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PGDip Health Management, Planning and Policy

Key facts

Start date September 2017

Duration/mode 9 months full time

UK/EU fees £5,000 (total)

International fees £10,500 (total)

Additional cost information

Entry requirements A bachelor degree with a 2:2 (hons) in a related subject + professional experience.

Language requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in all components


This programme deals with the management, planning and policy issues facing providers of health services in countries with developing health systems. It will help you acquire the skills necessary for building new health services and improving existing ones.

You’ll learn to:

  • take a proactive role in problem-solving, critically reviewing evidence and arriving at informed decisions
  • communicate, plan and manage tasks independently and as part of a team
  • review policies, situations and issues in the field of health management, planning and policy-making, with particular reference to government and NGO sectors.

The programme also helps you to develop analytical thinking, independent learning and an awareness of continuing professional development opportunities.

You’ll study in an international learning environment with fellow-professionals from a range of countries and areas of expertise.

More information

On this programme you have the opportunity to take part in a one-week study visit to Geneva, attending workshops and meetings with World Health Organization staff and visits to other organisations, such as the United Nations, Red Cross, World Vision, Médecins Sans Frontières, International Hospital Federation and the World Council of Churches.

Some modules include opportunities to visit health facilities in Leeds and discuss health management issues with managers.

The Health Management, Planning and Policy programme is aimed at policy-makers, planners and managers at national/regional/state and district levels in countries with developing healthcare systems. They could be working in:

  • national ministries at both senior and middle levels
  • NGOs and international organisations
  • training in education and research institutions.

The programme has been taught at Leeds for almost 30 years and there is now a large, established alumni network of health managers and planners holding senior positions around the world. It is run by the Nuffield Centre for International Health and Development, a WHO Collaborating Centre, based in the Leeds Institute of Health Sciences.

You can also study this subject at Master of Arts or Postgraduate Certificate level.

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Course content

The compulsory modules lay firm foundations for your learning throughout the programme:

  • Foundations of International Health - introduces international health and health systems
  • Principles of Health Management, Planning and Policy - examines the challenges health planners, managers and policy makers face in resource-limited countries.

The wide range of optional modules allows you to focus your study to match your interests and experience.

Course structure

These are typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.

For more information on typical modules, read Health Management, Planning and Policy PGDip in the course catalogue

Learning and teaching

Under the guidance of academic tutors who have all worked in resource-limited settings, you develop core skills and knowledge early in the programme, which you build on with your chosen modules in specialist fields of public health, health policy, planning and management.

The programme introduces essential learning skills for postgraduate level study, with particular emphasis on the challenges facing those returning to study.

You’ll learn through a mixture of lectures, seminars and group work. Some study sessions use the University's computer resources, with support for students less familiar with information technology. You have access to electronic copies of all teaching materials through our Virtual Learning Environment.

You’ll be able to use University facilities for independent study, such as computing facilities and the Health Sciences library, with its extensive collection of online journals.

Our students often benefit from the international learning environment on our International Health and Development programmes, where you learn and discuss with fellow-health professionals from a range of countries and professional backgrounds.


Each module is assessed through a combination of written coursework, presentations and assignments.

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Applying, fees and funding

Entry requirements

A bachelor degree with a 2:2 (hons) or equivalent qualification in a related science discipline (eg health, science, social sciences, management or business) and a minimum of two years’ work experience in a health service or developing health system in a low-middle income country.

In exceptional cases, we may accept extensive work experience in health services or health systems instead of these academic requirements.

International qualifications

We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For more information contact the Leeds Institute of Health Sciences admissions team.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5 overall, with no less than 6.0 in all components. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.

International students who do not meet the English language requirements for the programme may be able to study an English for Academic Purposes pre-sessional course with a progression route to the degree programme. For information and entry requirements, read Pre-sessional programmes.


How to apply


This link takes you to information on applying for taught programmes and to the University's online application system.
If you're unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.

Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.


UK/EU fees: £5,000 (total)
International fees: £10,500 (total)

Read more about paying fees and charges.

For fees information for international taught postgraduate students, read Masters fees.

Additional cost information

The cost of the optional one-week trip to Geneva (see Course overview) is not included in the course fees. Students pay a contribution towards their travel, accommodation, visa and insurance costs, and the Nuffield pays the rest of these costs. (Students who choose the study trip as an optional module pay a smaller contribution than students who attend the study trip for their personal development only.) Other costs, including meals and any personal costs, are paid by the student. We send more information with offer letters.

Scholarships and financial support

If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There may be help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government.  Find out more at Masters funding overview.

We provide information on where previous students have obtained funding. Please take a look at Leeds Institute of Health Sciences Funders for ideas.

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Career opportunities

Graduates from the programme have gone on to work with ministries of health, international organisations, NGOs, universities, consulting firms and private health providers. For example our graduates work in Médecins Sans Frontières, the Red Cross, Save the Children and the World Health Organisation at country, region and district levels.

The Nuffield Centre for International Health and Development has taught international health and development programmes at Leeds for almost 30 years and so has a large alumni network of health managers and planners holding senior positions around the world. We also have graduates who have pursued PhDs and are now working in major academic and research institutions.

Careers support

We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. That’s one of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.

The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.

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