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Online MBA Clinical Leadership: career outlook

Effect positive patient outcomes

Focusing on business leadership and health service management, our online MBA Clinical Leadership degree offers a unique combination of skills crucial to a high-level career in health – a role where you can make a difference to public health outcomes.

Due to its interdisciplinary nature, the programme is ideal for professionals from both clinical and non-clinical backgrounds, supporting positions in either the NHS or private pharmaceutical, bioscience, medtech or life science companies.

Senior General Manager


Senior General Managers are responsible for delivering against performance metrics and quality, operational and financial targets for their healthcare services. It is crucial that they proactively identify exceptions and develop resolutions with other service leaders and clinicians.3

Senior Medical Director


As a member of the board of directors, a senior medical director has an essential role in shaping an organisation’s culture and strategy, and communicating these to frontline staff. Not only are they responsible for improving the quality of patient service, but they’re also the clinical voice for the organisation.4

Additional roles include:

  • Doctor (Divisional Leader)
  • Head of Health Services
  • Director of Health Policy
  • Partner/Co-founder (Private Healthcare)
  • Hospital CEO/Executive Director
  • Head of Hospital IT Service and Delivery
  • Director of Analytics (Medical)
  • Director of Health and Wellness
  • Vice President/MD (Healthcare)
  • Head of Health Strategy
  • Global Healthcare Lead
  • Director of Finance/CFO (Healthcare)

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Programme outcomes

Career support

Your relationship with the University of Birmingham will continue long after your graduation. To make the most of your future career prospects, we will help you gain the skills, knowledge and attributes that employers are looking for.

One-to-one support

Access one-to-one careers advice and support via the University of Birmingham Careers Network for up to two years after you graduate.

Extensive network

Join an alumni network of over 300,000 students worldwide.

Entrepreneur assistance

Seek support via the B Start-up programme if you are an entrepreneur looking to start your own business.

Online community

Connect with your peers and lecturers, and keep our thriving online community alive.


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