Master of Science International Healthcare Leadership


Developed, fully taught and awarded by The University of Manchester, UK.

The University of Manchester Highlights:

  • Ranked 6th in the UK and 34th in the world by Shanghai Jiao Tong Academic Ranking of World Universities 2018.
  • Alliance Manchester Business School is ranked 4th in the UK, 10th in Europe and 36th in the world by Financial Times Global MBA Ranking 2018.
  • A member of the prestigious Russell Group of UK universities.
  • Alliance Manchester Business School is accredited by all three major bodies i.e. Triple Crown Accreditation - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International), Association of MBAs (AMBA) and European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS).
  • The University has 25 Nobel Prize Winners amongst its current and former staff and students.
  • Alliance Manchester Business School is one of the country's major schools for business and management research, ranked 2nd in the UK in terms of 'research power' according to the 2014 Research Excellence Framework.

Learn how new, innovative ways of leadership can help transform healthcare. The course focuses on the challenges presented to healthcare leaders and the roles that both clinicians and managers can play in reshaping healthcare services. It focuses on international systems and helps you to apply your learning to your workplace environment or through practically based case studies.

The Programme:

  • Offers unique Personal and Organisational Development planning and close tutorial support

  • Provides interaction and network opportunities between like-minded group of professionals to develop exceptional leadership skills and shared experiences through a range of cutting-edge blended learning approaches

  • Helps to strengthen career prospects, positioning participants to move seamlessly into leadership role in healthcare

  • Tailors participant’s learning practices to the organisation or system’s vision and priorities that benefits healthcare organisations for supporting its leaders on the programme

  • This programme is suitable for experienced clinicians and managers who wish to move into key positions and leadership role in healthcare

Who would benefit from the programme?

  • Allied healthcare professionals, including social workers, medical and nursing researchers, scientists, pharmacists, nutritionists and counsellors.

  • Directors, Managers and Administrators in the comprehensive and community hospitals, nursing homes, health economists and various other practitioners in the healthcare sector, including Industry Managers, Directors and Leaders wanting to extend their international horizon and boost their career in the healthcare sector.

  • Clinicians who aspire to assume greater leadership positions, including physicians, nurses, psychologists and therapists.

"This programme makes the most of new learning techniques and cutting edge topics to give you a rich insight into the international challenges presented to healthcare leaders across the globe."

- Dr. Stephen Brookes, Programme Director, Alliance Manchester Business School

“Dr Stephen Brookes, Programme Director for the MSc International Healthcare Leadership Programme, Singapore, shares more about the MSc International Healthcare Leadership Programme offered at SIM Global Education.”


Course Start Date & End Date

1 intake a year in March 

March 2019 Intake*

1 Mar 2019 - 28 Feb 2021

 *Date & period is subject to change by the University  


Programme fee: S$32,100.00


Application Fee applies


All fees quoted are inclusive of 7% GST, but exclude textbooks and course material. Fees are valid for Mar 2019 intake.



Ronnie Poh

I enjoy my job because I like helping people and whenever a patient says ‘thank you’, it brightens my day no matter how busy I am.


Application Closing Date:

March 2019 intake

19 January 2019

Events & Programme Briefings

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The Four Golden Threads of Healthcare Leadership

The golden threads represent the key aims of the programme and will apply to all of the learning throughout the study. The four golden threads described are those that apply to any health system, in any country and in respect of which the development of future leaders will be critical.

In this programme, you get the opportunity to learn:

  •  International Perspectives

  • Creativity and Innovation

  • Leading through Networks

  • Putting Patients at the Heart of Delivery

Prospects/ Further Education

Graduates can explore pursuing their career prospects, positioning them to move seamlessly into a leadership role in healthcare.

Mode of Delivery/Session Timetable

The pedagogical approach – supported by e-learning strategy – focuses on problem based learning and case studies. Programme content is tailored to this approach and student assessment is related to applying the learning to the work place or case study. 

The programme comprises of 8 units delivered over two years through blended learning approaches. It is delivered through interactive lectures, seminars, and action learning via the University’s virtual campus. There are also 4 residential workshops led by the University faculty conducted within the two years. 

Virtual Study and Interactive Lectures, Seminars

Each unit requires the commitment of six equivalent direct contact hours per week and consist of interactive lectures and seminars delivered via the University’s virtual campus Blackboard.

Each 15-credit unit is delivered over 5 weeks of study
Each 30-credit unit is delivered over 10 weeks of study

Residential Workshops

Residential workshop will allow engagement among participants in the discussion and development of healthcare study project, or a work based organisational case study in the second year. Participants will work through the programme within a small group of peers with an experienced personal tutor from the University to facilitate the progress of the projects. The aim is to identify a project that will have impact in service improvement within their organisation, or based on developing the learning from their chosen case study. Participants from the healthcare sector are encouraged to apply the research learning and outcomes to the practice of leadership and its impact.

Each residential workshop is conducted over 3.5 days at 7 hours per day.

Attendance to residential workshops are compulsory.

Typical module schedule may be either of the following, and may change according to module requirements.

Fri: 2pm – 6pm
Sat, Sun, Mon: 9am – 5pm


Tue: 2pm – 6pm
Wed, Thu, Fri: 9am – 5pm


Wed: 2pm – 6pm
Thu, Fri, Sat: 9am – 5pm

Residential workshops are conducted at SIM campus unless otherwise stated.

Action Learning

In addition to the above, the programme consists of approximately 6 action learning weeks that requires 4 hours of interactive online contact for each action learning week over the 2 years programme.


  • You as a Leader: Personal and Organisational Development

  • Leading Teams through Purpose: Organisational Behaviour and Change

  • Leading Organisations through Transformation: Service Improvement

  • Leading Organisation through Vision: Strategic and Ethical Leadership

  • Leading through Networks: Collective Leadership

  • Leading Systems: Health Systems and Policy

  • Leading in the Wider Context: Health Economics and Its Environment

  • Applied Research in the Workplace: Research and Evaluation

Module Synopses

See example of typical academic timetable here

Duration of Programme/Candidature Period

2-year part-time

Students who have not completed the programme requirements in the candidature period will not be entitled to any recourse or refund. 

Minimum Class Size

Minimum Class Size to commence: 25 students

If programme fails to commence due to low take-up rate, students will be informed within one month before class commencement. 


Entry Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree (Upper 2nd Class Honours degree or its equivalent) with minimum two years of management experience

  • Candidates with other qualifications or extensive relevant working experience can be assessed on individual merit

 English Proficiency Requirement

  • A minimum of C6 pass in English as First Language at GCE O-Level; or

  • IELTS 7.0 (with speaking and writing 6.5 and no other element below 6.0)

Candidates are subject to an interview. The final decision regarding admission into the programme will be made by the University's Programme Director.

Course Fee

Programme fee: S$32,100.00, payable in 4 payment periods:

Payment 1: S$10,700 (Programme commencement)
Payment 2: S$5,350 (Residential Workshop 2)
Payment 3: S$10,700 (Course module 4 commencement)
Payment 4: S$5,350 (Course module 8 commencement)

Course fee for each 15-credit unit: S$2,675.00
Course fee for each 30-credit unit: S$5,350.00

Application Fee applies

All fees inclusive of 7% GST, but exclude textbooks and course materials. Payment is required to be made before programme/ course module commencement. Fees are valid for March 2019 intake.




The average teacher student ratio 1: 25

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Participants are assessed by continuous assessment through coursework, individual and group based written assignments, work-based or case study applications to apply the concepts and tools to actual scenarios and challenges within the healthcare organisation. Assessment may include both individual and group presentations. 

Assignments are set within the context of personal and organisational development, taking into account of the need to encourage a leadership style that is patient-centred which supports the improvement of healthcare organisations.


Participants will be allowed to progress through each module upon the completion of its coursework.

Attendance Requirement

Participants must adhere to the attendance requirements as stipulated by The University of Manchester


In order to attain the Master of Science International Healthcare Leadership degree, participants must successfully complete the coursework and meet the conferral requirements of the programme.