Health Economics and Health Policy MSc/Diploma

Start date
September
Duration
Full time, part time
Course Type
Postgraduate, Taught
Fees

Home/EU
MSc - £9,250
PGDip - £6,167

Overseas
MSc - £16,995
PGDip - £11,330

More details on fees and funding

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.

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Dr Jesse Kigozi, deputy programme lead, talks about the MSc Health Economics and Health Policy programme.

 

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MSc Health Economics and Health Policy student, Adrain Bamford, talks about his time on the programme.

 

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MSc Health Economics and Health Policy student, Ben O'Sullivan, talks about his time on the programme.

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

Modules

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 within the department or, with departmental agreement, by other departments within the University.

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

Fees

Fees 

2019/20

Home/EU
MSc: £9,250 FT, £4,625 PT
PGDip: £6,167 FT, £3,083 PT

PGCert: £3,083 FT, £1,542 PT

Overseas
MSc: £16,995 FT
PGDip: £11,330 FT

PGCert: £5,665 FT

Learn more about fees and funding


For EU students applying for the 2020/21 academic year

The UK Government has confirmed that EU students will continue to be eligible for 'home fee status' for entry in September 2020, and will continue to have access to eligible financial support via the Postgraduate Masters or Doctoral loan for the duration of their course. For more information visit the gov.uk website.

You can also visit our EU Referendum information page for more information and updates.

Postgraduate Loans for Masters students

As a UK resident you can apply for a government loan for postgraduate Masters study. This is a contribution towards the costs of study and whether the loan is used towards fees, maintenance or other costs will be at the discretion of the student. Find out more about the Postgraduate Loan.

Scholarships

Global Scholarships for Excellence

The College of Medical and Dental Sciences is offering a number of  Global Scholarships for Excellence for outstanding students on our postgraduate taught programmes. The value of each award is £2,000 to be off-set against tuition fees, is tenable for one year only and cannot be deferred to a later year.  

Overseas Research Scholarships

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 information about all Home/EU and International funding opportunities please visit the  Postgraduate Funding Database.

 

How To Apply

International students requiring visas

Monday 1 July 2019 is the application deadline for international students who require a visa to study in the United Kingdom. We are not able to consider applications for 2019 made after this date - a new application should be made for September 2020. Applications will reopen for 2020 entry in early October 2019.

Before you make your application

You may wish to register your interest with us to receive regular news and updates on postgraduate life within this Department and the wider University.

Making your application

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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Our Standard 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 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 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.0 in each component).

If you need help with your English language skills then support is available. 

The English for Academic Purposes Presessional course is for international students who have a conditional offer to study at the University, but who do not currently meet the English language requirements. The course is tailored to your level of English and allows you to meet the English language requirements for your programme without retaking IELTS. The EAP programme runs throughout the year and offers different programme lengths ranging from 42 weeks to 6 weeks. The length of course you need depends on your future course, your existing IELTS score and the English level you need for your university degree.

Find out more about the English for Academic Purposes Presessional course.

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.

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.

You may be wondering what you can go on to do with an MSc in Health Economics and Health Policy. The following articles will give you some idea of the variety of fields you can go into with this qualification.

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

Video
Dr Tosin Ahmed Lambe talks about the MSc Health Economics and Health Policy programme and his journey to becoming a Research Associate.

Careers Support for Postgraduates 

Careers Network – We can help you get ahead in the job market and develop your career

We recognise that as a postgraduate student you are likely to have specific requirements when it comes to planning for your next career step. Employers expect postgraduates to have a range of skills that exceed their subject knowledge. Careers Network offers a range of events and support services that are designed for all students, including postgraduates looking to find their niche in the job market. The Careers Network also have subject specific careers consultants and advisers for each College so you can be assured the information you receive will be relevant to your subject area. For more information visit the Careers Network website.