Leading in management

LSBU is one of the leading centres for management training in the public and health sectors in the UK. This course has primarily been designed for international clientele: doctors, nurses and administrators holding senior management posts.

Our contribution towards more effective health management in countries with developing healthcare systems comes through teaching, research, consultancy and practical relationships with the health sector in Africa, the Middle East and South East Asia.

There is an emphasis is on planning and managing health services and the curriculum includes management theory and practice, delivery of public health and health protection, international human resource and management, health planning, health economics and research methods.

The programme also includes a management observation placement designed to give international health service managers the opportunity to examine, at a local level, strategic and operational management issues.

Why International Health Services and Hospital Management at LSBU?

  • Gain managerial skills and explore how public health functions across organisational and national boundaries.
  • Your evidence and research-based studies will help further health services and hospital management, wherever you're employed.
  • Learn to deliver high-quality services measured against international benchmarks.
  • Become acquainted with influencing and facilitating the creation of policy regarding health care delivery.


Key course information - ordered by mode

Mode Duration Start Date Location
Full-time 1 year September Southwark Campus


Year 1

Semester 1

  • International human resource and management
  • Leading public health and health promotion
  • Management and leadership

Semester 2

  • Research methods and strategy
  • Health economics in developing countries
  • Management in action (includes an observation experience in NHS trust hospital or NGOs)
  • Health planning in developing countries

Year 2

Semester 1

  • Dissertation


Over 50 countries have been represented on the course and past students hold national and expatriate appointments across federal, provincial and district health services and in international organisations.

Employability Service

We are the University of the Year for Graduate Employment for the second year in a row - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018, 2019.

At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:

  • An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
  • Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.

Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.

Teaching and learning

The course is informed by theoretical insights and managerial understanding. Students from over 150 countries have attended the course and come to the programme with existing experience of the health service and or hospital management.

The overall aim of the course is to produce knowledgeable, competent senior managers with the interpersonal skills to operate efficiently and effectively in their health services.

The course objectives are to:

  • Explore a broad overview of the historical organisational studies and the various contributory schools of thought
  • Further develop the participant's self-awareness of their own abilities and to foster personal and professional growth in self and others
  • Enable students to develop a broad canvas of management concepts embracing political, economic, sociological, psychological and ethical elements
  • Enable participants to increase their knowledge base and expertise in areas of management most pertinent to their present and/or intended management roles
  • Foster the development of confidence in participants personal abilities as managers and leaders.

Entry requirements

In addition to LSBU's standard entry requirements for postgraduate management awards, applicants will normally require:

  • A degree or equivalent qualification together with appropriate senior work experience in a health service setting; or
  • A professional qualification recognised as being equivalent to degree level and appropriate senior work experience in a health services setting.

For applicants whose first language is not English, an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent is required.

How to apply

International students

International (non-Home/EU) applicants should follow our international how to apply guide.

Instructions for Home/EU applicants

Mode Duration Start Dates Application code Application mode
Full-time 12 months September 3902 Direct to LSBU

Postgraduate students and research students should apply through our dedicated application system. Full details of how to do this are supplied on our How to apply section for postgraduate students and our How to apply section for research students.


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Prepare to start

We help our students prepare for university even before the semester starts. To find out when you should apply for your LSBU accommodation or student finance read the How to apply tab for this course.

Welcome Week

Before you start your course we’ll send you information on what you’ll need to do before you arrive and during your first few days on campus. You can read about the process on our Welcome Week pages.

Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated May 2, 2019
This course is Campus based
Start Date
Sep 23, 2019
1 year
15,100 GBP
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Start Date
Sep 23, 2019
End Date
June 5, 2020
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Sep 23, 2019

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