MBA Strategic Health & Social Care online course

Gain the critical thinking and analytical skills needed to tackle the increasingly complex challenges of the health and social care system. This 100% online and globally recognised healthcare MBA is designed to maximise the potential of senior professionals in the field as well as those looking to move into leadership roles.

Programme overview

From an ageing population to the changing patterns of disease, the demand on health and social care systems across the globe continue to rise. Ensuring a safe, quality service to patients becomes ever more paramount for those in healthcare management, while increasing budget cuts and political pressures bring fresh challenges that require innovative solutions.

Launched in 2017, this MBA in Strategic Health and Social Care is is a highly-valued qualification in the business world and gives students the tools and techniques needed to lead in this evolving landscape.

The programme is delivered 100% online and provides a broad syllabus that covers everything from Strategic Marketing and Operations Management to Leading, Managing and Developing People, while also exploring key issues facing the sector specifically.

Features and benefits

  • Accredited by the Association of MBAs (AMBA)
  • The second online MBA to be approved by AMBA, a significant benchmark of quality
  • Offers a flexible study format to help you work the course around your existing commitments and complete the qualification within two years
  • Provides a vocational study route, where you can gain the practical skills, theoretical understanding and workplace knowledge needed to progress your career
  • Gives you the opportunity to attend an annual Executive Conference where you can meet national and international alumni, students, academics and business professionals
  • Includes multiple weekly live online seminars to accommodate different time zones, offering the chance to explore current and local topics with your tutors and peers
  • All sessions are recorded so you can re-watch them in your own time
  • Provides the chance to work in small peer groups on regular collaborative tasks through a virtual learning environment.

About the online course

Our MBA Strategic Health and Social care course is designed to work around your life and commitments. It can be completed within two years at a pace that suits you, with a recommended study week of up to 15 hours.

There are three intakes annually for this course, with programmes starting in January, May and September.

Typical units of study may include*:

  • Leading, Managing and Developing People (15 credits)
  • Operations Management (15 credits)
  • Strategic Marketing (15 credits)
  • Accounting and Financial Management (15 credits)
  • Transformational Leadership (15 credits)
  • From Policy to Frontline Service (15 credits)
  • Service Quality and Commissioning (15 credits)
  • Incorporating Global Healthcare into an Organisation (15 credits)

Dissertation (60 credits)

The final third of your credits is earned with a dissertation. This is a chance to demonstrate the knowledge and abilities you will have developed during the course. It will also give you an opportunity to critically engage with a real-world project from your workplace, adding value to your employer who can make use of the insights you provide.

Your dissertation will address an industry research issue of your choice. It can be an enterprise project, a business consultancy piece or empirical in nature. You’ll need to use a thorough combination of research methods and produce a substantial piece of work totalling approximately 15,000 words.

*These units and their timing are subject to change

Academic expertise

Dr. Sara Ward, MBA & Executive Programmes Director

Sara has been teaching at the Manchester Metropolitan Business School since 2008. During that time, she has led the launch of several specialist programmes including the Master of Sport Directorship in 2015 and the new 100% online flagship MBA programmes in 2017.

Alongside being instrumental in the recent transformation of the Business School’s MBA programmes, Sara is particularly passionate about sports governance, diversity in sport boardrooms and governance reform in the industry.

Dr Margaret Hyde, PhD, BA (Hons), MA, MRes, PGCE

Margaret worked in public relations and communications in both the public and private sector before her venture into academia. Having been a course leader in marketing and business studies, she joined Manchester Metropolitan University in 2009.

She specialises in services marketing, which makes up almost 80% of the UK economy (and a similar percentage globally). Her PhD thesis was based on service quality in health care, and Margaret enjoys the challenging debate surrounding the issues of service quality and service management.

Dr Iain Reid, Reader in Operations Management & Programme Leader for Global Online MBA programmes

Iain joined Manchester Metropolitan’s Business School from the University of Huddersfield, where he was the acting subject group head for Operations Management and programme leader for the MSc in Operations and Supply Chain Management. He was also the Director of the Northern Productivity Hub, a centre that supported local businesses on building operational resilience and agility, creating new Knowledge Transfer Partnerships for the school.

During his academic career, Iain has undertaken research collaborations with universities across the world, including the University of Baltimore (USA), University of Bradford (UK), University of Liverpool (UK), University of Palemo (Italy) and University of Athabasca (Canada). His research focuses on Professional Service Operations Management, specifically mass customisation and service modularity in the context of Legal Services and Knowledge Transfer. His work has been published in peer review journals, including the International Journal of Production Research, Educational Technology Research and Development and the Journal of Quality Engineering and Reliability.

Prior to joining academia, Iain worked in the manufacturing sector, specifically oil and gas and machine tools. He later joined the University of Liverpool’s Agility Centre as a Senior Projects Manager and worked on EU funded ERDF project, implementing operational agility and supply chain optimisation with local SMEs. Iain also held faculty positions at the University’s Management School and was the Director of Studies for their MSc in Operations and Supply Chain Management (Online).

He is also the Track Chair for the sessions on Sports and Operations Management for the Production Operations Management Society in the US.


Entry requirements

You will need to fulfil the following criteria to be accepted onto the course:

  • A UK honours degree at 2:2 or above, or an international equivalent plus three years of work experience
  • OR significant management experience (at least 10 years), and a record of achievement in business and leadership
  • Minimum 25 years of age
  • If you’re applying with non-UK qualifications, you may be interested in further information found on our international website.

English language requirements: 

Applicants whose first language is not English (and whose first degree was not taught in English) are required to produce evidence of English language proficiency. We provide a FREE Pearson English test to all applicants if required.

Read more about our English requirements.


Unit fee: £1,200*

Programme fee: £14,400

We offer a subsidised fee to students from certain countries:  

Unit fee: £1,033*

Programme fee: £12,400

Click here to see the full list of eligible countries.

*Fee based on 15 credits per unit 

For more information on our payment structures and financing your degree, please visit our Fees and Funding pages. 



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