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MSc in Global Healthcare Leadership

About the course

The MSc in Global Healthcare Leadership is an intellectually rigorous and highly practical, part-time programme, designed to develop experiences leaders with the skills to deliver affordable, effective and efficient healthcare in complex global systems.

This multi-disciplinary master’s degree is led by the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences in partnership with Saïd Business School, creating an innovative and integrated programme that harnesses the University’s world-leading expertise in healthcare, business and policy.

Global health challenges have highlighted the complexity of decision making in healthcare systems and the need for good leadership to deliver a better future for the health of their communities. This programme will help you develop resilience and the ability to innovate and strengthen healthcare provision.

This programme takes a holistic approach, looking at healthcare from an individual, organisational and systemic perspective, whilst bringing together world-leading departments in healthcare research and delivery with experts in leadership and business.

Designed for experienced healthcare managers and leaders with over five years' relevant professional experience, this part-time programme awards a master’s degree from the University of Oxford whilst allowing participants to study alongside full-time employment.

The modular format consists of seven immersive in-person modules taught in Oxford and one online module. All modules will be supported by online distance learning activities and reading. During these courses, you’ll benefit from discussion and networking with an international group of world-class faculty, guest experts and peers, whilst receiving privileged access to different parts of the historic Oxford University.

Teaching methods include lectures, practical sessions, small group workshops, one-to-one coaching, virtual learning and real-world case studies, and students are advised that approximately 10 hours of self-directed study per week outside of the modules is required.

The MSc in Global Healthcare Leadership offers you:

  • the ability to develop crucial leadership, resilience and innovation skills;
  • the in-depth knowledge required to make informed, evidence-based decisions;
  • the opportunity to learn how others manage data and lead their healthcare delivery;
  • access to top-level teaching and research from world-leading experts including those from the business school and the wider university;
  • membership of a unique network of peers and practitioners from around the globe;
  • a masters’ degree from the University of Oxford which builds on your existing professional development and experience; and
  • a lifelong association with the university through the business school, university networks and college membership.


The allocation of graduate supervision for this course is the responsibility of the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences and the Saïd Business School and it is not always possible to accommodate the preferences of incoming graduate students to work with a particular member of staff. A supervisor may be found outside the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences and/or the Saïd Business School. Students will generally meet with their department supervisor once a term.


Assessment methods may include submitted assignments or student presentations as appropriate to the content of each module; in addition, this MSc concludes with a written dissertation. Students who fail to achieve the required standard have one opportunity to retake/resubmit the assessments. Students are required to pass all of the core courses and the dissertation.

Graduate destinations

Graduates of the programme will become alumni of both the Medical Sciences Division and the Saïd Business School. The OBA Network is the School’s alumni community, which is open to students and alumni of our degree, diploma and open on-campus executive education programmes, plus other Oxonians from across the University that share an interest in business.

With over 24,000 members in 150 countries, the network offers an excellent opportunity to make useful business connections across different sectors and geographies including 23 city based OBA Chapter groups and 60 Ambassadors who provide an active regional alumni community. Members also receive invitations to in-person and online OBA events, plus access to benefits that will support lifelong learning and development.

Although it is anticipated that MSc in Global Healthcare Leadership students are generally individuals with well-established careers and career progression plans, the Saïd Business School’s careers service offer a programme of events in areas such as salary negotiation, interview preparation and strategic networking for students to access. The School also offers a range of digital resources via a dedicated online platform that are available to students of the MSc in Global Healthcare Leadership.

Changes to this course and your supervision

The University will seek to deliver this course in accordance with the description set out in this course page. However, there may be situations in which it is desirable or necessary for the University to make changes in course provision, either before or after registration. The safety of students, staff and visitors is paramount and major changes to delivery or services may have to be made in circumstances of a pandemic (including Covid-19), epidemic or local health emergency. In addition, in certain circumstances, for example due to visa difficulties or because the health needs of students cannot be met, it may be necessary to make adjustments to course requirements for international study.

Where possible your academic supervisor will not change for the duration of your course. However, it may be necessary to assign a new academic supervisor during the course of study or before registration for reasons which might include illness, sabbatical leave, parental leave or change in employment.

For further information please see our page on changes to courses and the provisions of the student contract regarding changes to courses.

Other courses you may wish to consider

If you're thinking about applying for this course, you may also wish to consider the courses listed below. These courses may have been suggested due to their similarity with this course, or because they are offered by the same department or faculty.

Entry requirements for entry in 2022-23

Information regarding the entry requirements for this course can be accessed at the following location:

SBS MSc in Global Healthcare Leadership entry requirements


You will have access to both the Saïd Business School and the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences sites. Teaching will be hosted at the Saïd Business School, which offers modern state-of the-art facilities, including seven horseshoe-style lecture theatres where most classes take place, a 300-seat lecture theatre and the provision of informal working areas. There are numerous open spaces throughout, including cloistered walkways and a large internal courtyard – all of which help to foster interaction between students, faculty and visitors.

The Sainsbury Library is Saϊd Business School’s own dedicated resource. This state-of-the-art facility is spacious and fully equipped with desk space, wireless and networked computers, printers and copiers. Experienced library staff are available for advice and can help you use advanced search tools to carry out research for course projects. You will also have access to the Bodleian Healthcare Libraries and other specialist science library services such as the Radcliffe Science Library and Cairns Library.

Other facilities specific to your research will be discussed with your supervisor as you plan your project. You will be able to attend any seminars and events run by the Saïd Business School and the Nuffield Department of Primary Health Care Sciences and any other relevant academic seminars elsewhere in the university.


The University expects to be able to offer around 1,000 full or partial graduate scholarships across the collegiate University in 2022-23. You will be automatically considered for the majority of Oxford scholarships, if you fulfil the eligibility criteria and submit your graduate application by the relevant December or January deadline. Most scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic merit and/or potential. 

For further details about searching for funding as a graduate student visit our dedicated Funding pages, which contain information about how to apply for Oxford scholarships requiring an additional application, details of external funding, loan schemes and other funding sources.

Please ensure that you visit individual college websites for details of any college-specific funding opportunities using the links provided on our college pages or below:

Please note that not all the colleges listed above may accept students on this course. For details of those which do, please refer to the College preference section of this page.

Further information about funding opportunities for this course can be found on the school's website.


Total course fees for entry in 2022-23

Fee status

Total Course fees


Further details about fee status eligibility can be found on the fee status webpage.

Course fees cover your teaching as well as other academic services and facilities provided to support your studies. Unless specified in the additional information section below, course fees do not cover your accommodation, residential costs or other living costs. They also don’t cover any additional costs and charges that are outlined in the additional information below.


If your application is successful, you will be asked to pay a deposit against your course fees at the application stage as a condition of your offer. The deposit amount and date by which payment must be made are shown below.

Amount of deposit

Date by which deposit must be paid

£TBC The deposit is due 30 days after notification of acceptance.

The department's website provides further information about deposits for this course.

For more information about course fees and fee liability, please see the Fees section of this website. EU applicants should refer to our detailed fee status information and the Oxford and the EU webpage for details of the implications of the UK’s exit from the EU.

Additional information

This course has residential sessions in Oxford. You will need to meet your travel and accommodation costs in attending these sessions. Further, as part of your course requirements, you may need to choose a dissertation, a project or a thesis topic. Depending on your choice of topic and the research required to complete it, you may incur additional expenses, such as travel expenses, research expenses, and field trips. You will need to meet these additional costs, although you may be able to apply for small grants from your department and/or college to help you cover some of these expenses.

Living costs

In addition to your course fees, you will need to ensure that you have adequate funds to support your living costs for the duration of your course.

For the 2022-23 academic year, the range of likely living costs for full-time study is between c. £1,215 and £1,755 for each month spent in Oxford. Full information, including a breakdown of likely living costs in Oxford for items such as food, accommodation and study costs, is available on our living costs page. When planning your finances for any future years of study in Oxford beyond 2022-23, you should allow for an estimated increase in living expenses of 3% each year.

If you are studying part-time your living costs may vary depending on your personal circumstances but you must still ensure that you will have sufficient funding to meet these costs for the duration of your course.

College preference

All graduate students at Oxford belong to a department or faculty and a college or hall (except those taking non-matriculated courses). If you apply for a place on this course you will have the option to express a preference for one of the colleges listed below, or you can ask us to find a college for you. The Colleges section of this website provides information about the college system at Oxford, as well as factors you may wish to consider when deciding whether to express a college preference. Please note that ‘college’ and ‘colleges’ refers to all 45 of the University’s colleges, including those designated as Permanent Private Halls (PPHs). 

For some courses, the department or faculty may have provided some additional advice below to help you to decide. Whatever you decide, it won’t affect how the academic department assesses your application and whether they decide to make you an offer. If your department makes you an offer of a place, you’re guaranteed a place at one of our colleges. 

The following colleges accept students on the MSc in Global Healthcare Leadership:

How to apply

Admission to this course is administered directly by the Saïd Business School. For further details about the course, its requirements, deadlines and how to apply, please see the course page on the Saïd Business School website (see How to Apply below).

How to Apply

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