Global Healthcare Management MSc

Study level: Postgraduate
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The Global Healthcare Management MSc course aims to build the leadership and management capabilities for those wishing to pursue careers within healthcare, social care, and third sector organisations.

Year of entry


Coventry University (Coventry)

Study mode



1 year full-time

Course code

HLST274 (May intake)
HLST274JL (July intake)

Start date

July 2024

Course overview

This course aims to support the enhancement of your personal and professional knowledge, develop your abilities to think creatively and apply entrepreneurial skills to deliver quality health and social care services and respond to the global health challenges now and in the future.

  • Develop a detailed understanding of leadership and management combined with an examination of contemporary and global challenges within healthcare management.
  • This course features a range of current and management theories relevant to the health and social care sectors. In addition, it will also explore multi-cultural and international dimensions of healthcare management.
  • Provide you with an opportunity to undertake a Management Project module, developing a business case for a service improvement or enhancement which will help to develop relevant workplace skills and experience.
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Why you should study this course

  • You will be supported by an academic and personal tutor throughout your studies and receive individual or group supervision whilst undertaking the Transforming Healthcare Business Case Project
  • The course includes the Professional Development module, in which you could get the opportunity to study alongside postgraduate students from a range of disciplines and professions, across different faculties, with the potential to provide rich learning experiences and networking opportunities.
  • Learning and teaching will be facilitated by a team of highly qualified and academic staff from within the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health with a range of professional backgrounds who currently have relevant subject and global expertise in business, health and social care, management and leadership (staff may be subject to change).

Accreditation and professional recognition

Coventry University’s accreditation1 with CMI is currently ongoing for the relevant modules, but is frequently reviewed and monitored by the CMI through their quality systems. If any changes occur with respect to our accreditation related to these modules, we will seek to notify applicants and students as soon as possible.

Chartered Management Institute

Chartered Management Institute

This course includes a 10-credit module accredited by the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), Leading and Creating Organisational Health and Wellbeing. Students who successfully complete the module and meet the CMI learning outcomes will gain a Level 7 Certificate in Strategic Management and Leadership Practice.

It was very challenging but I would say to anyone wanting to do the course or to go back to education that it is so worthwhile. The course has given me a wider view, not just of what we are facing as challenges in our local NHS, but on a global scale to improve the lives of the people we are serving. It has given me more skills and knowledge and is something I will build on and take into my workplace. I would recommend it to everybody.

May Parsons, Global Healthcare Management MSc, quoted December 2022
May Parsons

What you'll study

This course features a range of current and management theories relevant to the health and social care sectors. In addition, it also explores multi-cultural and international dimensions of healthcare management. The course is designed to develop your entrepreneurial skills and offer support with seeking employment opportunities2.


  • This module offers you the opportunity to critically evaluate theoretical principles of leadership which can then be applied to your current or future practice. The module covers leadership, personal effectiveness, management of people and teamworking alongside exploring the current literature on leadership. The module offers you the opportunity to develop your reflective skills, enabling you to reflect on your own qualities as an emergent leader and to consider how to develop yourself for their future practice. The overall aim of the module is to develop leaders with the confidence and skills, enabling you to become competent and reflective in your future leadership roles.


  • The module critically considers the relationship between the political process; the development of health policies; and the implementation of service changes locally resulting from national and international policy drivers. You will explore the key actors and organisations in the development and implementation of global, transnational, national and local health policies and consider the drivers for health policy. You will consider the ways in which healthcare leaders communicate and market polices, how equity, equality and efficiency are incorporated into policy design, and how the effectiveness of policies are measured.


  • This module develops your critical and conceptual understanding of global health issues associated with globalisation process and global change. While taking part in this module, you will develop skills for interpreting the drivers and different forms of globalisation to understand their impact on health systems ability to prevent the emergence and spread of communicable and non-communicable diseases. It prepares you to critically analyse the challenges facing not just governmental health agents, but national, regional and international partnerships coming together in order to build and manage strong health systems and healthy populations.


  • The Global Healthcare Management Portfolio has two functions; to showcase achievement across the course with evidence of study output, and to enable you to critically reflect on individual learning and development as you progress with your studies.

    Alongside the presentation of material, you will maintain a journal or blog, enabling you to critically reflect on your study journey. Over the progress of the course, this will provide you with valuable information to link theory and practice, integrating learning and experience. Crucially, it provides a link between all of the taught modules, following key course themes and presenting a complete overview of Global Health Management.


  • This module will enable you to demonstrate a critical understanding of the complexity of health systems, stakeholders and the impact of culture, values on and within health and social care organisations and global health systems. It will consider management concepts, theories, models and tools, and your critical application to healthcare organisations in global contexts and seek to understand the challenges of leading and managing complex systems, stakeholders 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.


  • This module aims to support you to think analytically and build key study skills. This will enable you to cognitively engage with the complexities of evidence and consider critically how literature can be assessed, rigorously analysed and used in combination to enable understanding. This critical understanding will allow you to develop a set of high-level skills and the confidence to deploy them in both an academic and work context to make informed decisions across a gamut of global, local and professional settings.


  • This module aims to support the development of the advanced skills and knowledge of strategic planning to support decision making across healthcare systems and within healthcare organisations. You will critically examine qualitative and quantitative approaches to decision-making, the application of financial management to support the implementation of strategic plans including how to make the case for change in health systems. You will critically analyse how to ensure effective workforce planning in healthcare and how to transform and development the current healthcare workforce. You will also explore the leadership approaches to recruiting and retaining talent in healthcare systems.


  • This module aims to provide you with a framework of knowledge and understanding of how to effectively lead and develop people in organisations for better health and wellbeing using a range of approaches whatever the master’s degree of specialisation you elect to follow. You will explore for example, the influence and impact of leadership theories, culture and the impact of health and wellbeing on organisational performance in different types of organisational scenarios. You will appraise contemporary approaches for the creation of healthy work systems with emphasis placed upon modern-day methods and the role and skills of leaders in coaching and mentoring.

    Ultimately, you will be given the opportunity to propose a series of recommendations to create and sustain a positive culture of health and wellbeing within an organisational context. Finally, the module requires you to reflect critically on your personal learning and development needs and how they work with others, from an ethical and professional standpoint to encourage your continuing professional development. The question key to this module is: What effective strategies can I utilise to promote an inclusive and healthy work culture to raise and sustain employee performance levels in a range of contemporary organisations?


  • The module is the culmination of the course and enables you to bring together your learning into one independent self-directed project. You will gain support through supervision with an allocated tutor, offering guidance on the focus of the healthcare management problem or issue and advice on all stages in the development and design of the proposed transformation business case. Peer-to-peer mentoring will be a key feature of the module. The project will take the form of a business case proposal, seeking to gain first stage approval for implementation from a virtual Health Executive Board. The proposal will demonstrate an analysis of an important health management problem or issue affecting service delivery, appraise the evidence for different options, undertake a quality impact assessment, proposing a realistic and viable service redesign initiative or innovation. The aim of the business case proposal will be to transform the delivery of an aspect of health care that benefits the welfare of service users and/or employees.


*Teaching and Learning related to the Global Healthcare Management Portfolio is undertaken across the course, assessment undertaken in modules in each semester contribute to the final assessment, undertaken in semester 3.

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 learning required of master’s students requires you to be mainly self-directed and independent in your study, supported through a variety of methods:

  • Face-to-face/online teaching in which you engage with learning materials and activities hosted on our online platform, further explored through either campus-based seminars
  • Individual or group supervision
  • Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) hosting lecture notes and supportive material
  • Digitised reading materials, accessed through the university library

If you choose to start this course in July, your teaching year will be extended. You will begin by studying one module in your first 6 weeks, then you will go on to study simultaneous modules from September (semester 1) for the remainder of the course, completing your degree at the same time as the September starters. Starting with a single module will give you the opportunity to settle into university study before progressing onto with a phased introduction of modules.

Teaching contact hours

In a typical week during semester 1 and 2, you will be required to engage with around 12 hours of blended teaching, including seminars, workshops and tutorials. including lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials. For semester 3 there will be approximately 2-hours of compulsory lectures for CMI sessions, 2-hour seminar for the dissertation project with additional one-to-one supervision meetings every other week, and more self-directed study time dedicated to your dissertation project. In addition, there will be a 2-hour workshop for the semester for the Portfolio module and an optional portfolio clinic that runs for 3 weeks.

Additionally, you will be expected to undertake significant self-directed study of approximately 36 hours each week, depending on the demands of individual modules.

If you choose to study this course in July, you will receive around 10 contact hours per week for your first module and during your first semester. Semester 2 will consist of around 12 hours of blended learning and semester and 3 will be as outlined above.

In semester 1, weekly support sessions are timetabled alongside module teaching to facilitate students’ development of key study skills to foster positive learning experiences and successful achievement of coursework assignments.
The Transforming Healthcare Business Case Project requires students to work closely with an academic tutor across the final semester, either in 1:1 or group tutorials in the development of the coursework.

The contact hours may be made up of a combination of face-to-face teaching, individual and group tutorials, and online classes and tutorials.

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.

Since COVID-19, we have delivered our courses in a variety of forms, in line with public authority guidance, decisions, or orders and we will continue to adapt our delivery as appropriate. Whether on campus or online, our key priority is staff and student safety.


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

Assessment methods include:

  • Written assignments such as essays
  • Written reflections and Personal Development Plans
  • Business case reports
  • Individual and group presentations
  • Social media postings
  • Posters
  • Portfolio

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.

International experience opportunities

The subject group has enabled students to attend international conferences and undertake field trips to Greece and Cyprus in recent years, gaining experience of other models of healthcare delivery and management of services2.

Entry requirements

Typical offer for 2023/24 entry.

There may be points of entry in September, January, May and July, subject to demand. All applicants must demonstrate some recent postgraduate healthcare sector work experience.

Specific entry criteria:

  • Applicants must normally be an honours graduate of a clinical or health/social care-related discipline with a 2:2 degree or above, obtained from a recognised university/HE institution, or hold an equivalent qualification acceptable to the university in an area related to the named award.
  • Applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate proficiency in the English language equivalent to IELTS 6.5, with no component less than 6.0. Alternatively, students may be admitted with IELTS 6.0 if they attend and pass a compulsory five-week pre-sessional English course, operated by Coventry University, before joining the MSc course

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Select your region to find detailed information about entry requirements:

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.

Typical entry requirements

There may be three points of entry in September, January and May, subject to demand.
All applicants must demonstrate some recent postgraduate healthcare sector work experience.

Specific entry criteria for the Global Healthcare Management MSc:

  • Applicants must normally be an honours graduate of a clinical or health/social care related discipline with a 2:2 degree or above, obtained from a recognised university/HE institution, or hold an equivalent qualification acceptable to the university in an area related to the named award.
  • Applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate proficiency in the English language equivalent to IELTS 6.5, with no component less than 6.0.

English language requirements

  • IELTS: 6.5, with no components less than 6.0. Alternatively students may be admitted with IELTS 6.0 if they attend and pass a compulsory five-week pre-sessional English course, operated by Coventry University, before joining the MSc course.

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

Student Full-time Part-time
UK, Ireland*, Channel Islands or Isle of Man £11,200   Not available
EU £11,200 per year with EU support bursary**
£18,600 per year without EU support bursary**
Not available
International £18,600   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.

Tuition fees cover the cost of your teaching, assessments, facilities and support services. There may be additional costs not covered by this fee such as accommodation and living costs, recommended reading books, stationery, printing and re-assessments should you need them.

The following are additional costs not included in the tuition fees:

  • Any optional overseas field trips or visits: £400+ per trip.

*Irish student fees

The rights of Irish residents to study in the UK are preserved under the Common Travel Area arrangement. If you are an Irish student and meet the residency criteria, you can study in England, pay the same level of tuition fees as English students and utilise the Tuition Fee Loan.

**EU Support Bursary

Following the UK's exit from the European Union, we are offering financial support to all eligible EU students who wish to study an undergraduate or a postgraduate degree with us full-time. This bursary will be used to offset the cost of your tuition fees to bring them in line with that of UK students. Students studying a degree with a foundation year with us are not eligible for the bursary.


The course will take place on our Coventry University main campus, including access to the state-of-the-art Alison Gingell Building which features a number of innovative classrooms and facilities4.

Our multi-million-pound Alison Gingell Building features a range of mock healthcare settings, including hospital wards, ambulance, therapy suites and community houses, allowing you to replicate real-life simulations.

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Alison Gingell Building

Get hands-on experience simulating real-life situations with our therapy suites, community houses and other real-life environments.

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Mock Hospital Wards

Our mock hospital wards and critical care settings give you the chance to experience patient scenarios in a real-world environment.

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Community Houses

Our two full-size community homes can be used for sessions simulating working with patients outside of a hospital setting.

Careers and opportunities

On completion of the courses, some graduates have moved into a range of junior and middle management or clinical leadership roles in health, social care, or third sector settings, either by securing positions in the UK or returning to their home country. Some graduates have chosen to engage in further research-based study related to Leadership and Management in Health by securing a PhD studentship either at Coventry University or other UK-based universities.

Successfully completing a Global Healthcare Management MSc is an excellent way to build leadership and management capabilities for those wishing to pursue careers within healthcare, social care and third sector organisations.

The learning and development demanded by both courses aims to give graduates the skills for senior-level employment, be it related to a discrete service department or hospital unit, private or publicly funded hospital, service or healthcare company. It encourages students to develop the skillset for posts in, for example, local, regional, national or even international government policy-making bodies (for example Professional Bodies, Ministries of Health, World Health Organization).

Opportunities within health-related industries - e.g. the pharmaceutical industry - may also be relevant for some graduates.

How to apply

  • Coventry University together with Coventry University London Campus, CU Coventry, CU London, CU Scarborough and Coventry University Online come together to form part of the Coventry University Group (the “University”) with all degrees awarded by Coventry University. 


    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 UK (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.


    Facilities are subject to availability. Access to some facilities (including some teaching and learning spaces) may vary from those advertised and/or may have reduced availability or restrictions where the university is following public authority guidance, decisions or orders.

    Student Contract

    By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the university. A copy of the 2023/24 contract can be found here. 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.