Global Healthcare Management (Finance) MSc

London, Stratford (UCL East)

Equip yourself with essential skills and connections to change the world in healthcare through opportunities to specialise in finance.

UK students International students
Study mode
UK tuition fees (2022/23)
Programme fees on a modular (flexible) basis.
Overseas tuition fees (2022/23)
Programme fees on a modular (flexible) basis.
1 calendar year
2 calendar years
5 calendar years
Programme starts
September 2022
Applications accepted
All applicants: 18 Oct 2021 – 31 Mar 2022

Applications closed


Application closes at 17:00 GMT.

Entry requirements

An upper second-class UK Bachelor's degree in a health, science, business or economics related subject or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard. Graduates without the relevant degree classification but with extensive relevant work experience are welcome to apply and will be considered on an individual basis.

If your education has not been conducted in the English language, you will be expected to demonstrate evidence of an adequate level of English proficiency.

The English language level for this programme is: Standard

UCL Pre-Master's and Pre-sessional English courses are for international students who are aiming to study for a postgraduate degree at UCL. The courses will develop your academic English and academic skills required to succeed at postgraduate level. International Preparation Courses

Further information can be found on our English language requirements page.

Equivalent qualifications

Country-specific information, including details of when UCL representatives are visiting your part of the world, can be obtained from the International Students website.

International applicants can find out the equivalent qualification for their country by selecting from the list below. Please note that the equivalency will correspond to the broad UK degree classification stated on this page (e.g. upper second-class). Where a specific overall percentage is required in the UK qualification, the international equivalency will be higher than that stated below. Please contact Graduate Admissions should you require further advice.

About this degree

A programme with tangible real world value, the Global Healthcare Management MSc is a degree that has been created by academics and industry experts. Taught from the world’s first business school dedicated to health in a global top 10 university, this programme offers an unparalleled opportunity to learn from the best in the sector while gaining the most valuable and in demand skills at the moment.

Healthcare organisations anchored by strategic leadership and managers with specialist skills will form the future of improved healthcare delivery across the world. Many global healthcare systems were feeling the pressure before the Covid-19 pandemic. As a result, now is a critical time to push forward systems thinking and universal best practices.

Equipping students with a critical foundation in the theories, principles and practices of healthcare management, the Global Healthcare Management MSc gives future healthcare managers and leaders key knowledge. Learning about global differences and interconnections, quality improvement, patient safety and workforce management are also fundamentals on this programme. A group business project ensures problem solving and innovation in the healthcare context are qualities instilled in all students. Students also specialise in either analytics, finance or leadership – where there is a current skills deficit in healthcare organisations across the world. As a result, our Global Healthcare Management MSc programme produces graduates who are versatile, enterprising and highly employable healthcare management experts.

Who this course is for

Our Global Healthcare Management MSc programme is ideal for individuals who strive to become excellent managers and changemakers within healthcare settings. You may be a new or recent graduate in a health, science or business field, or you may have some relevant work experience in healthcare that you want to build on to take your career to the next level.

What this course will give you

The Global Healthcare Management MSc is a programme for individuals who want to become healthcare managers or leaders to help transform the sector. The Master’s is also an opportunity to help existing healthcare employees to progress in their careers. Read more about your employability below.

Learning and living in a world capital

This programme is taught from an elite custom built location at UCL East, on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in east London. UCL East builds on UCL’s progressive history, positive impact and disruptive spirit – bringing together UCL academics, students, local communities and industry to solve the biggest challenges affecting people’s lives and the planet.

Building on UCL’s longstanding health credentials – with health spanning across every faculty in the university – the UCL Global Business School for Health (UCL GBSH) has created a unique learning environment for individuals who want to thrive in their roles in the global health economy. Bringing together world renowned academics in health and business, UCL GBSH is committed to disrupting and reimagining global healthcare by cultivating a new generation of changemaking leaders and innovators.

The foundation of your career


Graduates of the Global Healthcare Management MSc can expect to gain a range of directly transferable skills relevant to working in the health and healthcare sector.

All graduates of this programme will gain an in depth understanding of healthcare management as a discipline, as well as the current topics pushing forward transformational global healthcare. Graduates will also be able to apply significant research and analytical skills to support data driven healthcare management, along with excellent written and verbal communication skills. An ability to assess value for patients, organisations and society as a whole in relation to healthcare is also an asset to future employers. Key to this programme is students’ ability to specialise in analytics, finance or leadership. UCL research with employers indicates these are all highly sought after skills in the current climate, giving graduates of this degree confidence about their future employability.

Your career is the focus of workshops and discussions during an enhanced induction at the start of the programme, and is revisited throughout the degree. You’ll also build contacts and networks with a variety of experts, industry leaders and colleagues throughout your time with us.

Paths to work after this programme

  • Public, private or non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in the health and healthcare space.
  • Healthcare specialisms in professional services, e.g. accountancy, insurance or legal firms.
  • Government and public bodies.

Graduates coming from our Global Healthcare Management MSc with a specialist route in finance can expect to have:

  • A wide ranging understanding of healthcare management as a discipline together with the contemporary topics driving transformational global healthcare.
  • The opportunity to gain skills in the specialist area of finance where there is a current knowledge deficit, according to our research with health sector employers.
  • Significant research and analytical skills that support data driven approaches to managing healthcare.
  • Written and verbal communication skills appropriate for managers and leaders in healthcare settings.
  • The expertise to assess value for patients, organisations and society in relation to healthcare.
  • The ability to effectively manage and lead a diverse workforce.
  • The proficiency to capitalise on entrepreneurial opportunities, either independently or within organisations.
  • Experience in teamwork and collaboration to help with problem solving and making teams effective at delivering equality, diversity and inclusion.
  • A mindset embracing innovation, nurtured by the experiential learning and real world examples used in teaching at UCL GBSH.
  • Resilience and know-how in relation to self-management, work-life balance and mental health, supported by continuous professional development throughout the programme.

Teaching and learning

Written exams – these will test your knowledge of and ability to analyse various case studies and scenarios and you will demonstrate your ability to apply that knowledge.
Coursework essays – these will allow you to demonstrate your organisation of knowledge and understanding to develop cohesive arguments.
Presentations – you will demonstrate the ability to select, synthesise and communicate information for varied audiences/purposes, using a variety of media, through both group and individual projects.
Business project – you’ll demonstrate and further enhance your project management, business planning and design, budget forecasting, strategy development and marketing skills along with an understanding of stakeholder engagement.
Research project – the research project will hone your research analysis, literature review, critical appraisal, structured research writing and presentation of argument skill set. 
Enhanced research skills – you will learn how to model health based hypotheses, literature reviews and practical analysis of results.
Health and Business case written analysis – you will establish identification of need, challenges of buy-in, legal ramifications of development, obstacles and ethics through business and academic orientation.
Business presentation – through this you will gain communications skills and the ability to be targeted, persuasive and professionally interrogate current knowledge and understanding with the capacity to take existing knowledge to new scenarios.

Face-to-face seminars or virtually attended sessions form typically approx. 15-18 hours per week in terms 1 and 2, and there is considerable independent reading and recorded lectures study expected through a module delivery period and in the identified revision weeks.


The MSc Global Healthcare Management programme with a finance route offers you an opportunity to develop breadth and depth of understanding of global healthcare management challenges and opportunities in this digital age.

You will receive in the first term an advanced understanding of business and management for healthcare alongside two modules in the finance route. In term two, you will focus on the application of these tools within the global health landscape. All students on this programme will be engaged in two projects. One is a group business project that involves developing an idea for a healthcare improvement from concept to business case report and presentation. Your team will be composed of individuals across the various routes (specialisms) on this programme so that you can appreciate the power of multidisciplinary and diverse teamwork. You will be challenged on ensuring that this project is actionable. The second project is a research project where you will have the opportunity to work on a research paper that critically examines an aspect or question related to your selected route (finance) learning. These projects are designed to give you the opportunity to work independently and collectively to gain confidence in your abilities to research and apply your knowledge acquired throughout the programme.

Core modules

Leadership and Management for Global Healthcare - 15 credits

Providing a strong foundation in the theories and practices of leadership and management, this module looks in particular depth at management topics most relevant in the healthcare sector. Module content includes the integration of health systems, quality improvements and patient safety, and gives you knowledge on horizon scanning, designing management systems and honing your leadership style.

Assessed through a two-hour written examination.

Economic Evaluation and Health Financing - 15 credits

Focusing on economic topics essential for effective healthcare management, this module looks at the discipline of health economics, economic evaluation and operationalising different methods, critically appraising economic evidence and different healthcare financing systems. You’ll also gain an understanding of health insurance and priority setting.

Assessed through a two-hour written examination (70%) and a 10-minute group presentation.

Organisational Behaviour for an Inclusive and Diverse Workforce - 15 credits

This module looks at the theories and approaches to the study of human behaviour in organisations. Understanding the theoretical grounding is integral to understanding the evolution of the workplace and what responsible leadership involves. Module content also includes the key issues in the management of diversity and inclusion in work settings.

Assessed through a poster (70%) and a 10-minute group presentation (30%).

Changing Health Systems - 15 credits

This module explores the patterns of health system financing and delivery around the world, in the context of the global goal to achieve universal health coverage. Module content includes methods of financing, purchasing of services, delivery methods in different health services and evaluating this in terms of outcomes. 

Assessed through a 2,500 word policy report.

Modules for Finance route

Accounting and Financial Reporting for Healthcare - 15 credits

Designed to give you the skills required to understand and analyse financial statements, this module equips you with an understanding of how different health systems organise the financing of healthcare. You’ll also learn how to use various financial statements for decision making, and gain an understanding of regulatory compliance and corporate governance.

Assessed through a 2,500 word report.

Risk Management in Healthcare - 15 credits

Effectively managing risk is critical to safeguarding an organisation, and this module provides an in depth understanding of risk management in healthcare settings. You’ll look at risk management strategies and plans, and cover topics including patient safety, medical errors, organisational assets, reimbursement levels and societal standing.

Assessed through a 2,500 word risk management plan with risk register for a healthcare organisation.

Value Assessment, Decision Making and Sustainable Healthcare - 15 credits

Providing an understanding of key concepts and theories for value assessment in health, this module looks at topics including value-based healthcare and value-based payments. Module content also includes decision science and decision making behaviour, and the need for sustainable health financing and funding mechanisms.

Assessed through a two-hour written examination (70%) and a 10-minute group presentation.

Capital and Equity Markets for Healthcare - 15 credits

This module looks at how capital and equity markets work, with a focus on how they can be used to advance research and development for healthcare products. Honing in on early stage biotechnology firms, who are driving the innovation for the healthcare sector, you’ll learn about the unique features and challenges of investing in healthcare innovations.

Assessed through a 2,000 word business case analysis (80%) and a 10-minute group presentation (20%).


Business project - 30 credits
This is a group project to develop an idea for a healthcare improvement from concept to business report and presentation. The project brings together learning and key aspects of business and management that you acquire throughout the programme, including strategy, project management, financing, marketing and leadership. Group work involves conceptualising, undertaking proof-of-concept, developing a business proposal, preparing an outline business case and subsequently a detailed business case on an approved project. 
Assessed through an 8,000 word group project report (70%), a group presentation (20%) and 360-degree feedback (10%).

Research project - 30 credits
This is an individual project to critically examine an aspect or question related to your selected specialism. Giving you the opportunity to shape and engage with a topic you are interested in, the project combines your learning from the programme with desk-based research to create an original piece of research.
Assessed through a 7,500 word research paper.

Please note that the list of modules given here is indicative. This information is published a long time in advance of enrolment and module content and availability is subject to change.

Upon successful completion of 180 credits, you will be awarded an MSc in Global Healthcare Management (Finance).


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Fees and funding

Fees for this course

UK students International students
Fee description Full-time Part-time
Tuition fees (2022/23) £16,500 £8,250
Tuition fees (2022/23) £29,400 £14,700

Programme fees on a modular (flexible) basis.

Additional costs

There are no additional costs for this programme.

For more information on additional costs for prospective students please go to our estimated cost of essential expenditure at Accommodation and living costs.

Funding your studies

UCL GBSH scholarships available for students:

The GBSH Women Healthcare Leaders Scholarships are for female students who demonstrate leadership potential. Research confirms that women are the primary consumers of healthcare as well as the workforce, but they remain underrepresented in leadership roles. The recipients of these scholarships will also be provided with leadership coaching and high-impact leadership training as part of their scholarship.

The East London Healthcare Leaders Scholarships are for students who live or work in East London and are keen to make a difference for their local community. As part of the East London community, we want to help develop the local talent in health and healthcare management and leadership.

For eligibility criteria and details of the application process and deadlines please visit the scholarships section of the UCL GBSH website.

For a comprehensive list of the funding opportunities available at UCL, including funding relevant to your nationality, please visit the Scholarships and Funding website.

East London Healthcare Leaders Scholarship

Deadline: 31 March 2022
Value: Up to £5,000 (Duration of programme)
Criteria Based on academic merit
Eligibility: UK

MBA Health Future Impact Leaders Scholarships

Value: Up to £15,000 (Duration of programme)
Criteria Based on academic merit
Eligibility: UK, EU, Overseas

Roche MBA Health Scholarship

Value: Fees plus stipend (Duration of programme)
Criteria Based on academic merit
Eligibility: UK

Women Healthcare Leaders Scholarship

Deadline: 31 March 2022
Value: Up to £5,000 (1yr)
Criteria Based on academic merit
Eligibility: UK

Next steps

Students are advised to apply as early as possible due to competition for places. Those applying for scholarship funding (particularly overseas applicants) should take note of application deadlines.

There is an application processing fee for this programme of £90 for online applications and £115 for paper applications. Further information can be found at Application fees.

When reviewing MSc Global Healthcare Management applications, we will assess your eligibility for the programme based on a combination of your academic credentials, any relevant work experience, personal statement, and references.

When we assess your application we would like to learn:

  • why you want to study Global Healthcare Management at graduate level
  • why you want to study the Global Healthcare Management MSc at UCL
  • what particularly attracts you to the chosen programme (content and opportunities)
  • how your academic, professional and personal background has prepared and qualified you for the demands of this challenging programme.
  • where you would like to go professionally through and after this programme.
    • Please note that you may submit applications for a maximum of two graduate programmes in any application cycle.

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