MSc Clinical Health Management

A unique award that will provide you with the necessary skills and knowledge to run a successful health based business or to allow you to develop your skills to enhance your current workplace. Our graduates have gone on to higher management positions and developed new and successful business ventures in the clinical and health based sector. 

Why choose this course?

  • A firm basis for a career in hospitals, community-based practice and also related management areas

  • Individual modules can be undertaken as part of the School’s flexible credit accumulation system leading to a post-graduate certificate, diploma or masters qualification
  • Geared to equip you with the necessary skills to maximise your managerial performance

These programmes are open to suitably qualified international and UK graduates. A first or upper second class honours degree or equivalent in a Life Sciences based subject such as allied health, medical, biological and pharmaceutical and physical science subjects or, when outside the UK, a degree or qualification deemed to be at least of equivalent standing.  

To ensure that you get the very best of your learning experience on the programme we ask that international students whose first language is not English must demonstrate a satisfactory command of English language. These minimum English language requirements.

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an English language qualification. Find out more about our English language requirements 


 Please note you will be required to send in via the postal system certified copies of your degree certificate and passport. You may wish to arrange for these to be certified before applying.

2 years part-time plus project (via distance learning)
Start date: March and October
Intake: 20+

Application Deadline

For October 2015 the deadline for applications is Monday 31st August. 
For March 2016 the deadline for applications is Friday 29th January. 


UK/EU £500 per 10 credits (Full cost £9,000)
International £500 per 10 credits (Full cost £9,000)

There is no doubt that management skills are needed in many health graduates who often find themselves employed by, or establish independent or franchised SMEs. Even in larger organisations, such as the NHS in the UK or major hospital around the world, our graduates are often placed in situations where management skills are necessary and even presumed. 

The MSc in Clinical Health Management will provide you with the necessary knowledge to run a successful health based business or to provide you with the ability to enhance the organisational practice within your current workplace.

The modern day health sector is embedded within an international context and as such all of the modules that are delivered on these programmes clearly places effective learning within such a global context. 

The educational aims are to: 

  • Allow graduates to understand the concepts of management and leadership in a clinical health context.
  • Ensure that graduates can reflect on their leadership style within a clinical health organisation and develop change that can be tailored to achieve the vision of the organisation.
  • Assist the graduate to influence the culture of their clinical health organisation by developing an environment that inspires staff to engage fully with the business and its aims.
  • Develop critical thinking and research skills allowing the graduate to make informed business decisions based on sound management strategies in a clinical health context.

 Core modules:


Elective modules:

All students will also be required to complete a research project which will allow you the opportunity to work with an expert on programme team to address an organisational question that is specific to a particular organisation such as your current employer.

All of the material is delivered through Aston University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) - Blackboard. Students will need access to a modern computer with internet access. All of the necessary learning resources that are required to ensure a success on the MSc’s such as journal articles and case studies etc will also be available to students through the VLE.

When you are enrolled on this particular programme you will enjoy a level of interaction with academic staff that is equivalent with programmes that are delivered on-campus.  As a student on the MSc  programme you will be assigned a personal tutor and this person will contact you at least once a term to ensure that you are continuing to learn as much as you can from your programme of study. Such meetings are often carried out via Skype and wherever possible face-to-face meetings can be arranged.  You are also encouraged to make contact with any member of staff on the programme to discuss any aspect of your studies whatsoever.

It also goes without saying that all programmes within the Aston University portfolio undergo the same high-level of quality assurance prior to their delivery. Such quality assurance is an ongoing process and indeed staff and students on your programme are constantly assessing lecture content/delivery to ensure that the learning experience equivalent to the on-campus awards. Indeed, as a student on the programme you too will have an opportunity to contribute to the ongoing development of such quality via various programme committees, staff-student consultation committees, external accreditation reviews and even lecture feedback satisfaction surveys. 

This programme is modular, consisting of self-contained units, taught and assessed totally by distance learning. As you progress through the units, you will receive feedback and grades providing you with clear indication of your academic progress.  As a student enrolled on a completely distanced delivered programme there are number of unique requirements that need to be addressed in order to ensure that you have a fulfilling learning experience.  To facilitate your learning the Library resources support a key strategic aim to ensure that all students have access to ‘A digital collection available from anywhere and at anytime’. Your unique learning experience is also supported by a dedicated learning advisor who is based in the Library and you can meet this person via Skype whenever you need to discuss your unique and specific learning needs in the same manner as students who are studying on-campus.

This course will allow healthcare professionals to become better leaders, enhancing your career prospects and your organizational effectiveness. In the past our graduates have used their expertise to move to managerial positions within the respective organizations which in some cases has involved management of a significantly larger portfolio. It goes without saying that a student on the MSc you will also get access to the Aston University Careers and Placement support services who will be on hand to provide advice to ensure that you too get access to the very best career opportunities.

Personal development:

Transferable skills that you will gain on this programme will include:

  • Effective communication of ideas in both oral and written formats
  • The ability to undertake self-directed study and project management
  • Competence in the use of information technology for word processing, data handling, communication and information gathering
  • The ability to reflect critically on own work and to embed such critical reflection to improving organizational practice.

Returning to education after a 12 year gap was a daunting prospect but from day 1 the programme team were helpful, supportive and encouraging. I had regular contact with lecturers and enjoyed the opportunities for group working and peer to peer support. 

This course was particularly appealing to me as the content was wholly relevant to my job within the NHS commissioning environment. I was able to directly apply theory and examples to day-to-day activities which really consolidated my learning. I found the content of the modules varied and interesting, and they built upon the skills and knowledge that I had informally collected throughout my career. 

Since completing the MSc in Clinical Health Management I have really progressed with my career and moved into a more senior role. Having a formal masters qualification was a requirement of the role but the skills and knowledge I gained through study have been invaluable in shaping the way I approach my work. 


Enrolling on to Aston’s MSc in Clinical Health Management had an immediate impact on my career in the NHS. The course unlocked many doors for me and I was able to attain senior roles much faster than I would have without the skills and knowledge I developed during my studies. Having a tailored management qualification which identifies the needs of current and potential managers working in the healthcare sector allowed me to better myself and my respective organisation. The course was well structured with prompt feedback and support from lecturers meaning that I was able to perform well in my studies while simultaneously working on a full-time basis in the NHS. 

This is a unique programme that benefits greatly from a teaching team that consists of experts across most of the Schools of study at Aston University. 

Dr Olivia Hunt, PhD, SFHEA, Course Director, School of Life & Health Sciences
Dr Carl Senior, MBA, PhD, PFHEA, School of Life & Health Sciences
Dr Clare O'Donnell, MBA, PhD, School of Life & Health Sciences
Prof James Wolffsohn, MBA, PhD, PFHEA, School of Life & Health Sciences
Matt Davies, Aston Business School
Geoff Parkes, Aston Business School
Dr Clare Farrow, PhD, SFHEA, School of Life & Health Sciences
Professor Jon Tritter, DPhil, School of Languages & Social Sciences
Rob Goddard, BA, LLM, Aston Business School
Amanda Casey, BA, MSc SFHEA, School of Life & Health Sciences
Jason Evans MSc, FHEA, Aston Business School

For further information please contact the School of Life & Health Sciences Admissions office 

Tel: +44 (0) 121 204 3000      
Email: lhspgt@aston.ac.uk

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