University of Glasgow: Health Service Management MSc/PgDip/PgCert

InstitutionUniversity of Glasgow View institution profile
Department School of Medicine
Study type Taught


The complex nature of health services poses a challenge to those charged with managing competing needs and demands with limited resources. Run jointly with the Adam Smith Business School, this Masters in Health Service Management aims to support students to develop strong leadership and effective management skills to provide safe, effective, and high-quality care through effective organisation and management. The programme is designed for those interested in pursuing or enhancing their careers in health service management at all levels from general practice to large hospital organisations in the private healthcare sector, charity organisations, and the pharmaceutical industry; at a local, national, and global level.

September start
MSc: 12 months full-time; 24, 36 or 48 months part-time
PgDip: 24 months part-time
PgCert: 24 months part-time**


The University of Glasgow is ranked 2nd in the UK for Medicine (Sunday Times 2018).

The programme will provide you with the opportunity to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding, expertise in leadership and effective management of health services.

Content will be delivered face-to-face and online; maximising flexible learning opportunities, including bespoke options to suit students e.g. students can undertake one semester face-to-face but complete the rest of course as online (subject to optional course choices).

Classes are interactive, striking the right balance between tuition and discussion.
Throughout the year we will host a series of social, networking and guest speaker events, including senior managers in the NHS, to enhance your learning experience.

The programme will be delivered in conjunction with the Adam Smith Business School, which holds triple accreditation from AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS and has 40 years of experience delivering management and leadership courses as part of its MBA.


The complex nature of health services poses challenges to those charged with managing competing needs and demands with limited resources. This programme aims to train students to provide safe, effective and high-quality care through effective organisation and management.
The programme will cover main three themes:
- Provision of a **thorough knowledge and understanding of evidence-based practice** by introducing systems for managers and administrators to minimise errors and monitor performance. The programme will provide guidance in strong leadership and effective management to ensure achievement of organisational objectives against a background of increasing public expectations.

- Provision of a **critical appreciation of relevant theoretical, methodological and technical literature** from the central business disciplines and to cultivate analytical and interpretive abilities and enable students to integrate these with essential managerial and business skills.

- Reflection on the knowledge acquired during the taught elements of the programme and take **independent responsibility for the application of explicit management responsibilities and practices** to a relevant problem for the completion of the dissertation.

**Core and optional courses**

The programme is made up of courses totalling 180 credits. The programme starts with five compulsory courses (totalling 60 credits) that introduce the key concepts of health service management, human resources, marketing, managing strategic change, and research methods. You then choose from a range of optional courses (usually 20-credit) that expand on key topics. Finally, you will undertake a 60-credit project, which will allow you to focus on a selected topic related to health service management.

**Programme alteration or discontinuation**
The University of Glasgow endeavours to run all programmes as advertised. For more information, please see: Student contract.


University of Glasgow

The University of Glasgow is one of the UK’s most prestigious seats of learning, and the fourth oldest university in the English speaking world. Established in 1451 and recognised for its world-changing research and teaching, the University has inspired thinkers from eminent scientist Lord Kelvin and the father of economics Adam Smith, to Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. 


The University:

  • is ranked 67th in the world in the QS World University Rankings 2020
  • is in the top 100 in the world: Times Higher World University Rankings 2020
  • 95.9% of students in employment or further study 6 …

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