Develop your leadership skills in relation to decision making, problem solving, team working, negotiation and employee performance management. You gain the skills and knowledge essential for managing key areas of organisations, including accounting, human resources, marketing, strategy and operations. Study global sustainable healthcare, collaborative practices in healthcare management with a focus on including the patient and health economics for non-economists and learn how to manage integrated healthcare systems. This MSc equips you with the necessary tools, techniques and concepts to understand how business is conducted in healthcare settings and the various challenges facing managers from an operational and strategic perspective.
Throughout the programme you develop an international perspective on management by applying the skills and knowledge you learn to real-world situations. As part of your studies, you can spend a week in Brussels, home to the European Union, NATO and many other international organisations.
In addition, through the 14-week placement within an organisation, you will see the challenges healthcare organisations face and learn how they are overcome in a real-world environment. You will be free to find your own placement in the UK or abroad, with support from the Business School and the Centre for Health Services Studies, that is suitable for your learning goals. Through the first-hand, practical experience – derived from the Brussels field trip and industry placement– and a comprehensive range of both mandatory and optional modules, you will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to succeed in your career in business and healthcare management, or transition into doctoral studies.
As a student on the Healthcare Management programme, you also have the opportunity to gain the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) Level 7 certificate in Strategic Management and Leadership.
10 Week and 6 Week Pre-sessional courses in Medway for students wishing to progress to degree programmes delivered in Medway.
Exchange partners Kent Business School has excellent links with business schools globally, including in China, USA, Hong Kong, France, Germany, Spain, Sweden and Italy. Our wide array of exchange partners give you the opportunity to gain international experience. Our partners are committed to enhancing their international outlook while providing excellent teaching. You will gain invaluable work experience, develop your understanding of a new culture and improve your language skills.
Our exchange partners include these top ranked institutions amongst others:
- University of Technology, Sydney
- Renmin University of China, School of Business
- University of Hong Kong
- Neoma Business School
- Freie Universitat Berlin
- University of Florence
- IE Madrid University
- Stockholm Business School
- Georgetown University.
Knowledge and understanding
You will gain knowledge and understanding of:
- internal aspects functions and processes of organisations; the impact of external contextual forces on organisations including: legal systems; ethical, economic, environmental, social and technological change issues; international developments; corporate governance with their effects at local, national and global levels upon the strategy, behaviour, management and sustainability of organisations and their environment.
- markets and customers: the development and operation of markets for resources, goods and services; customer expectations; service and orientation.
- the financing of the business enterprise or other forms of organisations; sources, uses and management of finance; use of accounting for managerial and financial reporting applications.
- the change management process and change planning within organisations, leadership and change within organisations.
- the uses and limitations of a range of research methods/techniques; the collection and analysis of qualitative and quantitative data, synthesis and reporting, and an understanding of their strengths and weaknesses for providing information and evaluating options in an uncertain organisational environment.
- the development, management and exploitation of information systems and their impact on organisations.
- the comprehension and use of relevant communications for application in business and management, including the use of digital tools.
- the development and implementation of appropriate strategies within a changing environment, strategic risk management and issues of compliance. A range of contemporary and pervasive issues which may change over time. Illustrative examples include: innovation, creativity, entrepreneurial - and entrepreneurial behaviour and enterprise development, sustainability, business ethics, values and norms, globalisation.
You will gain the following intellectual skills:
- critical thinking and creativity; managing creative processes in self and others; organising thoughts; analysis, synthesis, critical appraisal. This includes the capability to identify assumptions, evaluate statements in terms of evidence, detect false logic or reasoning, identify implicit values, define terms adequately and generalise appropriately.
- robust theoretical grounding in the broad area of business and management, development of a range of transferable skills as well as demonstrate a systematic understanding of ability to select, organise, develop and synthesise complex material.
- ability to assemble, analysis and synthesise relevant business information to inform decision-making: establish criteria, using appropriate decision-making techniques including identifying, formulating and solving business problems.
- ability to plan, work and study independently and to use resources in a way which reflects best current practice and anticipated future practice; organise thoughts, analyse, synthesise and critically appraise.
- integrative capability to communicate and co-ordinate or eventually lead a team of multifunctional specialists; ability to recognise and use individuals' contributions in group processes and to negotiate and persuade or influence others; team selection, delegation, development and management.
- plan, structure, and produce a business report.
You gain subject-specific skills in:
- designing and conducting research into business and management issues.
- the ability to understand the nature and scope of businesses operations and attributes of business performance.
- management of your workload, solving problems, making quality decisions and managing time effectively.
- people management, strategic management, global business, marketing communication, leadership, performance management and time management skills.
- understanding the international and ethical dimension to business operations.
You will gain the following transferrable skills:
- numeracy and analytical skills that can be applied to address business and management issues.
- the ability to apply analytical frameworks to make business decisions and inform practice by reflecting on a range of key employability skills.
- knowledge and ability to manage and work with others from diverse background to help improve business performance.
- the ability to take advantage of range of sources including uses of use of communication and information technology, to design and conduct research on business and management issues independently.
- analysis of business situations and problems, making decisions and communicating your conclusions.
- an ability to lead and contribute in team environment and recognise others’ contributions in group processes.
The programme aims to:
- provide a pre-experience Master’s programme if you are wishing to pursue a career in business and healthcare management.
- educate you as managers and healthcare management specialists and thus improve the quality of management as a profession.
- prepare you for and/or develop you within a career in business and healthcare management by developing skills at a professional or equivalent level, or as preparation for research or further study.
- add value to first degrees by helping you develop an integrated and critically aware understanding of management and organisations and assist you in taking effective roles within management.
- develop your knowledge and understanding of healthcare organisations, the external context in which they operate and how they are managed.
- develop your ability to critically apply key marketing and management theories in a range of different contexts, through the development of cognitive, critical and intellectual skills, research skills and relevant personal and interpersonal skills.
- enhance the development of lifelong learning skills to foster your ability to be able to work with self-direction and originality and to contribute to business and society at large.
- bring the scholarly and critical insights of the Social Sciences to bear on the subjects, activities and processes associated with the management of organisations.
- provide teaching and learning opportunities that are informed by high quality research and scholarship, from within the Kent Business School, the Centre for Health Services Studies and elsewhere.
- build on the close ties of the University with European institutions.
- support sustainable national and regional economic success via the development of opportunities offered by the programme, including those related to an understanding of international business practices.