MBA (Global Healthcare Management)

The MBA Global Healthcare Management is a career development programme for senior healthcare practitioners, administrators, managers, senior management, doctors, dentists, senior nurses, and other healthcare professionals with some management experience who 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)

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Mode of Study:



18 months


University of Bolton

Start date:


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 is ideal. By studying with us, you can build your understanding of the nature, business and management of healthcare provision while experiencing life at our supportive, student-focused, multicultural campus in the heart of the North West of England.

We combine study and training across the three areas of healthcare, management and research, guiding you as you deepen your understanding of business administration in the healthcare context. We'll support you in developing your knowledge of global health challenges, how they can be addressed, 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 and highlight tools and resources that can help you develop practical solutions and transferrable skills.

The University of Bolton's MBA Global Healthcare Management programme will support you in developing 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. We'll help you gain a critical understanding of healthcare systems and decision-making, preparing you to improve business and management practices in your workplace.

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 largest public and economic sectors – healthcare.
  • You can join our well-established postgraduate community and study alongside fellow professionals engaged in healthcare management careers.
  • An industry-relevant and academically-experienced faculty team delivers teaching and supervision.
  • 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 and innovation.
  • 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 capstone project.
  • You'll explore contemporary approaches to global, national and local developments in healthcare that influence and support 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 get in touch with 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 the applicant's first language, they will also need IELTS 6.5 with no less than 6.0 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 £6,480 for the academic year 2024/25.

Overseas students starting this course in the first year will be required to pay a Overseas fee of £15,950 for the academic year 2024/25.

Important note regarding tuition fees for the 2023-2024 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

Thank you for your interest

In order to determine your suitability for this course as an international student and also to confirm you meet any initial eligibility criteria, we need you to answer a few short questions.


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. Our blended approach stimulates individual and collaborative learning and allows you to learn at times, places and at a pace that works effectively within your schedule. We fully appreciate that you have considerable prior practice experience and education, so we'll build upon and draw from your current knowledge and experience as you develop at the master's level.

A variety of teaching and learning strategies will 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 combine with face-to-face/synchronous sessions that develop your 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 need 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're committed to supporting you throughout your learning journey, but our guidance will become less structured and prescriptive as time progresses. We'll expect you to demonstrate significant independence in your study, taking responsibility for managing your learning time and increasing autonomy as you progress through the programme.

Our assessment strategy is designed to help you achieve the overall aims of the programme and the learning outcomes for individual modules. As well as assessing your achievements, assessment enables you to organise and develop your learning. We'll provide feedback to help you understand your strengths and weaknesses.

Assessments fall into two general categories: formative and summative. Formative assessments don't contribute to your overall module grade. However, they are integral to a module's learning strategy, so you must complete them. They will be marked, and you'll receive feedback on your level of achievement. Summative assessments, on the other hand, are activities for which the marks will contribute to your overall module grade. You'll also receive feedback on these assessments so you can see what you've done well and where you can improve. We'll use various formative and summative assessments, such as essays, project work and written reports, oral and poster presentations, reflective assignments and a viva examination.

This programme adopts a blended learning and teaching style, including online delivery and engagement where appropriate.


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.

  • Academic Skills and Professional Practice
  • Leadership and Management
  • Marketing and Operations
  • Financial Management and Decision Making
  • Strategy
  • Global Healthcare Policy
  • Global Healthcare Practice
  • Professional Project
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

Clare Swarbrick
Programme Leader

Enquiry Team
University of Bolton

+44 (0)1204 903903

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