Route to an executive MBA


What is the HFMA’s route to an MBA?

A unique master’s level qualification programme in healthcare business and finance, which can ultimately lead you to achieve an executive MBA with the University of Northampton.

Our online qualifications programme has been created for healthcare professionals who want to expand their knowledge of the healthcare business, whilst developing essential management and leadership career skills. If you are working in the NHS and want to step up your strategic management skills, impact service improvement and become a healthcare leader of the future then this programme is for you.

The HFMA qualifications provide the first stage to achieving an MBA through the advanced diploma qualifications. On successful completion of 120 credits with HFMA two HFMA diplomas you can apply for the final year executive MBA with the University of Northampton.

How do I achieve the executive MBA?

To achieve the executive MBA as your end goal, you are required to achieve 180 credits in total through your studies.

Achieving two HFMA advanced diplomas is worth 120 credits (60 credits per diploma) upon completion. Once you have achieved 120 credits with HFMA, you are eligible to transfer these into a final year of study with the University of Northampton's executive MBA degree. 

The executive MBA with the University of Northampton consists of one module and a business research report. This is worth a further 60 credits (see below), which will top up your diploma to sufficient credits to be awarded an Executive MBA.

• Critical issues in business (10 Credits)
• Business research project (50 Credits)

All learning is delivered online, both with the HFMA Academy and the University of Northampton.

Why has the HFMA partnered with the University of Northampton?


An MBA can help you achieve your career goals and is ideal if you have an entrepreneurial spirit and wish to take your strategic knowledge and management to the next level. The MBA equips you with leadership and management skills, in addition to other strategic skills that will help you add value to your organisation and build your confidence as a leader.

The HFMA are delighted to partner with the University of Northampton, one of the youngest Universities in the UK which has won several awards and has been recognised with a gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework. 

The University prides itself on its well-established business and health schools who bring a wealth of experience both from the private and public sector which both supports and enriches their student’s study experience. A dynamic University offering great flexibility, encouragement and enthusiasm for their students, a great partner for the HFMA.
Contact us
Speak to our team for full details and to ask us your questions. Call 0117 457 3242 or email qualification.enquiry@hfma.org.uk  

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Creating and delivering value in healthcare

Address important issues affecting contemporary healthcare systems in relation to value

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Making finance work in the NHS

Analyse and evaluate the ways in which healthcare in the UK is structured and funded

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Managing the healthcare business

Understand how planning, reporting and governance arrangements help NHS organisations develop a framework for decisions

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Personal effectiveness and leadership

Gain a greater self-awareness and an understanding of approaches to personal effectiveness and leadership

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Supporting quality care through patient-level costing

Understand costing fundamentals and the importance of costing in healthcare

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Tools to support decision-making

Examine tools to support decision-making in terms of information, data, performance indicators and benchmarking

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