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MSc International Healthcare Management

Master Programme

MSc International Healthcare Management

Part Time

MSc International Healthcare Management

With healthcare becoming a major concern for everyone around the world, this programme is perfect for those who aspire to pursue a career in the sector or are existing healthcare managers wanting to progress.

This part-time MSc International Healthcare Management examines healthcare management issues the world is facing today. You will gain essential skills in decision-making, management, application and implementation applicable to today’s international and local healthcare environments.

Your courses are taught by experienced professional experts and industry leaders. Our curriculum will guide you through a broad range of topics including key issues and challenges senior management will tackle, how health economics can inform better public policies and planning of healthcare services, as well as evidence-based management practices in global healthcare environments.

Towards the end of the course, you will produce a report of independent research into a global healthcare management issue of interest to you. This allows you to apply and widen your practical experience and knowledge acquired in the sector.

If you are a healthcare professional looking to hone the management and leadership skills within your healthcare environment, this programme will improve your problem-solving techniques and forward-thinking analytical skills specifically to solve healthcare issues. For students with a goal to pursue a management career in hospital- or health-related public and private organisations across the globe, you will be confident enough to delve into the global healthcare sector. You can also explore roles in related fields including public and community health management, medical sales, outpatient care and more in business and healthcare sectors.

This programme is also available for Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma study options. Please reach out for more details.  


Other online master's programmes are also available: 

  • MSc Psychology
  • MSc Organisational Psychology
  • MSc Criminology & Criminal Psychology
  • MSc Global Mental Health and Wellbeing
  • Master of Public Health
  • MSc Nursing

Programme Excellence

  • Assessed through a combination of written coursework and an individual dissertation
  • Optional modules explore external factors and ways to improve the health systems, marketing strategies and ethical issues
  • Students learn through a balanced approach of principles and practices as well as case studies to strengthen their strategic management and healthcare leadership skills


Course Structure

  • Health Economics (20 credits)
  • Financial Decision Making (20 credits)
  • Strategic Management in Healthcare (20 credits)
  • Healthcare Leadership in Practice (20 credits)
  • Healthcare Management: Principle and Practices (20 credits)
  • Research Methods (20 credits) *
  • Healthcare Management Dissertation (40 credits) *
  • One optional module:
    • Social Marketing (20 credits)
    • Healthcare Improvement (20 credits)
    • Social, Political and Ethical Issues in Healthcare (20 credits)

*These modules are core and must be passed to achieve the award.

Programme Start Date: 11 Jul 2024

Duration: 24 months^


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^The actual duration may be longer or shorter depending on your speed of study, study options chosen and module availability.

Learning and Assessments

Teaching methods
As a 100% online education provider, we use a state-of-the-art Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) to deliver our teaching, resources and assessments. Our system tracks and manages the learning process in real-time and provides you with immediate access to your learning materials. The VLE is accessible 24/7 and allows both students and tutors to actively take part in real-time conversations and live seminars. It has been awarded for best online classroom experience at the Global Student Satisfaction Awards 2021.

Assessment methods
All assessments are delivered through our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). There is no requirement to go to external test centres. Instead, you will submit written assignments through the VLE; and for the few courses where exams are required, we use a virtual system that allows you to take academically rigorous exams from the comfort of your own home.

You are always aware of your current provisional grade which allows you to continually evaluate the success of your current study methods and identify areas to improve. We believe that this information helps you to make the most of your course. We achieve this by:


  • assessing you throughout modules rather than waiting for the end of year exams
  • showing your marks in your grade book which can be viewed whenever you log onto the VLE
  • rapid turnaround on work assessed to ensure your grade book is always up to date
  • ensuring you have regular contact with your Student Support team

We also have a policy of ensuring that the work submitted by students is authentic – we use a well-established electronic monitoring system to check for plagiarism.

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirement
In order to satisfy the entry route requirements for this programme, you must have either:

  • an undergraduate degree from an approved institution, equivalent to a UK Honours degree, or a relevant professional qualification; or
  • at least three years’ experience in a relevant field, supported by appropriate references

Additionally, you will need to pass your first assignment set within your two-week induction period of the course in order to continue with your studies.

English language requirements
As the programme is delivered in English, high proficiency with English is required. If English is not your first language, your English ability should be equivalent to an IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5. We offer a free online English test to assess your proficiency if you don’t hand in an IELTS or equivalent qualification. 

You don’t need to prove your English ability if you are a national of, or have completed a qualification equivalent to a UK degree in, any of these countries


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Fees and Funding

Full tuition fee: £12,428Δ

University education is one of the biggest investments in yourself and your career. Our tuition fees are the same for all students (in the UK and international) and include all teaching materials and required reading – there aren't any hidden charges for assessments or resits. We also offer students a range of tuition fee discounts, scholarships, and payment options for our online courses:


  • Monthly payment plan available.
  • 5% discount if you pay the full course fee upfront


10% discount for Kaplan HK Alumni

If you have completed a course in Kaplan Hong Kong campus, you are eligible to enjoy a 10% discount.


10% Anniversary scholarship

The University of Essex will be marking 60 years since it first opened its doors to students. To celebrate this milestone, the university is offering a 10% scholarship on all Master's programmes for July and the rest of the intakes in 2023.


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Δ All tuition fees shown are net of any applicable sales tax payable by you in your country of residence. Where we are required to add sales tax at the local statutory rate, this will be added to the tuition fees shown and confirmed during the payment process. Programme fees are reviewed annually. We reserve the right to increase programme fees in line with the RPI-X index.



With quality assured and flexible programmes designed specifically for online delivery, the University of Essex Online is a top-notch establishment for global students who aspire to take the full higher education experience to the next level. 

University of Essex Online works in partnership with Kaplan Open Learning, an expert in online higher education learning, for a host of online Master's degree programmes. Since 2007, this collaboration has been jointly offering high-quality online undergraduate and postgraduate degrees with more than 3,000 online students having successfully graduated.

Top rating 
A token of confidence as the highest quality online educational experience provided, the University of Essex Online has been awarded for the Best online classroom experience at the Global Student Satisfaction Awards 2021. They are fully committed to delivering world-class quality assured online programmes for aspiring students.

Road to success
You get to enjoy the benefits of online learning with high-quality teaching resources and dedicated support, to the same level you would expect from a campus institution. The University of Essex Online provides an engaging, interactive learning experience to all students, allowing 24/7 access to its cutting-edge personalised virtual learning platform. All online courses are designed for online teaching and delivered by leading authorities and experienced tutors in their respective fields.

Top-notch support
You will benefit from mentoring and academic support throughout your entire course, from enrolment to graduation, thanks to our dedicated Student Advisers and Study Skills specialists. In the 2021 National Student Survey (NSS) in the UK that gives students the opportunity to share their views on their courses, institution, and overall experiences, University of Essex Online students rated the programmes 95% for overall satisfaction – the highest rating for any online-only provider.

Study online, graduate on campus
All University of Essex Online degrees are awarded by the University of Essex. You will be welcomed to their beautiful Colchester Campus for your graduation ceremony as well as joining the global alumni community to enjoy the unique ‘Essex’ spirit.