Postgraduate taught 

Health Services Management MSc/PgDip/PgCert

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Due to unprecedented demand, applications for the September 2022 intake are now closed. Applications for the September 2023 intake will re-open from 1 October 2022.

Designed for those interested in pursuing or enhancing their careers in health service management at all levels, from general practice to large hospital organisations in the private healthcare sector, charity organisations, and the pharmaceutical industry; at local, national, and global levels.

  • MSc: 12 months full-time; 24, 36 or 48 months part‑time
  • PgDip: 12 months full-time; 24 months part‑time
  • PgCert: 3 months full-time

Why this programme

  • Aims to train students to provide safe, high-quality care through effective organisation and management.Medicine ranking 2nd in the UK 

  • Explore management, marketing and leadership skills in contemporary health service organisations.  

  • Learn how to deal with the pressure of developing services, changing policies and ever changing demands of senior management positions.
  • Understand how to motivate teams, transform services to meet changing demands and promote caring environments.
  • As the health care environment is constantly changing you will be encouraged to demonstrate adaptable, creative, analytical and innovative attributes.
  • Classes are interactive, striking the right balance between tuition and discussion.
  • Throughout the year we will host a series of social, networking and guest speaker events, including senior managers in the NHS, to enhance your learning experience.
  • Delivered in conjunction with the Adam Smith Business School, which holds triple accreditation from AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS and has 40 years of experience delivering management and leadership courses as part of its MBA.
  • Main Campus Location

    This programme is undertaken at the Gilmorehill Campus, in the West End of Glasgow. Easy to travel to by bus, subway, train or car.

Programme structure

The complex nature of health services poses challenges to those charged with managing competing needs and demands with limited resources. This programme aims to train students to provide safe, effective and high-quality care through effective organisation and management.  

The programme will cover three main themes:

  • Provision of a thorough knowledge and understanding of evidence-based practice by introducing systems for managers and administrators to minimise errors and monitor performance. The programme will provide guidance in strong leadership and effective management to ensure achievement of organisational objectives against a background of increasing public expectations.
  • Provision of a critical appreciation of relevant theoretical, methodological and technical literature from the central business disciplines and to cultivate analytical and interpretive abilities and enable students to integrate these with essential managerial and business skills. 
  • Reflection on the knowledge acquired during the taught elements of the programme and take independent responsibility for the application of explicit management responsibilities and practices to a relevant problem for the completion of the dissertation.

Core and optional courses

The programme comprises the following courses:

Compulsory courses - all completed in semester 1 

Optional courses: on campus

Optional courses: online

* Choose any 3 optional courses from either on campus, online or a combination of both.
** Cannot be taken together

MSC HEALTH SERVICES MANAGEMENT PROJECT (60 credits)

Subject to satisfactory results from taught courses, students progress on to a 10,000-12,000 research project. This may include:

  • Empirical research utilising quantitative or qualitative methods
  • Secondary analysis of routine data or datasets collected as part of a larger study or utilising routine health service data
  • A comprehensive and original literature review on a relevant subject
  • A health policy report of an issue using evidence from the literature and/or from original sources to draw conclusions and make policy recommendations.

The research project is an independent piece of work which students take under the supervision of a member of the academic staff and/or an external supervisor (including senior managers in the NHS).

Transferable skills

This programme provides a range of training in transferable skills, including:

  • Develop skills in independent learning, time management, team work and leadership.
  • Develop reflective practitioner skills.
  • Synthesise information and data from multiple sources and develop skills in literature review. To include books, journals, social media (including Twitter, blogs, podcasts), general media, governmental and charity publications as well as patient experience.
  • Improve confidence in presenting original work to peers including essays, oral presentations, and posters.
  • Reflect and learn from peer and course tutor feedback.
  • Critically review literature and develop analytical skills.
  • Develop organisational skills.
  • Develop skills in problem solving.

Programme alteration or discontinuation
The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. In exceptional circumstances, however, the University may withdraw or alter a programme. For more information, please see: Student contract.

Career prospects

Suitable for those working in a range of settings including public, private and not for profit health service environments.

You may already be a health professional and wish to develop your leadership skills to further your organisations values or be looking to develop linkages across the health and social care sector.

Alternatively, you may be new to management and health service organisations but wish to engage in a role where your values and compassion can facilitate social change. Examples of job types include:

  • Health service management at all levels and globally
  • General practice
  • Large hospital organisations 
  • Private healthcare sector
  • Charity organisations
  • Pharmaceutical industry at a local, national, and global level

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Fees & funding

Tuition fees for 2023-24

MSc

UK

  • Full-time fee: £10050
  • Part-time fee: £1117 per 20 credits

International & EU

  • Full-time fee: £25980

PgDip

UK

  • Full-time fee: £6700
  • Part-time fee: £1117 per 20 credits

International & EU

  • Full-time fee: £17320

PgCert

UK

  • Full-time fee: £3350

International & EU

  • Full-time fee: £8660

Additional fees

  • Fee for re-assessment of a dissertation (PGT programme): £370
  • Submission of thesis after deadline lapsed: £350
  • Registration/exam only fee: £170

Entry requirements

A relevant first degree, at least at 2.1 honours level, or equivalent in addition to a minimum of six months work experience. Exceptionally, if a first degree is not relevant then a professional qualification and experience in the practice of health service management for at least two years at a professional level is required. 2:2 applicants with a strong subject specific expertise  may also be considered. If your degree is below 2:1 or in an unrelated subject you may be invited to attend an informal interview.

Examples of relevant degrees are:

  • Health sciences including health service management
  • Medicine, dentistry, nursing or other healthcare professions
  • Social sciences

English language requirements

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training)

  • 6.5 with no subtests under 6.0. 
  • Tests must have been taken within 4 years 5 months of start date. Combined scores from two tests taken within 6 months of each other can be considered.

Common equivalent English language qualifications

All stated English tests are acceptable for admission to this programme:

TOEFL (ibt, my best or athome)

  • 90 with minimum R 20, L 19, S 19, W 23. 
  • Tests must have been taken within 4 years 5 months of start date. Combined scores from two tests taken within 6 months of each other can be considered.

PTE (Academic or Academic Online)

  • 60 with minimum 59 in all sub-tests.
  • Tests must have been taken within 4 years 5 months of start date. Combined scores from two tests taken within 6 months of each other can be considered.

Cambridge Proficiency in English (CPE) and Cambridge Advanced English (CAE) 

  • 176 overall, no subtest less than 169
  • Tests must have been taken within 4 years 5 months, combined scores from 2 tests sat within 6 months of each other can be considered.

Glasgow International College English Language (and other foundation providers)

  • 65%.
  • Tests are accepted for academic year following sitting.

University of Glasgow Pre-sessional courses

  • Tests are accepted for 2 years following date of successful completion.

Alternatives to English Language qualification

  • Undergraduate degree from English speaking country (including Canada if taught in English)
  • Undergraduate 2+2 degree from English speaking country
  • Undergraduate 2+2 TNE degree taught in English in non-English speaking country
  • Masters degree from English speaking country
  • Masters degree (equivalent on NARIC to UK masters degree) taught in English in non-English speaking country.

For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use these tests to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level programmes. The University is also able to accept UKVI approved Secure English Language Tests (SELT) but we do not require a specific UKVI SELT for degree level programmes. We therefore still accept any of the English tests listed for admission to this programme.

Pre-sessional courses

The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the English for Academic Study Unit Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:

 

For further information about English language requirements, please contact the Recruitment and International Office using our enquiry form

International students

We are proud of our diverse University community which attracts students and staff from over 140 different countries.

How to apply

To apply for a postgraduate taught degree you must apply online. We cannot accept applications any other way.

Please check you meet the Entry requirements for this programme before you begin your application.

Documents

As part of your online application, you also need to submit the following supporting documents:

  • A copy (or copies) of your official degree certificate(s) (if you have already completed your degree)
  • A copy (or copies) of your official academic transcript(s), showing full details of subjects studied and grades/marks obtained
  • Official English translations of the certificate(s) and transcript(s)
  • One reference letter on headed paper
  • Evidence of your English language ability (if your first language is not English)
  • Any additional documents required for this programme (see Entry requirements for this programme)
  • A copy of the photo page of your passport (Non-EU students only)

You have 42 days to submit your application once you begin the process.

You may save and return to your application as many times as you wish to update information, complete sections or upload supporting documents such as your final transcript or your language test.

For more information about submitting documents or other topics related to applying to a postgraduate taught programme, check Frequently Asked Questions

Guidance notes for using the online application

These notes are intended to help you complete the online application form accurately; they are also available within the help section of the online application form. 

If you experience any difficulties accessing the online application then you should visit the Application Troubleshooting/FAQs page.

  • Name and Date of birth: must appear exactly as they do on your passport. Please take time to check the spelling and lay-out.
  • Contact Details: Correspondence address. All contact relevant to your application will be sent to this address including the offer letter(s). If your address changes, please contact us as soon as possible.
  • Choice of course: Please select carefully the course you want to study. As your application will be sent to the admissions committee for each course you select it is important to consider at this stage why you are interested in the course and that it is reflected in your application.
  • Proposed date of entry: Please state your preferred start date including the month and the year. Taught masters degrees tend to begin in September. Research degrees may start in any month.
  • Education and Qualifications: Please complete this section as fully as possible indicating any relevant Higher Education qualifications starting with the most recent. Complete the name of the Institution (s) as it appears on the degree certificate or transcript.
  • English Language Proficiency: Please state the date of any English language test taken (or to be taken) and the award date (or expected award date if known).
  • Employment and Experience: Please complete this section as fully as possible with all employments relevant to your course. Additional details may be attached in your personal statement/proposal where appropriate.

Reference: Please provide one reference. This should typically be an academic reference but in cases where this is not possible then a reference from a current employer may be accepted instead. Certain programmes, such as the MBA programme, may also accept an employer reference. If you already have a copy of a reference on letter headed paper then please upload this to your application. If you do not already have a reference to upload then please enter your referee’s name and contact details on the online application and we will contact your referee directly.

Application deadlines

Due to unprecedented demand, applications for the September 2022 intake are now closed. Applications for the September 2023 intake will re-open from 1 October 2022.