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Online MBA Clinical Leadership

Develop the clinical management skills needed for smarter healthcare systems to transform patient care.

100% distance learning

Part of successful online MBA,
ranked 13th in the world1

online MBA

established reputation in healthcare

(Health Services Management Centre)

Transform your tomorrow

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Lead future clinical change

Aging populations, greater patient expectations, rising healthcare costs and the growing prevalence of chronic disease – to meet these challenges, we urgently need smarter, more efficient healthcare systems. To make this a reality, we need decisive and innovative healthcare leadership from those who manage clinicians and clinical organisations.

The University of Birmingham’s online MBA Clinical Leadership offers healthcare leaders the opportunity to develop the high-level skills they need to respond to these challenges.

As part of our successful AMBA-accredited online MBA, this specialist programme covers the fundamentals of business leadership, but with an added focus on health services management. This makes the programme suitable for clinical or non-clinical staff looking to progress to senior healthcare management roles, as well as industry professionals keen to develop their business expertise.

Florence Britton

I decided to pursue the MBA in order to acquire the newest management techniques that I could utilise to run my [healthcare] company more effectively. I also wanted to equip myself with the newest problem-solving skills.

Florence Britton, online MBA student

Enrich your healthcare management experience

Delivered jointly by our triple-accredited business school and long-established Health Services Management Centre, the programme takes a truly interdisciplinary approach. As well as the core MBA modules, you’ll study three healthcare-focused modules: clinical leadership; governance, policy and regulation; and digital health.

The programme will enable you to lead experts effectively, work with policy and strategic changes, and understand the value of innovative care delivery models and advanced digital technology.

Studying this distance learning programme also offers an opportunity to experience business practices both in and out of healthcare, through networking with students from over 70 different countries.2

Key programme outcomes:
  • Explore and advance leadership practice in healthcare organisations
  • Develop and implement strategy
  • Appreciate the integrated value of marketing, operations, HRM, and accounting and finance
  • Generate confident clinical and business leadership in multiple contexts

1UNKNOWN (2021) QS 2021 Global Online MBA rankings
2Updated 11th February 2020. Country names categorised using information provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) [online] Available at: <> [Accessed 11.02.2020]


2.5 years

Start dates:

June 2021
October 2021
March 2022

Entry requirements:

  • At least an upper second-class degree or postgraduate diploma from a UK university or equivalent 3.0 GPA
  • Two references
  • A statement of purpose
  • A minimum of 3 years’ managerial experience

International students:

With the exception of Graduate Diploma Students, applicants must have an IELTS score of 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in any band.