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Bradford MBA programme one of first to be endorsed by NHS


The University of Bradford is one of seven higher education institutions (HEIs) appointed by the NHS Leadership Academy to deliver the NHS Masters in Business Administration (MBA) programme, as announced in a speech by the Secretary of State, Jeremy Hunt, last year.

After an open bidding process, Bradford joins Lancaster, Nottingham, Durham, Hertfordshire, The Open University and Manchester Alliance Business School, who will have their MBA programmes endorsed by the NHS Leadership Academy.

Stephen Hart, national director for leadership at Health Education England and managing director for the NHS Leadership Academy said: “I’m pleased that we’re able to progress with endorsing the first ever MBA specifically designed to help build better leaders within the NHS.

“Since the Secretary of State’s speech last year, we’ve been working with partners to bring this ambitious programme to life. Work will continue into the exact detail of the programme and we look forward to working closely with HEIs and the Department of Health to develop this further.”

Professor Zahir Irani, Dean of the University of Bradford’s Faculty of Management and Law, said: “Bradford’s MBA programme is a world leader, pioneering management and leadership training and winning countless accolades and topping international rankings. This endorsement is due recognition for our programmes and we look forward to working closely with the NHS to help deliver their leaders of the future.”

Launching in the autumn term of 2017 and into 2018, the MBA programme will give students the opportunity to develop their skills in business administration. The programme will be open to those students who can demonstrate that they meet the HEI criteria for acceptance on to the programme and can meet the university requirements for application of learning.

Each HEI will form a relationship with their Local Leadership Academy (LLA) to ensure that students are supported as needed. The LLA will provide students with an opportunity to access talent management resources and career advice from NHS Executive Search throughout the duration of the programme.

Further information on the NHS-endorsed MBA at Bradford is available from Dr Craig Johnson, Director of Studies, MBA, tel: 01274 234347 or email