Healthcare Management MBA Degree Apprenticeship

Course overview

  • Course level
    Postgraduate, MBA / DBA, Degree Apprenticeship
  • Course type
    Part-time, Online / distance learning, Work-based degree
  • Duration
    2 years
  • School
    Aston Business School, School of Life & Health Sciences

Entry requirements

  • Degree
    A UK honours degree (or equivalent) or a degree-level professional qualification
  • Plus
    At least 3 years’ relevant post-graduation work experience by the time you start your programme
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Aston Business School is in the 1% of business schools globally with triple accreditation

A specialised MBA for leaders in the healthcare sector

Ranked 39th in the world by CEO Magazine Global MBA Rankings 2019

No fees to pay as this MBA is funded through your employer's apprenticeship levy

Course summary

An MBA for leaders in healthcare

The Healthcare Management MBA is a specialist programme for managers in the public and private healthcare sector. Designed to transform learners into leaders in their field, this programme covers the essential areas of business required to lead with success.

Designed around our world-class Executive MBA, this programme is tailored for healthcare professionals who want to nurture an entrepreneurial mindset and embed strategy in everything they do.

This programme meets the standard for the Level 7 Senior Leader Masters Degree Apprenticeship, meaning your employer can fund your studies using the apprenticeship levy so you'll gain an MBA without the fees.

Key information and entry requirements


By successfully completing this programme, you'll be awarded a Masters in Business Administration degree. 

You will also be awarded a Level 7 Diploma in Strategic Management and Leadership from the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) and Chartered Manager Status and be a CMI member throughout the programme and for one year after graduation.

On completion of the Level 7 Senior Leader end point assessment, you will achieve an apprenticeship certificate that is graded at pass, merit or distinction. 

Duration of programme

The duration of this course is two years.

Start dates

Presently there are three entry points: September, January and April.

Tuition fees

Apprentices do not have to pay for tuition fees*. The total fee of £18,000 will be met by the UK government and your employer. In addition to your fees being paid, you will also earn a salary while you study, so there is no need to apply for Student Finance.

* Employers may require students to pay the fees for resits.

Entry requirements 

For direct enrolment onto the Aston MBA programme, you will need one* of the following:

  • A UK honours degree, or
  • An equivalent overseas degree recognised by Aston University, or
  • A degree-level professional qualification.


  • Grade 4 or C GCSE (or level 2 equivalent) Maths and English by the time you complete the programme
  • At least three years’ relevant post-graduation work experience by the time you start your programme
  • An official academic transcript of your grades (in English) 
  • Two references – preferably one from an academic referee, the other from your current or previous employer (Two professional references may be accepted from applicants with substantial work experience).

*Applicants with extensive work experience

We accept applications from candidates with extensive work experience who have not completed a graduate qualification.

We take a holistic approach in evaluating applications. If you would like to get a better idea before applying, you are welcome to contact one of our MBA advisers for an informal discussion.

Course outline

Programme overview

The best leaders have mastered the art of decision making and action based on critical thinking. Your Aston MBA will teach you how to reflect on your own career, perceive emerging opportunities and develop a growth mindset. You will become enterprising in everything you do and your organisation will benefit from a confident and informed business leader.

This programme has been designed in around our Executive MBA programme to give leaders in the healthcare sector the core theory needed to develop their understanding of business functions and the impact they have in the healthcare sector.

Who is this programme for?

The Healthcare Management MBA is a transformational programme for leaders who want to accelerate their career and immerse themselves into the principles of strategic thinking within the context of the healthcare sector.

Apprentices can range from new employees to existing managers who have grown into their role, but would benefit from a formal MBA qualification. It is intended for managers in management in both the public and private healthcare sector who want to develop their leadership knowledge, transferable skills and behaviours. 

Roles can include anyone with significant management responsibilities. Responsibilities can include leading people, projects, operations and/or services to deliver long term results.

Programme content

The Healthcare Management MBA is taught at postgraduate level through a set of core modules that will equip you with a thorough knowledge of the key business and management issues needed in the healthcare sector. Candidates are then able to select from a range of elective modules to specialise their studies. Finally, the programme concludes with a business project.

Core modules 

Topics covered by this programme include:

  • Measuring and enhancing financial performance
  • Creating and delivering customer value
  • Managing healthcare operations
  • Strategic management in healthcare settings
  • Healthcare leadership focus
  • The Aston Edge.

Elective modules

You will select one elective module to deepen your knowledge of a key business area further. Below is a list of the types of modules that may be available for you to choose from:

  • Global health policy
  • Global environmental and occupational health.

Business Project

The course concludes with a major business project that gives you the opportunity to design your own learning experience to fit your own area of interest. As an apprentice, you will undertake a project based on your own organisation, using your new knowledge to work towards a solution that your company is facing.

Learning, teaching and assessment

Learning and teaching

As an apprentice, you'll work full time for your employer and complete your MBA over a two year period through a combination of online workshops and webinars plus two days of on-campus study per module. This gives you the opportunity to enrich your learning through discussion of current business issues and apply your new skills and knowledge straight away in your professional practice.

You’ll combine face-to-face study with online sessions using Blackboard, an interactive online learning platform. Blackboard creates a virtual learning environment where you can engage with module content, participate in live seminars and communicate with your peers. There is also an extensive online library of content to support your studies.

We believe in experiential learning to put theory into practice. The Aston MBA is based on a foundation of learning by doing. We don’t just teach you the theory, we show you how to use it too.

Experiential learning is valuable because:

  • it provides an opportunity for immediate feedback on core concepts
  • it creates lasting impact and can change your mindset
  • it helps you develop reflective skills allowing you to learn faster
  • it is a personalised learning experience
  • practical learning stimulates creativity.

Learning by doing can be useful in numerous situations, mainly we use it to help you develop strategy, think creatively, solve problems and for team and leadership development. As you are working alongside studying for your MBA, you will be able to put your learning and new skills into action right from the start.


Modules are assessed by individual assignments and group work where you will have the opportunity to analyse complex business problems.

The course includes a major business project that allows you to put your new knowledge into practice. As an Executive Apprentice, you will undertake a project based on your own organisation, using your new knowledge to work towards a solution that your company is facing.

As part of your apprenticeship, you will undergo an end point assessment to achieve the government approved Standard for a Senior Leader Masters Degree Apprenticeship.

The Aston Edge

The Aston Edge programme is delivered alongside the core curriculum and is our way of providing you with professional self-development skills to equip you with the skills and experience needed to succeed in today's global business environment.  You'll learn leadership, team working, confidence, presentation skills, and much more through a programme of workshops and business simulations.


A triple accredited MBA

Aston Business School is one of just 1% of business schools in the world to hold AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA accreditation.

Chartered Management Institute (CMI)

The programme is also accredited by the CMI and includes membership throughout the programme and for one year after graduation.

Programme Director

Dr Maryam Zahmatkesh

Dr Maryam Zahmatkesh joined the Work and Organisational Psychology Department in January 2018 as a Teaching Fellow in Organisational Behaviour and Human Resource Management. Maryam has taught at various HRM modules from level 5 (managing human resources), level 6 (strategic HRM) to level 7 (leadership and management in health). Prior to joining the academia, she was a general manager in hospitals in both public and private sector. 

Her role included the supervision of all aspects of the day to day smooth running of the hospital, such as managing the HR, finance, access, targets and quality standards as well as contributing to the strategic planning and arranging conventions. She has worked with a wide range of healthcare managers and clinicians at different levels. 

How to apply

To apply for any of our degree apprenticeships, you will need to be in employment. You should discuss with your manager if your organisation is working in partnership with Aston University. If they are, you will make an application through your employer. 

If your employer is not yet an Aston partner, they can get in touch with our Apprenticeships Team to find out more information about working with us.

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The application process

Our step-by-step guide outlines the process of applying for the Executive Apprenticeship MBA.

Information for employers

If you are an employer or you want to send information about this degree apprenticeship to your manager, take a look at the course page dedicated to employers.

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