NEW NHSI/E bursary available for the September 2018 intake. Applications close 22 August find out more.
Our masters-level qualifications will provide you with all the essential business and finance skills you need to succeed in a changing environment.

The scale of financial and operational challenges across the NHS means we need to ensure that the workforce of today and tomorrow has the business and financial management skills required. This means we can give patients consistently safe, high quality and compassionate care within local health systems that are financially sustainable.

All our current qualifications are masters-level (level 7) and the aim of our programmes is to support professionals to go beyond conventional thinking and develop a more holistic view of the NHS. 

You can study for an HFMA qualification through the HFMA Academy or choose the assessment only route.

New for September 2018 module O6 Supporting quality care with patient-level costing

Choose to study module O6 as your first module in September 18, either as part of your Diploma or higher diploma, and benefit from £750 discount plus £2,000 bursary. This will make the total cost of your diploma only £1,250 +VAT instead of £4,000+VAT. Offer limited to the first 20 successful applicants. In return HFMA will ask for regular feedback on module O6 as this will be the first intake for this module. For full bursary details click here.

Please contact us to discuss the options open to you on 0117 938 8322 or email

Masters-level qualifications in healthcare business and finance

Postgraduate certificate

For people looking to develop their knowledge and understanding in a specific subject, of their choice.



For experienced healthcare professionals working in a variety of roles including clinical, financial and management. Also suitable for professionals working outside of the NHS.


Postgraduate higher diploma

For HFMA diploma graduates or qualified accountants with at least two years’ post qualification experience in healthcare or a related field.



Successful completion of the higher diploma can lead to the MBA in healthcare finance.



"NHS Improvement fully supports the launch of HFMA’s qualifications in healthcare business and finance. This approach to developing necessary knowledge, to deliver value across the NHS will be welcomed by the healthcare community.”

Bob Alexander

Bob Alexander

Deputy CEO / Executive Director of Resources, NHS Improvement

"HFMA’s qualifications in healthcare business and finance have been developed with expertise drawn directly from the NHS. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend studying HFMA’s diploma and higher diploma to any of the staff in my organisation.”

Mark Orchard

Mark Orchard

Director of Finance Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

This course is ideal for me in my role, in that it mixes finance and business rather than a purely finance qualification. I think it is essential that more NHS staff understand how NHS finance works and think in a more business-like manner to deliver sustainable services.”

Samantha Ball

Samantha Ball

Head of Contract Governance NHS Bolton Clinical Commissioning Group

For information on what candidates can expect from the awarding organisation and what is expected of candidates please view our candidate handbook.