How to apply


Here, you will find information on admission requirements, how to submit your application, deadlines and how to get assistance.

Admission requirements

Applicants need to meet the following eligibility criteria.

  • A 2:1 or higher undergraduate degreeGPA score of 3.5 or above, or equivalent international qualification. We will consider applicants who do not hold such a qualification but can demonstrate a particularly strong employment record and/or hold certain professional qualifications.
  • At least five years’ relevant professional experience, which should include demonstrable leadership of a team, project, programme, department or similar in healthcare.
  • English language proficiency (either TOEFL or IELTS, with minimum scores met if English is not your first language). A previous degree or work experience in English may be sufficient.

Application deadlines

Applications for the MSc in Global Healthcare Leadership 2023 class are now closed.

Applications for September 2024 will open shortly.

How to apply

Contact the Recruitment and Admissions team to discuss your suitability for the programme and find out more about the application process.

To complete your application, you will need:

  • Academic transcripts of higher education qualifications outlining subjects studied and grades obtained. 
  • At least two referees – current line manager and professional or academic reference. We are unable to accept previously prepared reference letters.
  • Three pieces of written work.

Your application essays give you the opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge, curiosity and insight.

The topics of the personal statements and essay title are:

  1. A statement of purpose: your statement should explain your motivation for applying for the course MSc Global Healthcare Leadership, your relevant experience and education and specific areas that interest you and/or you intend to specialise in. (500 words)
  2. If we asked your closest associates to describe you, what would they say? Which adjectives would they use and why? What would they say are your strengths and weaknesses? (500 words)
  3. With reference to a real example, describe either an example of good leadership or of poor leadership in healthcare. Give your reasons. (1,500 words)

We are looking for you to demonstrate your knowledge and opinions but also encourage you to include evidence to support your arguments. Be sure to include references for any quoted material within your essays. References will not count as part of your essay word limit. 

Every piece of written work is put through plagiarism detection software. Read the University's guide on how to avoid similarities when writing your essay.

If you are shortlisted, you will be invited to interview, which will either be scheduled in Oxford or online. Once all these stages are complete, we will notify you of the results as quickly as we can.

Selecting your college


The collegiate system makes studying at Oxford a truly special experience.

Oxford colleges are small, intimate communities, where you meet academics and fellow students from around the world. 

Once you have received an offer and paid your deposit you will be sent a list of colleges and can select your college preference. Although we cannot guarantee you will be accepted at your preferred college, we can guarantee you will receive membership at one of the colleges. 

English language proficiency

If English is not your first language, you may need to provide proof of your English language proficiency.

We accept the following tests:


Minimum score 110

Minimum score required for each component

  • Listening: 22
  • Reading: 24
  • Writing: 24
  • Speaking: 25


Minimum score of 7.5

Minimum score required for each component 7.0

The Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) 

Minimum score of 191

Minimum score required for each component: 185

The Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)

Minimum score of 191

Minimum required per component: 185

The requirement to provide proof of English language proficiency may be waived, at the discretion of the University, in the following circumstances:

  1. You have successfully completed a full-time degree-level course of a minimum of nine months at a recognised institution where the medium of instruction and assessment is entirely in English.
  2. You have completed extensive work experience within an English-speaking country or a company that uses English as its language of communication.

English language waiver

At the discretion of the Admissions Committee, the requirement to provide English language test scores may be waived. You can apply for a waiver if you have completed, or are currently completing, a degree-level course that is:

  • full-time
  • at least nine months in duration
  • undertaken at a recognised institution where teaching and assessment throughout the course is undertaken entirely in English; and
  • has been completed no more than 2 academic years before the start date of the course to which you are applying.

You can also apply for a waiver based on substantial professional experience if:

  • you have worked for a minimum of two years in a majority English speaking country where the main language for the role was English.
  • your role involved daily professional use of each of the four language components (reading, writing, listening and speaking).
  • you worked in an appropriately technical context to demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively in an academic environment; and
  • your role has ended no more than two years before the start date of the course to which you are applying.

More on TOEFL and IELTS

The institution code for ordering your official TOEFL score sheet from ETS is 0807. There is no department code, this can be left blank. If you choose to take the IELTS you need to sit the academic test. If you sit the TOEFL it must be the general test. Your test must have been taken less than two years before the start date of the course for which you are applying.

Please note that we reserve the right to request a test of English to be taken at any time.


International students are usually required to have a student visa to enter the UK, please allow sufficient time for this to be processed.



The fee for the September 2023 programme is £52,560.

Programme fees cover tuition costs, course materials, essential reading texts, assessments, and college membership (for two years). Lunch and refreshments are provided daily and there is an evening dinner at a different Oxford college during each module.

Accommodation is not included in the fee. You should make arrangements to stay in Oxford during the modules.

Applicants who are offered and accept a place on the programme are asked to pay a 15% non-refundable deposit, which is offset against their fees. The deposit is due 30 days after notification of acceptance. The remainder of the programme fee is due in two instalments: 50% to be paid before the first year of study and 35% before the second year of study.

Scholarships and funding


We are committed to supporting and promoting diversity and inclusion.

We offer five scholarship awards for this programme: two Women’s Scholarships and three Director’s Awards.

The Women's Scholarship is awarded to two outstanding female candidates from each intake, covering 50% of the total programme fee.

There are three Director's Awards, two covering 50% and one covering 75% of the total programme fee. This is open to candidates who can effectively demonstrate how they will enhance the diversity of their cohort, as well as exemplify the positive impact this MSc will have on their sector/country/region in the long term.