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Economic Evaluation in Healthcare  MSc


The Economic Evaluation in Healthcare MSc is designed to meet the demand for quantitative and analytical skills in the process of decision-making in the healthcare sector.

Economic issues involved in healthcare are universally recognised as being critically important. The growth of both the public and private healthcare sectors in recent years means that there is a large and growing demand for health economics expertise. Analysing and understanding resource issues is increasingly necessary for health professionals, whether clinical, in health services management or in industries related to healthcare.

MSc Economic Evaluation in Healthcare is designed to provide economic evaluation skills applied to the health care sector. In keeping with the University's aims to provide high quality, professionally-relevant education, the course offers training both in the conceptual bases for economic evaluation and in advanced quantitative methods relevant to healthcare decision-making at a level that is adequate for both economists and non-economists.

Professor Mireia Jofre-Bonet talks about the benefits of studying MSc Economic Evaluation in Healthcare

HTA inSiteThe City Health Economics Centre of City University London jointly with the Office of Health Economics and Abacus International owns the portal HTA inSite, which gives access to NICE decisions.

Course Fees:

  • Full-time EU: £10,000
  • Part-time EU: £5,350 per year
  • Full-time Non EU: £15,000
  • Part-time Non EU: £7,500 per year

Start Date:

September 2016

How to Apply

Entry Requirements


You should have some mathematical background (A-level, IB, AP or any other equivalent secondary school qualification) and either of the following:

  • a 2.1 (or equivalent) undergraduate degree in economics or related discipline (e.g. Finance);
  • a 2.1 (or equivalent) undergraduate degree in business, management, politics, law, accounting, psychology, quantitative sociology or financial journalism.
  • a 2.1 (or equivalent) undergraduate degree in a quantitative discipline (such as mathematics, engineering, computer science or a natural science).

Students with a good 2.2 in one of the above disciplines might be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Economics pre-sessional courses

You will benefit from having a working knowledge of microeconomic principles, mathematics and statistics. In order to help you if you have a shortfall in these areas, we run pre-sessional courses prior to the start of the academic year that will provide the necessary background. The Economics pre-sessional courses are compulsory for students enrolling on the MSc Economic Evaluation in Healthcare, and enrolment is included in your tuition fee.

These courses are primarily aimed at those who have not studied economics for a few years and may need some revision of maths, statistics and/or microeconomics. The three courses are designed to ensure that you have a minimum acceptable level of knowledge in each area prior to commencing the course, so that once the full MSc course starts, all students share a common core of basic knowledge.

Other Suitable Qualifications

Kaplan International College (KIC) London

Additionally, the University works in partnership with KIC London to provide preparatory courses for international students. Foundation and Pre Masters courses at KIC London offer comprehensive support to students including regular one-to-one tuition. Progression to the University is guaranteed if you complete the KIC London course at the required level.

English Requirements

  • IELTS: an overall score of 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.0 for each sub-test)

INTO English language programmes

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, INTO City University London offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree. Please click the links below for more information:


If you are a citizen of, or undertook your Bachelors degree in, one of the following countries, you are exempt from the requirement to provide proof of English language proficiency:

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • The Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Canada
  • Dominica
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Jamaica
  • New Zealand
  • St Kitts and Nevis
  • St Lucia
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • UK
  • The United States of America

The above is a list of UKBA designated majority English-speaking countries. For more information see

Please note that due to changes in the UKVI 's list of SELT s we are no longer able to accept TOEFL as evidence of English language for students who require a CAS as of April 2014.

Postgraduate Preparatory Courses for International Students

If you do not qualify for direct entry, our partner INTO City University London offers an academic preparation programme - the Graduate Diploma. The course offers a route to City University London through an excellent teaching and learning experience, located in purpose built study facilities. Successful completion of the Graduate Diploma at INTO City University London to the standard required provides guaranteed progression to this Masters degree.

Visa Requirements

If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study.  

The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course; there are different rules for:

  • Students on courses of more than 6 months
  • Students on courses of less than 6 months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English Language course

Please note: If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake any City University London courses on a part-time basis.

For more information see our main Visa page.

When and Where

Start Date:
September 2016

Full-time - one yearPart-time - two years (with an additional three months to submit dissertation, if required)

Course Content

This course is designed to meet the increased demand for quantitative and analytical skills in the process of decision-making in the healthcare sector.

Course Structure

Part 1

Route Core Modules:

Part 2

Route Core Module:

  • Economics research project

Read the full programme specification.

Teaching and Assessment


This course is designed to be flexible in the range of teaching methods used. You will be taught through a mixture of lectures, seminars, student presentations, analysis of case studies and interactive computer-based exercises, particularly in relation to the quantitative elements of the course.

In your third term we organise for experts from outside City to come in and present current research on both methodological and applied topics.

The course has just over 220 formal contact hours. Each module has 3 hours of instruction for 10 weeks, plus approximately 10 hours will be spent with your supervisor at various stages of the dissertation.

Three hours teaching time is allocated for each session of each module. However, this will not necessarily involve three hours of lecturing, as time is also set aside for workshops and tutorials. You can use the rest of the day to use the library and computing facilities, and for doing other course-related work.


The full-time course is taught on Thursdays and Fridays only.

Part-time students attend on Thursdays in year one and Fridays in year two.


We will assess you by coursework and examinations. At postgraduate level, you are required to obtain (1) a minimum mark of 40% in all assessment components, and (2) a weighted average of 50% in total.

Read the full programme specification.


  • Full-time EU: £10,000
  • Part-time EU: £5,350 per year
  • Full-time Non EU: £15,000
  • Part-time Non EU: £7,500 per year


For up-to-date information about tuition fees, living costs and financial support, visit Postgraduate Fees and Finance.

Future Finance Loans

Future Finance offers students loans of between £2,500 and £40,000 to help cover tuition fees and living expenses. All students and courses are considered. All loans are subject to credit checks and approval for further details please visit the City Finance website.

NIHR Research Methods Fellowship University of Cambridge

Applications are invited for an NIHR research methods fellow based within the growing group of health economists at the Cambridge Centre for Health Services Research, University of Cambridge.

The fellow will split their time between an MSc in Health Economics or Economic Evaluation at City University, London, and working as a research assistant at CCHSR in Cambridge.  The post is available for two years full time (part time options available for both the fellowship and MSc).  Appointment is conditional on an offer of a place on the MSc at City University.

Find out more about the Fellowship and application process.

NIHR Research Methods Fellowship Kings College London

King’s Health Economics and the Centre for Implementation Science are delighted to offer a two-year Research Methods Fellowship in methods for health economic evaluation and appraisal.

The two-year fellowship is funded by the National Institute for Health Research, the research arm of the NHS.

During the first year (starting September 2016), you will complete an MSc in Economic Evaluation in Health Care at City University London (the fellowship award will cover all fees). You will also attend the CLAHRC South London’s Implementation Science Masterclass, led by experts in the field from around the world. In the second year you will complete a health economics research project pertaining to best practice implementation in mental health services delivery in south London

Find out more about the Fellowship and application process



Every year the Marjorie Deane Financial Journalism Foundation offers one or two studentships, worth roughly £10,000 each, to students who have been accepted to do a Masters degree in Economics or Finance at a top UK university. The Foundation tends to favour applicants who have an interest in going into journalism, though this should not preclude others from applying. For further information, please see the Marjorie Deane website.


We work with organisations to help you get internships during the period in which you are writing your final dissertation.

Career Prospects

The MSc in Health Economics prepares you for career opportunities in areas such as:

  • Economic consultancies and think-tanks
  • Policy analysis for industry
  • Professional associations and governmental bodies
  • Teaching and research positions in academic institutions
  • Non governmental organisations
  • Economic evaluation of products in the pharmaceutical industry

Job destinations

Examples of where our recent graduates (from all MSc Economics courses) are now working:

  • Data analyst, Abacus International
  • National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)
  • Research Analyst, Optum
  • Research Analyst, IMS Health
  • PhD in Health Economics (several: Sheffield, Warwick, York, UCL)
  • Health outcomes advisor, Research International
  • Project leader, NHS Business Service Authority
  • Health economy liaison manager, Kovis d.o.o
  • Research executive, Eli-Lilly
  • Research Analyst, Office of Health Economics
  • Database office health economist, United Nations Development Programme
  • Senior health economist, Fidelity
  • Customer relations officer, Oxford Outcomes Ltd
  • Research Analyst and Modeller, Abacus International Ltd.
  • Human rights specialist, Alpha Bank
  • Barclays Bank
  • Research economist, Brava
  • Accountant, Confederation of British Industry
  • Market researcher, Deutsche Bank
  • Sales assistant, Ealing PCT
  • Senior health liaison manager, Gallaher Ltd
  • Project manager, IM Health
  • Commercialist, Johnson and Johnson
  • Analyst, Network Rail
  • Marketing executive, Novo Nordisk
  • Assistant Director of performance and planning, Suits You
  • Collection agent, Synovate
  • Economist, Tomtah.

Application Deadline

There is no fixed application deadline. We close applications when the course is full, so we encourage you to apply early.

MSc Economic Evaluation in Healthcare

To apply you will need to submit:

  • An application form
  • A personal statement explaining why you want to take this course and how your experience and academic qualifications make you a suitable applicant
  • An official copy (and certified English translation if relevant) of your undergraduate academic transcript, or a provisional transcript and translation if you have not yet completed your undergraduate degree
  • An official copy (and certified English translation if relevant) of your undergraduate degree certificate (if this is available)
  • If you have undertaken a postgraduate degree, an official copy (and certified English translation if relevant) of your postgraduate academic transcript and degree certificate
  • A copy of your passport

You can submit the following later if it is not yet available:

  • Proof of meeting the English language requirement: proof of being a national of a country on the list of majority English-speaking countries; a certificate for a degree studied in a country on the list of majority English-speaking countries; or a copy of your IELTS results

The Department of Economics does NOT require references when you submit your application. However, the Admissions Tutor might request them at a later date to help make a decision on your application.

Application Forms

We strongly encourage you to apply online and upload scanned copies of your supporting documents:

If you are unable to apply online, you can download the application form here: