M.Sc. Management in Health and Social Care

Oxford Brookes University

Application deadline: as early as possible
Tuition fee:
  • € 14,260 / Year (EEA)
  • € 14,260 / Year (Non-EEA)
Start date: September  2015, January  2016
Credits (ECTS): 90 ECTS
Duration full-time: 12 months
  • English
Delivery mode: On Campus
Educational variant: Part-time, Full-time

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The MSc in Management in Health and Social Care welcomes UK, EU and international applicants who want to study health and social care management at an advanced level. Studying this dynamic and specialised MSc at Oxford Brookes will enable you to work effectively at management level in your chosen field. We have extensive and close links with practice areas across a diverse range of health and social care settings, so are very well placed to introduce you to the disciplines of senior management within a health and social care context. The course is designed to be flexible, enabling you to tailor your learning so that you can cover topics suited to your own professional development needs.

The impact of leadership and organisational management on delivering quality health and social care is fundamental. Clinical safety for example is not just about clinical skills. This course will help you to manage with confidence. You will be well equipped to deal with the challenges of an ever changing and complex environment of health and social care; you will learn theory to give you the big picture and critical thinking to apply it in practice.

Why Brookes?
* We have a large and dedicated building in Oxford (Marston Road) and a campus in Swindon (Ferndale), equipped with state-of-the-art classroom and clinical skills simulation suites and resources.
* We have our own osteopathic clinics: Mill Court in Headington, Oxford and at Ferndale Campus in Swindon, offering a full range of osteopathic treatments to students, staff, NHS staff and the general public.
* Our courses are open to a wide range of health and social care professionals providing highly-flexible continuing professional development (CPD) study opportunities with part-time, full-time and mixed-mode options (including opportunities for e-learning, blended and distance learning).
* We support multi and interprofessional learning and teaching, and many of our courses are either fully multiprofessional or offer excellent opportunities for shared learning.
* Our lecturers are experienced in their specialist practice areas and maintain excellent practice links with those areas locally or across the region.
* Many of our lecturers have reputations for excellence and have established links with colleagues, organisations and institutions at national and international levels.
* We have a strong research profile, with experienced researchers working in established areas of cancer care, children and families, drug and alcohol, physical rehabilitation and enablement, and interprofessional education and collaborative practice.
* Oxford Brookes is rated internationally excellent across a broad range of subjects in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE). 70% of our research in Allied Health Professions and Studies was rated as being of international significance, of which 10% was rated as world-leading.
* Oxford Brookes is a student-centred institution that is fully committed to each individual achieving their potential. To support this, we offer a broad range of student support schemes to facilitate learning and development
* We have an excellent track record of high levels of student satisfaction, low student attrition rates and high employability.


Course length
Full-time: MSc: 12 months, PGDip: 12 months, PGCert: 12 months
Part-time: MSc: up to 3 years, PGDip: 12-18 months, PGCert: 12 months

This course offers you the opportunity to understand the changes that have taken place in health and social care policy and the operational environment at local, national and international levels. It will challenge you to realise your potential and:

* build your knowledge of the core functions of management and leadership including developing service redesign and business plans, and building skills for operational management of resources
* examine policy and strategy in a variety of health and social care settings
* understand and apply social and economic policy
* gain and apply research skills
* expand your networks.

The course seeks to develop your knowledge, skills and experience as team leader and manager of resources and strategic policy, allowing you to contribute to the formation of corporate policy. We will help you develop the skills needed to plan, implement and evaluate projects and to develop competence in the practice setting based on the management charter initiative.

The course is offered at three levels: a postgraduate certificate (PGCert), a postgraduate diploma (PGDip) and as a masters degree (MSc).

The PGCertis based on the completion of the following single modules:

* P44820 Leadership in Health and Social Care or P44816 Human Resource Management in Health and Social Care
* P44811 Operational Management in Health and Social Care
* P44813 Finance in Health and Social Care.

The PGDip is based on the completion of three modules listed above, plus the following single modules:

* P49210 Advanced Research Design
* P44820 Leadership in Health and Social Care or P44816 Human Resource Management in Health and Social Care

Plus one acceptable single module selected from the postgraduate course portfolio. For example: community action, epidemiology, ethics, evaluation or statistics.

The MSc is based on the completion of the modules listed under PGCert and PGDip plus the following triple module:

* P49215 Dissertation or P44812 Project Management *

* Project Management is only available to students employed in health or social care within the UK.

Teaching, learning and assessment
We use a range of innovative learning and teaching methods, for example seminars and learning sets and blended and online learning. Study for each single module taken will amount to 200 hours over the semester. Teaching is normally half a day every other week and sessions are normally delivered in the mornings and afternoons. Online learning activities may be included for alternate weeks. Our philosophy is to promote management and leadership competency through better understanding of the self, the organisation and the working environment.

We also aim to help make a difference to your organisation through the application of learning and evidence-based management to your work. Therefore assignments use real workplace issues to add value, and maximise benefits and time.


You must have:

* a UK BSc/BA degree, or equivalent learning experience, from a recognised international institution, or a professional qualification applicable to health or social care
* evidence of recent study (within last five years) at degree or equivalent level
* six months' management/supervisory experience as an employee/volunteer within the health/social care sector.

If you do not hold a UK BSc/BA degree or equivalent overseas degree from a recognised institution, you should contact the Programme Administrator for further information.

English language requirements

If English is not your main language then you will also need to show that your English is at a high enough level to succeed in your studies.

You will need

* IELTS 6.0-7.0 (normally with 6.0 in reading and writing and a minimum of 5.5 in listening and speaking);
* TOEFL ibt 78-95 overall (with 20 in reading, 19 in writing, 18 in listening and 21 in speaking),

For more information see your course details.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6
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.

193 (Grade B)
TOEFL iBT® test: 78

IMPORTANT NOTE: Per 6 April 2015 only the English language tests from IELTS and Trinity College London are accepted for Tier 4 Visa applications to the United Kingdom. Other tests (including TOEFL, TOEIC, Pearson, City & Guilds) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa. Since the Trinity College London language tests must be taken in one of their exam centres in the UK, IELTS is now the only language test accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK that can be taken worldwide.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.

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