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International Health Management

Duration: 1 year
Attendance mode: Full-time
Award: MSc
Suitable for international students
Start date: September or January
Faculty of Health Studies
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The MSc in International Health Management is delivered both at the University of Bradford and at Dubai Knowledge Village.

The programme focuses on developing knowledge and critical understanding of the structure, organisation and sustainability of health systems internationally. It provides opportunities for multi-disciplinary learning with managers from a variety of international backgrounds.

The teaching and learning methods used in this programme include lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials, case studies featuring national and international examples, and use of a virtual learning environment. Individual tutorials will also be held either face-to-face with students, via the phone or internet.

In order to meet the learning outcomes of the programme, assessments require students to integrate theory and apply this to a consideration of health management practice internationally. Assessment methods consist of written assignments, presentations and a management project.

The Management Project module includes compulsory taught sessions and working with a supervisor from the tutorial team, on an individual tutorial basis, over a period normally between 3 to 6 months. The project will be based on a management opportunity or challenge from the student’s current or future workplace.

Please note, there will be no January 2018 intake in Dubai. Applications are welcome for September 2018.

Why Bradford?

  • This course is also available in Dubai, where the teaching faculty are experienced health professionals and lecturers
  • Meets the learning and development needs of managers and aspiring managers, within the context of increasing managerial demands, responsibilities and complexities
  • Opportunities for multi disciplinary learning with managers from a variety of international backgrounds
  • Focus on developing knowledge and critical understanding of the structure, organization and sustainability of health systems internationally

Entry requirements

Candidates should:

  • Be working or aspire to work in an international health management setting
  • Normally hold a first degree or equivalent professional qualification. However, applicants who do not possess this qualification, but have appropriate work experience may also be considered

English language requirements:

IELTS at 6.5 or the equivalent.

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details.


The modules for this course can be found in the latest programme specification.

Reading lists

All reading lists can be found here.

Career support and prospects

Career support

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

Fees, Finance and Scholarships

Tuition fees


  • Home/EU: £6,680
  • International: £18,480

Dubai Based Programme


  • Standard student fee: TBC
  • Dubai Health Authority fee: TBC

Early payment discount for Dubai

Self-funded participants receive a 5% discount if the application is received by the 31 May (for September starts) and 31 October (for February starts).

Tuition fees are subject to review for students starting their course in subsequent years. See our Fees and Financial Support website for more details.

Financial support

Funding for eligible staff within the region will be reviewed by Health Education England (HEE) in the coming months for the 2017/18 academic year. We advise all applicants to apply as normal for 2017/18 courses and further information will be provided as soon as it is available.

How do I find out more?

Steps to Postgraduate Study

Find out more about studying at a postgraduate level on the official, independent website Steps to Postgraduate Study (link opens in new window).

How to apply

The easiest way to apply is online.

This will help us process your application more quickly and allow you to submit your supporting documents electronically.

If you are unable to apply online, please email to request a paper application form.

We will also need the following supporting documents, along with any other information specified on the course page:

  • Degree certificates/transcripts
  • Research proposal (if required)
  • Two references (including one academic reference)
  • Evidence of English language level (if required)
  • A copy of your passport

Once you have applied you will have access to the University's Applicant Portal, where you can track the status of your application.

You should also start thinking about how you plan to fund your postgraduate study — you may need to apply for loans or grants at this stage.

International students

If you applying from outside the UK and require additional support you may apply through your country representative.

They can help you at every stage and communicate with the University on your behalf. They often provide additional services to ensure your smooth arrival to the UK such as visa application support and assistance with your travel arrangements.

Further information is available on our International Office website.

This is the current course information. Modules and course details may change, subject to the University's programme approval, monitoring and review procedures. The University reserves the right to alter or withdraw courses, services and facilities as described on our website without notice and to amend Ordinances, Regulations, fees and charges at any time. Students should enquire as to the up-to-date position when applying for their course of study.