Health Economics and Health Policy MSc/Diploma

Aimed at health care professionals and managers, as well as new graduates, this programme provides an introduction to the central issues in health economics and health policy involved in the management of primary health care.

This programme is suitable for people currently working in the health care sector (in both the public and private sectors, including the pharmaceutical industry) who wish to improve their understanding of and skills in health economics. It may also be of interest to new graduates who wish to pursue a career in health economics and/or health services research.

The course does not require a first degree in economics. Students who do have a first degree in economics may be interested in our MSc in Health Economics and Econometrics.

Why study this course

The MSc Health Economics and Health Policy course:

  • brings together professionals from a vast array of work environments, locations and backgrounds offering the benefit of knowledge and experience sharing
  • does not ask for an economics first degree
  • has a wide variety of module options creating a flexible degree to suit your needs
  • offers modules on a block basis (3 or 5 days) making it easier for you and your employers to manage your study leave


The programme consists of taught modules (120 credits), plus a dissertation (10,000 words) on an agreed topic in an area of health economics or health policy (60 credits). Students must select either Core 1 or Core 2, as follows:

Core 1

There are six core modules totalling 100 credits:

Core 2

There are five core modules totalling 110 credits:

Students taking Core 2 also attend Statistics for Health Economics II as a non-assessed pre-requisite for Modelling for Health Economics.

Students then have the freedom to select the modules for the remaining 10 or 20 credits from the range offered by the School of Health and Population Sciences or, with departmental agreement, by other departments within the University.

Optional Modules - please select 20 credits (Core 1) or 10 credits (Core 2)

Fees and funding


Home/EU students
MSc - £6,570 /PGDip £4,380 

International students

Learn more about fees and funding

Scholarships may be available. International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government. Visit our website for information about scholarships for international students

For further information contact the School directly or email

Entry requirements

The normal entrance requirement for our Masters programmes is a good Honours degree (upper second-class or above), or an equivalent professional qualification and professional experience.

Appropriate career experience may also be taken into account. It is hard to give general rules on these matters, since each case is considered on individual merit. However, the factors which tend to count in your favour are suitable health services managerial experience, favourable reports from academic referees, or proven ability in research or publication. You should give as much evidence as possible of your capabilities in these areas.

Learn more about entry requirements

International students:

Academic requirements
We accept a range of qualifications, our country pages show you what qualifications we accept from your country.

English language requirements
You can satisfy our English language requirements in two ways:

English to IELTS 7.0 (with a minimum of 6.5 in each component).

How to apply

When clicking on the Apply Now button you will be directed to an application specifically designed for the programme you wish to apply for where you will create an account with the University application system and submit your application and supporting documents online. Further information regarding how to apply online can be found on the How to apply pages

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As a Birmingham student, you will be joining the academic elite and will have the privilege of learning from world-leading experts, as well as your peers. From the outset you will be encouraged to become an independent and self-motivated learner. We want you to be challenged and will encourage you to think for yourself.

This programme is delivered via block sessions of 3 or 5 days. You will participate in a range of teaching styles such as lectures, small group tutorials, presentations, peer group learning, self-study etc.

You will have access to a comprehensive support system that will assist and encourage you, including personal tutors and welfare tutors who can help with both academic and welfare issues.

Our facilities

The College of Medical and Dental Sciences houses state-of-the art facilities to support a range of teaching, learning and research activity. 

Our facilities ensure that students receive the best possible learning experience by working in a modern environment. Among our most recent developments include a refurbishment of the Medical School foyer, Barnes library and Wolfson Centre for Medical Education.

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Assessment methods

Each module is assessed independently. The compulsory modules on the MSc Health Economics and Health Policy are all assessed by either assignment, examination or a combination of both.

Related research

These alumni profiles will give you an idea of what our students have gone on to after studying on the MSc Health Economics and Health Policy programme. 

Bill Malcolm - Alumnus
Shola Bolaji - Alumnus
Ross Maconachie - Alumnus

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