MBA (Healthcare Sector)

 

Course Code

On Campus – FBLT034, Online – FBLT165

Location

Coventry University (Coventry)
100% online study

 

Study mode

Full-time
Part-time
Online/Blended

Duration

1 year full-time
2 years part-time

Start date

September 2022

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Course overview

Study level: Postgraduate

Studied on campus or 100% online, this MBA is aimed specifically at current and aspiring managers who wish to develop their career in healthcare, social care and third sector organisations.

Health and Social Care is a substantial and growing service sector, with new government investments giving it a higher profile than ever. Rapid changes within the industry mean that there is likely to be demand for well-trained and multi-skilled individuals.

  • Aims to equip you with the personal and professional skills to enable you to think creatively about the delivery of existing health care services and to respond to future demands.
  • You will address the unique challenges and complexities facing managers and leaders in health and social care organisations.
  • Includes two healthcare management specialist modules and your project will also be in this field.
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Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

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Teaching excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

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Employability

Career ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Why you should study this course

  • A collaboration between the Coventry Business School and the School of Nursing Midwifery and Health, drawing on subject expertise from both faculties.
  • Taught by highly qualified academics from a variety of backgrounds and with considerable practical experience in industry, including healthcare, law, accounting, business and commerce.
  • Aims to provide you with the experience from real-life organisations.
  • Exposure to real-life case studies and simulations.
  • Learn from engaging guest speakers from the industry who will share their expertise and experiences of developing strategies, managing change and growth in their organisations, bringing both contemporary and theoretical aspects to life.

What you'll study

Health and Social Care is a substantial and growing service sector, with new government investments giving it a higher profile than ever. Rapid changes within the industry mean that there is likely to be demand for well-trained and multi-skilled individuals.

The aim of this course is to equip you with the personal and professional skills to enable you to think creatively about the delivery of existing health care services and to respond to future demands. You will address the unique challenges and complexities facing managers and leaders in health and social care organisations.

The MBA programme covers three distinct but interconnected stages – the Certificate Stage, the Diploma Stage, and the Masters Stage, where you have the chance to complete a comprehensive management qualification or specialise through two pathways delivered on campus.

Modules

  • Business Models and Processes - 15 credits
    The aim of this module is to introduce you to business model thinking and innovation and business process design and analysis and provide both knowledge and a higher level of understanding in the role that these play in the global context. Through developing a “live” business idea, you will develop an appreciation for differing models and processes, how they can best be applied to differing environments and understand the relationship between frameworks for business strategy and planning (models) and the processes through which work gets done. A variety of topics will be dealt with in this module, including business model thinking and innovation, business process design and analysis, the challenges presented through globalisation, business sustainability, dealing with complexity and adapting to change.

    The Geopolitical, Economical and Legal Environment - 15 credits
    This module introduces you to the three main factors that strongly influence business in the external and the internal environment as well as the local and international environment. These three major factors (geopolitical, economic and legal environment) have an impact on the development of organisations and countries. The module will explore and analyse the concept of geopolitics and examine theories and debates through discussion of the main elements of the geopolitical environment. The aim is to develop your ability to think critically about political issues surrounding us and their impact on the business environment.

    Financial Analysis - 15 credits
    This module is designed to develop your ability to interpret and use financial information within the strategic framework of an organisation. It is oriented toward the user rather than the preparer of corporate financial statements.

    Organisational Behaviour and Learning - 15 credits
    This module is designed to provide you with a clear insight into how the behaviours of people within an organisation can impact an organisation’s effectiveness. It reflects the critical role played by HRM in the management of people’s behaviours within organisations in both the national and international context.

    Compulsory

  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship - 15 credits
    This module will foster your entrepreneurial and innovation skills by blending theory and practice to enhance your understanding of the functioning of modern enterprises to ensure sustainability and growth. It aims to endow you with the skills to utilise innovation in either setting up a new venture or bringing an innovative and entrepreneurial vision into an existing organisation.

    Leadership and Change Management - 15 credits
    This module is designed for aspiring leaders and managers who wish to challenge assumptions and develop an in-depth understanding of how to effectively lead an organisation. It also focuses on how leaders understand change and consider what leadership capabilities are required for transformational change. From these discussions, the module will go on to explore how various leadership capabilities may be suited to different organisational structures and different approaches to change.

    Strategy and Decision Making - 15 credits
    Effective strategy planning, decision-making, implementation and ongoing management are dependent on deep and wide analysis of current information and data regarding an organisation’s strategic position. This module seeks to widen your perspective and understanding of the principles of strategic management and introduces a variety of analytical models of strategic analysis and strategy formulation. You will also explore the pros and cons of strategic choices and consider the impact of and consequences of strategy implementation.

    Global Marketing - 15 credits
    The module aims to introduce and develop a contemporary perspective of the global marketplace by focusing on the strategic marketing paradigm. The module requires you to critically discuss and analyse key managerial decisions on formulating and executing global marketing activities, keeping in mind the cultural demands of the various markets across the globe. Marketing research is also included within the module to support the critical evaluation of international markets.

    Compulsory

  • Policy Politics and Transforming Practice - 15 credits
    The module critically considers the relationship between the political process; the development of policy; and the leadership challenges of implementing service changes locally, resulting from national policy drivers. It explores the tensions that can arise when broad policy objectives are transferred into specific local contexts without fully considering all relevant contextual factors. The module also considers the ways in which patients, service users and the general public are informed and educated about such changes, either through official policy development, via the media or through local processes of governance and engagement.

    Leading in Complex Health Systems - 15 credits
    This module will enable you to demonstrate a critical understanding of the impact of culture, values and complexity on and within health and social care organisations and systems. It will consider management theory, its critical application and seek to understand the challenges of leading and managing complex systems and services and a highly professionalised workforce. You will use this understanding to critically evaluate the impact on systems and organisations delivering services to patients and service users.

    Transforming Health Care Business Proposal - 30 credits
    The module is the culmination of the programme and enables you to bring together your learning into one independent self-directed workplace project. Individual student supervision will be provided to offer guidance on a good choice of project and advice on all stages of the project. The project will take the form of a business proposal that addresses an aspect of workplace practice. The aim being to produce a project that will benefit your own workplace, explore service redesign, current practice-based problem/issues, policy implementation, initiatives, or innovations that will impact upon or transform patient care.

    Compulsory

We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.


How you'll learn

The course can be studied either 100% online or on campus. Delivery is supported by our innovative online social learning platforms, allowing you to undertake substantial parts of your study at home whether you are studying on campus or online, where you can revisit content and find additional materials. You also have access to our library's electronic resources 24/7, including thousands of books, ejournals and newspapers.

As an innovative and enterprising institution, the university may seek to utilise emerging technologies within the student experience. For all courses (whether on-campus, blended, or distance learning), the university may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via online technologies and methods.

This course can be offered on a part-time basis. Whilst we would like to give you all the information about our part-time offering here, it is tailored for each course each year depending on the number of part-time applicants. Therefore, the part-time teaching arrangements vary. Request further information about part-time study.

Each module runs with 15 credits across an academic semester of 13 weeks, requiring an estimated 10-15 hours of study time per week, with the flexibility to study one to two modules per academic semester.

Each 15-credit module will consist of 150 hours of activities. The activity time will be made up of a mixture of guided and self-guided study. Students will have access to an experienced team of tutors and lecturers who will support their studies. Each module will have dedicated online tutorials to support the learning.

Study on campus

Teaching and learning methods may include:

  • Face-to-face teaching
  • Individual and group tutorials
  • Online classes and tutorials

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Study 100% online

For each module, we will provide a mix of:

  • Engaging video lectures.
  • A variety of interactive content and activities.
  • You can benefit from the innovative and interactive content and activities provided on our online platform FutureLearn.

The online contact between lecturers and colleagues aims to help you stay motivated and committed to learning.

How online learning works

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are prepared for courses due to start in or after the 2022/2023 academic year to be delivered in a variety of forms. The form of delivery will be determined in accordance with Government and Public Health guidance. Whether on campus or online, our key priority is staff and student safety.


Assessment

This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will vary depending upon the module.

Assessment methods include:

  • Coursework Assessment
  • Business plans
  • Activities
  • Initiate and lead a change project within a practice setting.

The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards achieving the intended learning outcomes.


Entry requirements

An honours degree in any discipline, obtained from a recognised university/HE institution, or an equivalent qualification in a business-related area. Applicants will also need to have a minimum of two years post-degree full-time work experience in a management/administrative/ professional capacity.

We recognise a breadth of qualifications, speak to one of our advisers today to find out how we can help you.

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You can view our full list of country specific entry requirements on our Entry requirements page.

Alternatively, visit our International hub for further advice and guidance on finding in-country agents and representatives, joining our in-country events and how to apply.

An honours degree in any discipline, obtained from a recognised university/HE institution, or an equivalent qualification in a business-related area. Applicants will also need to have a minimum of two years post-degree full-time work experience in a management/administrative/ professional capacity.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6.5 overall, with at least 5.5 in each component area

If you don't meet the English language requirements, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course. 

For more information on our approved English language tests visit our English language requirements page.

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Fees and funding

2022/23 Tuition fees

Student Full time Part time
UK £18,500 per year Not available
International £18,500 per year Not available

For advice and guidance on tuition fees3 and student loans visit our Postgraduate Finance page.

We offer a range of International scholarships to students all over the world. For more information, visit our International Scholarships page.


Facilities

This course is designed to be studied 100% online or on campus and is part of the Faculty of Business and Law, in conjunction with the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, which provide you with access to a number of learning spaces both online and on campus4.


Careers and opportunities

The School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health has excellent and established links with health, social care and third sector organisations. Graduates from this programme can enter positions which come with great personal and financial rewards.

Earning an MBA is an excellent way to propel your career to reach higher management positions in the world of health and social care. The learning and development offered by this qualification prepares graduates for employment at director level, either in discrete service departments and hospital units, private or publically funded hospitals, and services and healthcare companies around the globe.

Where our graduates work

Graduates from the on-campus version of this course have gone on to work in senior management and executive roles in UK-based NHS hospitals and community trusts worldwide.

They work in management posts within local, regional, national and international government policy-making bodies (Clinical Commissioning Groups, NHS England Professional Bodies, Ministries of Health, World Health Organization).

Some graduates have found opportunities within health-related industries, for example the pharmaceutical industry, senior management roles within third sector organisations, and charities.


How to apply

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  • 1Accreditations

    The majority of our courses have been formally recognised by professional bodies, which means the courses have been reviewed and tested to ensure they reach a set standard. In some instances, studying on an accredited course can give you additional benefits such as exemptions from professional exams (subject to availability, fees may apply). Accreditations, partnerships, exemptions and memberships shall be renewed in accordance with the relevant bodies’ standard review process and subject to the university maintaining the same high standards of course delivery.

    2UK and international opportunities

    Please note that we are unable to guarantee any UK or International opportunities (whether required or optional) such as internships, work experience, field trips, conferences, placements or study abroad opportunities and that all such opportunities may be subject to additional costs (which could include, but is not limited to, equipment, materials, bench fees, studio or facilities hire, travel, accommodation and visas), competitive application, availability and/or meeting any applicable travel COVID and visa requirements. To ensure that you fully understand the visa requirements, please contact the International Office.

    3Tuition fees

    The University will charge the tuition fees that are stated in the above table for the first Academic Year of study. The University will review tuition fees each year. For Home Students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, the University may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase is expected to be in line with inflation.

    For International Students, we may increase fees each year but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation. If you defer your course start date or have to extend your studies beyond the normal duration of the course (e.g. to repeat a year or resit examinations) the University reserves the right to charge you fees at a higher rate and/or in accordance with any legislative changes during the additional period of study.

    4Facilities

    Facilities are subject to availability. Due to the ongoing restrictions relating to COVID-19, some facilities (including some teaching and learning spaces) may vary from those advertised and may have reduced availability or restrictions on their use.

    Student Contract

    By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the university. The 2022/23 Contract is currently being updated so please revisit this page before submitting your application. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the university will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the university.