NHS Improvement and NHS England bursary funding is available for staff working in the NHS in England, there is limited funding available. Find out more on the fees and funding page.

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.

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.

20credits

Postgraduate
diploma

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

20credits

Postgraduate higher diploma

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

20credits

MBA

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

20credits

Testimonials

"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.