University of Birmingham
Health Care Policy and Management PgCert
University of Birmingham

Course modalities offered

Key Course Facts

Course Description

The Health Care Policy and Management course at HSMC bridges the traditional divide between academic study and the worlds of policy and practice.

The MSc Health Care Policy and Management provides both theoretical frameworks and practical tools that can be applied to health systems in the UK and overseas, designed for senior managers, clinicians and policy makers working in or with health care organisations, or with an interest in developing their careers in this direction.

There are two programme pathways:

  • MSc Health Care Policy and Management
  • MSc in Health Care Policy and Management specialising in managing quality and service improvement

Each module is worth 20 credits and is normally assessed through 2 seperate 3,000-word assignments (or 1 of 6,000 words). The MSc dissertation is 10,000 words and worth 60 credits. It is a personally chosen and managed research project, undertaken over the duration of the programme with formal research training incorporated. To be eligible for postgraduate certification, candidates are normally expected to achieve passes on all required modules, although overall performance is taken into account where this is not achieved. A dissertation of pass standard is required for the award of the MSc. The pass mark is 50% and candidates gaining an overall average of between 60-69% and, where appropriate, a dissertation in this range, are awarded a ‘pass with merit’. Those achieving an average score of 70% or more, and a dissertation mark in this range, where appropriate, are awarded a ‘pass with distinction’.

Entry Requirements / Admissions

Requirements for international students / English requirements

IELTS academic test score (similar tests may be accepted as well)

    • 6.5
    • Graduate Degrees
    • (no subscore less than 6.0)
    • 6.5
    • Undergraduate Degrees

Scholarships may be available to home and international students.
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The normal entrance requirement is a good Honours degree (2.1 or above), or an equivalent professional qualification and professional experience. However, appropriate career experience may be taken into account.


Average student cost of living in the UK

Rent £518
Water, gas electricity, internet (at home) £50
Supermarket shopping £81
Clothing £35
Eating out £33
Alcohol £27
Takeaways / food deliveries £30
Going out / entertainment (excl.alcohol, food) £24
Holidays and weekend trips £78
Transport within city £17
Self-care / sports £20
Stationary / books £13
Mobile phone / internet £13
Cable TV / streaming £7
Insurance £51
Other £95
Average student cost of living £1092

London costs approx 34% more than average, mainly due to rent being 67% higher than average of other cities. For students staying in student halls, costs of water, gas, electricity, wifi are generally included in the rental. Students in smaller cities where accommodation is in walking/biking distance transport costs tend to be significantly smaller.

University Rankings

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About University of Birmingham

The University of Birmingham is a research university based in Edgbaston, Birmingham, England. The university’s aim is to be at the cutting edge of educational delivery, and to have their curriculum be continually reshaped by new revelations in research. The main campus is situated a reasonable three miles away from Birmingham city centre, which doesn’t take long to get to via bus if the student decides they’d like to spend some of their free time there.

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Where is this programme taught

Edgbaston Campus
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