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Healthcare Operational Management - MSc (Full-Time/Part-Time, 2019 Entry)

This course has been designed to fulfil the specific needs of graduates interested in a management or leadership role within the complex health service sector. Healthcare organisations share many commonalities with production facilities, including the need for efficient process flow, change management, and quality standards.

You’ll explore the principles, approaches, strategies and techniques to understand, model, analyse and manage complex healthcare systems. You’ll also learn to measure efficiency and improve effectiveness and productivity without compromising quality or safety.

Ultimately, you’ll gain the essential knowledge to manage the integration of people, systems, and technologies to ensure the delivery of consistant, high quality, person-centric care.

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Core Modules:

Modules are generally taught in intensive one-week blocks, from Monday to Friday, 9.00am – 6.30pm.
These one-week sessions (eight in total over the academic year) are scheduled at intervals from October through to June. Weekend sessions are also occasionally required.

Core modules are compulsory and relate specifically to this course.They are listed below and if you would like to view their detailed descriptions, please click on each module title:

Part-time Course:

For those interesting in, or studying, the part-time version of this course, the module requirements remain the same but details can be found on this page.


We blend seminars, practical exercises, case studies, and simulations, to encourage teamwork and practical grounding of the course material. Technology enabled learning, e-learning and forum activities also support classroom learning.

Class sizes are kept small with around 20-25 students in each, to encourage interaction.

Our module leaders have extensive professional as well as academic experience and guest speakers from the healthcare sector also contribute regularly, bringing real-world insight into your learning experience.

Contact Hours:

40 hours per week during module weeks (9.00am – 6.30pm). Occasionally, modules may be split over two weeks of 20 hours per week.

There are 9 x modules over the course of the year.
Between modules, you will have workshops, supervisor meetings, industrial visits and will be working on Post Module Assignments and your dissertation.

Class Sizes:

20 – 30 students per class, with smaller break out groups for syndicate activities


There are no written exams. After each module you will be assessed by written post-module assignments (PMA).
These typically require 100 hours of work and consolidate your learning. Some modules will also include an in-module individual or group assessment or test.

8 x Post Module Assignments based on the learning objectives of each module (67% of Masters credit). 15,000 dissertation (33% of Masters credit).

Healthcare is a dynamic sector with ever increasing demands worldwide. There is a constant need for experts with the knowledge, skills, and expertise to manage and drive innovation, implement change, and improve quality and efficiency in healthcare services.

As a graduate of HOM, you will have a broad range of career opportunities open to you within managerial or organisational leadership roles in the UK and across the world.

Recent graduates have gone into key executive roles in the healthcare sector, which involve leading and overseeing programmes, service transformation and policy. Others have taken on consultancy positions.

We welcome prospective students to come and meet us. We organise 3-4 Open Days each academic year as well as bookable fortnightly ‘Drop-In’ sessions. If you are interested in finding out more information about our events, or would like to attend one, please visit this page.

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Essential information

Course Code



Full-time: 1 year

(October 2019 - October 2020)

Part-time: 2 years

(October 2019 - October 2021)

Entry Requirements

2:ii undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in a range of disciplines across technical, medical, scientific, management, and social sciences.

English Language Requirements

Band A

IELTS overall score of 6.5, minimum component scores not below 6.0.

Department of Study


Location of Study

University of Warwick

Course Fees

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WMG will be awarding over £700,000 in scholarships and bursaries to students commencing study on our full-time MSc programmes beginning in October 2019. Awards will be based on past academic achievement, previous experience, extracurricular activities, reasons for study, and your vision for the future.

Up to a total of 50 WMG Excellence Scholarships will be awarded on a % discount of the tuition fees. Awards will range from 25% to 50% fee discount.

Additional Course Costs

Printing and binding of two hard copies of your dissertation.

Find out more about fees and funding on the University website.

How to Apply

Department website

Get a PG Prospectus


This information is applicable for 2019 entry.