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MSc International Healthcare Leadership

This part-time Masters’ programme focuses on the global challenges facing healthcare leaders, and the roles that clinicians, managers and the wider healthcare economy can play in reshaping healthcare services.


year part-time MSc


intakes: March & September


locations: Manchester, Dubai, Shanghai or Singapore


workshop residentials

Programme overview

The MSc International Healthcare Leadership equips current and aspiring leaders and managers with cutting-edge knowledge and practice from around the world. 

Learn how new, innovative methods of leadership can help transform healthcare. The programme focuses on international healthcare systems and helps you apply your learning to your workplace environment through practical case studies and applied leadership challenges. You will graduate with leadership skills that will help organisations around the world design and deliver healthcare that creates public value and puts the patient at the heart of everything.

We have welcomed candidates from across the healthcare sector, including doctors, dentists, nurses, psychologists, social workers and executives from associated industries such as pharma and biotech. The programme is also open to applicants from other industries who aspire to work in healthcare leadership.

Key features

  • Study part-time via blended learning: 4 residential workshops in Manchester + interactive online learning + applied healthcare challenge
  • Learn by doing with 'The Manchester Method', the action learning approach developed at The University of Manchester in the 1960s
  • Benefit from over 50 years' experience in healthcare leadership education
  • Transform your career while you continue working
  • Join a global community of 2,000 University of Manchester healthcare leadership alumni

Hear from Middle East Centre candidates in this video:

Programme themes

Throughout the programme, all teaching and learning are underpinned by four key themes.

International perspectives

While there are clear similarities across global healthcare systems, as an international healthcare leader you will also encounter differences, e.g. culture, governance and variable provisions of public, private and hybrid services. Every unit you study on the MSc International Healthcare Leadership can be applied internationally and you will explore both global similarities and regional differences. 

Creativity and innovation

A key challenge facing healthcare organisations and systems across the globe is balancing cost, quality and access. This requires creative and innovative leadership, which is central to the MSc International Healthcare Leadership. You will be provided with the support and guidance needed to start developing your own thoughts and methodology. 

Leading through networks

The need to lead through networks, rather than a single-minded focus on leading through-the-line is another consistent trend. Healthcare systems are among the most complex of public services incorporating public, private and hybrid structures. The complexity of clinician / managerial leadership and the challenges created by differences between primary, secondary and tertiary care add to this. All units on the MSc International Healthcare Leadership include an emphasis on the challenges of collective leadership. 

Putting the patient at the heart

The importance of putting patients at the core of healthcare delivery should always be the main focus, but this is often not the case. This is a key priority in many healthcare systems, whether private or public, across the globe. It’s at the heart of everything you will learn on the MSc International Healthcare Leadership.

Blended learning

Our blended learning approach combines interactive e-learning with The Manchester Method – the ‘action learning’ approach developed here at The University of Manchester in the 1960s. You will also complete an applied healthcare challenge.

Whether you choose to study in Dubai, Manchester, Shanghai or Singapore, you will attend four experiential workshops. Here, you will undertake practical activities in small multinational groups and complete applied leadership challenges that are relevant to your workplace.

Workshop schedule

    September intake March intake
Year 1 Workshop 1 November April
Workshop 2 April November
Year 2 Workshop 3 November April
Workshop 4 April November

Please note that in Singapore, the programme is delivered in partnership with the Singapore Institute of Management (SIM).

Entry requirements

Who should apply?

  • Experienced clinicians and managers in healthcare who need to enhance their leadership skills
  • Senior managers and leaders with general management and leadership responsibilities, who need to deepen their understanding of business processes
  • Experienced managers and leaders from non-healthcare sectors, who are looking to transfer skills to the healthcare sector

Entry requirements

  • A good first degree (or professional qualificationrecognised as equivalent to a degree), plus at least two years of management experience
    • If you have at least eight years of management experience and can demonstrate high levels of achievement and knowledge gained through your professional career, we can consider your application without the specified formal academic qualifications
  • Strong professional skills and emotional intelligence
  • Proven high level of competency in English (non-native speakers)

Please read our full entry requirements before you apply.

Full entry requirements >>

Programme start date

UK Centre (Workshops in Manchester)China Centre (Workshops in Shanghai)Middle East Centre (Workshops in Dubai)
Next intake: September 2019 Next intake: March 2019 Next intake: September 2019  
+44 (0) 161 275 7212 +86 21 62798660 +971 (0)4 4468664


South East Asia (Workshops at the Singapore Institute of Management)
Next intake: March 2019

Your leadership journey

You will follow a leadership journey that starts with self, progresses through teams and leading organisations, and ultimately, considers healthcare in its wider environment. All teaching and learning are underpinned by our key themes:

  • Action learning through applied leadership
  • Putting patients at the heart of delivery
  • Leading through networks
  • Creativity & innovation
  • International perspectives

Please explore the modules which are grouped thematically below.

The programme starts with an online four-week induction. 

Module 1: Self, as leader - Personal and organisational development

Focus on your personal development and how this aligns to organisational development. You will consider yourself as a leader and develop a personal plan to improve your leadership.

Module 2: Organisational behaviour and leading people with purpose

Why does your organisation exist and what does it want to achieve? You will explore the alignment of organisational behaviours at all levels in the pursuit of healthcare excellence and change.

Module 3: Leading organisations through process and systems improvement
Module 4: Leading organisations through vision
Module 5: Leading through networks

Explore leadership within organisations. First, you will consider the tasks and processes needed for service improvement, including operations management, performance management and global strategic awareness. Next, the emphasis shifts to leading organisations through vision and ethics and finally, through networks

Module 6: Leading systems
Module 7: Leading in the wider context

Focus on healthcare leadership within its wider environment through policy and structure, and on the wider contexts of healthcare respectively.

Module 8: Applied research and evaluation in the workplace

Build a foundation for research and evaluation within an applied leadership challenge. You will conduct a service-based evaluation case study which is applied and assessed within the context of healthcare delivery.

stephen brookes programme director MSc International Healthcare Leadership

"This is an exciting opportunity to study with the brightest healthcare professionals from around the globe and gain a truly international perspective. We hope you can join us to benefit from over 50 years’ excellence in this field.

Dr Stephen Brookes QPM FCMI FRSA

Programme Director


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Join a global community of healthcare leaders

Alliance Manchester Business School has taught Masters’ programmes in healthcare leadership for over 50 years. Our global community of healthcare management alumni includes over 2,000 graduates working in influential leadership positions. As a student on our programme, you will gain immediate access to this network, which offers unrivalled opportunities to make global connections and share expertise.

Dr Karan Thakur

“All health systems are unique with fast-changing demographics, and most are witnessing changes in the way they provide healthcare. This course helped us understand how those changes are occurring in different systems, settings and countries.”

— Dr Karan Thakur, Class of 2009, General Manager, Operations & Public Affairs, Apollo Hospitals, New Delhi

“I really enjoyed my studies. The programme offered interesting and highly relevant content in a multicultural environment, which fostered inter-cultural communication and team working skills.”

— Tina W, Class of 2010, Final year PhD student, University of Manchester