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 & Quality Management 
(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.


Action Learning Sets and Action Research Project 
(30 ECTS)

In order to fulfil the requirements for an MSc Degree, you must complete the six modules outlined above and conduct a change management project in your organisation. This component of the programme is facilitated via action learning sets. Use your learning from Year 1, in conjunction with Year 2 seminars dedicated to the leadership of change, to develop and direct your own change project. In collaboration with your work-based manager you will select a project designed to produce benefits to your organisation, such as process improvements or resource restructuring, that are likely to result in substantial cost savings.

With the support of a dedicated Action Learning Set comprising a small group of fellow students, you will lead the selected organisational development project within your own workplace setting. The set will also support you to produce a dedicated project report with a reflective account based on your ongoing diary notes and a poster for display.

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

Participants on our MSc programmes in the past have produced considerable developments in their organisations and many projects have resulted in significant improvements, substantial cost savings and publications in management journals. You can view previous projects here.


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.

Module teaching dates

Orientation Module

The two-week online Orientation Module begins on 13 September. Students will be required to complete some brief exercises and view a suite of short instructional videos. Students will be fully supported to access materials and the programme team will be on hand to assist students. There will be two live sessions as part of the Orientation Module:

  • Getting Started – 17 September (time TBC)
  • Meet your Programme Director and academic orientation – 24 September (time TBC)

Module lecture days will start at 9am and finish at 12:30pm Irish Time.


Start Date

Week 1
Lecture Day 1
Week 1
Lecture Day 2
Week 2
Lecture Day 3
1 27 Sep 2021 30 Sep 2021   1 Oct 2021 8 Oct 2021 
2 8 Nov 2021 11 Nov 2021 12 Nov 2021 19 Nov 2021
3 3 Jan 2022 6 Jan 2022 7 Jan 2022 14 Jan 2022 
4 14 Feb 2022  17 Feb 2022 18 Feb 2022 25 Feb 2022 
5 28 Mar 2022  31 Mar 2022  1 Apr 2022  8 Apr 2022