Research course

Health Care Management and Policy

University of Surrey · School of Management

Entry requirements

MD: Open to candidates registered with the General Medical Council and working within the NHS or in an approved institution. PhD: Our expectation is that you hold a Masters degree at a minimum of a merit level in business, management or a relevant discipline from an approved university. If you do not hold such a degree, you may be admitted providing you hold an upper second (2.1) Bachelors degree from an approved university or a professional or other qualification deemed to be appropriate.

Months of entry

January, October, September

Course content

Your research area may be in any branch of medicine that links in with our research portfolio, and you should expect to commit approximately two years to research and training activities, plus some time to write up the MD thesis and take the viva voce exam.

Research areas need to include some aspect of managing service delivery, such as:

  • Clinical leadership
  • The evidence into practice gap
  • The management of integrating technology into clinical workflow
  • Informatics and big data for better care
  • The transformation of clinical services
  • Quality improvement
  • Implementation science
  • Measuring quality and health outcomes using routine data
  • Surveillance of influenza and other infectious disease
  • Pragmatic trials

Department specialisms

Consumer services; enterprise and marketing, information, operation and performance management, organisation behaviour and HRM, tourism.

Information for international students

Non-native speakers of English will normally require IELTS 7.0 or above with a minimum of 6.5 in each component (or equivalent).

Qualification and course duration


full time
33-48 months
part time
45-96 months


full time
24-36 months
part time
48-60 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions
01483 684 743