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Health Policy  MSc

Overview

The UK and global healthcare landscape is becoming increasingly complex. Advances in health technologies, rising consumer expectations, increasing longevity and prevalence of chronic illness and other pressures present significant and growing challenges for health systems and have helped push healthcare and health policy to the top of political agendas across the world.

Increasing attention is therefore being given to such crucial issues as: how best to meet the health needs of changing populations, the social determinants of health, inequalities in health and access to care, cost containment, the appropriate level of overall resources to devote to healthcare and public health, which health services to provide (and to whom), how health systems should be organised and financed, and their performance measured.

All of these issues, and strategies for tackling them effectively and sustainably, fall within the scope of health policy. Given their growing importance, an in-depth understanding of the contemporary health policy landscape is an increasingly vital attribute of professionals at all levels within the health sector.

Who is the course for?

We welcome applications from graduates with an interest in health policy-related issues from any academic discipline. The course is also suitable for 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 and healthcare industries
  • health insurance

The course is suitable for those who wish to expand their knowledge of health policy to support their current or future employment. Applications are welcome from the UK and overseas.

Why study Health Policy at City University London?

  • Develop key work-relevant skills in health policy to enhance your career aspirations and put 'policy into practice'
  • Gain the knowledge needed to be a leader in the world of health policy, planning and management
  • Learn from national and international experts in health policy
  • Study alongside professionals from a wide range of backgrounds
  • Learn in a flexible way, choosing from a range of relevant modules.

Scholarships

Scholarship opportunities are available for international students for academic and clinical excellence as well as for exceptional innovation in enterprise. Please see the 'Fees & Funding' tab for more information.

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.

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Course Fees:

  • Full-time EU: £7,500
  • Part-time EU: £3,750
  • Full-time Non EU: £15,000
  • Part-time Non EU: £7,500
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Start Date:

The next intake for the MSc in Health Policy will be September 2016.

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.

English for Postgraduate Study
Pre-sessional English

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 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:
The next intake for the MSc in Health Policy will be September 2016.
Duration:
Full-time: one year, Part-time: two years

Course Content

Length of course:

The normal period of registration to complete 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 include:

Elective (optional) modules include:

* 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.

** No more than two health management (HMM) modules may be chosen as electives.

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.

Discover more School of Health Sciences CPPD modules.

Read the full 2015 programme specification.

Teaching and Assessment

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.

Read the full 2015 programme specification.

Fees

  • Full-time EU: £7,500
  • Part-time EU: £3,750
  • Full-time Non EU: £15,000
  • Part-time Non EU: £7,500

Deposit:

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

Funding

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.

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:

Apply for scholarships using the official scholarships form.

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.

About the School and Department

School of Health Sciences