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MBA Healthcare Leadership and Management

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Healthcare organisations are asking more and more from their leaders and managers in order to be able to meet the demands of an increasingly complex healthcare context. The MBA in Leadership and Management in Healthcare has been designed for experienced managers and leaders working in the field of health within the public, private and independent sectors in the UK and abroad.

20% Alumni discount

UK and EU Christ Church alumni are eligible for a 20% discount on self-funded Postgraduate Taught Masters and Masters by Research.

Canterbury Christ Church University has an established reputation as a provider of choice for both bespoke and pre­validated management and leadership programmes. We design courses that add value in the workplace by tailoring them to meet client needs within their context.

The MBA in Leadership and Management in Healthcare engages participants through experiential and practical learning, reinforced by theoretical models and real scenarios. We work with participants to transfer learning back into the workplace through personal development plans, project work and enable the application of meaningful action plans to follow up the course.

In short, we design these courses to meet the real and important needs of current Health organisations with the aim of almost immediate payback on their investment in their people.

The MBA is delivered through a partnership between the Business School and the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing. Staff from the Business School combine excellence in their academic disciplines with considerable business experience and active research in both the public and private sectors. The Faculty of Health and Wellbeing is a leading provider of health education in Kent with a particular focus on interprofessional teaching, learning and research. It offers a forward thinking, innovative and flexible approach to teaching, learning and research. Each year, over 3,000 students join the faculty's thriving and supportive community to participate in courses and research that impact on regional, national and international health and social care services.

Our experience and expertise in education for the health and social care sector puts us among the leading universities in the south east of England, and we are proud to work in partnership with NHS Trusts, the Strategic Health Authority, social work agencies, private health and social care providers, and charitable organisations.

What is distinctive about this course?

In an increasingly competitive global environment, this MBA provides health care managers, leaders and senior practitioners with an opportunity to develop their organisational, business and management skills to enhance their self-awareness and inter­professional skills. The pathway will address healthcare issues from global, inter­professional, multi­disciplinary, business­ oriented and person centered perspectives.

You will be able to access:

  • the attention and focus on the global changes and challenges within the health sector environment and the changing nature of the care contexts e.g. economic, ageing population, changes in family structures and the impact on professional identities
  • the teaching and skilled facilitation offered by a programme team with a long history working with health care practitioners and managers from a variety of contexts in both health and social care
  • the opportunity to work with leaders and managers in preparation for the current and future challenges
  • the credibility and reputation of the interprofessional learning and teaching communities which provide opportunities for networking and knowledge exchange
  • the opportunity to work with people from a wide variety of backgrounds to develop a community of practice that we will encourage to continue beyond the end of the MBA
  • residential weekends for intensive group study and masterclasses with leading practitioners and scholars.

The programme is aimed at Healthcare professionals, these can be clinicians, specialist or managers who are looking to enhance their qualifications and knowledge base. This often includes those who have been given, or are going to be given, responsibility for other staff and often for budgets too. This MBA is specially aimed at those with leadership and managerial roles within the health service. Previous students have included among others senior nurses, specialist nurses, commissioners, doctors, pharmacists, ward managers, radiographers and matrons.

The programme is comprised of six main modules, these being:

  • Strategy
  • Business Planning
  • Leading and Managing Change
  • Leadership for Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Transforming Healthcare Quality through Evaluating Outcomes
  • Marketing and Service Management
  • Research and Critical Enquiry Methods

Depending on your route (part-time or full-­time) the modules will be delivered across three terms or two years.



Provides you with an understanding of strategic management and leadership concepts, in particular the importance of sustainable and competitive advantage in driving future strategy. The impact of the business environment and internal resources of organisations on strategic planning and choice will be critically examined in the context of achieving pragmatic strategic change.

Business Planning

Introduces a range of analytical techniques to enable you to analyse and evaluate financial strategy and its alignment with corporate objectives, to critically appraise projects using a range of techniques and to evaluate risk and techniques for effective management. You'll work in teams to develop business plans as part of your assessment.

Leading and Managing Change

Explores the practice and theory of leading and managing change and carry out research into a specific change within your area of interest.

Leadership for Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Engages potential healthcare leaders at a time of unpredictable transformation in healthcare in an exploration of the issues that will influence their practice. The main issues to be explored are leadership, innovation and entrepreneurship within healthcare organisations.

Transforming Healthcare Quality through Evaluating Outcomes

Equips you to develop strategic decision-making that is evidence based, measured and evaluated. You will have the opportunity to critically appraise your own leadership role in promoting quality leadership and management infrastructures that measure key performance indicators.

Marketing and Service Management

Provides you with a critical understanding of the theory and application of marketing and service management – relevant to three distinct economic sectors (public, private and not-for-profit) but with a particular focus on healthcare and the need to raise and shape patient awareness and expectations.

Research and Critical Enquiry Methods

Develops key skills of research, critical enquiry and evaluation of a range of data including prior research and policy. Understanding and applying different approaches to conducting research and analysing data will be a key foundation for the course.

What will you gain from it?

This MBA is designed to support your career prospects and enable you to gain greater awareness of how to take forward your professional development and enhance your service, with an in­ depth understanding of leading and managing teams aligned to current and emerging health and social agendas. You will gain:

  • a systematic understanding of knowledge, and a critical awareness of current problems and/or new insights, much of which is at, or informed by, the forefront of academic discipline in management and leadership or your area of professional practice
  • a comprehensive understanding of methodologies and techniques applicable to your own research or advanced scholarship
  • originality in the application of knowledge, together with a practical understanding of how established techniques of research and enquiry are used to create and interpret
  • knowledge in your discipline

Conceptual understanding that enables you to critically evaluate current research and advanced scholarship in the discipline; and evaluate methodologies and develop critiques of them and, where appropriate, to propose new hypotheses.

As well as enhancing your professional practice, business and leadership skills, you will develop a rich understanding of existing and innovative practice in your chosen field.

The programme contains a mixture of interactive class based sessions, case studies, presentations and guest speakers.

Progress is assessed on an on­going basis, through assessments including written reports, group and individual presentations, and on­line submissions.

In total 180 Level 7 credits are required for the MBA, this includes the final dissertation.

Assessment is via coursework. 



2018/19 tuition fees for this course

Full-time £13,000 £13,000
Part-time £13,000 (fee for the full course) £13,000 (fee for the full course)

Tuition fees for all courses which last more than one academic year are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

There will be an annual inflationary increase in tuition fees for this course where the course lasts more than one academic year. The increase will reflect cost inflation in the University. Any inflationary increase will be no more than 3.5% for each year of your study. The increase will be calculated on the previous year’s tuition fees and not the tuition fees at the start of the course. 

Government loans of up to £10,690 are available for some postgraduate Master’s courses for students starting their course from 1 August 2018. Loans are subject to both personal and course eligibility criteria.

The rules around course eligibility mean that in some cases it may depend on how you are studying (full-time or part-time) as to whether you can apply for a postgraduate loan. To check whether your course is eligible, you can email the Student Fees Team or call 01227 923 948

Read more about postgraduate masters student loans.

The part-time fees quoted relate to courses taken over 2 years (90 credits per year) or 3 years (60 credits per year).

Students may self-fund their course or a sponsor may fund or part-fund. Bursaries, scholarships and fee discounts may also be available.

Further information

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any library fees and fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

CategoryIncluded in the tuition feeAdditional cost to student
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) No, if the trip contributes to the course as an optional module. Yes if the trip is optional.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  No

Travel and accommodation costs for professional placements within the Education and Health & Wellbeing Faculties.

Travel and accommodation costs for other work placements. 
Text books No Own purchase text books.
DBS / Health checks No Yes
Professional Body registration No Yes
Travel to other sites (e.g. travel to swimming pool for lessons) No Yes
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons. Yes, where the clothing is kept by the student and not essential for health and safety reasons.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course. Additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student.
Library fees and fines No Yes
Printing and photocopying No Yes
Social events No, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student.


Applications for this course can be completed online.

For further information, please read our guidance on how to apply online.

Tel: 01227 863598

For general information for international students about studying at Canterbury Christ Church University, contact:

International Office 
Canterbury Christ Church University 
CT1 1QU 
United Kingdom

Tel: +44(0)1227 782222


Fact file

UCAS institution code

  • C10


  • 1 year full-time
    2 years part-time


  • September/October

Typical contact hours per week

  • 3 modules per term, 36 hours per module per term

Entry requirements

  • Appropriate honours degree at 2.2 or above with experience in leadership and/or management within the field of health care.



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