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Postgraduate Course

Healthcare Management MBA

Prepare to respond to the biggest challenges in the healthcare industry. Build the knowledge and skills needed to facilitate management strategies.

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Dealing with the complex environment of modern healthcare requires skilled leaders and managers. Healthcare leaders now need skills in human and financial resources management, leadership, strategic planning and organisational design as well as an ability to manage complex change. Our specialist MBA gives you the opportunity to develop these skills. You will enhance your capacity to analyse and understand the complex nature of healthcare and how it is delivered.

London campus

  • Duration – 1 year full time, 2 years full time with year in industry
  • Start date – September 2024, September 2025
  • School – York Business School

Minimum entry requirements

    2:2 undergraduate degree from a UK ENIC listed institution

    Experience Evidence of relevant experience if your degree is in an unrelated subject

Tuition fees

    UK 2024-25 £10,000 full time

    International 2024-25 £11,800 full time

Course overview

Our Healthcare Management MBA brings together contemporary academic theory and research with a practical understanding of activities within organisations. On this course you will develop key personal and professional skills in healthcare management. These will put you in a strong position to advance your career. You will explore issues that have a significant impact on organisations by working with others and building on the experience of those around you.

You will focus on the key skills, processes and practices of business, management and healthcare management. You will work with your fellow learners on solutions to real problems. This work will enhance your ability to maximise individual and organisational potential.

The major management project you undertake will involve solving a significant organisational issue. This could be a piece of work that is actionable in your current workplace or of importance to organisations generally.

Choosing to study this course with the placement year will give you the opportunity to gain relevant experience in the sector. There are 2 types of placement available, so you can choose the one that best aligns with your ambitions.

Course structure

How you will study

This course can only be studied full time. You can choose to study the course for 1 year without a placement, or for 2 years which includes a placement year.

You will study:

  • 6 compulsory modules
  • A compulsory Capstone Project or a Business Consultancy Project if you are on the placement route

You can find out which modules are available in each term in the Course Specifications.


Credits: 20

Compulsory module

On this module, you will review the relationship between business and society. You will learn how the concept of sustainability promotes a holistic process of change and how businesses can act more responsibly towards the community, society and the global environment. You will discover how to apply the concepts taught to business management activities to enhance competitive advantage.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

On this module, you will critically evaluate theories concerning the processes of innovation and change within organisations. In the private sector, innovation is a key factor in competitive success. In the public and not-for-profit sectors, innovation can reconfigure services and processes to meet client needs more effectively. In organisations of all kinds, managers and professionals need to be able to lead and manage change.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

Explore key international business theories, concepts and consider the strategic role played by transnational firms (TNCs) as the primary movers and shapers of the global economic system. You will gain an appreciation of the following:

  • Principal institutional and organisational macrostructures of the global economy
  • The role of the state
  • International organisations
  • Regional trading blocs in shaping international business.

You will also consider the impact of the diverse national business systems on firm strategy.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

On this module you will develop an understanding of the theory and practice relating to the key aspects of financial and management accounting. You will explore the principles of financial accounting and the interpretation of accounts. This will involve an introduction to management accounting including the principles of cost accounting and short/long term decision making.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

On this module you will build your cognitive skills and computational thinking. You will also consider the relevance of these skills to business concepts, critical evaluation and professional considerations. You will develop a deep understanding of the impact and meaning of data. It is also an opportunity to examine data analytics technique in term of problem solving, predicting and decision making in business context.

Credits: 20

Compulsory module

On this module, you will explore the complexities of the healthcare sector. You will understand how innovation and attaining excellence during turbulent times influences contemporary hospital and health strategy. Using a market segmentation model, you will develop an understanding of the need for effective operational management and quality service.

Credits: 60

Compulsory module

The Capstone Project is a mixed module that you can complete by either submitting a dissertation or a business consultancy project. The aim of this module is to encourage you to select a route where you can demonstrate the understanding and knowledge gained from the course and how this can be applied in a practical or theoretical way in a particular setting or context.

Credits: 60

Compulsory module

If you have chosen to take a year in placement as part of you course, you will take this module. You will work independently to produce a consultancy project during your placement year. Throughout this module an academic supervisor will support your independent study. On this project you will reflect on your experiences on placement and apply what you have learnt. You will:

  • Engage with the practice of management consulting
  • Negotiate a scope of work
  • Collect and analyse data
  • Prepare and present a consulting report.

Placement Year

If you choose to study our Healthcare Management MBA with a placement year, you will have the opportunity to choose from 2 types of placement. This is your opportunity to gain experience relevant to your aspirations and set give yourself a competitive edge in future career opportunities. Our London Student Opportunities team will support you in your search for a placement.

Work Placement

Our work placement option lets you:

  • Address the demands of the business management profession
  • Apply the knowledge and skills you have gained from your taught modules
  • Enhance your communication and interpersonal skills
  • Improve your employment potential

Your placement will last for 1 academic year and start after you complete your taught modules. During your placement you will also complete your Business Consultancy Project.

Venture Creation Lab

This option lets you:

  • Use the university's expertise to develop your entrepreneurial skills and develop a new commercial opportunity
  • Apply the knowledge gained on your taught modules in a practical environment
  • Enhance your communication and interpersonal skills

You will start this part of the course after you have completed your taught modules and it will last for 1 year. You will base your Business Consultancy Project on commercial opportunities developed in the lab.

During this, you will also undertake an internship with a partner organisation and complete the Business Consultancy Project.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching and learning

All of our modules are taught using a range of teaching and learning techniques, including:

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Tutorials
  • Workshops

The emphasis is always on collaborative learning. We encourage you to share expertise and insights, allowing you all to learn from each other as well as your lecturers.

You will receive opportunities for study support, including academic writing and research skills, to enhance employability and career development in the field of business management.

Our teaching draws on both our research and professional experience. This means your learning is informed by the most current thinking in the subject area. You can find out more about our research and backgrounds by visiting our staff pages.


Your assessments are designed to mirror real organisational activities. The types of assessment will be varied and may include:

  • Presentations
  • Critical essays
  • Portfolios
  • Reflective journals
  • Case study work

You will receive detailed feedback on assessments to help you develop and continuously improve your performance.


This course comes with the option of a full year in industry placement.

Entry requirements


Minimum entry requirements

    2:2 undergraduate degree from a UK ENIC listed institution

    Experience Evidence of relevant experience if your degree is in an unrelated subject

If your degree is in an unrelated subject, but you can provide evidence of relevant professional experience, your application may still be considered.

International students

If you are an international student you will need to show that your qualifications match our entry requirements.

Information about international qualifications and entry requirements can be found on our International pages.

If English is not your first language you will need to show that you have English Language competence at IELTS level 6.0 (with no skill below 5.5) or equivalent.

International entry requirements

Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL)

If you do not have traditional qualifications, you might be able to provide evidence of professional experience in the subject as an alternative way to meet the entry requirements. This is called Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL). Appropriate references and records of employment would need to be presented to support your case for admission.

Terms and conditions

Our terms and conditions, policies and procedures contain important information about studying at York St John University. You can read them on our Admissions page.

Fees and funding

UK 2024 - 2025 entry

The tuition fee for this postgraduate course in the 2024 - 2025 academic year is:

  • £10,000 for the 1 year course without a placement year
  • £11,500 for the 2 year course with a placement year

These costs apply to all UK, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

Postgraduate loans are available to help you pay for your master’s course. Find out more about funding your postgraduate studies.

Funding opportunities

International 2024 - 2025 entry

The tuition fee for this postgraduate course in the 2024 - 2025 academic year is:

  • £11,800 for the 1 year course without a placement year
  • £15,400 for the 2 year course with a placement year

These costs apply to all students living outside the UK.

Due to immigration laws, if you are an international student on a student visa, you must study full time. For more information about visa requirements and short-term study visas, please visit the International Visa and Immigration pages.

Find out more about funding your postgraduate studies.

International Fees and Funding

Tuition fees

    UK 2024-25 £10,000 full time

    International 2024-25 £11,800 full time

Alumni Scholarships

If you are alumni of York St John University we have scholarships available to help you continue your studies.

Scholarships for alumni

Additional costs and financial support

Course-related costs

While studying for your degree, there may be additional costs related to your course. This may include purchasing personal equipment and stationery, books and optional field trips.

Accommodation and living costs

View our accommodation pages for detailed information on accommodation and living costs.

Career outcomes

Where could Health Management MBA take you?

A master's in business administration (MBA) is internationally recognised. It is an award that is highly regarded by employers. By completing this course you not only have a qualification that makes you stand out, but all the skills, knowledge and behaviour employers look for.

This degree can prepare you for a career as a:

  • Senior manager in health or social care
  • Business manager
  • Managing director of your own company

Stand out from the crowd with postgraduate study.

Far fewer people have postgraduate degrees than undergraduate qualifications. This gives you something extra to set yourself apart in a competitive graduate job market. Those with a postgraduate qualification will earn an average of £7,000 a year more than those with only an undergraduate degree. (Department For Education Graduate Labour Market Report 2020)

Our careers service, LaunchPad, provides career support tailored to your ambitions. Through this service you can access:

  • Employer events
  • LinkedIn, CV and cover letter sessions
  • Workshops on application writing and interview skills
  • Work experience and volunteering opportunities
  • Personalised career advice

This support does not end when you graduate. You can access our expert career advice for the rest of your life. We will help you gain the experience and confidence you need to succeed.

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