the part-time programme.

Students enrolled onto the 12 month full-time programme will be offered the opportunity to undertake voluntary work with relevant organisations which will enable you to apply your knowledge and develop your management skills. This will be offered in the second half of your course.


In addition to studying in the UK with other international students, you will be able to share your personal and professional experiences of health and social care systems to inform seminar discussions and provide a global perspective. You will have the opportunity to focus your MBA Management project on an international issue.


To prepare students for the challenges of the global employment market and to strengthen and develop their broader personal and professional skills Coventry University has developed a unique Global Leaders Programme.

The objectives of the programme, in which postgraduate and eligible undergraduate students can participate, is to provide practical career workshops and enable participants to experience different business cultures.

Visit the Health Care Management - MBA page on the Coventry University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A 2.2 degree or above, or an equivalent qualification in any subject acceptable to the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences. Applicants must normally have a minimum of two years post-degree full-time work experience in a management/administrative/professional health or social care capacity, enabling them to draw on their knowledge and experience to inform learning within theoretical modules. Applicants, without an honours degree, must have substantial work experience. Applicants, whose first language is not English should have an IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 5.5 in all component, or an equivalent. Pre-sessional English in available (hyperlink to PSE page).

Last Updated

10 March 2017

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