00Modules - MSc in Healthcare Management l RCSI Leadership

Modules Offered

MSc in Healthcare Management Programme at RCSI Institute of Leadership Programme design and delivery

Semester 1 (September - December) 

Module 1: Managing Organisations and People (10 ECTS)

This module addresses human resources management and provides a thorough understanding of how organisations develop and function and how employees can be supported and motivated to produce their best work and develop themselves. 


Module 2: Operations & Quality Management (10 ECTS)

This module provides an understanding of the nature of service provision. It explores how operation management tools can be used to improve patient care through process redesign. Particular empahsis is placed on quality issues, on assessing capacity and demand and on using control charts to understand and control performance. 


Module 3: Evaluation, Measurement & Research (10 ECTS)

Modern health services require a complex range of information to support evidence-based practice. In this module, you will learn how to collect, analyse, interpret and present valid and reliable data as a foundation for evidence based practice. 


Semester 2: (January - May) 

Module 4: Managing Finance in Healthcare Organisations (10 ECTS)

This module introduces the key concepts and tools required by non-financial managers for dealing with the financial aspects of their operations. You will learn about the preparation and interpretation of financial statements and principles of costing. 


Module 5: Leadership & Strategic Management (10 ECTS)

Examines different approaches to leadership and helps you determine your preferred leadership style. You will learn how to design and implement strategy using a wide variety of tools to understand the external environment and assess the internal strengths and weaknesses of your organisation. 


Module 6: Quality & Risk Management (10 ECTS)

Quality maintenance and improvement is necessary in healthcare given the imperative of maximising patient safety. Here you will explore the concepts of qualilty, safety and risk and examine current best-practice in a variety of healthcare contexts.



Semester 3 & 4

Action Learning Sets & Action Research Project

In order to fulfill the requirements for a MSc degree, you must complete the six modules outlined above and conduct a change management project in your organisation. This component of the programe is facilitated via action learning sets.


The project is assessed on the basis of three components: a project report, a reflective diary and a poster presentation. You will be assisted in carrying out your project and in writing your report through action learning sets, which are designed to help you and your colleagues work on real management issues.


Participants on our MSc programmes in the past have produced considerable developments in their organisations and many projects have resulted in significant improvements, substantial cost savings and publications in management journals.


You can view previous projects here.