M.Sc. Health Services Management

Trinity College Dublin

Application deadline: 30th June
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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The M.Sc. in Health Services Management programme is designed to encourage and support health professionals involvement in the management of health services. It represents the Universitys desire to further improve the Irish healthcare service by playing a key role in the development of professionals as competent healthcare managers.

Trinity College has a distinguished history of being centrally involved in the development of healthcare professionals. The Schools within Health Sciences have a breadth of experience in the training of a range of clinical professionals, placing them in a unique position to offer a post-graduate qualification for those who wish to respond to the healthcare management challenges posed by the complexity of the health system. The Trinity Business School has a long tradition of excellence in the field of management education and has been involved in professional management training at all levels. This programme harnesses the expertise of the staff from these two areas to provide an integrative learning environment for our programme participants, whilst the inclusion of key policymakers and organisational leaders on the lecture programme further ensures that students are kept up-to-date with the latest developments in the Irish health system.

Student Testimonials Bubble ImageThe programmes integrative focus is further manifested in the composition of the class itself. Each year we deliberately bring together participants from diverse health system backgrounds in a small class setting where peer learning is emphasized as much as classroom teaching. Group work forms a key component of the interactive teaching format, and students are assessed by a series of group projects over the course of the programme. The multidisciplinary nature of the class composition and the interdisciplinary focus of the programme help develop health systems managers who are at ease with collaborating across professional and organisational boundaries in bringing about a seamless service.


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


Our admission criteria are as follows:
A recognised third level qualification at the Bachelors degree level or above* in a professional discipline.
* Potential candidates with Irish nursing qualifications dating before 2002 might be exempt from this otherwise strict entry requirement of a Bachelors degree. Other candidates with non-degree qualifications due to the grading structure of their disciplines, are advised to contact the Course Co-ordinator directly.
The above are the minimum admission criteria for entry into the M.Sc. Health Services Management programme. Due to the limited number of places available in each academic year, a Selection Committee makes the final admission decisions according to a predefined scoring system that takes into account, amongst other things, the candidates career aspirations and academic track records. Occasionally we may invite short-listed candidates for an interview before making the final place offers.

For potential applicants who do not have English as their first language, and/or whose primary degree was delivered in a language other than English, they are advised to check with the Graduate Studies Office (+353 1 896 1166) regarding the documentation they need to submit to demonstrate their English proficiency for pursuing a course at the Masters level at Trinity College Dublin.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5
CAE score: (read more)

Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) is part of the Cambridge English suite and is targeted at a high level (IELTS 6.5-8.0). It is an international English language exam set at the right level for academic and professional success. Developed by Cambridge English Language Assessment - part of the University of Cambridge - it helps you stand out from the crowd as a high achiever.

200 (Grade A)
TOEFL paper-based test score : 570
TOEFL iBT® test: 88


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