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MSc Management in Health Care

MSc Management in Health Care*

(Reg. no. 250986)

Programme Overview

Studying this specialized MSc Management in Health Care programme at Oxford Brookes will enable students to work more effectively at management level. This is a higher degree introducing the disciplines of senior management within a health and social care context. It is designed to be flexible and to cover topics that will tailor students’ learning to their own professional development needs.

Clinical safety is not just about clinical skills; the impact of organisational management on delivering quality health care is fundamental. This programme will help students to manage with confidence. They will be well-equipped to deal with the challenges of the ever changing and complex environment of health and social care and will be encouraged to use the literature to critique their practice. This programme offers students the opportunity to understand the changes that have taken place in health and social care delivery and the operational environment at local, national and international level. It will challenge students to realize their potential.

The course seeks to develop students’ knowledge, skills and experience as team leaders and managers of resources and strategic policy, allowing students to contribute to the formation of corporate policy. Students will learn how to develop the skills needed to plan, implement and evaluate projects and to develop competence in the practice setting based on the management charter initiative.

Programme Schedule

The programme is taught using blended learning with three 6-day intensive schools and one 3-day intensive school during the programme of study. The intensive schools are made up of lectures, group work, workshops and one-to-one tutorials. Students are well supported between intensive schools by e-mail tutorials and feedback on an outline and one full draft for each of the assignment. Our teaching team aims to deliver a programme of the highest quality and to use innovative and up-to-date methods for teaching and learning.

In order to avoid conflict with students’ working schedules, the programme provides flexibility to working professionals. Depending on their duty, students can choose to attend either the morning (8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.) or the evening (6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.) session on each seminar day.

Module Description**

Advanced Research Design

This module aims to equip students with skills to find, appraise and utilize research, as well as plan and design a piece of research work. It seeks to prepare students to define a suitable research question and to use this as a basis for identifying appropriate research methodologies for a small-scale research project or dissertation. This module is designed to impart the skills to enable students to plan and outline a rationale for a literature review. It focuses on research as part of a body of evidence used for health and social care practice, and provides an overview of methodologies and methods commonly used in health and social care policies and working environments.

Evidence Based Practice

This module aims to explore and critique theories, models and strategies for evidence-based practice, with application to the health and social care setting. Examination of the purposes, uses and limitations of various approaches to evidence-based practice, with consideration of political and economic dimensions. Consideration of the concepts of decision-making from the practitioner, purchaser, provider and consumer perspectives. Exploration of some available tools for critical-appraisal and the transfer of evidence to professional knowledge. Sharing of the work of experts, researchers and the student group for discussion and critique.

Human Resource Management in Health and Social Care

This module is designed to enable students to explore the context, theory and application of Human Resource Management (HRM) within the working environment. Increasing amounts of evidence from organisations indicate that line and business managers are being asked to take on work that was originally the province of the personal specialist. This trend has developed in parallel to the emergence of the HRM approach to managing people. In response to this, the module will ask students to think about the way they manage people in the areas of resourcing, reward, development and relations, and the policy and practices that their organisation currently uses. Emphasis is placed on taking a critical view of procedures and practices, whilst being able to suggest alternatives. Students will also be provided with the opportunity to critically analyse HRM theory in its current form and consider its emergence from other disciplines.

Leadership in Health and Social Care

This module offers students the opportunity to develop and apply the knowledge, conceptual and practice skills needed to be an effective leader within health and social care environments, both in the public and private sector. Through a range of assessment and learning opportunities such as seminar, group work and guided personal study, students will deepen their awareness of key theories and the research evidence on leadership practice and its application at a personal, organisational and inter-organisational level.

Managing Finance in Health and Social Care Organisations

Scarcity of resources is a basic economic problem with which public services managers charged with resource management have to contend. The major aim of this module is to give students a broad understanding of the broad role played by economics and the management of finance within the health and social care sectors. This module explores the different ways in allocating funds to health and social care organisations, categories of costs and how each behaves. It also focuses on the budgetary process to help students improve their skills as budget holders. Through this module, students will become more confident at negotiating for additional resources, in working with local development plans and in developing business plans and business cases.

Operational Management in Health and Social Care

This module aims to provide the students with an opportunity to examine the way in which the health and social care environment utilizes and controls its functions and resources. The students will examine the national and local strategic and policy framework and implementation mechanisms involved and reflect on how these operate in their setting. The students will seek to maximise the efficiency and effectiveness with which they operationalize national policy and enable its translation into organisational policy and strategy and identifies and assesses the benefit they are able to derive for the end user in doing so.


The Dissertation will involve the students in a piece of investigative research and provides an opportunity to demonstrate the development of their scholarship skills. The students will be expected to demonstrate their ability to focus on a specific research question(s) but also display a wide appreciation of the context of the chosen topic. The research design used will be an in-depth, critical literature review. The investigation should encompass systematic collection and analysis of data and reflect awareness of the implications of the research for practice, theory, education, management and future research. Students are allocated a supervisor for the duration of the module and receive individual research supervision.

* It is a matter of discretion for individual employers to recognize any qualification to which this course may lead
** Module offering is subject to change