The University of Manchester, Middle East Centre    Middle East Centre, Dubai

MSc International Healthcare Leadership

    MSc International Health Leadership
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    MSc International Health Leadership

    This unique Masters’ programme focuses on the global challenges facing healthcare leaders, and the roles that clinicians, managers and the wider healthcare economy can play in reshaping healthcare services. 
    It will equip current and aspiring leaders and managers with cutting-edge knowledge and practice from around the world. It is particularly beneficial for those who need to challenge their healthcare-specific knowledge and maximise their potential. 
    After graduating, your leadership skills will help organisations around the world design and deliver healthcare that creates public value and puts the patient at the heart of everything. 
    This is an exciting opportunity to study with the brightest healthcare professionals from around the globe and gain a truly international perspective. We hope you can join us to benefit from over 50 years’ excellence in this field.

    Duration Two years 
    Intakes September 2017 - March 2018
    Fees GBP 18000
    Application deadline 10 August 2017
    Location Dubai
    Entry requirements A good first degree + at least 2 years' management experience
    Study Mode Part-time (blended learning)
    Contact / +971 (0)4 446 8664 
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    The University of Manchester has taught Masters’ programmes in healthcare leadership for over 50 years. Our global community of healthcare management alumni includes over 2,000 graduates working in influential leadership positions. As a student on our programme, you will gain immediate access to this network, which offers unrivalled opportunities to make global connections and share expertise.

    Hear from our graduates:

    Dr Karan Thakur, Class of 2009 
    General Manager, Operations & Public Affairs Apollo Hospitals, New Delhi

    “The MSc has been incredibly useful to me. It has been an enriching experience both personally and professionally. All health systems are unique with fast-changing demographics, and most are witnessing changes in the way they provide healthcare. This course helped us understand how those changes are occurring in different systems, settings and countries. The curriculum is well-designed, keeping local contexts in mind but in an international setting. It helped me interact with fellow students from across the world and not only did we learn from each other, we formed lasting friendships.” 

    Tina W, Class of 2010
    Final year PhD student, University of Manchester

    “I was looking to study an international degree at a University with an outstanding reputation. I also wanted a course that provided theoretical and methodological knowledge, analytical and leadership skills, management tools and an international network. Did the MSc meet my expectations? Yes! It provided an excellent basis for career as an analyst for an international healthcare consultancy and for my PhD studies. I really enjoyed it; it offered interesting and highly relevant content in a multicultural environment, which fostered inter-cultural communication and team working skills.”

    Dr. Mahgoub Abdelrahim, Class of 2009
    Former Executive Director of National Health Insurance Fund Sudan Assistant Professor of Healthcare Management, Institute of Public Administration, Riyadh Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

    “As healthcare providers we are preoccupied with giving the best care we can to our patients. When I was working as a medical doctor in Sudan, my home country, I encountered many challenges that required not only clinical knowledge, but also managerial and leadership knowledge and skills. I personally believe that the latter are essential for healthcare professionals, especially given scarce resources and increasing demands. This MSc is one of a kind, suitable for those seeking a career in healthcare and professionals and clinicians working in the field. It provides an opportunity to understand the complexity of healthcare systems by applying theory to practice.”

    Our blended learning approach combines the very best interactive e-learning with the Manchester Method – the ‘action learning’ approach developed here at The University of Manchester in the 1960s.
    You will attend four experiential workshops at The University of Manchester’s Middle East Centre, located at the heart of Dubai’s Knowledge Park. At these workshops, you will undertake practical activities in small multinational groups and complete applied leadership challenges that are relevant to your workplace.

    Workshop schedule:

    Workshop 1 (5 days)   Nov  April
    Workshop 2 (5 days)   April  Nov
    Workshop 3 (5 days)   Nov  April
    Workshop 4 (5 days)   April  Nov

    Throughout the programme, all teaching and learning is underpinned by four key themes.

    Theme 1: International perspectives

    While there are clear similarities across global healthcare systems, as an international healthcare leader you will also encounter differences, e.g. culture, governance and variable provisions of public, private and hybrid services. Every unit you study on the MSc in International Healthcare Leadership can be applied internationally and you will explore both global similarities and regional differences.

    Theme 2: Creativity and innovation

    A key challenge facing healthcare organisations and systems across the globe is balancing cost, quality and access. This requires creative and innovative leadership, which is central to the MSc in International Healthcare Leadership. You will be provided with the support and guidance needed to start developing your own thoughts and methodology.


    Theme 3: Leading through networks

    The need to lead through networks, rather than a single-minded focus on leading through-the-line is another consistent trend. Healthcare systems are among the most complex of public services incorporating public, private and hybrid structures. The complexity of clinician/ managerial leadership and the challenges created by differences between primary, secondary and tertiary care add to this. All units on the MSc in International Healthcare Leadership include an emphasis on the challenges of collective leadership.


    Theme 4: Putting the patient at the heart

    The importance of putting patients at the core of healthcare delivery should always be the main focus, but this is often not the case. This is a key priority in many healthcare systems, whether private or public, across the globe. It’s at the heart of everything you will learn on the MSc in International Healthcare Leadership.

    You will follow a leadership journey that commences with self, progresses through teams and organisations and, ultimately, that considers healthcare in its wider environment.

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    Programme director

    Dr Stephen Brookes, Senior Fellow in Public Policy and Management

    Stephen is a senior fellow in public policy and management and specialises in leadership and organisational development. In addition to leading the MSc International Healthcare Management,


    Stephen is a regular contributor to the Full-time MBS and Global Part-time MBA. He has a unique blend of experience at a senior level in the police, central and regional government, and local government. He also has a sound academic background, having completed his PhD in 2004 and increasingly publishing in academic journals and books, and presenting papers at conferences.


    Immediately prior to his appointment at Alliance MBS, Stephen was the Home Office Director for the Government Office for the East Midlands for almost six years. During this time Stephen had considerable experience of working with partnerships, supporting performance improvement programmes, and facilitating and leading change.


    Stephen was also a police officer for thirty years. He was also awarded the Queens Police Medal in the Jubilee Birthday Honours in June 2002 for distinguished police service and is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

    Before you apply, please ensure you satisfy the entry requirements below.

    • A good first degree or equivalent professional qualification, plus at least two years' management experience. Alternatively you may have eight to ten years’ managerial experience instead of a recognised degree.

    • An English language qualification (IELTS/iBT/TOEFL/CPE/PTE Academic/India Standard x 11) if applicable

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