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The MSc Health Care Policy and Management, provides both theoretical frameworks and practical tools that can be applied to health systems in the UK and overseas, designed for senior managers, clinicians and policy makers working in or with health care organisations, or with an interest in developing their careers in this direction. 

Download a copy of the MSc Programmes brochure 2017 (PDF) 

Course details

HSMC teaching programmes offer a range of options to support and develop a range of learning needs:

  • Masters (180 credits) incorporates taught modules with an additional piece of independent research in the form of a dissertation.
  • Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits) or Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits) are earned with ‘taught’ modules of 20 credits each

These translate into our following programme pathways:

  • MSc Health Care Policy and Management 
  • MSc in Health Care Policy and Management specialising in Quality

A postgraduate certificate or diploma can be awarded within any of these options.

Students can study full-time (one year) or part-time (over two years). Often students select the part time option while they are working in health services or a related field.

If you require further information, please telephone 0121 414 2280 or email .  

Learning and teaching

Our programmes provide a challenging and inspiring study experience for both existing and aspiring practitioners in health and social care organisations. They equip participants with the knowledge, skills and confidence to develop both their careers and organisations. HSMC staff bring their wide knowledge of UK and international health systems (gained through research and consultancy activities, as well as their own professional experience) to their teaching and tutorial support for students.

This emphasis on combining theory and practice is maintained throughout all of our programmes, from the choice of titles for assignments, through the involvement of practitioners and policy makers in teaching activities, to the topics selected for dissertations.

While some students choose to concentrate on theoretical topics, many students carry out empirical studies for their dissertation, often related to their own place of work or area of professional expertise.


Postgraduate programmes are taught at Park House which is a short walk from the centre of the University campus and provides a comfortable and well-appointed study environment. Facilities include:

Just a few steps away is the University’s Conference Park, which provides an excellent hotel environment for those wishing to be residential for taught modules.

HSMC students have access to the University’s main library and substantial online journals, databases and other materials via Canvas. A Programme Handbook provides comprehensive advice and information, and a separate handbook is provided for each module.

Participants are assigned an academic tutor to guide them through their studies and bespoke dissertation workshops are held twice a year. Students are encouraged to engage as much as possible with HSMC staff and to participate in other events such as conferences, seminars and workshops.

If you require further information about any of our courses, please telephone 0121 414 2280 or email .


This programme is designed for senior managers, clinicians and policy makers who are already working in or with health care organisations, or who have an interest in developing their careers in this direction.

Visit the Health Care Policy and Management - MSc/PGDip/PGCert page on the University of Birmingham website for more details!





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