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University of Birmingham - Online MBA Clinical Leadership

Online MBA Clinical Leadership

Lead future clinical change

Aging populations, greater patient expectations, rising healthcare costs and the growing prevalence of chronic disease – to meet these challenges, we urgently need smarter, more efficient healthcare systems driven by decisive and innovative health services leadership. 

The University of Birmingham’s online MBA Clinical Leadership was voted Top 10 in Europe by QS Online MBA Rankings 2023 and was ranked 19th in the UK for Business and Management Studies by QS in 2022. It offers working professionals the opportunity to develop the high-level management skills they need to spearhead smarter, more value-based patient care solutions. In a field calling out for investment, the demand for clinical leadership and management can only increase - even before the COVID-19 pandemic, global healthcare spending was expected to rise by 5% annually between 2019 and 2023.

“As a clinician, my first priority will always be my patients. But I also have huge commitments to my staff and to my organisation. The MBA course has definitely given me the knowledge and confidence to deal with all my commitments effectively.” Wilson Lopez, Online MBA

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Enrich your healthcare management experience

Delivered jointly by our triple-accredited business school and long-established Health Services Management Centre, the programme takes on a truly interdisciplinary approach. As well as the core MBA modules, you’ll study three healthcare-focused electives exploring everything from governance to disruptive digital technology.

Not only will it empower you to manage experts, change policy and predict strategic level changes, it will help you understand the value of innovative care delivery models, advanced digital technology and data interoperability to develop more robust health ecosystems.

Studying this distance learning programme from a Russel Group University also offers an opportunity to experience business practices both in and out of healthcare, through networking with students from over 70 different countries.

By exposing you to such diverse perspectives, this programme develops a deep understanding and appreciation of the systems and techniques needed to deliver change more effectively and efficiently to transform patient outcomes.

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The Online MBA Clinical Leadership is a 180 credit full masters programme which takes approximately two and a half years to complete. As part of the programme, students complete nine core modules and choose an additional three elective modules (followed by a dissertation), to graduate with the full masters qualification. Note that your choice of elective may increase the duration of the programme. 


  1. Operations management
  2. Marketing
  3. International business
  4. Accounting and finance
  5. Organisational behaviour and human resource management
  6. Strategy
  7. Governance, policy and regulations in health organisations
  8. Leading clinicians
  9. Digital health


  1. Economics and economic policy for business
  2. Service operations management
  3. Critical integration in management
  4. Marketing strategy
  5. Managing change
  6. Entrepreneurship and innovation
  7. Corporate finance
  8. Advanced strategy
  9. Business in society

To be eligible to apply for the Online MBA Clinical Leadership, you will need to have obtained: 

  • At least an upper second-class degree or postgraduate diploma from a UK university or equivalent
  • A reference (this is dependent on your entry mode and may not be required)
  • A statement of purpose (this is dependent on your entry mode and may not be required)
  • An ideal candidate must have at least 3 years of relevant management experience in a health industry or clinical setting
  • For international students, standard English language requirements apply. You must have an IELTS 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in any band.

There are multiple intakes in a year. Students can join the programme in July | October

The estimated total cost of this programme is £24,290. You can pay in full or in instalments of £1,735 on a module-by-module basis. All costs are listed, to help you make an informed decision.

Programme fees are reviewed annually and are subject to change each academic year.

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  • Explore and advance leadership practice in healthcare organisations
  • Develop and implement strategy
  • Appreciate the integrated value of marketing, operations, HRM and accounting and finance
  • Generate confident business leadership in multiple contexts through group participation