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Healthcare Commissioning MSc/PGCert/PGDip

Course Description

Following the passage of the Health and Social Care Act, this new MSc/Postgraduate Certificate in Healthcare Commissioning is designed specifically for clinical commissioners, all those involved in new CCGs and emerging commissioning support organisations.

Although fully tailored to the current policy context, these programmes build on previous successful programmes such as the MSc in Health Care Commissioning delivered for NHS London and NHS West Midlands, the UK’s first MSc in Public Service Commissioning (delivered jointly with the Institute of Local Government Studies) and a series of local and regional commissioning development programmes delivered throughout the country.

The Healthcare Commissioning programme is available as a Full Masters programme, or as a Postgraduate Certificate or a Postgraduate Diploma.

Programme structure

The MSc programme is offered on a full-time (1 year) or part-time (2 year) basis, and consists of three compulsory modules, three optional modules and a dissertation.

The Postgraduate Diploma is offered on a full-time (1 year) or part-time (2 year) basis, and consists of four compulsory modules and two optional modules.

Each module involves approximately 30 hours contact time. To aid those travelling from distance, modules are delivered in units (for example, 5 consecutive days, or units of three and two consecutive days).

Central to the programmes are the three compulsory modules:

Strategic Commissioning
Decision-making and Priority Setting
Procurement and Market Management
All three modules are required for the Postgraduate Certificate.

The Postgraduate Diploma requires the addition of any three optional modules from HSMC's programme.

The MSc requires a 10,000 word dissertation on a subject relating to Healthcare Commissioning.

Explore postgraduate study at Birmingham at our on-campus open day (Friday 4 March 2016). Register to attend at: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgopendays

If you can’t make it to one of our on-campus open days, our virtual open days run regularly throughout the year. For more information, please visit: http://www.pg.bham.ac.uk

Visit the Healthcare Commissioning MSc/PGCert/PGDip page on the University of Birmingham website for more details!

Entry Requirements

For entry to the Masters programme you should normally have an undergraduate degree of at least an upper second standard or an equivalent professional qualification. However, if you do not have a degree or professional qualification then previous research or career experience may also be taken into account. In addition to the above, applicants to the LHSI programme must be in employment in a healthcare-related organisation at the time of programme commencement in order to optimise the application of theory and the action learning elements of the programme.

Course Fees

UK/EU Full time £10,080, part time £5040, PGDip £8760 FT, £4380 PT

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