M.Sc. Health Services Management

Trinity College Dublin

Application deadline: 30th June 2013
Tuition fee:
  • € 7,250 / Year (EEA)
  • € 14,500 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: October  2015
Credits (ECTS): 90 ECTS
Duration full-time: 24 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time

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This course prepares students for middle and senior management positions in the health services. It is intended for suitably qualified applicants currently working in positions with planning or management responsibility in health service organisations. The course is multidisciplinary and open to all professions.

The course harnesses the core values of commitment, caring and cooperation in professional clinical practice with management principles and methods relevant to the healthcare setting.

Particular emphasis is placed on the importance of interdisciplinary exchange within small group settings. Teaching is delivered through interactive sessions. Case studies, class discussion and online discussions facilitate the application of learning and ensure that the programme imparts a theoretical framework of understanding whilst maintaining a practical focus.

The programme is continually updated to reflect developments occurring within our rapidly changing healthcare environment. A key feature within the programme is a relatively small class size, which optimises learning for individual students.

The programme seeks to:

* Present principles and concepts of management relevant to the organisation and delivery of Irish healthcare services.
* Discuss current issues in the management of health services.
* Explore comparative aspects of health services delivery in Ireland and abroad.
* Emphasise the advantages of collaboration between professional practice and health services management objectives.
* Analyse the change process within health services and develop strategies for managing in this current climate of change.
* Analyse health policies and their implementation at organisational level.
* Encourage and support students to be innovative in problem solving.
* Provide the necessary supporting research methodology and demonstrate its application to practical problems.
* Create opportunities for students to share knowledge and experience and learn from each other.


The course comprises 90 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) credits in total: 30 credits for the coursework component in each academic year and 30 credits for the dissertation.

The first year of the M.Sc. course comprises five modules: Understanding the Healthcare Environment (5 credits); Managing People in Healthcare Organisations (10 credits); Financial Management (5 credits); Health Economics (5 credits); and Information & Operations Management (5 credits). The first part of the Research Methods module is also included in the first year.

In the second year of the M.Sc. course students take four modules: Health Policy (5 credits), Strategic Management (10 credits), Comparative Healthcare (5 credits), and the second part of Research Methods and Healthcare Ethics (10 credits).

Year 1

1. Understanding the Healthcare Environment (to include 3 sub-modules: Population Health, Law, Marketing) (Year 1)

2. Managing People in Healthcare Organisations (to include 3 sub-modules: Management and Organisational Behaviour, Human Resources Management, Organisational Development) (Year 1)

3. Financial Management (Year 1)

4. Health Economics (Year 1)

5. Information and Operations Management (Year 1)

Year 2

1. Health Policy (Year 2)

2. Strategic Management (Year 2)

3. Comparative Healthcare (Year 2)

4. Research Methods and Healthcare Ethics (Year 1 and 2)


Total ECTS Credits: 90

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