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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

MSc Medical Management (2009 entry onwards)

Academic Year: 2013/14

This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if full advantage is taken of the learning opportunities that are provided.

This specification applies to delivery of the programme in the Academic Year indicated above. Prospective students reviewing this information for a later year of study should be aware that these details are subject to change as outlined in our Terms and Conditions of Study.

This specification should be read in conjunction with:

  • Summary
  • Aims
  • Learning outcomes
  • Structure
  • Progression & weighting

Programme summary

Awarding body/institution Loughborough University
Teaching institution (if different)
Owning school/department School of Business and Economics
Details of accreditation by a professional/statutory body
Final award MSc/ PGDip/ PGCert
Programme title Medical Management
Programme code BSPT90
Length of programme The programme is normally offered on a part-time basis. The minimum period of study for the award of MSc is thirty-six calendar months. The minimum period of study for the award of Postgraduate Certificate or Postgraduate Diploma is twelve and eighteen calendar months respectively.
UCAS code
Admissions criteria

Entrance Requirements to the programme are: 

i)              possession of a degree or equivalent


ii)         current registration with one of the Bodies detailed in S.25(3) of the National Health Service Reform and Healthcare Professions Act 2002


iii)        hold any other relevant qualification or professional experience as determined by the Programme Director together with a reasonable level of formal academic education.

Date at which the programme specification was published Fri, 05 Jul 2013 09:22:27 BST

1. Programme Aims

The programme aims to:

  • provide a broad, analytical and integrative study of business, management and marketing;
  • attract well-qualified students with non-business/management/marketing first degrees from a broad mix of disciplines and backgrounds to facilitate a multi-perspective interactive learning process;
  • add value to first degrees by developing in individuals an integrated and critically aware understanding of management, marketing and organisations, and assist them to take effective roles within them;
  • produce high quality graduates with the ability to apply knowledge and understanding of business, marketing and management to complex issues, both systematically and creatively, to improve business and management practice;
  • prepare graduates for a valued career in a wide range of management situations by developing relevant knowledge and skills;
  • provide a relevant, practical and constantly updated programme through close links with many large business and commercial organisations and with taught content that allows students to see ways in which theory can be applied in practice;
  • develop teaching and learning in response to advances in scholarship and the needs of the business community;
  • enhance the employability of our graduates in regard to either their first degree discipline or in a management role;
  • encourage in our students hard work, enthusiasm and self-motivation, a positive attitude to change, a desire for excellence, a visionary and positive approach to future developments and openness to new ideas;
  • enhance students’ lifelong learning skills and personal development so as to be able to work with self-direction and originality and to contribute to business and society at large.

2. Relevant subject benchmark statements and other external and internal reference points used to inform programme outcomes:

The QAA benchmark statement for Master’s awards in business and management

The Framework for Higher Education Qualifications 

3. Programme Learning Outcomes

3.1 Knowledge and Understanding

On successful completion of this programme, students should be able to demonstrate knowledge and holistic understanding of:

  • the internal aspects, functions, processes and of organisations - including their diverse nature, purposes, structures, governance, operations and management, together with the individual and corporate behaviours and cultures which exist within and between organisations and their influence on the external context they operate in;
  • the external context in which organisations operate - including economic, environmental, ethical, legal, political, sociological and technological factors, together with their effects at local, national and international levels upon the strategy, behaviour and management of organisations;
  • how organisations are managed - including the various processes, procedures and practices for effective leadership and management of organisations with regard to relevant theories, models, frameworks, tasks and roles of management together with rational analysis and other processes of decision making within organisations and in relation to the external context.
  • The concepts, methods, processes, management and institutions involved in marketing goods and services

3.2 Skills and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:

On successful completion of this programme students should be able to:

  • use critical thinking, analysis and synthesis to evaluate and apply concepts and insights from business disciplines, including comprehension of complex scenarios;
  • analyse and appraise theoretical and practical issues and problems in business, marketing and management by using the theories and models appropriate to those disciplines;
  • collect relevant information across a range of areas pertaining to a current business, management or marketing situation, analyse that information using relevant techniques based and synthesise it into an appropriate form in order to evaluate decision alternatives.
b. Subject-specific practical skills:

On successful completion of the programme students should be able to:

  • make effective use of information and communication technologies in a business and marketing context including word processing, storage and manipulation of data, generation of presentations, use of the internet and e-mail using appropriate software;
  • conduct research effectively and efficiently using a range of sources of business, marketing and management related materials including books, journals, trade and financial press, official statistics and the internet;
  • use effective team-working skills, including leadership, team-building and project management in group work situations.
c. Key transferable skills:

On successful completion of the programme students should be able to:

  • display effective interpersonal skills including effective communication, listening, influencing and conflict resolution;
  • be open to new ideas and be aware that in many situations there is a range of possible interpretations and/or solutions;
  • apply critical thinking and creativity to resolve practical problems;
  • solve problems using relevant decision making processes and techniques;
  • scan and organise data, abstract meaning from information and share knowledge;
  • make effective use of Communication and Information Technology (CIT);
  • recognise and utilise individuals’ contributions in group processes;
  • use effective team-working skills including leadership, team-building and project management;
  • recognise ethical situations, applying ethical and organisational values to situations and choices;
  • use effective personal organisation including time management, self-direction, self-motivation, tenacity and pro-activeness;
  • learn through reflection on practice and experience.

4. Programme structure

4.1 Modules



Modular Weight


Governance, Leadership and Management in Healthcare




Healthcare Financial  Management




Managing Healthcare Risk




Knowledge Management and Information Systems




Performance and Strategic Healthcare Management




Research Methods in the Business of Healthcare




Masters Project



For full details of the specific assessment requirements for each module see the Module Specification.

5. Criteria for Progression and Degree Award

5.1 In order to be eligible for an award, candidates must not only satisfy the requirements of Regulation XXI but also:

5.1.1 To be eligible for the award of Postgraduate Certificate candidates must have accumulated 60 credits.  Specifically, candidates must have completed and passed assessment of BSP660 to BSP662. 

5.1.2 To be eligible for the award of Postgraduate Diploma candidates must have completed modules with a total modular weight of 120.  Specifically, BSP660 to BSP665.  Candidates must also have accumulated at least 100 credits and achieved module marks of not less than 40% in further modules with a total module weight of 20.

Candidates, who having completed the full Certificate programme elect to transfer to the Diploma programme, will be required to complete a further 60 credits.  Specifically, candidates must have completed and passed assessment of BSP663 to BSP665.

5.1.3 To be eligible for the award of MSc candidates must have satisfied all of the requirements outlined in 5.1.2 and in addition must have achieved 60 credits from BSP666, the Masters Project.


5.2 Candidates who have the right of re-assessment in a module may choose to be re-assessed in the University’s special assessment period. 

6. Relative Weighting of Parts of the Programme for the Purposes of Final Degree Classification

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