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 MBA in Strategic Health and Social Care is designed to maximise the potential of senior professionals in the field, as well as those looking to move into leadership roles.

Intakes: January | May | September

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 has become even more paramount for those in healthcare management, while increasing budget cuts and political pressures bring fresh challenges that require innovative solutions.

This advanced master’s degree is designed to prepare the next generation of health and social care managers, leaders and entrepreneurs to think creatively and respond to future demands within their industry.

Delivered by Manchester Metropolitan Business School, one of only a handful of business schools in the UK that are accredited by both AMBA and AACSB, this Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Strategic Health and Social Care covers topical issues affecting the sector right now, from policy to front-line service, quality to commissioning, whilst also providing an in-depth overview of how to effectively manage complex organisations.

From our easy three-step enrolment process to flexible fee payment, we’re dedicated to making studying and balancing your career as straightforward as possible. You will have the freedom to study wherever and whenever - all you need is a laptop and an internet connection. You will also be accompanied by a cohort of similarly determined peers from across the world, from various business backgrounds, who are keen to share their knowledge and experience and root not only for their success - but yours too.

Features and benefits

  • Globally accredited - Impartial professional bodies think our MBA programme is one of the best, which is why it’s been given the seal of approval by the prestigious AMBA. Our Business School is also placed among the world’s elite according to AACSB, for its degree programmes, research, business engagement and innovation. We are one of only a handful of universities to have this double accreditation, a true hallmark of excellence.

  • Be at the forefront of new thinking - With expert teaching that is grounded in the latest sector research, you will gain first-hand knowledge of issues that will help you grow your career and respond directly to the demands of complex challenges.

  • Become Chartered Management Institute qualified - As a Manchester Metropolitan MBA graduate, you will be awarded affiliate membership of the prestigious Chartered Management Institute. You will achieve the Level 7 Strategic Management and Leadership Diploma upon completion of the programme, distinguishing you from the competition when looking for your next career move.

  • Study your way - Global Online has been designed to help you to achieve an MBA without taking a career break: from a fast and easy application process, the opportunity to begin your studies at three different entry points in the year, to the choice to pay per unit you study. Our flexible study format has been expertly designed to suit students in different time zones and offers the option to watch seminars at a time that suits you.

  • Grow your worldwide professional network - Whether it’s through our optional annual Executive Conference or online seminars with tutors and peers, you will regularly collaborate with business professionals around the globe, making invaluable industry connections that can open doors now or in the future.

  • Be supported every step of the way - We pride ourselves on our students’ study experience. As a Global Online student, you will be assigned a dedicated Student Success Advisor. They’ll be there to cheer you on from the sidelines, ensure you hit important deadlines and help you to get the most from your time with us.

About the online course

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

Our innovative Virtual Learning Environment has been designed with the latest pedagogical research at its heart. It will encourage you to develop independent thought, reflect on your own work and engage with your fellow students across the globe. You will enjoy a programme of highly interactive live online seminars and presentations, have the opportunity to work on a wide variety of group tasks that are aimed at developing your transferable skills and receive personalised feedback from your tutors, all at a time that suits you best.

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.


With our flexible payment options, regional subsidies and discounts, we have made paying for your course, and your professional development, as easy as possible.

We offer you the option to pay unit by unit, pay the full fees upfront or pay via a sponsor. No matter what payment option you choose, we accept payment online in any currency via our secure portal, Flywire.

Unit fee: £1,200*

Programme fee: £14,400

We are currently offering a 10% Early Bird Discount to eligible professionals joining this programme.

Apply and pay your first installment by 29 March for May intake. To find out if you are eligible, please contact our enrollment team.

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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