Duration of programme: 2 years part-time (via distance learning)
Start date: March and October
Deadline for March 2013 is Friday 1st February
Deadline for October 2013 is Friday 2nd August
UK/EU: £7,500 (£3,750 per year)
International: £12,500 (6,250 per year)
UK/EU: £7,900 (£3,950 per year)
International: £13,300 (6,650 per year)
Application & contact:
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LHS Postgraduate Admissions Office
Tel: +44 (0) 121 204 4161
Fax: +44 (0) 121 204 4187
Many health graduates are employed by or establish independent or franchise SMEs. Even in larger organisations, such as the NHS, they are often placed in situations where management skills are necessary and presumed. However, little is taught in professionally regulated health courses about business. Hence this MSc will provide students with the academic framework to run a successful health based business and allow them to reflect on how this can enhance their current workplace.
The educational aims of this programme are to:
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- Allow graduates to understand the concepts of management and leadership in a clinical health context
- Produce graduates who can reflect on their leadership style within a clinical health organisation and how it can be tailored to achieve the vision of the organisation
- Assist the graduate to influence the culture of their clinical health organisation, developing an environment that inspires staff to engage fully with the business and its aims
- Develop critical thinking and research skills allowing the graduate to make informed business decisions based on sound business plans in a clinical health context.
A first or upper second class honours degree or equivalent in a in a life Sciences based subject e.g., chemistry, biochemistry, pharmacy, pharmaceutical technology, chemical engineering, pharmacology, physiology, physical science subject is required or, when outside the UK, a degree or qualification deemed to be at least of equivalent standing.
International students whose first language is not English must demonstrate a satisfactory command of English language. They should meet our minimum English language requirement by taking one of the following tests:
IELTS. Minimum requirement - 6.5 overall, 6.0 in each area.
TOEFL IBT. Minimum requirement - 100 overall, (21 in listening and writing, 22 in reading and 23 in speaking).
Pearson Academic. Minimum requirement - 61 overall, 59 in each area.
Each module consists of distance learning narrated modules, MCQs with immediate feedback and reflective coursework uploaded through the Virtual Learning Environment. The research project is in the form of an evidence based dissertation on a topic of the students choice, with the support of a supervisor, on an aspect of their business environment.
Module Lecturers are drawn from the Business School, Life and Health Sciences, Language and Social Sciences and external industry representing a wide range of disciplines.
Tutor support is through e-mail and discussion boards with other students.
This is a new course but will allow healthcare professionals to become better leaders, enhancing their career prospects and company profitability.
Transferable skills enhanced will include:
- Effective communication of ideas in both oral and written formats
- The ability to undertake self-directed study and project management
- Competence in the use of information technology for word processing, data handling, communication and information gathering
- The ability to reflect critically on own work.
The course is in distance learning format through Aston university’s Virtual Learning Environment Blackboard. Students will need access to a modern computer with internet access.
Learning resources such as journal articles will be available to students through Aston's Library portal.
Dr Matt Davies
Dr Stuart Cooper
Mr Geoff Parkers
Dr Malcolm Clews
Prof Jill Poole
Dr Anneliese Dodds Mrs Amanda Casey