The University of Southampton
Health Sciences

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

Please note: this programme is closed for applications for 2017/18 entry

This innovative and pioneering course will develop you for a leadership career in:

• Healthcare Management: leading the delivery and transformation of healthcare services

• Policy Development: setting the agenda for how we will solve the healthcare problems of the future

• Health Services Research: investigating and solving the challenges facing 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. To find out more about our placements click here.

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



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 evaluate and go on to influence the effectiveness, efficiency and fairness 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:

• How can we lead and manage innovation and change in healthcare settings?

• How can healthcare be made safer and more efficient?

• How does research inform healthcare policy development?

• What shapes healthcare system design?

• How can we use our knowledge of psychology, sociology, management studies, economics and law to improve healthcare systems?

Mentored by a senior researcher or professor from the Faculty you will undertake research at the cutting edge of healthcare design and delivery.




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 plus a placement year that is integral to your learning and future career

Core concept modules which give you an understanding of the issues central to healthcare systems, management and policy.

Theoretical modules which develop your understanding of quantitative and qualitative methods, as well as the crucial social scientific disciplines, which underpin that knowledge.

Mentored independent study modules where you will undertake research with the support and guidance of senior researchers and professors.

Placement module where you can consolidate your learning and gain real world experience to promote your career.


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 2016

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.

• GlaxoSmithKline (GSK).

• Cancer Research UK.

• University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust

• Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust

• Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust

• University of Southampton, Faculty of Health Sciences

• Solent NHS Trust

 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 Grades A*-C or 4-9.
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.

Applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) will also be made an alternative offer one grade below the standard offer, conditional on achieving an A grade in the EPQ.


International Baccalaureate30-34 points, 16-17 at higher level
Other qualification

Access to HE Diploma: Science or social science based access course (118 UCAS Tariff Points including 27 distinctions - 131 UCAS Tariff Points including 39 distinctions)

BTEC Extended Diploma: D*D*D-D*DD

BTEC Diploma: D*D plus grade A-B in science or social science A Level

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:

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).

Fees & funding

Tuition fees

Course fees for 2017/18 full-time UK and EU undergraduate students are typically £9,250 per year. Tuition fees for international students differ between each course. Most part-time courses cost 50% of the full-time fee.

View the full list of course fees


Scholarships, bursaries or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

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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

Career Opportunities


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


• The NHS Leadership Academy.

• GlaxoSmithKline (GSK).

• Cancer Research UK.

• University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust

• Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust

• Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust

• University of Southampton, Faculty of Health Sciences

• Solent NHS Trust



Find out more about our placements on our placement pages

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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 have established 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, GSK and Cancer Research UK.

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.

Study Locations

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