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Health Sciences

BLN8 BSc (Hons) Healthcare: Management, Policy and Research

This innovative and pioneering course has been developed in response to a need for highly skilled leaders in healthcare management, policy development and analysis, and health research. 

This healthcare management degree will develop your understanding of health system management and policy giving you the ability to identify, investigate and solve real problems in healthcare design and delivery.

The programme lasts four years and includes a one year paid work placement which is designed to help you gain essential experience with a prestigious organisation and enhance your career prospects.

Introducing your degree

Healthcare systems are highly complex environments. Our BSc Healthcare: Management, Policy and Research degree, will give you the skills you need to understand this complexity and use this knowledge to solve problems and make decisions around healthcare delivery and design. The course content draws on social sciences and related disciplines, such as psychology, sociology, economics, business, philosophy and law to understand how healthcare systems function and what can be done to improve them. The Healthcare: Management, Policy and Research course also offers a supervised paid placement throughout year three in a research or healthcare organisation, preparing you for future employment.

Healthcare: Management, Policy and Research

Programme Overview

This healthcare management degree gives you knowledge of healthcare systems, policy, research and management, along with the ability to apply that knowledge.

The key objective of this programme is to ensure that you are able to use analytical and research techniques in order to evaluate and go on to influence the effectiveness, efficiency and equity of health policies and healthcare systems.

The placement year taken at the end of Year 2 provides the opportunity to apply these skills and reasoning abilities to real-life health policy, management and research problems.

During this healthcare management degree you will consider questions such as:

  • What shapes healthcare system design?
  • What are the social science underpinnings needed to study healthcare systems?
  • How can healthcare be made safer and more efficient? How does research inform healthcare policy development?
  • How can we use data about health outcomes to inform decision making?
  • How can we lead and manage innovation and change in healthcare settings?

You will be mentored by a senior researcher or professor from the Faculty to develop your research, writing and critical thinking skills.

Regular meetings with your mentor that form part of the research modules in each year of study will give you a unique insight into work being done nationally and internationally to understand and improve the delivery of healthcare.

View the programme specification document for this course

To Apply

UCAS application including personal statement

Programme Structure

Each year of study on this BSc healthcare management degree is composed of three central components.

Firstly, the ‘core concepts' component gives you an understanding of the issues central to healthcare systems, management and policy.

Secondly, the ‘methods' component develops your understanding of quantitative and qualitative methods, as well as the crucial social scientific disciplines, which underpin that knowledge.

Thirdly, the ‘mentored independent study' component is where you will undertake research with the support and guidance of senior researchers and professors.

Key Facts

NHS Graduate Scheme

The programme is also recommended by the NHS Management Graduate Scheme as excellent preparation for its award winning scheme.

Scholarships 2015

Our scholarships attract and reward the highest achieving and most ambitious students.  Scholarships are available for both home and international students.
Find out more.

Paid work placement

This course includes a one year paid work placement. Links have been established to public and private sector placement providers including organisations such as:

  • The NHS Leadership Academy.
  • The Health Foundation.
  • GE Healthcare.
  • GlaxoSmithKline (GSK).
  • The Academic Health Science Network.
  • Cancer Research UK.

Find out more about our placements on our placement pages

Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

GCSEAll applicants under 21 years of age are required to have a minimum of 7 GCSE including English and Maths at a minimum of grade C.
A Levels:
GCE A-level


Two or more of the following subjects would facilitate a successful application: Mathematics, English Literature, English Language, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, History, Geography, Economics, Psychology, Sociology, Philosophy, Languages, Statistics, Further Mathematics or Politics. We will consider other A Level subjects. Please feel free to contact our admissions team for advice.

International Baccalaureate34 points, 17 at higher level
Other qualification

Access to HE Diploma: Science or social science based access course (30 distinctions at level 3)

Other qualifications may also be considered. Please contact  or 023 8059 5500 to find out more.

English Language Requirements

For those whose first language is not English, the programme will follow the University policy that applicants will be required to provide evidence of competency in English by reaching an appropriate standard. For example, an approved test such as IELTS, TOEFL or the Cambridge Certification of Proficiency in English. International students are required to have the equivalent overall minimum IELTS score of 7.0 and no less than 7 in any section in English Language prior to starting the course.


Selection process:
25 UK and International students

UCAS application and interview; DBS self-disclosure.

Personal Statement: to provide flexibility to applicants considering a range of degree options your personal statement will be assessed in terms of what it says about your transferable skills and qualities. These might include; organisational skills, communication skills, problem solving skills, team working and working independently.

A statement showing interest in other courses will not limit your application to us as long as the wider transferable skills and qualities are demonstrated. Interest in the course and the focus area will be specifically assessed at interview.

If you are invited for an interview you will be given further guidance on how you should prepare for this assessment. If you have any queries about your personal statement please feel free to contact our admissions team

You must have undertaken some relevant formal academic study within the past three years.

We endeavour to recruit students to our Health Science courses who have the right values base and demonstrate the appropriate behaviours. We embed the values of the NHS Constitution throughout our admissions processes.



This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.


Typical course content

Year 1

Year one provides a foundation in core concepts to enable you to understand and research the organisation and delivery of healthcare. In addition to the compulsory modules listed below, you will be expected to take one option module in semester 2.

Year 2

Year two builds on the foundation provided in year 1, deepening and broadening your understanding.  In addition to the compulsory modules listed below, you will be expected to take one option module in semester 2.   You will also undertake a placement preparation module which will support the application process and prepare you for employment.

Year 3

You will be required to undertake a placement year.  Find out more about our placements on our placement pages.

Year 4

All Year 4 modules are compulsory. Modules provide you with the opportunity to reflect on your placement year and to develop specialist knowledge in keys areas of healthcare management, policy and research.

Year 3

Semester One
Work Placement
Semester Two
Work Placement

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Career Opportunities


Links have been established to public and private sector placement providers including organisations such as:

  • The NHS Leadership Academy.
  • The Health Foundation.
  • GE Healthcare.
  • GlaxoSmithKline (GSK).
  • The Academic Health Science Network.
  • Cancer Research UK.

Find out more about our placements on our placement pages

Visit our placement page
Visit our placement page
Excellent Prospects
Excellent Prospects

Career opportunities

This BSc healthcare degree in management, policy and research is designed to help you achieve excellent employment prospects.

For example, our employer stakeholders, whose views have been influential in the course's design, have told us that the skills you will develop through this degree are in high demand in the workplace.

As a result, we are establishing links to public and private sector placement providers, willing to give you invaluable work experience to help develop your skills and understanding. These links include organisations such as the NHS, The NHS Leadership Academy, GE Healthcare, and several healthcare consultancy organisations.

The programme is also recommended by the NHS Management Graduate Scheme as excellent preparation for their award winning scheme.

Many employers regard previous work experience as one of the most highly valued attributes in graduate applicants. Therefore, your placement year will make you significantly more competitive in the jobs market.  We will therefore supervise your placement to ensure that you are getting the most out of the experience.

In addition, we will help you to develop your CV, learn from mock interviews, undergo team development activities, and build up a range of skills to help you present yourself as a viable prospective employee.

Finally, potential placement providers come to the University to run special workshops for students on our programme to show you how to do well in their application processes.


Learning & Assessment

Teaching on this BSc in healthcare management, policy and research comprises both lectures and small-group seminars.

In a typical semester you will spend about 12 hours per week attending lectures and classes.

You will also need to undertake around 28 hours of self-study: bringing the weekly total to 40 hours.

Throughout the programme you will be assessed through essays, article reviews, group projects, presentations, exams, research reports, portfolios, short answer papers and multiple choice papers.

All this is supported by a comprehensive feedback system, which provides a combination of individual and generic feedback designed to help you understand your performance, and also learn how to improve.

In addition, you will receive feedback on your progress through discussions with lecturers during lectures and seminars, as well as during private meetings with your mentor and academic tutor.


Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:

StationeryYou will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationary items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc.). Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module profile.
BooksWhere a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source. Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.
Printing and copyingIn the majority of cases, coursework such as essays; projects; dissertations is likely to be submitted on line. However, there are some items where it is not possible to submit on line and students will be asked to provide a printed copy. A list of the University printing costs can be found here:
PlacementsAccommodation: Students will be responsible for their accommodation costs during their placement year. Travel Costs: Students will be responsible for all travel costs during their placement year. Other: Students are also responsible for all costs and expenses associated with placement interviews.
OtherOptional Visits: All students will be offered the chance to work with a workplace mentor. Mentoring meetings can be carried out via Skype or phone. If you wish to meet your mentor in person you will be responsible for your own travel costs.

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

Study Locations

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