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Healthcare Operational Management (MSc) (2021 Entry)

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  • Course Code
  • P-H1S5
  • Course Type
  • Postgraduate Taught
  • Qualification
  • MSc
  • Duration
  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Part-time: 2 years
  • Department of Study
  • WMG
  • Location of Study
  • University of Warwick


Developed collaboratively by WMG's Institute of Digital Healthcare, Warwick Medical School and The National Health Service, this Healthcare Operational Management MSc drives the implementation of innovative digital technologies and services to facilitate improvement in the complex healthcare service sector.


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 consistent, high quality, person centric care. The course is suitable for graduates from a broad range of academic disciplines across technical, scientific, medical, management, and social sciences. Strong quantitative skills will be required.


Core Modules

  • Leading Change in Healthcare
  • Quality and Productivity in Health Service Systems
  • Operational Management and Clinical Systems Improvement
  • Introduction to Health Informatics
  • Electronic Healthcare Records
  • Epidemiology and Statistical Methods for Quality Improvement
  • Introduction to Health Economics
  • Resource Management in Health Service Quality

Teaching

This course has two components – a taught component accounting for two thirds of your time and effort, and a research component (dissertation) accounting for one-third.

For the taught component, we blend lectures with seminars, syndicate exercises, simulations, and case studies. Each module is delivered intensively over one full week or two half weeks, and classes are deliberately kept small to encourage interaction. Larger scale lectures are delivered for some modules and are backed up by seminar and syndicate activities.

Our module leaders have extensive industry experience. Guest speakers from the healthcare sector also contribute regularly, bringing real-world insight into your learning experience.

Assessment

At the end of each module, you will be given a Post Module Assignment (PMA) based on the learning objectives of that module. This is a piece of assessed written work which should take around 110 hours to complete. Most modules also have some in-module assessed work.

For the research component, each student undertakes a major individual project, which will develop your research and analytical skills and enable you to specialise. This project accounts for 33% of your overall credits and is submitted in the form of a dissertation of approximately 20,000 words.


Minimum requirements Mid 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

International Students
We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.


For up-to-date information concerning fees, funding and scholarships for Home, EU and Overseas students please visit Warwick's Fees and Funding webpage.

Scholarships

The WMG Excellence Scholarship is a merit-based award open to offer-holders across all full-time WMG programmes. Over 50 scholarships ranging from 10% to 50% tuition fee discount will be awarded for 2021 entry.


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 the MSc in Healthcare Operational Management, you will have a broad range of career opportunities open to you within managerial or organisational leadership roles. With additional experience, you would expect to progress into a key executive role in the healthcare sector, which would involve leading and overseeing programmes, service transformation and policy.

Our department has a dedicated professionally qualified Senior Careers Consultant offering impartial advice and guidance together with workshops and events throughout the year. Previous examples of workshops and events include:

  • Warwick careers fairs throughout the year
  • WMG Future Fest
  • Options in Engineering sector event
  • Careers for experienced hires
  • Careers in Cyber Security
  • Careers in healthcare
  • Careers in project management

There are a number of different ways to visit the University of Warwick throughout the year. We host bespoke PG visits, where you can talk directly with your chosen department and explore our campus through a personalised tour. WMG also organises events for prospective students including a weekly Live Chat so you can connect directly with the department to speak with staff and students from WMG. For more about university wide open days and tours, visit our Postgraduate Visits page.