Healthcare Management

RCSI Graduate School of Healthcare Management, Dublin

Course details

The MSc in Healthcare Management is an applied healthcare management course designed to facilitate healthcare professionals, managers and administrators in developing the necessary knowledge, expertise and skills for effective healthcare service management and leading in associated settings.

The programme comprises six taught modules and an action research project. On completion of the MSc in Healthcare Management, you will be ideally placed to ensure the delivery and configuration of high-quality healthcare services, to lead and manage change, and to develop within your organisation and your profession. 

You will also graduate with a thorough knowledge and understanding of the complexity of healthcare, business processes, finance, operations management, information technology, marketing, leadership and strategy.

Suitable for:

All those working in the healthcare sector including doctors, managers, nurses, interdisciplinary health and social care workers, allied health professionals, other clinical specialists and administrators who wish to develop their management knowledge and skills. Personnel in allied health businesses such as medical supplies and equipment, the pharmaceutical sector and healthcare regulation should also find the programme highly relevant.

Mode of delivery: 

This course is delivered in a digital format via our online teaching platform, making it accessible to busy healthcare professionals wherever they may be working.


The MSc in Healthcare Management is a two-year, part-time academic programme.

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The MSc in Healthcare Management will be facilitated in a digitally engaged format via our online teaching platform and will be delivered though a blend of online content and activities and live interactive sessions, to offer a collaborative and supportive student experience.

Our experienced team have the skills and technology to provide a rich and engaging online experience and will be on hand to smooth your course for success as you commence your studies, no matter what your level of technical ability.

Students will have the opportunity to become part of an international, healthcare focused, learning community, as they are supported to engage through collaborative group work, team building and networking opportunities – benefiting from each other’s experience in a safe and supported environment.

Module 1: Managing Organisations and People
(10 ECTS)

This module introduces you to organisational structure and culture, teamwork, conflict, power and influence, and change management. You will also learn how to use analytical management tools. The module is supported by the development of your individual electronic portfolio.

Module 2: Operations Management & Quality
(10 ECTS)

In this module you will examine the patient journey using process mapping, identifying areas for improvement and discussing the concept of lean management. Project management tools are introduced and applied as part of the learning.

Module 3: Leadership & Strategic Management 
(10 ECTS)

Different approaches to leadership and your preferred leadership style are explored here. You learn how to design and implement strategy using a wide variety of tools to understand the external environment and assess the internal strengths and weaknesses of your organisation.

Module 4: Managing
Finance in Healthcare Organisations 
(10 ECTS)

This module introduces you to financial and management accounting. Topics covered include: preparation and interpretation of financial accounts, working capital, cash flow forecasting, budgeting and costs and costing.

Module 5: Quality & Risk Management 
(10 ECTS)

Quality maintenance and improvement is necessary in healthcare given the imperative of maximising patient safety. In this module, you will explore the concepts of quality, safety and risk and examine current best-practice in a variety of healthcare contexts.

Module 6: Evaluation, Measurement & Research (10 ECTS)


Modern health services require a complex range of information to support evidence-based practice. In this module, you will learn how to collect, analyse, interpret and present valid data as a foundation for evidence based practice.


Capstone Dissertation Project (30 ECTS)

A capstone dissertation brings together your learnings from the six modules and encourages you to reflect and think critically on a specific project. In line with the international best practice of increasing the diversity of assessment methods and student choice in assessment, the Graduate School of Healthcare Management offers you three options to fulfil the Year 2 requirements.  Use your learning from Year 1, in conjunction with Year 2 seminars you will choose

One option to undertake in year two:  

  • Option A Co-design: Develop a co-designed quality improvement intervention for implementation into practice. You will identify a participatory co-design process that will bring together service users, clinical and non-clinical staff and, relevant support and advocacy groups to work together to improve or refine elements of the health and social care system, services or processes.
  • Option B Change: Develop a change roadmap for implementation into practice. You will identify a project within a real-life health or social care context and articulate the strategic areas of change required to be ready for implementation.
  • Option C Empirical: Undertake an empirical organisational based project. In collaboration with your work-based manager, you will select a project designed to produce benefits to your organisation, such as workforce planning, process improvements or resource restructuring, that are likely to result in substantial cost savings. This option requires ethics approval to undertake primary data collection.

Year 2 of the programme is an exciting and beneficial opportunity for students dedicated to understanding and leading context specific healthcare change.


Your learning on each module is assessed by one of a number of methods: examination, individual assignment or team assignment and case studies.

This programme will provide you with the skills and knowledge to:

  • Understand the complexity and determinants of health and healthcare systems.
  • Understand management, the role of the manager in healthcare and understanding how organisations work.
  • Manage resources – effectively managing people, finance and organisations.
  • Manage across boundaries – evaluating how services can best be configured and delivered.
  • Team work effectively and manage multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Develop leadership, personal and professional learning and development skills.

We are proud to be a recognised University of the National University of Ireland (NUI). All RCSI programmes are accredited by the NUI.

Recognition by Ministries and bodies in other jurisdictions must be determined by the individual applicants.