MBA Executive Healthcare


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MBA Master of Business Administration (Executive) - Healthcare
2-4 years part-time
Entry requirements
2:1 (or international equivalent) in any discipline; relevant professional qualifications may also be considered
Other requirements
In addition, Executive MBA applicants should have at least five years of management work experience.
7.0 (no less than 6.0 in any element)

If these grades are not met, English preparatory courses are available
Start date
Throughout the year
Jubilee Campus
Tuition fees
You can find fee information on our fees table.


Preparing you for the challenges of organising and managing complex healthcare services, our Executive MBA Healthcare has been appointed by the NHS Leadership Academy.
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Ranked 21st in the world, 2nd in the UK and 1st for salary increase after graduation in the most recent Economist Executive MBA, it can be studied part-time over 2-4 years.

Designed for those who want to continue their focus on the healthcare sector while also receiving a broad MBA education, it develops your competence to generate value, improves organisational effectiveness, and enhances your ability to work with others to achieve successful change.

Along with modules from the Executive MBA programme, those focusing on healthcare will undertake two specially designed modules. Modules are led by academics whose research focuses specifically on healthcare management and invited experts from the healthcare sector.

This specialism is supported by the Business School’s Centre for Health Innovation, Leadership and Learning, a leading centre for research into management and organisations in healthcare. It will give you a general management perspective on the functions of a business and how they can be integrated with a rapidly changing environment, together with an up to date knowledge and understanding of the operations of a business enterprise and the practical skills you need to manage them. Course members typically have at least five years of management experience, while the average is more than 10 years.

Our Executive MBA students come from around the world, including Africa, Australia, Europe and the Far East, and the UK. You will study alongside participants from private, public, and non-profit organisations, offering a breadth of experience, fresh perspectives on business issues, and exceptional networking opportunities.

Nottingham's ideal location and excellent transportation links allow managers located anywhere in the UK or overseas to participate.

As we appreciate that you need to plan your Executive MBA carefully to fit in with your work and other commitments, we offer maximum flexibility, allowing you to accommodate your studies into your lifestyle. You can choose from several starting points throughout the year, to vary the number of modules you take each year according to your commitments, and can spread the cost by paying for each module as you progress.

The flexibility to pick the modules I wanted to do, or to defer them sometimes, allowed me to fit my studies into my personal and work life. As someone with a demanding job, the flexibility Nottingham provides and the support of the tutors and the whole team is incredibly important.

Adam Brooks, Executive MBA
Healthcare Surgeon and Clinical Director, East Midlands Major Trauma Centre, Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust

Executive MBA Healthcare in 'Doctors of the Future', a partnership between ITN Productions and the Royal Society of Medicine.

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Key facts


Course details

You will take a series of core modules, designed to enhance your management knowledge and skills, and two specialist healthcare modules. Optional modules allow you to concentrate on more specific subjects according to your interests and career requirements.

This programme involves working with course members from a variety of industrial and commercial backgrounds. It aims to improve your decision making abilities and produces managers of the highest quality.

Modules are typically offered during the day and in the evening each year, with some intensive options available over one week. The final stage of the Executive MBA Healthcare involves an individual or group healthcare management project with an individual report.


You will be assessed through a combination of coursework and/or a two-hour exam at the end of the relevant semester.



Stage one: Broadening management experience

Accounting and Finance

This module provides an introduction to the theory and practice of financial accounting and reporting, management accounting and finance. Both commercial and not-for-profit organisations will be considered.

Financial reporting is the process of presenting financial (and other) information to a range of stakeholders in order to ensure appropriate accountability and stewardship. You will be encouraged to consider the need for integrity in financial accounting and reporting, and the potential limitations of regulation and standards.

Management accounting is concerned with the preparation and presentation of accounting information to aid managers in their jobs of planning, decision making and control. New and traditional management accounting techniques are analysed in the context of a changing management context with its emphasis on strategy, costing and performance metrics. The content of the module is aimed primarily at managers and not accountants.

The finance section emphasises two of the major financial decisions, the investment decision and the financing decision - where the money comes from and how it is best used within the organisation.  

Business Economics

In the mixed economy, society's productive resources are allocated by a mixture of planning (government and firms) and decentralised decision making (individuals and markets).

The module provides an introduction to the economic analysis of resource allocation at the level of individual consumers, firms, markets and the overall economy to show how these alternative economic principles can be used to promote the optimal allocation of resources for society as a whole.

Managing People

This module explores key contemporary issues in organisational behaviour and the management of people in diverse and dynamic contexts. The topics covered will include:

  • employee motivation
  • leadership and working in teams
  • power and politics
  • conflict
  • change
  • culture and diversity

The module offers an overview of the nature and practice of marketing at both the strategic and tactical levels. You will be introduced to a variety of conceptual frameworks and will be expected to apply them in relation to case study companies and your own business experience.

Key themes to be addressed include:

  • the nature and role of marketing and marketing management
  • connecting with customers and building strong brands
  • shaping and managing the marketing offering
  • communicating and delivering value
Operations Management

This module covers:

  • the role of operations management in services
  • comparative analysis of similarities and dissimilarities and manufacturing and service operations
  • unique features of services
  • the development and delivery of a service package
  • design of service operations
  • strategies for balancing capacity and demand
  • strategies for structuring and managing queues in services
  • understanding and managing customer expectations and perceptions in services and their implications on quality of service provision
  • tools and techniques for service quality management
  • strategies for creating, developing and expanding services nationally and globally
  • the role of ICT in enhancing strategic and operational efficiencies of services
  • service supply chain management

The ideas and concepts will be illustrated and delivered through examples and case studies.

Strategic Management

This module examines the process of strategic management, focusing on the nature of strategy formulation and implementation. The analysis of strategy concepts and case study examples will be used to develop awareness of the factors that must be considered in strategic decision-making. Topics include:

  • strategic vision and mission, environmental and industry analysis
  • generic strategies
  • core competence
  • growth and diversification
  • internationalisation and the execution of strategy

Stage two: Deepening management experience

Entrepreneurship and Creativity

Theorists and policy makers now understand the link between entrepreneurial activity and economic development, and creativity and innovation underpin all successful  entrepreneurship.

Successful entrepreneurship is characterised by a set of identifiable skills that are useful in any domain, and these skills are best developed in an integrative and engaged environment, where theory can be practically applied. This module will use the Ingenuity creative problem solving model to integrate the content and simulate the entrepreneurial environment.

The module's focus will be on generating, evaluating and selling innovative ideas in a team context. Whilst led by academics, practitioner engagement will be central to the module's successful delivery. This will be achieved through a combination of guest lectures and mentoring by experienced entrepreneurs.

Sustainable Decisions and Organisations

This module integrates and reflects upon the interdisciplinary nature of the programme and challenges your understanding and application of the material presented on the core modules.

This is undertaken by focusing on the role of different business stakeholders in achieving economic and environmental sustainability - through an examination of their possibly contradicting and contradictory objectives, values and decision-making processes.

We have a wide range of practitioners featuring in the module. You will have to present and defend your integrated sustainable strategy to a real board, consisting of practitioners with experience of board membership. You will also run a real media conference consisting of journalists from the press.



Commissioning and Service Redesign

In all health service organisations, services are evolving formally and informally. This module will look at the formal ways in which services change, in response to changing health needs and thus commissioning processes; and how organisations can respond through effective service re-design.

Ethics, Governance and Risk

This module considers current issues about governance, ethics and risk in the healthcare sector, and places recent approaches to these in a longer historical and broader social context. The module contents will reflect current concerns in health policy, and will have a focus on the UK context.

The module will include an examination of:

  • concepts of governance
  • current developments in NHS governance
  • the challenges presented by innovative health technologies
  • the imperatives driving new developments in research ethics

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Advanced Strategic Management: A Multi-Perspective Approach

This module takes a multi-perspective approach to examine the content, process and nature of strategic management.

A series of perspectives are evaluated in terms of the insights they provide for the strategic management agenda. These will include perspectives drawing on economics, design science, psychology and future studies to theorise strategy in private and public sector organisations, focusing upon lessons for contemporary strategic management practice.

Business Ethics

This module examines ethical issues and dilemmas, covering a range of complex and controversial problems relating to business in a global economy. The main concepts and theories underpinning the business ethics field will be introduced, and you will have the opportunity to apply these to business situations.

More specifically, the module explores pertinent issues of human rights, globalisation and sustainable development, and places these within different philosophical and cultural perspectives. The module also explores the role of professionals from an ethical perspective, and situates these explorations within a political-economic framework.

Business Intelligence in the Digital Economy

This module explores the role of Business Intelligence (BI) in transforming the way companies strategise and organise for change to induce sustainable growth and innovation, new organisational forms, and intellectual property.

BI is prevalently relevant to the digital economy. Being digitally fluent is a must to lead and manage, and to respond to changes in competition and markets.

Games and Strategies for Business

This module provides an introduction to decision theory and the theory of games with particular emphasis on the application to business problems and managerial decision making. Participants are introduced to the main concepts and tools of the theory and the techniques of practical analysis of business ecision problems.

In addition, the module covers the main theoretical insights these approaches have produced into competition and conflict as well as co-operation and pro-social behaviour between economic and business decision makers.

Innovation Management

This module covers the following:

  • What is Innovation Management? - definitions and models of the process
  • Innovation Strategy - the national and competitive environment; innovation processes within multinational firms; innovation processes within large public sector organisations; the systems of innovation specific to small high technology firms
  • Management techniques for innovation - shared vision, effective team working and a creative climate
  • Learning from Markets - marketing technological and complex products and learning through alliances
  • Integration of Approaches - Key themes, learning to manage and measure innovation and through the group presentations - Appraisal of innovation management within different organisations
International Study Tour

This module aims to introduce contemporary business practice in an international context through a mixture of classroom learning and field visits to organisations in the destination country. The module also aims to enable you to reflect on the application of theory to practical business management issues.

The module further aims to enhance your understanding of the international dimensions to business in terms of other national corporate and consumer cultures and business environments.

Leadership and Change Management

This module is about leadership based on the observation that the leadership needs of organisations vary by the stage of the organisations existence. Leading an entrepreneurial start-up requires different skills from leading a mature organisation. Consequently organisations need to be aware of their progress through the organisation's lifecycle and evolving needs.

This module examines the stages of an organisations existence and the associated evolving leadership needs, plus additional situations such as leading in a crisis.

The module focuses on identifying leadership needs and the necessary decisions together with the appropriate leadership style. As a secondary theme there will also be a number of sessions focussing on leadership qualities and styles which will encourage participants to reflect on their own development as leaders. A number of models of leadership are considered and different leadership perspectives. Understanding of the concepts is achieved predominantly but not exclusively through the use of case study material.

Personal Development

This module provides an opportunity to reflect upon and develop a deeper sense of personal autonomy that will enhance the quality of relationships in both the personal and professional setting.

Using an experiential format, the module examines issues of self-care, self-esteem, values, assertiveness, individual modes of construing other people, stress, developing relaxation and working in groups.

Project Management

The module covers:

  • definitions and classifications of projects
  • objectives in project management - time, costs, quality
  • activity identification
  • resources and resource management
  • critical path method, programme evaluation and review technique, and resource scheduling
  • performance measurement and costs
  • project lifecycles and models
  • project teams and leadership in project management
  • managing risk in projects
  • critical chain planning method
  • analysis of project success and failure
  • Monte Carlo Simulation
  • project management software
Strategic Market Relations: Building, Managing and Leveraging Market Relationships

This module covers the following sessions:

  1. What is a market? A service ecosystem approach to understanding markets
  2. Organisational buying behaviour and market structures
  3. How do markets work? Creating and shaping new markets and maintaining market dynamics.
  4. Market relations and sustainable competitive advantage
  5. Forming business networks: business network partnership attraction
  6. Business-to-Business marketing strategies
  7. Innovation in business networks
  8. Managing business networks: communication, coordination and learning in business networks
  9. Strategic market relations in the digital world
  10. Branding and building loyalty: value co-creation in network partnerships
Venture Capital and Private Equity

The module covers venture capital and private equity provide risk capital to firms at various stages of their life-cycle. This involves selecting investments, structuring deals, valuation of investment opportunities, leveraged buyouts (LBOs), managing portfolio firms, and exit.


Stage three: Preparing for your future career

Healthcare Management Project

This module requires you to undertake independent research in a topic relevant to business or management.

The specific topic is subject to an approval process. Course members enrolled on a specific MBA variant must undertake a Management Project related to their named variant.



The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. This list is an example of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.



If you work for the NHS or an affiliated organisation in England, you could qualify for an automatic Business School scholarship covering 30% of tuition fees, with Business School scholarships of up to 90% offered for exceptional candidates. NHS Leadership Academy bursaries of up to £3,750 are also available for eligible applicants.

Funding information is available on the school website and can also be found on the Graduate School website.

Government loans for masters courses

The Government offers postgraduate student loans of up to £10,609 for students studying a taught or research masters course. Applicants must ordinarily live in England or the EU. Student loans are also available for students from Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

International and EU students

Masters scholarships are available for international students from a wide variety of countries and areas of study. You must already have an offer to study at Nottingham to apply. Please note closing dates to ensure your course application is submitted in good time.

Information and advice on funding your degree, living costs and working while you study is available on our website, as well as country-specific resources.



Professional accreditation

NHS Leadership Academy

This course has been appointed by the NHS Leadership Academy as part of the NHS MBA programme.

Career destinations

Our MBA provides an excellent platform for career enhancement, career change or entrepreneurial activities. Graduate destinations include management consulting, finance and accounting, human resources, marketing/sales, information technology, and operations and logistics.

Companies and organisations our graduates have gone on to work for include Accenture, Apple, Bosch, Credit Suisse, Deloitte, Ernst & Young, Fidelity Bank, HSBC, Red Cross and Santander Group.

Postgraduate careers team

MBA students benefit from the support of our postgraduate careers team who will help you to explore your career options and develop your future career plans. The MBA Personal and Professional Development Programme combines career development and competency development activities, complemented by individual careers consultations and networking events.

Through a combination of your academic studies and the careers support on offer the MBA provides an excellent platform for career enhancement, career change or entrepreneurial activities.

Employability and average starting salary

82.1% of postgraduates from Nottingham University Business School who were available for employment secured work or further study within six months of graduation. £28,500 was the average starting salary, with the highest being £50,000. This reflects the higher salaries earned by our MBAs who have several years professional experience prior to undertaking their studies. For this cohort, the immediate post-MBA salary increase was 69%.*

* Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates 2015/16. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.

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