Global Healthcare Management (Finance) MSc

London, Stratford (UCL East)

A programme with tangible real-world value, the Global Healthcare Management MSc is a degree that has been co-created by academics and industry experts. 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 (2024/25)
Pathways include:
Analytics (TMSGBHSANA01)
Finance (TMSGBHSFIN01)
Leadership (TMSGBHSLDS01)

Programme also available on a modular (flexible) basis.
Overseas tuition fees (2024/25)
Pathways include:
Analytics (TMSGBHSANA01)
Finance (TMSGBHSFIN01)
Leadership (TMSGBHSLDS01)

Programme also available on a modular (flexible) basis.
1 calendar year
2 calendar years
5 calendar years
Programme starts
September 2024
Applications accepted
Applicants who require a visa: 16 Oct 2023 – 22 May 2024

Applications closed

Applicants who do not require a visa: 16 Oct 2023 – 22 May 2024

Applications closed

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.

The English language level for this programme is: Level 1

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.

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

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 that 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.

This programme is taught from UCL’s state-of-the-art bespoke facilities on our UCL East campus, on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in east London. The UCL Global Business School for Health is situated in the Marshgate building with access to hi-tech teaching areas and collaboration spaces, a library, and a refectory. 

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

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.

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

Previous graduates have entered a range of employers. While many did this degree as part of their clinical experience and have returned to new leadership opportunities, others have changed from daily clinical care to exciting opportunities within healthcare companies outside patient treatment. Many of our alumni have used the networks developed as part of this course to enter the exciting world of management consulting or joined multinational healthcare companies in the policy or analytics space. Some have used the skills developed here to take their idea for a new enterprise forward. Others have gone into roles in health policy development and implementation.


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.


Throughout the year you are exposed to a number of formal and informal networking opportunities. You will have extra-curricular departmental activities that draw a range of supporters and employers, as well as frequent invites to leading health tech conferences in London and the Southeast. There will also be career events aimed at networking and learning what to expect on day one in your next role.

Teaching and learning

Module teaching is primarily in the form of face-to-face lectures and seminars across terms 1 and 2.

Weekly group tutorials allow for more detailed discussion and consideration of the material covered in recorded lectures. Face-to-face lectures will be reserved for guest and expert speakers as well as UCL academics who will deliver key components of the modules.

Ongoing seminar sessions will focus on informal case-based presentations and discussions related to module content.

Project development workshops allow for investigative, analytical, synthesis, and data interrogation skills to be developed while being put into practice as you advance your business and research projects.

In Term 3, you will embark on your business project which you will pull together with colleagues having completed much of the research and analysis for the report and presentation in term 2. You will also finish your individual desk-based research project.

For the business project, your project team will pull together your data, conclusions and case with the assistance of an expert mentor and academic supervisor.

Types of assessment undertaken on the programme will include written exams, coursework essays, presentations, a business project, a research project, and health and business case written analysis.

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 to ensure 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.

The part time structure consists of 180 credits. Students take 90 credits in year 1 and 90 credits in year 2.

The mod/flex structure give students the flexibility to complete 180 credits over 2-5 years. Students can choose as many or as few modules as they wish each year.

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 are subject to change. Modules that are in use for the current academic year are linked for further information. Where no link is present, further information is not yet available.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits. 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 (2024/25) £19,300 £9,650
Tuition fees (2024/25) £34,400 £17,200

Pathways include:
Analytics (TMSGBHSANA01)
Finance (TMSGBHSFIN01)
Leadership (TMSGBHSLDS01)

Programme also available 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. The recipients of these scholarships will also be provided with leadership coaching and high-impact leadership training as part of their scholarship.

Global Healthcare Leaders Scholarships are for students from either the UK, Africa, Asia and South America who show exceptional leadership potential in their fields, and who want to make a difference in healthcare.

The East London Scholarships are for students who live or work in east London and are keen to make a difference for their local community.

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.

UCL East London Scholarship

Deadline: 20 June 2024
Value: Tuition fees plus £15,700 stipend ()
Criteria Based on financial need
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 Global Healthcare Management 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 (or one application for the Law LLM) in any application cycle.

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