University of Birmingham

University of Birmingham

Health Economics and Health Policy

This programme is suitable for people currently working in the health care sector (in both the public and private sectors, including the pharmaceutical industry) who wish to improve their understanding of and skills in health economics. It may also be of interest to new graduates who wish to pursue a career in health economics and/or health services research. The course does not require a 1st degree in economics.

Entry requirements

The normal entrance requirement for MSc programmes is a good Honours degree (Upper 2nd Class or above), or an equivalent professional qualification and professional experience; appropriate career experience may also are taken into account; it is hard to give general rules on these matters, since each case is considered on individual merit; however, the factors which tend to count in ones favour are suitable health services managerial experience, favourable reports from academic referees, or proven ability in research or publication; students should give as much evidence as possible of their capabilities in these areas. English requirements are: IELTS 7.0 with no less than 6.5 in any band, TOEFL 95 overall with no less than 22 in any band, or PTE Academic 67 in all four skills.

Course modules

The programme consists of taught modules (120 credits), plus a dissertation (10,000 words) on an agreed topic in an area of health economics or health policy (60 credits). There are five compulsory modules each of 20 credits: Introduction to health economics (20 credits); statistics for health economics (20 credits); economic evaluation in health care (20 credits); modelling for health economics (20 credits); policy and economics of healthcare delivery (20 credits). Optional modules for the remaining 20 credits can be selected from the range offered by the School of Health and Population Sciences or, with departmental agreement, by other departments within the University. Optional Modules (please select 20 credits): Advanced applied epidemiology (10 credits); advanced statistical methods (10 credits); health technology assessment principles and practices (10 credits); methodological basis of HTA (20 credits); public health in developing countries (10 credits); public health management 1 (10 credits); public health management 2 (10 credits); qualitative research methods (20 credits). This is the module list for 2013 but the programme continues to evolve and you should check the website regularly for any changes for next year.

Assessment methods

Each module is assessed independently. The compulsory modules on MSc Health Economics and Health Policy are all assessed by either assignment, examination or a combination of both.

Sponsorship information

Scholarships may be available to home and international students.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 14,850 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
PgDip Full-time £ 4,380 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
PgDip Full-time £ 14,850 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MSc Full-time £ 6,570 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MSc Part-time £ 3,285 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years
PgDip Part-time £ 2,190 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Edgbaston Campus Birmingham B15 2TU West Midlands

Key information

Postgraduate Enquiry Service
Telephone number: 
0121 414 5005