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  1. Postgraduate
    1. 2020
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MSc Health Management

Entry Year:
City’s MSc Health Management provides business skills for managers and leaders in healthcare, pharma, and management consultancy; this course has an international and cross-sector outlook.

Key information

Start date

September 2020
January 2021

Academic year dates


Full-time: one year
Part-time: two years


Full-time: £14,790

Part-time: £7,395 per year


Full-time: £19,890

Part-time: £9,945 per year


Northampton Square

Who is it for?

The course is for high potential graduates, experienced managers and professionals looking to develop in international business and leadership roles. It is for those with a hands-on approach, wanting to learn intensively and gain global perspectives, and cross-sector knowledge for responsible positions in healthcare, pharma companies, management, or consultancy roles.

The course is highly relevant for those wanting to engage with real business challenges, influence career direction and boost their management profile.

For medical and dental students wishing to intercalate a clinical degree with an MSc in Health Management the course offers opportunities to gain substantive management experience on the internship programme whilst you study.


The MSc in Health Management produces talented and capable managers who are highly employable, and has a superb reputation. You will develop a comprehensive portfolio of business skills that will enhance your organisational leadership capacity to build processes, systems and structures, plan ahead and deliver change. Working in groups and the real-life activities will develop your personal leadership abilities to influence, coach, present, work in and lead teams, develop yourself and others.

The course is applied and industry relevant. The curriculum is international and cross-sector. There are many expert guest speakers. There is an extensive placement programme if you want to add experience to your CV, and further options for career development. There is a consultancy module to apply your health management skills for a client on a business development issue.

The course benefits from a large cohort of up to 45 students with great networking and peer support and diversity of experiences and international backgrounds, on the other hand ensuring close personal contact with teaching staff.

Requirements and how to apply

Entry requirements

Experienced managers will have more to offer on their CV’s. Recent graduates will have a relevant degree and indicate an aptitude for management. The requirements include at least:

  • A minimum 2:1 from a UK University or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. A lower 2.2 or equivalent may be accepted if there is evidence of further study or relevant experience

For any queries regarding international qualifications, please email for assistance.

INTO City, University of London

Don’t meet the entry requirements? INTO City, University of London offers a range of academic and English language programmes to help prepare you for study at City, University of London. You’ll learn from experienced teachers in a dedicated international study centre.

These programmes are designed for international students who do not meet the required academic and English language requirements for direct entry. To prepare for this degree course, learn more about the Graduate Diploma in Economics.

Kaplan International College London

City works in partnership with Kaplan International College (KIC) London to provide preparatory courses for international students. Pre Masters courses at KIC London offer comprehensive support to students wishing to complete their postgraduate study at City. Progression to this degree is guaranteed if you complete the KIC London Pre-Masters course at the required level.

English requirements

For applicants whose first language is not English, the following qualification is also required:

  • IELTS: 7.0 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in each category.

INTO English language programmes

Don’t meet the English language requirements? INTO City, University of London offers English language programmes to help prepare you for study at university. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to degree courses.

Visa requirements

If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study.

The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course. There are different rules for:

  • Students on courses of more than six months
  • Students on courses of less than six months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English language course.

For more information see our main Visa page.

How to apply

Applications for 2020/21 entry are open:

September 2020

January 2021

To apply you will need to submit:

  • Online application form
  • Personal statement (500-600 words)
  • Two-page CV
  • Transcripts of grades (including secondary education)

Your personal statement together with your CV should demonstrate your readiness, capability and future plans for the programme.

IELTS score or booking confirmation if you require a Tier 4 visa, or have not studied at degree level in an English speaking country as defined by UK Visas and Immigration.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

If you have previously completed credits from a Masters level qualification that can be matched to credits on the programme qualification you would like to apply for, then you may be eligible for RPL or RP(E)L.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL): “where credit is awarded for learning derived from study at this or another institution which has previously been assessed and/or awarded credit”.

Recognition of Prior Experiential learning (RP(E)L): “where credit is awarded for learning derived from the candidate’s life experience which has not previously been assessed and/or awarded credit.”

For more information on the policy, the maximum credits permitted and how to apply, please see the Guidance on Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

If you have any queries about the process, please contact the Postgraduate team: .

+44 (0)20 7040 5000

Postgraduate Admissions
School of Health Sciences
City, University of London
Northampton Square

Three decades developing leaders in international health management.
Internationalisation, management consultancy, health sector placements.
The average age of our MHM students is 33 years old.
During your course

More about fees

Fees in each subsequent year of study (where applicable) will be subject to an annual increase of 2%. We will confirm any change to the annual tuition fee to you in writing prior to you commencing each subsequent year of study (where applicable).


Please note a non-refundable deposit of £500 is required when accepting your offer in order to secure your place.


The School of Health Sciences believes that exceptional academic and clinical performance should be recognised and rewarded. We have several scholarships available for students starting on our courses this September and January.

MSc Health Management

Dr Yiannis Kyratsis introduces City’s MSc Health Management programme; designed for managers and leaders in the international healthcare sector looking for a globally recognised qualification to take their career to next level.


The MSc Health Management has an extensive internship programme. Internships are programme opportunities and subject to application. Prior qualifications, professional experience and skills need to match with the projects that sponsors have available. Internships with participating organisations can last from two months up to five months, and you would work for two days a week.

Projects are in areas such as strategy, human resources, quality improvement and service evaluation. In addition we offer research internships at the Centre for Healthcare Innovation Research (CHIR). This interdisciplinary Centre brings together researchers from different disciplines across Cass Business School and the School of Health Sciences at City, University of London. These internships provide opportunities to be coached in healthcare research supported by an experienced researcher, and to be cited as a co-author in publications.

Internships are a unique opportunity to build your CV and experience whilst studying, and improve your employability, or move in a new career direction.

Our students have undertaken internships with leading organisations including:

  • NHS England
  • Barts Healthcare
  • Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children
  • Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust
  • St George’s Healthcare
  • East London Foundation trust
  • Raremark
  • Centre for Healthcare Innovation Research (CHIR)

Academic facilities


The MSc Health Management is based in City's Franklin building, close to the School of Health Sciences, Cass Business School and major centres of medical leadership.

As an international city and global health centre, London is an outstanding location for health management studies. Major international corporations are headquartered in London, as well as healthcare think tanks, and policy institutes. It is the centre of the national health service (NHS) for England, and the largest strategic health authority in the United Kingdom. This reflects in the range of placements, projects, and internships available on the course.


We offer a variety of accommodation options and support services for postgraduate students.

Read more about our postgraduate halls.

Our Accommodation Service can also help you find private accommodation.

Find out more about private accommodation.

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Course timetables are normally available from July and can be accessed from our timetabling pages. These pages also provide timetables for the current academic year, though this information should be viewed as indicative and details may vary from year to year.

View academic timetables

Please note that all academic timetables are subject to change.

Student support

We offer an extensive support network during your time here at City, University of London – from Learning Support (including disability support) and counselling to financial and career advice – leaving you free to enjoy every opportunity campus life has to offer.

Find out more about the different types of student support available.

Course content and assessment

Teaching and learning

Teaching is provided by leading academics in the fields of business and the health care sector as well as respected guest speakers from the health industry and scientific community who join us to share experiences, and insights on future trends across the health sector.

Course delivery is approximately:

  • 30% Lectures by health management team
  • 30% Speakers from health industries and scientific communities
  • 40% Interactive learning in teams


The assessment strategy reflects the management task, with a wide range of assessments allowing flexibility to tailor business knowledge to career needs. Collaborative group assessments emphasise communication and influencing skills as well as providing opportunities to address larger inter-connected challenges. Written assignments emphasise the principles of management and the core business functions and develop skills in organisation analysis and preparing business reports. Exams focus on specific applied skill sets for managers and leaders.

The health management consultancy project embodies the client-facing emphasis of the course, and the approach to assessment.

  • 60% Coursework
  • 20% Projects
  • 20% Exams


The MSc Health Management emphasises practical and applied business skills and insights from across the global health sector. The course comprises seven modules and a 12-15,000 word health sector dissertation.

The curriculum is designed to focus in-depth on the essential skills that are the building blocks of management and leadership proficiency, and organisational leadership. It encompasses a wide range of disciplines. There is the diversity and different perspectives of those you will be studying with, as well as the insights of the expert guest speakers.

The learning process emphasises leadership development and personal leadership effectiveness. It encourages self-development, and builds capabilities to deliver results through others and the ability to drive through change.

Core modules

Strategic Management in Healthcare (15 credits)

Strategic management insight is essential for leaders to plan long term goals, and align organisational resources with activities. This module includes practical project-based work on a wide range of international organisations, profit, not-for-profit, healthcare, pharma, medical devices, humanitarian and development organisations.

Management and Leadership in Healthcare (15 credits)

Leadership is key to fostering innovation, facilitating change and achieving results in complex and competitive circumstances. This module emphasises applied leadership with expert guest speakers. The further employability agenda ensures leaders in charge of their own career development, with the necessary insights for facilitating the career development of others.

Health Innovation and Systems Change (15 credits)

Innovation entails change, however not all change is innovation. The module considers the facilitators and barriers to innovation, and how organisation leadership translates innovation or change into action, and transforms organisational cultures. Expert guest speakers add to the diversity and international cross-sector perspectives.

Finance and Enterprise Performance (15 credits)

Organisations need managers who understand the financial implications of their decisions. This module examines how business strategy reflects in financial statements, how to prepare budgets that reflect activities and explain variances, and make a business case for a new initiative. These are financial skills every manager should have.

Economic Evaluation and Pharma (15 credits)

The application of economic analysis to health and health care has grown rapidly. This module provides insight into economic evaluation methods, and an overview of competition and stakeholder dynamics in established and emerging pharma sectors globally, and the value chain of the pharma sector from initial research to final distribution and economic evaluation.

Health Management Consultancy (15 credits)

First-hand experience provides the most meaningful learning environment for management consultancy. This module allows you to develop consultancy skills on a live consultancy project. This includes project management, mastering a client brief, information gathering, problem-solving, team dynamics, managing client relationships, presenting the solutions.

Research Methods and Applied Data Analysis (30 credits)

Evaluating performance with surveys and statistical analysis, or qualitative interviews is the foundation for quality improvement, organisation development, and effective marketing. This module provides the insights for managers to interact effectively with organisational development practitioners, evaluate improvement initiatives, and appraise marketing effectiveness.


You will also write a final 12-15,000 word business studies or health-related dissertation, on a topic of your choice.

Recent dissertation topics have included:

  • Strategic plan for a private hospital group
  • Marketing plan for a new drug development launch
  • Service development and performance improvement in a clinical directorate
  • Implementation of manufacturing resource planning in a health service
  • Shared decision making and the use of medicines, a comparative study of USA and developing countries

The programme specification contains more information on how the course is organised, the requirements for progression for each part and credits required for awards.

  • Vyoma Shah
    Student profile
    I would highly recommend this course if you’re a clinician and want to get more of a business mind-set or are planning to move away from the clinical aspect but want to build a career in the management aspect of the healthcare field. I feel the career development opportunities and career choices post this course are infinite, it enables and shapes you to do whatever you’re passionate about.
  • Maggie Miller
    Student profile
    On the health management consultancy project at Great Ormond Street Hospital we worked closely with the Chief Operating Officer, and multi-disciplinary stakeholders. The experience really made a difference for my next career move..
  • Marius Knecht
    Student profile
    I secured a position in Project Management EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) at Fresenius Medical Care, one of the biggest healthcare companies worldwide, at their German headquarters near Frankfurt even before completing the MHM. Without any reservation I would recommend the MHM to future students..
  • Student profile
    Since graduation, I have become a Senior Coordinator of Business Operations at Baylor International Paediatric AIDS Initiative (BIPAI), a collaboration between Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital..
    Health Management
After you graduate

Career prospects

With global health expenditure expected to increase, an MSc combining business skills with health sector application conveys exceptional career prospects,

Healthcare and pharmaceutical companies value skills in strategy, innovation and change leadership, management consultancy, and economic evaluation.

Graduates from the MSc Health Management have gone on to work in all areas of healthcare, pharma, management consultancy and at companies including:

  • Almirall
  • Best Doctors
  • Bombay Hospital & Medical Research Centre
  • Capita Consulting
  • First Prime Co., Ltd
  • Fairview Hospital Zambia
  • Golin London
  • JDX Consulting
  • Health Designs
  • Health Strategy and Delivery Foundation
  • IMS Health
  • Lundbeck
  • Medpace
  • Mullen Lowe Lintas Group
  • National Medical Care Co
  • Orica
  • Symmetron
  • Texas Children’s Hospital
  • The Royal Melbourne Hospital
92.3% of graduates in employment or further study six months after completing the course

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