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The Master's Degree in Health Care Management develops health care managers and enhances their skills within a research-based environment.

Key Features of MSc in Health Care Management

Performance:

  • The MSc in Health Care Management focuses on developing an appreciation among students for examining the evidence of good management so it can be put into practice in a context where healthcare is increasingly integrated with social care
  • Emphasis on developing skills has benefitted many people within health care in securing promotion
  • Provides the major content for people seeking their first job in health care management and administration
  • Taught by research active staff from a range of disciplines

Teaching and Employability:

  • Designed to meet the management development needs of a modern healthcare system
  • Particular emphasis on assessing evidence for what is effective in managing healthcare and leadership
  • Focus on economic evaluation and research-based evidence

Health care management is a very competitive and rewarding area of employment. The MSc in Health Care Management is designed for people with experience of management in health care, or for those expecting to have a significant management component in their future employment.

The skills and knowledge gained through this degree are applicable to a wide variety of health care and related management roles. Participants will leave equipped with a range of managerial and leadership tools that will enable them to meet the challenges of working in health care management today.

The Health Care Management course has an international standing with students selected from a wide range of different nationalities. This provides attendees with an opportunity to learn from their course colleagues about different health care systems and the unique challenges faced by managers in different countries.

This course explores the following in a healthcare environment:

  • planning and delivery of service improvements
  • working with others to achieve organisational goals
  • optimising resources used
  • managing and motivating change
  • communicating effectively and being accountable for performance

Health Care Management Course Structure

Lectures are interactive with students encouraged to contribute their own experience of working in health care and related settings. In addition to lectures course modules include workshops, group discussions, team exercises and student led presentations.

Full-time students will study for 13 months, attending taught modules from October to Easter (part one). Part two is undertaken through the completion of a dissertation which must be submitted by 30th September of the same year.

Part-time students will study the part one modules one day a week over two years (Typically in year one students attend October to Easter on Tuesdays and in year two October to December on Thursdays. Year two January to Easter is modular and the day of attendance will depend on the module selected.), Dissertations must be submitted by 30th September of the third year.

The MSc Health Care Management comprises two parts.

Part one is taught through five compulsory modules and a choice of two optional modules.

Part two requires completion of a dissertation - This independent directed module can only be taken on successful completion of all of the taught modules.

Assessment

A variety of methods are used including written assignments and presentations to assess each module. There is a pass mark of 50% for each module and the dissertation. 

Modules

Modules on the MSc in Health Care Management typically include:

  • Dissertation (Health Care Management)
  • Politics and Policies
  • Organising Health Care
  • Evidence and Research for Health Care Management
  • Social, Cultural and Economic Context of Health
  • Theory and Practice of Leadership and Management in Health and Social Care
  • Foundations in Public Health and Primary Health Care
  • Psychology of Healthcare Management
  • Quality Improvement
  • Comparing Health Care Systems
  • Economic Evaluation in Health Care

Who should apply?

  • Candidates working in health care management looking to develop and update their practice
  • Candidates interested in entering the health care sector in a managerial capacity
  • Candidates keen to gain an academic or critical appreciation of health care management
  • Candidates whose role involves close working or partnership with health care organisations e.g. voluntary sector, social service, pharmaceutical sector, etc.

Postgraduate Community

The College of Human and Health Sciences has a vibrant postgraduate community with students drawn from a variety of backgrounds and nationalities. The College is known for its friendly, welcoming and supportive environment, which combined with its extensive facilities, state-of-the-art technology and superb beachside location, helps to ensure that students benefit from an exceptional student experience.

Health Care Management students have access to a wide range of excellent facilities and equipment for realistic workplace experiences.


Visit the Health Care Management MSc page on the Swansea University website for more details!

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