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MSc Economic Evaluation in Health Care

The MSc is designed to meet the demand for health economics’ quantitative and analytical skills for decision-making in the healthcare sector, both in developed and in developing countries.

Key Information

Start date

September 2017


Full time: 12 months

Part time: 15 months


Full-time: £10,500

Part-time: £5,350 per year


Full-time: £15,000

Part-time: £7,500 per year

Application period

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

Who is it for?

This course is designed for anyone with some quantitative background interested in developing a career as a health economist in the public or private sector.  Typical backgrounds of students comprise pharmacy, medical sciences, economics,biology and other.

This course will enable you to change the direction of your professional career towards health economics.


The aim of this course is to develop your analytical and modeling abilities, as well as to provide you with the background and theoretical foundations of health economics. This course will provide you with the skills and the experience you need to work as a health economists in a pharmaceutical company, an economic consultancy, in private and public think-tanks and non-governmental organisations (NGOs), as well as public institutions designing health care policy.

The Department of Economics hosts both the City Health Economics Centre (CHEC) and the London Health Economics Group (LHEG)

Requirements and how to apply

Entry requirements

You should have:

  • Some mathematical background (A-level, IB, AP or any other equivalent secondary school qualification)
  • An upper second class (or equivalent) undergraduate degree in economics or related discipline (e.g. Finance); pharmacy, medicine, biology; and mathematics.

Students with a good lower second class in one of the above disciplines might be considered on a case-by-case basis

You must also meet the English language requirement for the programme.

INTO City, University of London

Don’t meet the entry requirements? INTO City, University of London offers a range of academic and English language programmes to help prepare you for study at City, University of London. You’ll learn from experienced teachers in a dedicated international study centre.

These programmes are designed for international students who do not meet the required academic and English language requirements for direct entry. To prepare for this degree course, learn more about the Graduate Diploma in Social Sciences and the Arts.

Kaplan International College London

City works in partnership with Kaplan International College (KIC) London to provide preparatory courses for international students. Pre Masters courses at KIC London offer comprehensive support to students wishing to complete their postgraduate study at City. Progression to this degree is guaranteed if you complete the KIC London Pre-Masters course at the required level.

English requirements

If English is not your first language you will need the following qualification:

  • IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.0 for each sub-test) OR
  • A first degree from a UK university or an overseas institution recognised by City as providing adequate evidence of proficiency in the English language, for example, from institutions in Australia or the USA.

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.

All applicants that require a Tier 4 visa must meet the minimum Home Office English Language ability requirements before City can issue the Certificate of Acceptance for Study (CAS) that is needed to apply for a Tier 4 visa.

INTO English language programmes

Don’t meet the English language requirements? INTO City, University of London offers English language programmes to help prepare you for study at university. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to degree courses.

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

of graduates responding to the 14/15 DLHE survey were in employment 6 months after graduation
Launched in 1999
one of the oldest health economics MSc in the UK
dedicated research active staff within Health Economics centre

More about fees


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

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.


The School of Arts and Social Sciences is delighted to offer a number of UK scholarships for this course. The scholarships are worth £2,000 towards tuition fees awarded on the basis of academic merit and applicants' personal statements. Applications are now closed and successful applicants will be notified in May 2017.

Find out more about Scholarships for the Arts and Social Sciences.

Academic views

Professor Mireia Jofre-Bonet

Professor Mireia Jofre-Bonet talks about MsC Economic Evaluation in Healthcare


Companies and organisations are invited to meet students and propose subjects for their dissertation to be done during a placement. Organisations and students liaise directly with the approval of the academic supervisor. . Placements can be for instance with Boehringer-I

Janssen –Cilag, Eli Lilly, Campbell Aliance, Office of Health Economics, Otsuka, Celgene, Curo, IMS Health, and many others.

Placements provide a unique opportunity to apply the skills learned during the MSc and acquire experience in the workplace.

Academic facilities

You will benefit from state of the art student-geared facilities, including a bright new gym and meeting points. Most importantly, you will benefit from City’s central London location.

Learn a language for free

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

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Teaching and learning

The course is taught by research active academic staff, teaching assistants and industry and visiting lecturers.

We also have invited speakers that come to present specialised topics in health economics.

Assessments are typically a combination of unseen written examinations (70% for each module) and coursework (30% for each module) but this can vary by module.

About two thirds of our students secure a placement at a firm. The placement is used to learn about the sector while writing the dissertation


Pre-sessional activities covering Statistics, Microeconomics, Stata, Excel and Mathematics run in September before the start of term. These are available for all students who secure a place on the MSc Economic Evaluation and Healthcare course. Pre-sessionals are included in your degree fee and are designed to prepare you for the course. We therefore strongly encourage you to make every effort to attend. Dates of the sessions are as follows:

  • Statistics – 9th & 10th September 2017
  • Mathematics – 16th & 17th September 2017
  • Stata – 23rd  September 2017
  • Excel - 28th & 29th September 2017
  • Microeconomics – 30th September & 1st October 2017

Please note that you are not required to register for the above pre-sessionals, you just need to turn up on the day. Further information such as the exact times and locations will be provided in your induction schedule.

Full and part time assessment

The teaching takes place over two terms, from September to June.

Full time: 20 weeks of lectures plus dissertation and examination periods over one year.

Full-time students who pass all the taught modules during the main exam sessions will finish the programme at the end of September, when they submit their dissertation.

Full-time students who successfully complete the taught modules in the August re-sit exam session will submit their dissertation in December.

Part time: 20 weeks of lectures plus dissertation and examination periods spread over one year and 3 months.

Part-time students complete all modules over the course of four terms, from September to June, before undertaking their dissertation.

Part-time students who successfully pass all the taught modules during the main exam sessions will finish the programme in December, when they submit their dissertation. Part-time students who successfully pass all the taught modules in August submit in March of the following year.

Staff at City, University of London

Professor Mireia Jofre-Bonet
Dr Agne Suziedelyte
Dr Victoria Serra-Sastre

List of collaborators

Our MScs in Economic Evaluation and Health Economics benefit from invited lectures, modules and seminars from an extensive list of collaborators, from the industry and other institutions including:

Prof. John Appleby (Nuffield Trust)
Anthony Bentley (Mtech Access)
Prof. John Cairns (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine)
Prof. Nancy Devlin (Office of Health Economics and Hon Professor at City)
Prof. Michael Drummond (York University and Hon Prof at City)
Mr. Alastair Fischer (formerly NICE, then OHE)
Prof. Malcolm Law (Epidemiology, Queen Mary University of London)
Dr Jorge Mestre-Ferrandiz (Expert in Pharmaeconomics, formerly OHE now Independent Consultant)
Prof. David Parkin (Office of Health Economics, Hon Prof at City)
Dr Juliet Mumby-Croft (Director of Source HEOR)


You will complete 180 credits.

This includes modules worth 120 credits: one module worth 30 credits and six modules worth 15 credits. The research project is worth 60 credits.

Each module typically has a weekly two-hour lecture and a one-hour tutorial, but this may vary.

This course is taught on Thursdays and Fridays only. A full-time student can expect to spend all Thursday and all Friday at City, for 10 or 11 weeks in the Autumn term and the Spring term.

Note: It is not possible to give exact hours per week because these can vary from one term to the other, depending on which electives you choose.

Part one: route core module

  • Quantitative methods (Health) (30 credits)
  • Advanced Economic Evaluation in Health Care (15 credits)
  • Economic evaluation (15 credits)
  • Economic evaluation workshops (15 credits)
  • Welfare economics (15 credits)
  • Epidemiology (15 credits)
  • Health Economics (15 credits)

You will take Quantitative Methods and Economic Evaluation on Thursdays during the first term and Health Economics and Advanced Economic Evaluation on Thursdays during the second term.

You will take Epidemiology on Fridays during the first term and Welfare Economics and Economic Evaluation Workshops (Modelling) on Fridays during the second term.

Students on a part-time basis will take only what is taught on Thursdays during the first year and what is taught on Fridays during the second year.

Part two: route core module

  • Economics research project (60 credits)
  • Academic expert
    Professor in Economics working in the School of Arts and Social Sciences.
  • Academic expert
    Lecturer in Economics working in the School of Arts and Social Sciences.
  • Academic expert
    Lecturer in Economics working in the School of Arts and Social Sciences.
  • Alumni - Research Analyst
    I found City was one of the few universities in the UK that offered a health economics course that's designed primarily for non-economists, like me.

Career prospects

This MSc prepares you for career opportunities in economic consultancies, think-tanks, the pharmaceutical industry, professional associations, governmental bodies and non-governmental organisations and teaching and research positions in academic institutions.

Examples: Abacus International, NICE, Optum, IMS Health, Research International, NHS, Kovis, Eli-Lilly, OHE, United Nations, Fidelity, Oxford Outcomes, Gallaher, Johnson&Johnson, Novo Nordisk, Synovate, Tomtah, as well as PhDs at UCL, York, City, University of London and Warwick.

100% of graduates in employment or further study six months after completing the course

Application Deadline

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

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