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Programme Specifications

Programme Specification

MSc Healthcare Management and Governance (Oct 2015 entry)

Academic Year: 2015/16

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) n/a
Owning school/department School of Business and Economics
Details of accreditation by a professional/statutory body


Final award MSc/ PGDip/ PGCert
Programme title Healthcare Management and Governance
Programme code BSPT56
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 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 n/a
Admissions criteria

see: http://www.lboro.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/programmes/departments/business-economics/healthcare-management-governance/

Entrance Requirements to the programme are: 

i)   possession of a degree or equivalent


ii)   possession of the academic requirements for corporate membership of

a British Chartered professional institution;


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, 27 Nov 2015 15:46:30 GMT

1. Programme Aims

The programme aims to:

  • provide a current view of management and governance in healthcare encompassing both organisational issues and specialist areas.
  • develop skills in the integration of management processes into strategic and operational planning for the provision of a high quality health service;
  • develop participants knowledge, increase job competencies and develop professional potential.

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

  • Framework for Higher Education Qualifications/Descriptors for a Higher Education qualification at Level 7.
  • The benchmark statement for Masters awards in business and management
  • School of Business and Economics Business Plan
  • Loughborough University Learning and Teaching Strategy.
  • The University academic quality procedures

3. Programme Learning Outcomes

3.1 Knowledge and Understanding

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

K1  The framework of governance principles and practice relevant to the healthcare sector;

K2  The tools and techniques used in healthcare governance and their application to strategic and operational planning;

K3  The principles of risk management, risk perception and risk communication;

K4  The concept, assessment and evaluation of contemporary resilience thoughts and ideas; the importance of emergency preparedness, resilience and response in the context of Health and Social Care;

K5 The role of knowledge management and information technology in the provision of patient focused healthcare;

K6  The knowledge and skills for the effective use of accounting and financial information;

K7 The principles of leadership and people management, organizational culture and crisis settings.


3.2 Skills and other attributes

a. Subject-specific cognitive skills:

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

C1  analyse and identify methods for establishing an effective and integrated management and governance system;

C2  select the most appropriate risk assessment tools;

C3  develop critical thinking to the application of general principles in particular situations;

C4  select the most appropriate criteria for intervention evaluation;

b. Subject-specific practical skills:

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

P1  establish and implement a governance operating system that provides assurances to healthcare boards;

P2  select the most appropriate risk assessment tools and carry out risk assessments within their own organization; select the most appropriate criteria for intervention evaluation;

 P3  examine and evaluate the data collection systems within their own organization;



c. Key transferable skills:

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

T1  create, identify and evaluate options; implement and review decisions and deliver critically evaluative reports;

T2  scan and organise data; abstract meaning from information and share knowledge;

T3  listen, negotiate and persuade or influence others;

T4  use effective oral and written communication; using a range of media including business reports;

T5  use communication and information technology appropriately in acquiring, analysing and communicating information;

T6  carry out small scale research projects using data collection, analysis and presentation methods. 

4. Programme structure

4.1       Core Modules



Modular Weight


What is Resilience



Risk Management



Leadership and Management



Financial Management



Performance and Strategic Management



Governance in Healthcare



Knowledge Management and Information Systems




Health and Societal Resilience in Context




Masters Research Project


* partially by distance learning (>50%)

To complete the PG Cert in Healthcare Management and Governance students must complete 4 x 15 credit modules.  To complete the PG Dip in Healthcare Management and Governance students must complete 8 x 15 credit modules.  To complete the MSc in Healthcare Management and Governance students must complete 8 x 15 credit modules and a 60 credit research project.  Section 5 outlines the specific modules required for each degree award.


4.2 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 at least 60 credits from the modules listed in Section 4 specifically, BSPR01; BSPR02; BSPR23 and BSPH01.

5.1.2 To be eligible for the award of Postgraduate Diploma, candidates must have completed modules with total modular weight of 120.  Specifically, candidates must have completed all of the compulsory modules from Section 4 (not including BSPA01).

5.1.3 To be eligible for the award of MSc candidates must have satisfied all the requirements outlined in 5.1.2 and in addition must have achieved 60 credits module BSPA01.


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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