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BSc (Hons) Healthcare: Management, Policy and Research

This innovative and pioneering course has been developed in response to a need for highly skilled leaders in healthcare management, policy development and analysis, and health research. 

This healthcare management degree will develop your understanding of health system management and policy giving you the ability to identify, investigate and solve real problems in healthcare design and delivery.

This healthcare management degree gives you knowledge of healthcare systems, policy, research and management, along with the ability to apply that knowledge.

The key objective of this programme is to ensure that you are able to use analytical and research techniques in order to evaluate and go on to influence the effectiveness, efficiency and equity of health policies and healthcare systems.

The placement year taken at the end of Year 2 provides the opportunity to apply these skills and reasoning abilities to real-life health policy, management and research problems.

During this healthcare management degree you will consider questions such as:

  • What shapes healthcare system design?
  • What are the social science underpinnings needed to study healthcare systems?
  • How can healthcare be made safer and more efficient? How does research inform healthcare policy development?
  • How can we use data about health outcomes to inform decision making?
  • How can we lead and manage innovation and change in healthcare settings?

You will be mentored by a senior researcher or professor from the Faculty to develop your research, writing and critical thinking skills.

Regular meetings with your mentor that form part of the research modules in each year of study will give you a unique insight into work being done nationally and internationally to understand and improve the delivery of healthcare.

Programme Structure

Each year of study on this BSc healthcare management degree is composed of three central components.

Firstly, the ‘core concepts' component gives you an understanding of the issues central to healthcare systems, management and policy.

Secondly, the ‘methods' component develops your understanding of quantitative and qualitative methods, as well as the crucial social scientific disciplines, which underpin that knowledge.

Thirdly, the ‘mentored independent study' component is where you will undertake research with the support and guidance of senior researchers and professors.

·                     fully funded three year PhD studentship for the student showing the greatest research potential upon successful completion of the degree.

Typical entry requirements

GCSEs:

All applicants under 21 years of age are required to have a minimum of 7 GCSE including English and Maths at a minimum of grade B.

A Levels:

AAB

Two or more of the following subjects would facilitate a successful application: Mathematics, English Literature, English Language, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, History, Geography, Economics, Psychology, Sociology, Philosophy, Languages, Statistics, Further Mathematics or Politics. We will consider other A Level subjects. Please feel free to contact our admissions team for advice.

IB:

34 points, 17 at higher level

English Language Requirements

For those whose first language is not English, the programme will follow the University policy that applicants will be required to provide evidence of competency in English by reaching an appropriate standard. For example, an approved test such as IELTS, TOEFL or the Cambridge Certification of Proficiency in English. International students are required to have the equivalent overall minimum IELTS score of 7.0 and no less than 6.5 in any section in English Language prior to starting the course.

 

Other qualification

Science or social science based access course (30 distinctions at level 3)

Typical course content

Year 1

Year one provides a foundation in core concepts to enable you to understand and research the organisation and delivery of healthcare. In addition to the compulsory modules listed below, you will be expected to take one option module in semester 2.

Year 2

Year two builds on the foundation provided in year 1, deepening and broadening your understanding.  In addition to the compulsory modules listed below, you will be expected to take one option module in semester 2.   You will also undertake a placement preparation module which will support the application process and prepare you for employment.

Year 3

You will be required to undertake a placement year. 

Year 4

All Year 4 modules are compulsory. Modules provide you with the opportunity to reflect on your placement year and to develop specialist knowledge in keys areas of healthcare management, policy and research.

 

Teaching on this BSc in healthcare management, policy and research comprises both lectures and small-group seminars.

 

In a typical semester you will spend about 12 hours per week attending lectures and classes.

You will also need to undertake around 28 hours of self-study: bringing the weekly total to 40 hours.

 

Throughout the programme you will be assessed through essays, article reviews, group projects, presentations, exams, research reports, portfolios, short answer papers and multiple choice papers.

 

All this is supported by a comprehensive feedback system, which provides a combination of individual and generic feedback designed to help you understand your performance, and also learn how to improve.

 

In addition, you will receive feedback on your progress through discussions with lecturers during lectures and seminars, as well as during private meetings with your mentor and academic tutor.

 

Semester One

 
Core:

NUPR1003

Introduction to quantitative methods - Evidence for Answers

NUPR1005

Organisational behaviour and human resource management

NUPR1002

On the Social Science of Healthcare

NUPR1001

Doing Research in Healthcare 1: Literature Review

Semester Two

·         In addition students are required to take one additional module to be selected from the Curriculum Innovation list of modules

 
Core:

NUPR1004

Health, Society and Public Policy

NUPR1006

Health Economics

NUPR1001

Doing Research in Healthcare 1: Literature Review

 

Semester One

Core:

Semester One

Core:

NUPR2004

Data analysis in the context of Healthcare - Management, Policy and Research

NUPR2002

Creativity, Innovation and Improvement

NUPR2003

Comparative healthcare systems and the policy process

Doing Research in Healthcare 2: Research design, data collection and analysis

NUPR2007

Placement Preparation

Semester Two

Core:

NUPR2005

Introduction to Healthcare Informatics

NUPR2006

Qualitative Research - When numbers will not do!

NUPR 2001

Doing Research in Healthcare 2: Research design, data collection and analysis

NUPR2007

Placement Preparation

Year 3

Semester One

Core:

NUPR3000

Work Placement

 

Semester Two

Core:

NUPR3000

Work Placement

 

Year 4

Semester One

Core:

NUPR3002

Leadership and Its Application to Health Care

NUPR3004

Analysing Complexity: Combining research methods to design and evaluate innovation in Health Services

NUPR 3003

Healthcare Innovation

NUPR3001

Doing Research in Healthcare 3: Research Project

 

Semester Two

Core:

 

 

NUPR3007

A Social Science of Mental Health & Illness

NUPR3005

Decision Making in Healthcare

NUPR3006

Applied Healthcare Research in Policy and Practice

NUPR3001

Doing Research in Healthcare 3: Research Project

 

 

 

Teaching on this BSc in healthcare management, policy and research comprises both lectures and small-group seminars.

In a typical semester you will spend about 12 hours per week attending lectures and classes.

You will also need to undertake around 28 hours of self-study: bringing the weekly total to 40 hours.

Throughout the programme you will be assessed through essays, article reviews, group projects, presentations, exams, research reports, portfolios, short answer papers and multiple choice papers.

All this is supported by a comprehensive feedback system, which provides a combination of individual and generic feedback designed to help you understand your performance, and also learn how to improve.

In addition, you will receive feedback on your progress through discussions with lecturers during lectures and seminars, as well as during private meetings with your mentor and academic tutor.

 

Links have been established to public and private sector placement providers including organisations such as:

·         The NHS Leadership Academy.

·         The Health Foundation.

·         GE Healthcare.

·         GlaxoSmithKline (GSK).

·         The Academic Health Science Network.

·         Cancer Research UK.

 

Find out more about our placements on our placement pages

 

Career opportunities

This BSc healthcare degree in management, policy and research is designed to help you achieve excellent employment prospects.

For example, our employer stakeholders, whose views have been influential in the course's design, have told us that the skills you will develop through this degree are in high demand in the workplace.

As a result, we are establishing links to public and private sector placement providers, willing to give you invaluable work experience to help develop your skills and understanding. These links include organisations such as the NHS, The NHS Leadership Academy, GE Healthcare, and several healthcare consultancy organisations.

 


Many employers regard previous work experience as one of the most highly valued attributes in graduate applicants. Therefore, your placement year will make you significantly more competitive in the jobs market.  We will therefore supervise your placement to ensure that you are getting the most out of the experience.

In addition, we will help you to develop your CV, learn from mock interviews, undergo team development activities, and build up a range of skills to help you present yourself as a viable prospective employee.

Finally, potential placement providers come to the University to run special workshops for students on our programme to show you how to do well in their application processes.

 

Assessment methods

 

Assignment 1:  Weighted at 40%.   Reflective log of work-based learning submitted every two months (maximum of 500 words per log)

Assignment 2: Weighted at 60%. Conference presentation of a work activity undertaken during the placement.


In addition, employers will be asked to confirm that you have completed the minimum requirement of 30 weeks in placement. The credit for this module will only be awarded if time spent in work can be evidenced in this way.

 

 

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