Executive Master of Business Administration in Health Services Management

In partnership with Plymouth University

  • The individualised support that GSM London’s tutors provided, made studying a really enjoyable experience.

Next start date

April 2017


January, February, April, May, June, September and November

Study options

18 months, part time
weekend study




This programme combines the study of Health Services Management and the principles of General Management, to help you obtain the skills required to manage health care services in increasingly business-like environments.

Please note: This course is subject to a minimum number to run

  • The individualised support that GSM London’s tutors provided, made studying a really enjoyable experience.

Why study with GSM London?

As public and private health care organisations continue to evolve at speed, health service professionals are being required to take a more integrated approach to structuring services, and it has never been more important for medical practitioners and administrative staff to involve themselves with management processes.

This executive programme covers a range of subjects across 9 modules that reflect the needs of Management Professionals currently working in this dynamic and challenging sector.

How will this course support my professional development?

This executive programme has been developed specifically for decision makers in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.

Whatever your specialist role in the health care sector, you should be aware of the nature of your market and how business considerations will affect your customers.

This programme looks at how the disciplines of marketing, finance, and strategic planning impact the way in which health care is delivered.

With flexible weekend part-time study and a range of start dates, it will allow you to complete the programme with little impact on you professional commitments.

Middle/Senior Management roles

Programme Lead
Project Manager
Head of Department
Surgery Manager

How is the course structured?

The EMBA in Health Services Management consists of 8 modules delivered flexibly over a period of 16-20 months depending on your enrolment date, plus a dissertation to be completed by distant supervision from your supervisor.

You will have the option to study the modules in either of the following schedules, to fit your convenience:

-7 module weekends (Friday-Sunday) plus 3 additional Saturdays


-4 three-day module weekends (Friday-Sunday) and 3 four-day module weekends (Thursday – Sunday)

The modules you will study are:

Strategic Management and Policy in the Health Service
Leadership and Human Resource Management in Health Care
Risk Management and Needs Assessment in Health Care
Management, Partnerships and User Involvement in Health and Social Care
Accounting and Finance for Managers
Marketing Planning and Promotion
Management Information and Communication Systems
Research Skills and Dissertation Planning

You can enrol on the course on any given module weekend throughout the year, meaning we have 7 start dates throughout the year.

This flexible structure is carefully designed to fit around your professional schedule, and allow UK and International students to pursue their MBA with minimal impact on existing commitments.

Entry requirements

Applicants will normally be 18 years of age* on registration and one of the following (or international equivalents):

  • Bachelor’s Degree (Hons) at 2:2 or above, (or an equivalent qualification from a recognised UK or overseas institution)
  • NQF Level six qualification (including the CIPS Graduate Diploma);

If English is not your first language you will be required to provide proof of fluency prior to the start of the course, you will need an IELTS score of 6.0 or equivalent qualification. We accept:

  • IELTS - minimum overall score of 6.0
  • Pearson’s PTE Academic – 51
  • GSM London’s English Proficiency test – 6.0
  • TOEFL iBT – 76-77

*Candidates who are under 18 on registration will need to review our policy on under 18’s: gsmlondon.ac.uk/b3-young-or-vunerable-applicants

Non-standard entry:

If you do not meet the standard entry requirements, listed above, exceptionally you may be able to be considered via our non-standard entry process.

Applications from candidates who lack the normal course entry requirements are positively encouraged. In such cases, the Admissions Tutors must be satisfied that the applicant has the necessary potential, knowledge or experience and motivation to follow the course successfully.

To be considered you will need to be able to demonstrate/pass:

  • Evidence of full-time work experience (minimum three years managerial experience)
  • An employer reference
  • Interview
  • Academic interview (if required)
  • Written essay (if required)

Candidates who apply via non-standard entry are considered on individual merits.

Accreditation of prior learning:

Partial exemptions from a postgraduate programme may be obtained in accordance with the Academic Regulations dependent on the compatibility of previous study. Each case is considered on its own merit and will be, subject to the approval by Plymouth University.

Candidates may gain exemptions from a module or modules on the programme up to a maximum of 120 credits through Accreditation of Prior Certified Learning (APCL) and Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL). He/she must demonstrate successful achievement of all the learning outcomes associated with the relevant modules through previous studies or work experience, and MUST undertake the Research Skills and Project Management module. APCL and APEL cannot be applied to the Master’s project and will not normally be applied to the Research Skills and Project Management module.

You may be required to provide an academic reference and/or personal statement.

We will not normally consider APL’s older than 3 years unless the applicant has a recent experiential learning.



UK/EU Student Fee

£5,950 per year

GSM London Alumni only

£4,165 per year

International Student Fee

£7,250 per year 

How to apply

To speak to a dedicated course advisor about the Executive MBA, please email enquiries@gsm.org.uk or phone +44 (0)20 8516 7800