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.

The aim of our qualifications is to support professionals to go beyond conventional thinking and develop a more holistic view of the NHS. Currently we offer a masters-level (level 7) programme, with a level 4 programme coming soon.

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

NHSI/E bursary is still currently available for the January 2019 intake - don't miss out! 

Due to the popularity of our September intake we have secured additional funding from NHS Improvement and NHS England. Currently eligible learners can apply for a bursary of up to £2,000 towards their study, however this is allocated on a first come first served basis. For full details click here or you can apply here

Please contact us to discuss the options open to you on 0117 938 8322 or email qualification.enquiry@hfma.org.uk

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

Executive Chair, Sussex & East Surrey STP

"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.