MBA (Global Healthcare Management)

The MBA Global Healthcare Management is a career development programme for senior healthcare practitioners, administrators, managers, senior management, doctors, dentist, senior nurses and other healthcare professionals who have had some management experience and are looking to develop their management expertise. Our faculty of published clinicians and healthcare management experts will support you to develop advanced skills in business, management, leadership, quality improvement and research.

(Global Healthcare Management)

Key information



Mode of Study:



18 months


University of Bolton

Start date:

To be confirmed

Course Details

Modern healthcare is interconnected on a global scale. Expert healthcare managers facilitate effective person-centred care at the local level, appreciate the broader national and international contexts of sustainable services, and recognise and respond to global trends in their local context. If you’re an existing healthcare professional who aspires to manage and lead, then the University of Bolton’s MBA Global Healthcare Management aims to develop your understanding of the nature, business and management of healthcare provision to meet these demands.

By combining study and training across the three areas of healthcare, management and research, we will guide you as you gain a deeper understanding of business administration in the healthcare context. We’ll support you to develop your knowledge of global health challenges and how they can be addressed, as well as how healthcare systems can respond effectively, and the place of business management within health practice. Additionally, we’ll focus on developing your strategic thinking and practice-focused research skills, as well as highlight tools and resources that can help you to develop practical solutions and transferrable skills.

The University of Bolton’s MBA Global Healthcare Management programme will support you to develop a critical understanding of global healthcare management perspectives and how these shape business management practices in a local setting. You’ll explore the global context of organisations and their workforce design, quality improvement, operations and financial management, as well as develop critical insight into innovation and change management. We’ll support you to gain a critical understanding of healthcare systems and decision-making, preparing you to improve business and management practice in your workplace.

Overall, as a graduate of this MBA, you’ll have the knowledge you need to be an effective manager with the skills and confidence to make excellent business, management and leadership decisions that advance your workplace and your career in the healthcare sector.

  • This practice-relevant postgraduate management course focuses on developing your ability to operate effectively in one of the biggest public and economic sectors – healthcare.
  • You have the opportunity to join a well-established postgraduate community and study alongside fellow professionals engaged in careers within healthcare management.
  • Teaching and supervision are delivered by an industry-relevant and academically-experienced faculty team.
  • The MBA Global Healthcare Management champions high-quality person-centred health services in a systems context.
  • The University’s excellent libraries, 24/7 IT facilities, WiFi and learning areas are freely available for your use.
Key Features
  • We offer you knowledge of the principles informing accountability and ethics regarding your scope of business management practice, focusing on the design and delivery of sustainable person-centred services.
  • Modules explore systems design and decision making, including leadership, innovation and change management in a quality improvement context.
  • We’ll support you as you learn about leading and managing the workforce planning, procurement and development of high performing teams.
  • We’ll cover healthcare markets and marketing within financial and business planning contexts.
  • You’ll have the chance to extend your research and analysis skills and use them to prepare your master’s level dissertation.
  • You’ll explore contemporary approaches to global, national and local developments in healthcare that influence and supports the development of evidenced-based business practice.
  • By choosing to study with us, you'll have the chance to enjoy Bolton's many shops, bars, restaurants and leisure facilities. Manchester, one of the UK's most multicultural and lively cities, is less than 20 minutes away by train. Not forgetting, the North West of England is renowned for its beautiful countryside, coastline and heritage. This makes Bolton an ideal base from which to explore some of the best cultural and outdoor activities the UK offers.

  • You should have both of the following: at least two years’ credible and relevant experience in the health and social care sector in a relevant profession or occupation (for instance, doctor, physician associate, advanced practitioner); and at least a lower second class (2.2) UK honours degree (or equivalent, or a postgraduate degree) in a medical, healthcare or nursing subject.
  • For guidance regarding acceptable qualifications, please contact Qualifications gained outside England and Wales will be assessed on an individual basis according to guidance from the International Office.
  • We’ll consider your application if you have substantial management experience in a healthcare setting, but do not possess a degree.
  • We'll consider applications where appropriate work experience can be demonstrated in lieu of, or in addition to, the published academic qualifications in line with the University’s Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL) procedures.
  • You may be required to attend an interview and/or provide a portfolio of work.
  • If English isn’t your first language, you’ll also need IELTS 6.0 with no less than 5.5 in any band (or equivalent). We also accept a range of other English language qualifications – please visit our English Language Requirements web page for more details.

Where changes are made to material information contained in this course description or a decision is taken to suspend a course between the offer of admissions and enrolment, we will inform applicants at the earliest possible opportunity and will outline the various options available to the applicant.

The MBA Global Healthcare Management course aims to help you understand the problems and challenges facing healthcare organisations at the global, national and local level, along with the analytical and critical knowledge and skills to identify and implement solutions. Combining studies in health, management and research, this Master in Business Administration programme offers ambitious doctors and other healthcare professionals the skills and understanding to become effective managers in this vital sector.

The course links essential business administration know-how in finance, human resources, strategy and change management with specific healthcare management knowledge and advanced research and critical thinking skills. By offering a global view, we aim to help you avoid the pitfalls of provincial thinking and make the most of international collaboration and global developments, helping you progress your career and the health and wellbeing of your staff and the communities your organisation serves.

What can I do with this qualification?

The MBA Global Healthcare Management appeals to ambitious doctors and healthcare professionals who understand that effective management can transform global healthcare services. If you're a healthcare professional wishing to expand your career opportunities in healthcare, social care or the public sector, this course is an excellent way of building future leadership and management capabilities. You may already be working in the healthcare sector and wish to develop and extend your expertise. Alternatively, you may be an experienced healthcare professional wishing to take on management responsibilities and seeking a highly relevant course to support your transition.

We expect most MBA Global Healthcare Management graduates to gain employment managing local healthcare services. However, regional and national roles will be within reach, and global organisations such as the World Health Organisation, professional bodies and ministries of health may also offer employment opportunities. As a graduate, you may move into related areas such as pharmaceuticals, medical device development and marketing, health policy or commissioning. Alternatively, you may wish to pursue further studies in the form of a PhD by Research.

Alternative career options

Graduates can also use the qualification as a stepping-stone into a range of other careers. Some of these roles may require relevant experience and/or postgraduate study. Some possibilities include:

  • Management consultancy
  • Social enterprise
  • Healthcare start-ups
  • Healthcare organisations
  • General management
  • Government procurement and resourcing
  • Teaching and education

Course fees

Home students starting this course in the first year will be required to pay a Home fee of £6,000 for the academic year 2023/24.

Overseas students starting this course in the first year will be required to pay a Overseas fee of £14,450 for the academic year 2023/24.

Important note regarding tuition fees for the 2022-2023 academic year: EU nationals who meet residency requirements (have settled or pre-settled status) may be eligible for 'Home' fee status. If you do not meet these residency requirements, overseas fees will apply. Irish citizens living in the UK or Ireland will be eligible for 'Home' fee status under the Common Travel Area arrangement. Please read the student finance for EU students web page on for information.

The fees for a student's course of study will be set for the normal duration of that course subject only to inflationary increases – measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) recorded in March each year to take effect for subsequent start dates.


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For details of how to apply for this course, please choose your status from the options below:

You may apply directly to the University using the University's online application form. Please select your chosen start date from the list below:

You should have to hand:

  • Details of the educational establishments you attended and dates

  • Your certificates for the qualifications you are using to gain entry to the course – you will need to enter the completion date and upload copies

  • Details of any employment history including name, address, dates and role

  • Personal statement – this can be either input into the relevant field or uploaded separately

  • Details including e-mail addresses of two referees, at least one of which should be someone who can provide an academic reference

Please make sure any documents you wish to upload in support of your application are in pdf or jpeg format. Personal statements may be word documents.

Please ensure your data is correct at each stage of the application before you proceed to the next page. If you use the back button at any time during the application, you should check the validity of the data you have already input.

If you experience difficulties during the application process, contact the Admissions Team on 01204 903394 or

The University welcomes applications from international students from all over the world. We try to make the application process as simple and as fast as possible for our international applicants.

This course is not currently accepting international online applications.

Please contact Admissions by telephone on 01204 903903 or email

University of Bolton
Deane Road
Bolton, BL3 5AB
United Kingdom

Tel: 01204 903903

We aim to offer an inspirational student experience and the University of Bolton’s ‘Teaching Intensive, Research Informed’ approach underpins the design and delivery of this MBA. We’ll take a blended approach that stimulates individual and collaborative learning and allows you to learn at times, places and a pace that works effectively within your schedule. We fully appreciate that you have considerable prior practice experience and education and we’ll build upon and draw from your current knowledge and experience as you develop at master’s level.

A variety of teaching and learning strategies will be used to help you acquire and develop appropriate concepts, knowledge and skills. The University’s virtual learning environment (for instance, Moodle and other platforms) will host a range of online learning resources and communication tools to support your studies. These resources will be combined with face-to-face/synchronous sessions that will be focused on developing subject knowledge, theoretical perspectives and professional/practical applications in a collaborative context. You can expect lectures, presentations, simulations delivered by tutors, seminar discussions, case study discussions and debates, small group workshops, small group tutorials and one-to-one tutorials.

You’ll also be expected to spend a significant amount of time in guided independent study, such as general background reading, preparing for seminar activities and working on assignments. We are committed to supporting you throughout your learning journey, but as time progresses our guidance will become less structured and prescriptive. It‘s expected that you’ll demonstrate significant independence in your study, taking responsibility for the management of your own learning time and increasing in autonomy as your progress through the programme.

The assessment strategy for the programme is designed to help you achieve the overall aims of the programme, as well as the learning outcomes for individual modules. As well as being a way to assess your achievement, assessment also helps you to organise and develop your learning. Assessment feedback can help you develop your skills and an understanding of your strengths and weaknesses.

The types of assessment you’ll be required to complete fall into two general categories, formative and summative. Formative assessments do not contribute to your overall module grade, but they are an integral part of the learning strategy for a module and you will be required to complete them. They will be marked and you will receive feedback on your level of achievement. Summative assessments will contribute to your overall module grade. You’ll also receive feedback on them so that you know where you’ve done well and where you can improve. We’ll use several different kinds of formative and summative assessments, such as coursework (usually essays), reports/case studies, oral presentations, research proposal and the dissertation.


The modules listed below may be a mixture of compulsory and optional. You may not have the opportunity to study all the modules shown as part of the course.

  • Research and Study Skills
  • Leadership in Healthcare
  • Healthcare Systems and Decision Making
  • Strategic Management and Consulting
  • Innovation and Change Management
  • Global Workforce and Team Performance
  • Operations and Quality Improvement
  • Financial Management
  • Global Healthcare Markets
  • MBA Research Methodology
  • MBA Research Methods
  • Dissertation
Assessment methods
LevelAssesment method
Level oneCoursework 80%, Practical exams 20%
Learning activities
LevelLearning activity
Level oneGuided independent study 85%, Scheduled learning and teaching activities 15%


The university will use all reasonable endeavours to deliver your course as described in its published material and the programme specification for the academic year in which you begin your course. The university considers changes to courses very carefully and the university will minimise any changes. Please be aware that our courses are subject to review on an ongoing basis and changes may be necessary due to legitimate staffing, financial, regulatory and academic reasons. The content of course modules and mode of associated assessments may be updated on an annual basis. This is to ensure that all modules are up-to-date and responsive to employment and sector needs. The published course material and the programme specification contain indicative ‘optional modules’ that may be subject to change due to circumstances outside of our control. For this reason, we cannot guarantee to run any specific optional module.

The academic staff detailed above teach across a range of courses in this subject area and may not teach on this course specifically.

Programme Contacts

John Lumley
Founding Dean

+44 (0)1204 903216

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton

+44 (0)1204 903903

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