Management in Health and Social Care (PGDip/ PGCert), M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
  • English (book IELTS)
University rank #361 (QS) ,
The MSc in Management in Health and Social Care (PGDip/ PGCert) from Oxford Brookes University welcomes UK, EU and international applicants who want to study health and social care management and leadership at an advanced level.


This programme is exclusively focused on developing your insight, understanding and leadership of the complex and changing health and social care environment. It gives you knowledge and perspective of the wider care system that can help you further your managerial career.

This MSc in Management in Health and Social Care (PGDip/ PGCert) from Oxford Brookes University will help you to manage effectively and lead with confidence. It provides you with strategic insight, business acumen and a sound understanding of operational delivery and leading systems change. You will gain the skills needed for leading innovation, collaboration and partnership that bring about tangible results to the delivery of care.

Course length
  • Full-time: MSc: 12 months, PGDip: 12 months
  • Part-time: MSc: normally 3 years, PGDip: 12-18 months, PGCert: 12 months
Why choose this course?
  • You will gain a whole system perspective on health and social care management, with teaching that combines rigorous academic theory and practical application.
  • You will strengthen your career options through the programme's focus on professional development and practical application.
  • You will develop strategic insight, knowledge and understanding of health and social care organisations and economies that will equip you to lead these organisations in the 21st century.
  • Through the extensive and close links with practice areas across a diverse range of health and social care settings, both within the UK and through our Erasmus programme, you will be able to explore different approaches to the delivery and management of care and gain new insight into the global issues, challenges and opportunities within the sector.
  • You will learn within a multi- and inter-professional environment that offers excellent opportunities for shared learning.
  • We are committed to supporting your learning needs by providing flexible and accessible approaches to continuing professional development (CPD) study opportunities with part-time, full-time and mixed modality options (including opportunities for blended and distance learning).
  • In addition to our own excellent libraries and resource centres, our postgraduate students have access to the world-renowned Bodleian Library, the Bodleian Law Library and the Radcliffe Science Library.
  • We have an excellent track record of high levels of student satisfaction, low student attrition rates and high employability.

Programme Structure

The MSc Management in Health and Social Care offers you the opportunity to understand ongoing changes and developments 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
  • develop and apply leadership capability to motivate, influence and engage key players
  • gain and apply research skills
  • expand your networks.

The design of this course should provide you with a sound understanding of the operational environment of health and social care organisations through exploring the core modules:

  • Finance in Health and Social Care [P44813] - exploring financial flows, controls and application to business/service development
  • Operational Management in Health and Social Care [P44811] - understanding the relationship between system design, demand and capacity management
  • Human Resource Management in Health and Social Care [P44816] - exploring the relationship of organisational design, people management and HRM approach impact on capability and competency to deliver organisational goals
  • Leadership in Health and Social Care [P44820] - exploring the utilisation and impact of leadership on organisations and teams with a clear focus on gaining understanding of your own leadership practice and development and its enhancement.
  • P49215 Dissertation or P44812 Project Management . These modules enable you to develop a more specialised and deeper understanding of management in the health and social sector. Before starting one of these two modules you will study a specially designed research/ project management methods module to give you the relevant knowledge and skills to help you.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Average part-time duration 36 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Credits
    90 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

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 you need a student visa to enter the UK you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration minimum language requirements as well as the university's requirements.

International applications
  • Preparation courses for International and EU students

We offer a range of courses to help you to meet the entry requirements for this course and also familiarise you with university life. You may also be able to apply for one student visa to cover both courses.

  • Take our Pre-Master's course to help you to meet both the English language and academic entry requirements for your master's course.
  • If you need to improve your English language, we have pre-sessional English language courses available to help you to meet the English language requirements of your chosen master’s.

If you are studying outside the UK, for more details about your specific country entry requirements, translated information, local contacts and programmes within your country, please have a look at our country pages.

How to apply
  • You apply for this course through UCAS Postgraduate.

Through UCAS Postgraduate, you should use the UKPASS portal to make your application, which will then be forwarded directly to our Admissions Office. You should send supporting documentation to us directly using the email addresses on the UKPASS application form.

Application is made online through UKPASS. Supporting documentation should be forwarded using the email addresses indicated on the UKPASS application form.

International applicants will:
  • need to apply early to allow enough time for obtaining visas if offered a place
  • be asked to pay a deposit of £1,000 to secure a place on the course.

Applications are dealt with on a first come, first served basis, so please act early to avoid disappointment.

Tuition Fee

  • International Applies to you

    13500 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13500 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA Applies to you

    9000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9000 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
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