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Master of Science in Healthcare Management and Leadership

The Master of Science in Healthcare Management and Leadership program prepares students for higher leadership and management roles in the healthcare industry. It integrates a thorough grounding in advanced business management and healthcare theory, and practice with an understanding of the structure and operation of the healthcare systems.

Oct 2024

Start Date

18 Months FT/ 26 Months PT + Dissertation




IDEA College

Course Provider


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Full-Time | Part-Time



Course Fees


What you'll learn

For Communication Skills:

The learner will be able to:

Communicate with a large variety of people at different levels within own Healthcare organisation as well as with external stakeholders
Prepare and communicate information on complex contemporary issues in healthcare management, strategy and leadership to specialist and non-specialist audiences

For Learning Skills:

The learner will be able to:

Apply critical reflective thinking and be in a position to challenge and critique healthcare management models, concepts and ideas
Enhance their career by developing advanced knowledge and understanding to systematically and creatively inform their management practices
Become independent, self-directed learners with the tools and motivation to continue learning, developing and reflecting throughout their careers

The overall course objectives are:


  • Critically reflect on and appraise the utility of management and leadership theory in the development and functioning of healthcare systems
  • Analyse healthcare systems in global and local contexts in relation to financial flows within health systems
  • Evaluate the importance of managing Change in Healthcare at different levels in the context of change management and implementation theory
  • Critically analyse the functions and processes of healthcare management, and how healthcare services are organised, delivered, and evaluated
  • Critically analyse and assess the value of Healthcare Management functions in both the private and public sectors in relation to management and health systems theories


  • Apply an in-depth knowledge and understanding of healthcare management theories informed by current scholarship and research
  • Critically assess current issues and developments in the subject of healthcare management in relation to change management theories
  • Critically interpret and apply methodologies for evaluating, analysing and appraising organisational practice
  • Analyse, interpret and assess the value of evidence in scholarship and research related to healthcare organisations, leadership, strategy, finance and operations to inform problem-solving in healthcare settings
  • Apply change theories to the healthcare environment in relation to challenges in healthcare systems
    Critically analyse and apply leadership and management theories to practice


  • Develop and implement a number of plans to improve processes within the organisation, department or entity
  • Prepare and communicate information on complex contemporary issues in healthcare management, strategy and leadership to specialist and non-specialist audiences
  • Develop a strategy which is in line with the National Healthcare Strategy
  • Create a leadership strategy draft related to improved healthcare delivery
  • Manage across boundaries – and evaluate how high-quality services can best be designed, configured and delivered
  • Formulate Healthcare management reports in a timely manner
  • Synthesis of data related to Healthcare Management to identify risks


Candidates who apply for this course must possess one of the following:

  • A Level 6 degree in a related field; OR
  • A Level 5 diploma or higher diploma and 5 years work experience in a supervisory or managerial role
  • Preference is given to applicants having a Level 6 degree in a discipline related to the healthcare industry and a minimum of 3 years work experience in management within the sector
  • Students whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate English language capability at IELTS level 6.0 or equivalent

Target Audience

This course is targeted at Healthcare professionals with work experience; people such as

  • Nurses and Midwives
  • Nursing Managers
  • Ward Managers
  • Clinic/Department Managers
  • Physiotherapists
  • Social Workers
  • Doctors
  • Professionals allied to medicine, such as paramedics
  • Staff within the pharmaceutical and medical devices industries
  • General Managers without clinical qualifications
  • Kindly note that the target group focuses on people already employed within the Healthcare sector and who wish to have a more thorough background in the subject in order to progress further in their career

Career Paths

The programme aims to prepare you for senior posts such as

  • Chief Executive Officer
  • Managing Director
  • Head of Department of any healthcare entity such as a hospital, clinic or ward, amongst others


You are required to complete all 6 compulsory modules (36 ECTS), and only 4 elective modules out of the proposed 6 (24 ECTS), as well as the Dissertation (30 ECTS) to fulfil the requirements of this Master’s Degree.

How you’ll be assessed

The course comprises:

  • Evening classes for part-time courses
  • Classes held throughout the day for full-time courses
  • Guided learning, presentations, comprising synchronous online discussions, tutorials and/or videos
  • Self-study hours comprising research, reading and assignment work

Course Provider

IDEA College is Malta’s largest private further education institution focused on cultivating future leaders through specialized and accredited courses. With a philosophy centred around the students, IDEA College designs its part-time courses to seamlessly integrate into the personal and professional schedules of its attendees.

The curriculum is deeply rooted in industry needs, equipping students with practical skills and knowledge essential for success in their careers. The Academy distinguishes itself with personalized attention, access to expert mentors, an extensive resource library, and flexible payment options.

IDEA College offers a diverse range of programs, from introductory courses to advanced degrees from MQF/EQF level 4 all the way through Doctorate programs, all within a supportive, student-first environment.

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