MSc (Health Economics)—full-time and part-time

J.E. Cairnes School of Business and Economics

Course overview

The aim of the programme is to:

  • Develop a thorough knowledge and applied competence in the fundamentals of health economics, including health technology assessment;
  • Develop an ability to critically appraise alternative systems of healthcare finance and delivery in terms of equity and efficiency;
  • Expose the student to policy debates regarding access to healthcare, and how it is affected by new and expensive technologies.

Key facts

Entry requirements

Normally applicants require a primary degree with Second Class Honours, Grade 1, which will have included the study of economics to intermediate level. 

Students who hold a Higher Diploma in Economics with Second Class Honours, Grade 1, or equivalent may also apply. IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalentif applicable. 

Applications from people with experience in the pharmaceutical industry or the healthcare system are also welcome.

Applicants without a background in economics will be offered an opportunity to take courses in economics before starting the programme. Applications to the part-timeprogramme are especially welcome.


Duration: 1 year, full-time; 2 years, part-time

Next start date: September 2015

Average intake: 15 (full-time). no limit (part-time)

Closing date: Please refer to the offer rounds/closing date webpage.

Mode of study: Taught

Course outline

The course is comprised of eight taught modules and a dissertation. Students are exposed to a number of specialist health economics courses including Economic Evaluation of Health Care, Applied Health Technology Assessment and Decision Modelling, Health Technology Assessment, Health Economics, and Health Systems and Policy Analysis, as well as more general economics modules such as Econometrics or Cost Benefit Analysis. Areas examined include the design of healthcare systems and the relationship between these and system performance, methods of evaluation in healthcare, model construction and use in health technology assessment. The dissertation allows the student to use the skills acquired to address a specific research question.

Specialist contributions from leading US and UK researchers have featured in the course. The MSc offers students the opportunity to use the skills they acquire in a placement. Several students have successfully transitioned into full-time employment with their
placement host.


Applications and selections

Applications are made online via The Postgraduate Applications Centre(PAC). Relevant PAC application code(s) above.

Requirements and assessment

Modules are assessed in a variety of ways including coursework and final examination. A dissertation, completed over the summer, is also used to assess performance.

Find out more

Brendan Kennelly
T +353 91 493 094

PAC code

GYC26, full-time
GYC27, part-time

Fees for this course

EU (Total): €6,015 p.a. 2015/16
 - Tuition: €5,791 p.a. 2015/16
 - Student levy: €224 p.a. 2015/16
Non-EU (Total): €13,250 p.a. 2015/16

EU Full time programme (GYC26 / 1MHE1):  €6,015 p.a.; EU Part time programme (GYC27 / 1MHE2): €3,065 p.a.

Postgraduate students in receipt of a SUSI grant – please note an F4 grant is where SUSI will pay €2,000 towards your tuition.  You will be liable for the remainder of the total fee.  An F5 grant is where SUSI will pay TUITION up to a maximum of €6,270.  SUSI will not cover the student levy of €224.

Current students

Anna Hobbins

Anna P. Hobbins
MSc (Health Economics)

"I have found the learning environment to be excellent with help and support for students in a variety of areas. The staff lectures, library, etc., are helpful and informative. The campus at NUI Galway is a student-friendly environment with excellent facilities, which are continually improving.

I would certainly recommend a postgraduate course in Health Economics as it has many practical applications and prepares students for further research or entering the pharmaceutical industry. Many students are placed in pharmaceutical companies over the summer. Previously some students were kept on in companies where they did their placement, while others have gone on to do PhDs in Ireland and the UK.

I would definitely choose NUI Galway if I was starting over again. We had an amazing year with speakers from abroad and we also had fun!"

Past students

Liam McMorrow

Curently studying for his PhD in Health Economics in the UK

"I found the MSc in Health Economics to be an intensive, well organized programme that provided me with the knowledge and confidence to pursue a PhD and a career in academia. The course modules taught us how to approach and answer problems in health economics and how to apply skills that were directly applicable to the workplace. I used many of the skills we learned in my master’s thesis and am now in the process of using the knowledge and techniques I learned at NUI Galway in my PhD.”