Aimed at health care professionals and managers, as well as new graduates, this Health Economics and Health Policy programme from the University of Birmingham provides an introduction to the central issues in health economics and health policy involved in the management of primary health care.

About

This Health Economics and Health Policy programme from the University of Birmingham 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.

Employability

You may be wondering what you can go on to do with an MSc in Health Economics and Health Policy. The following articles will give you some idea of the variety of fields you can go into with this qualification.

  • Careers for Students of Health Economics
  • Working in Health Economics

Why study this course

The MSc Health Economics and Health Policy course:

  • brings together professionals from a vast array of work environments, locations and backgrounds offering the benefit of knowledge and experience sharing
  • does not ask for an economics first degree
  • has a wide variety of module options creating a flexible degree to suit your needs
  • offers modules on a block basis (3 or 5 days) making it easier for you and your employers to manage your study leave

Programme Structure

Modules include:

  • Introduction to Health Economics
  • Statistics for Health Economics 
  • Economic Evaluation in Health Care
  • Modelling for Health Economics
  • Policy and Economics of Healthcare Delivery
  • Introduction to Health Economics
  • Econometrics 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    Full-time Part-time
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Credits
    180 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6.5

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  • Minimum required score:

    88

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: Upper Second Class

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • The normal entrance requirement for our Masters programmes is a good Honours degree (upper second-class or above), or an equivalent professional qualification and professional experience.
  • Appropriate career experience may also be 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 your favour are suitable health services managerial experience, favourable reports from academic referees, or proven ability in research or publication. You should give as much evidence as possible of your capabilities in these areas.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    16995 GBP/year
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  • EU/EEA

    9250 GBP/year
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Home/EU

  • MSc: £4,625 PT
  • PGDip: £6,167 FT, £3,083 PT
  • PGCert: £3,083 FT, £1,542 PT
Overseas
  • PGDip: £11,330 FT
  • PGCert: £5,665 FT

Living costs for Birmingham

  • 765 - 1140 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

  • As a UK resident you can apply for a government loan for postgraduate Masters study. This is a contribution towards the costs of study and whether the loan is used towards fees, maintenance or other costs will be at the discretion of the student. 
  • The College of Medical and Dental Sciences is offering a number of   Global Scholarships for Excellence for outstanding students on our postgraduate taught programmes. The value of each award is £2,000 to be off-set against tuition fees, is tenable for one year only and cannot be deferred to a later year.  
  • International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government. 

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