University of Glasgow

Health Services Management [MSc]

  • 12 months
  • Full Time
  • Regular

Program Description

  • Aims to train students to provide safe, high-quality care through effective organisation and management. 

  • 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.

        

Admission Description

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

A relevant first degree, at least at 2.2 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.

Examples of relevant degrees are:

  • Medicine, dentistry, nursing or other healthcare professions.
  • Health sciences including health service management
  • 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 home)

  • 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.


Other Details


  • Program Type: Full Time


  • Study Type: Regular


  • Key Point: Health Services Management


  • Category: Health Services Management


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University of Glasgow

Program level:
12 months
Application fee: $33.57 USD
Tuition: $31960.20 USD
Cost of Living: $25,000 USD
Starting Date: Submission deadline Status
January 2022 July 2022 Open Now

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