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 4 skills.

Course modules

The programme consists of taught modules, plus a dissertation (10,000 words) on an agreed topic in an area of health economics or health policy. There are 5 compulsory modules each of 20 credits: introduction to health economics; statistics for health economics; economic evaluation in health care; modelling for health economics; policy and economics of healthcare delivery. Optional modules 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: advanced applied epidemiology; advanced statistical methods; health technology assessment principles and practices; methodological basis of HTA); public health in developing countries; public health management 1; public health management 2; qualitative research methods. This is the current module list but the programme continues to evolve and therefore modules available may vary from this list.

Assessment methods

Each module is assessed independently. The compulsory modules are all assessed by either assignment, examination or a combination of both.

Sponsorship information

Scholarships may be available to home and international students.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 6,570 per Year 1 (EU) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 6,570 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 14,850 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 6,570 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 6,570 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 6,570 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
MSc Part-time September 2016 GBP 3,285 per Year 1 (England) 2 years
MSc Part-time September 2016 GBP 3,285 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years
MSc Part-time September 2016 GBP 3,285 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
MSc Part-time September 2016 GBP 3,285 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years
MSc Part-time September 2016 GBP 3,285 per Year 1 (EU) 2 years
PgDip Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,380 per Year 1 (EU) 1 years
PgDip Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,380 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
PgDip Full-time September 2016 GBP 14,850 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
PgDip Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,380 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
PgDip Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,380 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
PgDip Full-time September 2016 GBP 4,380 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
PgDip Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,190 per Year 1 (England) 2 years
PgDip Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,190 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 2 years
PgDip Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,190 per Year 1 (Scotland) 2 years
PgDip Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,190 per Year 1 (Wales) 2 years
PgDip Part-time September 2016 GBP 2,190 per Year 1 (EU) 2 years

Campus details

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

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