Interested in pursuing a rewarding career as a health economist? The Health Economics MSc has been designed for those who have a background in economics and are looking to specialise. However, we also offer provision to those who are new to economics.
In developed and developing countries, the demand for specialists in health economics continues to increase. The Health Economics MSc is designed to meet this demand by introducing you to how microeconomics principles can be applied to the analysis of health and healthcare decisions by consumers, firms and governments.
As a result, you will gain the skills and knowledge you need to work as a Health Economist in the public and private sectors, and international health organisations and NGOs.
The Health Economics MSc will help you:
To apply for this course, you should have:
Students with a good lower second-class undergraduate degree in one of the above disciplines might be considered on a case-by-case basis and their experience taken into account.
If you have a background in Pharmacy, Medicine, Nursing or other health science related discipline and wish to pursue a career as a Health Economist please apply to the MSc Economic Evaluation in Healthcare as the MSc Health Economics requires a background in Economics.
You must also meet the English language requirement for the programme as specified.
If you do not meet the entry requirements, INTO City, University of London offers a range of academic and English language programmes to help you prepare for study at City, University of London. You will 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 Economics.
City works in partnership with Kaplan International College (KIC) London to provide preparatory courses for international students. Pre-Masters courses at KIC London offer you comprehensive support to help you complete your postgraduate study at City. Progression to this degree is guaranteed if you complete the KIC London Pre-Masters course at the required level.
If you are applying with an overseas degree, the following is an indication of international equivalents of an upper second class degree from a UK institution. Please note these figures are intended as a guide only and individual applications will be assessed on a case by case basis.
If English is not your first language you will need one of the following qualifications:
All applicants that require a Tier 4 visa must meet the minimum Home Office English Language ability requirements before City can issue the CAS that is needed to apply for a Tier 4 visa.
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.
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:
For more information see our main Visa page.
*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).
The Office of Health Economics wants to increase capacity of highly skilled economists specialised in health economics research by funding 2 part time students per year to do the M.Sc. in Health Economics or a M.Sc. in Economic Evaluation in Healthcare, part time, at the Department of Economics at City , University of London.
OHE will pay the corresponding part time fees and a stipend to the student of £ 1,500 per month for 2 years.
Deadline: 31st May, 2020
MSc Health Economics – Jameel’s story
Jameel completed the MSc Health Economics and now works at Astellas Pharma Europe as the Director of Health Economics and Outcomes Research . He talks about how his time at City helped him get where he is now and how the field of Health Economics is advancing.
If you are interested in applying for the MSc Health Economics but cannot make it to an Open Evening, you may be able to register for one of our upcoming online sessions for prospective students.
This programme has a placement scheme that provides you with a unique opportunity to apply the skills you have learned during the MSc and acquire experience in a workplace environment.
Companies and organisations are invited to meet with you and propose subjects for your dissertation, which will be done during a placement. Organisations and students liaise directly with the approval of the academic supervisor.
Our students secure placements with a wide range of organisations (these may change from year to year), such as:
We offer a free language course for City, University of London students.
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.
Please note that all academic timetables are subject to change.
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.
Modules in this programme are taught by research-active academic staff, graduate teaching assistants and visiting lecturers. We also invite speakers from the industry and other organisations to present specialised topics in health economics.
The teaching takes place over two terms, from September to June.
Full-time students take 20 weeks of lectures, plus dissertation/literature review 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 literature review/dissertation.
Full-time students who successfully complete the taught modules in the August re-sit exam session will submit their literature review/dissertation in December.
Part-time students take 20 weeks of lectures, plus literature review/dissertation and examination periods spread over two years and three months.
Part-time students complete all modules over the course of four terms, from September to June, before undertaking their literature review/dissertation.
Part-time students who successfully pass all the taught modules during the main exam periods will finish the programme in December of the second year, when they submit their literature review/dissertation. Part-time students who successfully pass all the taught modules in August submit in March of the following year.
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 an opportunity to gain experience about the sector while writing the MSc final dissertation.
Pre-sessional activities covering Probability, 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 Health Economics. 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. Further information such as the exact dates, times and locations will be provided in your induction schedule. Please note that you are not required to register for the above pre-sessionals, you just need to turn up on the day.
As a Health Economics MSc student at City, you will benefit from invited lectures, modules and seminars from an extensive list of collaborators, from the industry and other institutions including:
You will take three core modules, plus the following depending on your path:
Each module typically has a two-hour lecture and a one-hour tutorial each week, but this may vary. It is not possible to give exact hours per week, as these can vary from term to term depending on which electives you choose.
Part-time students please note modules are taught on weekdays during daytime, alongside students who are studying on the full-time MSc programme. Please contact us for further details.
You can choose electives from the list below. On the dissertation route, you will take one elective. On the literature survey route you will take three electives.
The programme specification contains more information on how the course is organised, the requirements for progression for each part and credits required for awards.
This MSc prepares you for a wide range of career opportunities in economic consultancies, think-tanks, the pharmaceutical industry, professional associations, governmental bodies and non-governmental organisations. It will also enable you to explore teaching and research positions in academic institutions.
Our MSc Health Economics graduates have gone on to work for companies such as: