M.Sc. in Health Economics

The aims of the MSc in Health Economics are to:

  • develop graduates with a thorough knowledge and applied competence in the fundamentals of health economics , including health technology assessment
  • develop graduates with the ability to critically appraise alternative systems of healthcare finance and delivery in terms of equity and efficiency
  • explore policy debates regarding access to care, and how it is affected by new and expensive technologies

Course content

The course consists of eight taught modules, an internship and a minor dissertation.

The taught modules include several modules in health economics such as

  • Economics of Health and Social Care
  • Economic Evaluation in Healthcare
  • Health Systems and Policy Analysis
  • Applied Health Technology Assessment and Decision Modelling.

The programme also includes taught modules in subjects such as Econometrics and Cost Benefit Analysis.

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.

Special features

Students spend up to three months on placement with an appropriate organisation which may be a pharmaceutical or medical device company, a public agency, a research centre or an international organisation. The internship allows the student to apply the theories and techniques learned in the taught modules.

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.

Past students have embarked on a range of careers that have included the pharmaceutical industry, management consultancy, positions in the voluntary sector and public sector as well as further education at PhD level or research assistantships.

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