University of Birmingham

Master in Healthcare Commissioning - Máster en Puesta en Marcha de la Salud

University of Birmingham
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  • Imparte:
  • Modalidad:
    Presencial en Birmingham
  • Precio:
    UK/EU full-time Code: 028B £10,080
    UK/EU part-time Code: 029B £5,040
    Overseas full-time £13,000

    UK/EU full-time Code: 030B £8,760
    UK/EU part-time Code: 8019 £4,380
    PGCert (part-time only)

    UK/EU part-time Code: 8018 £4,380
  • Comienzo:
    Septiembre 2017
  • Lugar:
    Birmingham B15 2TT
    Reino Unido
  • Duración:
    1 Año
  • Idioma:
    El Master se imparte en Inglés
  • Titulación:
    Healthcare Commissioning MSc/PGCert/PGDip


The MSc programme is offered on a full-time (1 year) or part-time (2 year) basis, and consists of three compulsory modules, three optional modules and a dissertation.

The Postgraduate Diploma is offered on a full-time (1 year) or part-time (2 year) basis, and consists of four compulsory modules and two optional modules.

Each module involves approximately 30 hours contact time. To aid those travelling from distance, modules are delivered in units (for example, 5 consecutive days, or units of three and two consecutive days).


For entry to the Masters programme you should normally have an undergraduate degree of at least an upper second standard or an equivalent professional qualification. However, if you do not have a degree or professional qualification then previous research or career experience may also be taken into account. In addition to the above, applicants to the LHSI programme must be in employment in a healthcare-related organisation at the time of programme commencement in order to optimise the application of theory and the action learning elements of the programme.

International students:

Academic requirements

We accept a range of qualifications

English language requirements

You can satisfy our English language requirements in two ways:

by holding an English language qualification to the right level
by taking and successfully completing one of our English courses for international students


Strategic Commissioning, Decision-making and Priority Setting, and Procurement and Market Management

Strategic Commissioning

Module Lead(s): Mark Exworthy; Yvonne Sawbridge

This module examines the origins and impact of the commissioning agenda – in health care and in other sectors. It explores prior experience of and existing research about the outcomes of clinical commissioning, before moving to explore different elements of the commissioning cycle: assessing need and demand for services; making decisions and setting priorities; ensuring quality; and involving the public in commissioning activities.

Decision-making and Priority-setting

Module Lead(s): Iestyn Williams; Catherine Needham; Jenny Harlock

A key element of commissioning is the ability to assess needs, understand competing priorities and make decisions about how financial resources should be invested to best improve health outcomes. In addition to technical skills, this also requires an awareness of the principles of public value, of political and negotiation skills and of how national policy is made, disseminated and implemented. Against this background, key topics in this module include: methods of needs assessment and outcome measurement; quality of life measurement and economic evaluation; multi-criteria decision analysis; the policy process and political/organisational influences on decisions; clinical leadership and decisionmaking; and evidence-based policy and practice.

Procurement and Market Management

Module Lead(s): Russell Mannion; Robin Miller

In the current context, health care commissioners are increasingly being asked to stimulate and manage a market, working with a much more mixed economy of service providers. Although this has long been a requirement in some public services (for example, some areas of local government), it is a relatively new challenge in the NHS. Such issues are also acquiring much greater significance in the midst of a very challenging financial context. In addition, commissioning organisations are being tasked with securing greater procurement skills and demonstrating greater understanding of the principles of supply chain management, with many looking towards private sector sources of expertise. Against this background, this module draws on the health care experience of HSMC and the broader procurement and supply chain management literature in order to respond to this agenda.

The optional modules are drawn from HSMC´s programmes and include:

Health Services Management (07 02837)
Module Lead(s): Robin Miller; Russell Mannion; Hilary Brown
Health and Health Care Policy (07 02978)
Module Lead(s): Martin Powell; Ross Millar
Public and User Involvement in Health Care (08 19697)
Module Lead(s): Hilary Brown; Karen Newbigging
Introduction to Organisational Development in Health and Social Care (07 16710)
Module Lead(s): Robin Miller; Kim Jelphs
Leadership in Context (08 19200)
Module Lead(s): Iain Snelling; Merv Conroy
Health Care Quality: Measuring and Assuring (08 25986)
Module Lead(s): Yvonne Sawbridge; Kerry Allen
Health Care Quality: Innovation and Improvement (08 25990)
Module Lead(s): Iain Snelling; Ross Millar
Integrated Care: Theory and Practice (08 25989)
Module Lead(s): Hilary Brown; Robin Miller

The dissertation is awarded the final 60 credits. The dissertation is a 10,000 word research project. This can be based on literature, or a primary research study. Dissertation study days are held each year, and all students are allocated a supervisor to support them through the self-directed piece of work.


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