Taught course

Health Care Commissioning

University of Birmingham · School of Social Policy

Entry requirements

For entry to the Masters programme you should normally have an undergraduate degree of at least an upper second standard or an equivalent professional qualification. However, if you do not have a degree or professional qualification then previous research or career experience may also be taken into account. In addition to the above, applicants to the LHSI programme must be in employment in a healthcare-related organisation at the time of programme commencement in order to optimise the application of theory and the action learning elements of the programme.

Months of entry


Course content

Although fully tailored to the current policy context, the PG Certificate builds on previous successful programmes such as the MSc in Health Care Commissioning delivered for NHS London and NHS West Midlands, the UK’s first MSc in Public Service Commissioning (delivered jointly with the Institute of Local Government Studies) and a series of local and regional commissioning development programmes delivered throughout the country.

Aimed at both clinicians and managers, these previous programmes have been consistently positively evaluated, and feedback suggests they help those in commissioning roles to understand what commissioning is, where it has come from, where it might be taking us and how to do it differently and better. In addition, HSMC teaches the educational component of the national Management Training Scheme (for future NHS leaders) and the national Clinical Fellows scheme (for current and future clinical leaders).

Explore postgraduate study at Birmingham at one of our on-campus open days. Register to attend at: www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgopendays

If you can’t make it to one of our on-campus open days, our virtual open days run regularly throughout the year. For more information, please visit: www.pg.bham.ac.uk

Fees and funding

Please visit: www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgfunding

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months


part time
9 months


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiry Service
0121 414 5005