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Health Policy

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Apply for our postgraduate Health Policy MSC course. City University prepares you for a career in Health Policy for the 21st century.

Key Information

Start date

January 2017

Duration

Full-time: one year
Part-time: two years

UK/EU

Full-time: £7,500

Part-time: £3,750 per year

Non-EU

Full-time: £15,000

Part-time: £7,500 per year

Who is it for?

City’s MSc Health Policy is the ideal route for graduates looking to start, change or develop their career within the health policy field. It combines an international focus and academic rigour with the development of practical, transferable skills that can be applied in a wide range of real-world health policy, planning and management settings.

We welcome applications from graduates (UK or international) from any academic discipline. The course is also suitable for established professionals from a wide range of backgrounds, including:

  • medical, nursing and allied health professions
  • health management and administration
  • public health
  • national and local government
  • national NGOs
  • international agencies
  • research institutions and consultancies
    pharmaceutical, insurance and other health-related industries.

Objectives

Health and health care policy are at the top of the political agenda around the world. People are living longer, consumers are expecting more from their health services and chronic illnesses are becoming prevalent. Medical technology is advancing rapidly, creating ever-increasing demand for the latest treatments.

Health policy affects and is affected by all of these factors. It aims to meet the growing challenges facing health systems by providing answers to such questions as:

  • How can we best meet people’s changing health needs?
  • How can we control spiralling health costs, while maintaining high quality and comprehensive health services?
  • What is the most effective way of organising and paying for health care?
  • How can we tackle inequalities in health and access to care?
  • How can we measure and improve the performance of health systems?

City’s MSc in Health Policy gives you the knowledge and tools you need to understand, analyse and influence the health policy process, and to operate within an increasingly complex policy environment.

You will analyse the social, political and economic factors that affect policy at a local, national and international level. You will explore how and where policy is made, and who the key players are; and learn how to present your ideas clearly and persuasively to a range of influential stakeholders to bring about change.

Policy making, in health as elsewhere, is a political process. Everyone has an agenda. On the MSc Health Policy you'll learn how to navigate your way through this complex, fast-moving and highly politicised environment, and to develop your powers of analysis and persuasion to bring about real change that benefits patients and wider society."

Course Director, Dr Justin Needle:

Requirements and how to apply

Entry requirements

  • Applicants should hold a second class honours degree or the equivalent from an international institution. We also consider applications from individuals who may not have prior experience of working within the health sector but who have plans for a career in health policy.
  • Applicants who do not hold a degree but do have relevant employment experience in the health sector may be considered.

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.

English requirements

For students whose first language is not English, one of the following qualifications is also required:

  • IELTS: 7.0

Language Programmes

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner, 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.

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

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 six months
  • Students on courses of less than six months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English language course.

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

For more information see our main Visa page.

How to apply

September 2016 applications are now closed.

For more information contact us on:

T: +44 (0)20 7040 5000

E: pghealth@city.ac.uk

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Funding

Explore up-to-date information about funding options, available financial support and typical living costs.

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Deposit:

Please note a non-refundable deposit of £500 is required when accepting your offer in order to secure your place.

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.

Scholarships

The School of Health Sciences believes that exceptional academic and clinical performance should be recognised and rewarded. We have several scholarships available for students starting on our courses this September and January.

Placements

You have the opportunity to do a placement, but it is not a formal requirement of the course. We encourage you to create your own. One recent student worked within the refugee camp in Calais alongside the NGO Doctors of the World as part of her dissertation research on refugee access to health care.

Learn a language for free

We offer a free language course for City, University of London students.

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Student support

We offer an extensive support network during your time here at City, University of London – from Learning Support (including disability support) and counselling to financial and career advice – leaving you free to enjoy every opportunity campus life has to offer.

Find out more about the different types of student support available.

Teaching and learning

Teaching and learning is undertaken via a mix of lectures, class discussions and seminars, student presentations, case study analysis, interactive computer based exercises, a virtual learning environment and self-directed reading.

Lecturers are drawn from City's Schools of Health Sciences and Social Sciences, and there is a range of distinguished external honorary and guest speakers.

City has an international reputation for academic excellence in the areas of health and food policy, health services research, health management and executive leadership across a broad range of professional disciplines. Students will be able to learn from and alongside colleagues who aim to influence and lead health-related initiatives.

Modules are assessed through a combination of written coursework, group work and examination. The assessments reflect the learning objectives of the modules.

Modules

Length of course:

The normal duration of a Masters degree is one year for full-time students or two years for part-time students.

Please note that fees are subject to annual increases.

The course will enable you to:

This programme aims to equip you with the knowledge and skills you need to analyse and attempt to influence the health policy process in the 21st century; understand the social, political and economic factors that affect it at local, national and international level and evaluate its impact on health systems and services and wider society.

It combines an international focus and academic rigour with the development of practical policy analysis and related skills which can be applied in real-world health policy, planning and management settings.

Course Structure

Lectures, workshops and seminars are led by academic staff from the Schools of Health Sciences and Arts & Social Sciences and there is a range of distinguished honorary and guest speakers.

Core modules

* The core module HRM020 covers basic research skills and enables you to perform entry-level statistics. It forms the first part of the 30-credit module HRM001 Introduction to Research Methods and Applied Data Analysis, which goes on to cover more advanced research skills. If you choose to take HRM001, this will replace the core module HRM020.

Elective modules

* The core module HRM020 covers basic research skills and enables you to perform entry-level statistics. It forms the first part of the 30-credit module HRM001 Introduction to research methods and applied data analysis, which goes on to cover more advanced research skills. If you choose to take HRM001, this will replace the core module HRM020.

** A maximum of one public health module (PHM001 or PHM003) may be chosen as an elective.

A maximum of two health management (HMM) modules may be chosen as electives. Depending on module capacity, it may only be possible to take one HMM module.

Alternatively students can take modules from this Masters degree as standalone CPPD (Continuing Personal and Professional Development) courses. In this case, course costs might vary. For further information please click on the CPPD links below each module.

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Career prospects

Because health and healthcare are such high priorities for both the public and policymakers, it is highly likely that demand for health policy specialists will remain high. Therefore, if you are working or wish to work within any health-related organisation in the public, private or third sectors, this course will help you develop a range of key transferable health policy skills.

If you would like more information on the Careers support available at City, please visit our website.


September 2016 applications are now closed.

For more information contact us on:

T: +44 (0)20 7040 5000

E: pghealth@city.ac.uk

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