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MSc Health Policy

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This course is designed to help you understand, navigate and influence the 21st century health and health care environment.

Key Information

Start date

September 2019
January 2020

Academic year dates

Duration

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

UK/EU

Full-time: 8,500*

Part-time: £4,250 per year*

Non-EU

Full-time: 17,000*

Part-time: £8,500 per year*

Campus

Northampton Square

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 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.

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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

To apply for this course, you must have:

  • 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.
  • significant relevant employment experience in the health sector may be considered.

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, and the Graduate Diploma in Economics

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 your first language is not English, the following qualification is required:

  • IELTS: 7.0.

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.

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.

For more information see our main Visa page.

How to apply

Applications beyond January 2019 are not yet open.

September 2018

January 2019

If you have any enquiries please contact:

T: +44 (0)20 7040 5000
E: pghealth@city.ac.uk

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*Fees in each subsequent year of study (where applicable) will be subject to an annual increase of 2%. We will confirm any change to the annual tuition fee to you in writing prior to you commencing each subsequent year of study (where applicable).

Deposit

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

Funding

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

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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.

MSc Health Policy

Introduced by programme director Dr. Justin Needle, this short film will tell you more about the programme and the opportunities it opens up to graduates looking to develop their career within the international health policy field.

Placements

You will 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.

Academic facilities

As part of the University of London you can also become a member of Senate House Library for free with your student ID card.

Accommodation

We offer a variety of accommodation options and support services for postgraduate students.

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Timetables

Course timetables are normally available from July and can be accessed from our timetabling pages. These pages also provide timetables for the current academic year, though this information should be viewed as indicative and details may vary from year to year.

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Please note that all academic timetables are subject to change.

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.

Course content and assessment

Teaching and learning

You will learn through a mix of lectures, class discussions and seminars, student presentations, case study analysis, interactive computer-based exercises, a virtual learning environment (Moodle) and self-directed reading.

Lecturers are drawn from City's Schools of Health Sciences and Arts and Social Sciences. A number of distinguished external honorary and guest lecturers have also taught on the programme, including:

  • Professor David Oliver (President of the British Geriatrics Society, former National Clinical Director for Older People at the Department of Health, and Visiting Fellow at the King's Fund)
  • Professor Paul Burstow (Chair of the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, and Minister of State for Care Services in the Coalition Government, 2010-12)
  • Brigadier Tim Hodgetts CBE (Medical Director, Defence Medical Services, and former Medical Director, NATO Allied Rapid Reaction Corps)
  • Beccy Baird (Fellow in Health Policy, the King's Fund)

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

You will take five core taught modules, which cover the main topics and issues within health policy, the health policy process, the principles of policy analysis, and research methods.

You will also choose two or three further elective modules covering a range of related areas, including public health, global health and health management and leadership.

Core modules

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 two Public Health (PHM) modules (PHM001, PHM003, PHM004) may be chosen as electives, depending on module capacity.

Alternatively, you 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.

Dissertation

You will also write a final health policy-related dissertation, on a topic of your choice, of between 12,000 and 15,000 words.

Recent dissertation topics have included:

  • Undocumented migrant access to European Union health services
  • Increasing the uptake of diabetic retinopathy screening among Black and Minority Ethnic groups in the UK
  • The determinants of pharmaceutical expenditure in Greece
  • Improving recruitment and retention of health workers in rural and remote areas of Kazakhstan
  • A critical analysis of UK policy on retention and use of residual new born blood spot screening samples
  • Exploring the discourses of healthcare rationing using three international comparative case studies
  • How can community health education improve migrant maternal and child health in China’s urban areas?

The programme specification contains more information on how the course is organised, the requirements for progression for each part and credits required for awards.

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    The support that lecturers and staff gave me was invaluable in helping me to gain the skills I needed to be a campaigner..
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After you graduate

Career prospects

Because health and health care are such high priorities for both the public and policy makers, health policy specialists will continue to be in high demand. Therefore, if you are working or want to work within any health-related organisation in the public, private or third sectors, this course will help you develop the key transferable skills you need to succeed.

Graduates of the MSc Health Policy have gone on to a variety of policy, campaigning/advocacy and research roles within the public sector such as:

  • The NHS and international ministries of health
  • NGOs and third-sector organisations including the Patients Association and a number of professional associations
  • The private sector such as consultancy, corporate communications and pharmaceutical companies.

Applications beyond January 2019 are not yet open.

September 2018

January 2019

If you have any enquiries please contact:

T: +44 (0)20 7040 5000
E: pghealth@city.ac.uk

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