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MBA Healthcare Leadership and Management

Year of entry

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.

The specialist MBA in Leadership and Management in Healthcare attract applicants who are experienced in clinical and organisational leadership positions, and those individuals who aspire to more senior leadership positions. At a time of major changes in healthcare in the United Kingdom and across the world, the programme will facilitate career development opportunities for those working in health care within the public, private and independent sectors in the United Kingdom and abroad.

As a potential student, you will come onto this programme with relevant work experience that you can apply to practice areas. This programme builds on your previous experience and develops reflective insights to enhance organisational outcomes. Such a programme provides health practitioners with an opportunity to develop their leadership and management skills as well as to enhance their interprofessional practice. The programme will address healthcare issues from global, interprofessional, multi-disciplinary, business-oriented and person centred perspectives.

This programme was designed as a collaborative partnership between Christ Church Business School in the Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences and the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing. The Faculty of Health and Wellbeing is a leading provider of health education in Kent with a particular focus on interprofessional collaboration, workplace learning and evaluative action research. Both Faculties have worked together to design the core modules for business and healthcare that is evidenced-based, person-centred, and research informed. In 2011 this innovative programme was designed and validated as a route into the Executive MBA market to address a niche section of the Public sector, namely healthcare. The shared rationale for the collaborative programme remains valid. In Healthcare increasing numbers of professionals at all levels are required to have the knowledge and skills to lead and manage complex change in rapidly shifting global industry environments. The programme has so far attracted experienced local leaders and professionals working in the field of healthcare for the public, private, non-profit and independent sectors.

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 in one year or two years. Six months will be allocated for completing the dissertation



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 lectures, IT informed learning, group discussion, case studies, experiential learning, project work, individual practical projects, leadership walks and organised visits to other organisations.

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. 



2019/20 tuition fees for this course

Full-time £13,455 £13,455
Part-time £13,455 £13,455

Alumni of Canterbury Christ Church University are eligible for a 20% discount on this course, subject to terms and conditions.

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. For further information read the 2019/20 Tuition fee statements and continuing fee information.

Government loans of up to £10,906 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.

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 (completion of the thought elements)

    2 ½ year part-time


  • September/October

Typical contact hours per week

  • Modules are delivered on 3 blocks of Fridays and Saturdays (10-4) each term. Full-time students will attend two modules (6 weekends) per term. Part-time students will attend one module (3 weekends) per term

Entry requirements

  • Candidates must normally provide evidence of a good honours degree in any subject (i.e. a 1st class honours or a 2.1 honours degree), managerial or professional experience in an education context.

    Additionally, overseas students, in line with normal University procedures, must demonstrate:

    a) entry qualifications equivalent to those above; and

    b) an IELTS score of 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in writing and no less than 5.5 in all other bands, or an equivalent score in an approved English Language test.



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