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Frequently Asked Questions

When I've finished the Postgraduate Diploma, can I carry on and complete the University of York's MSc in Health Economics?

No. The distance learning programmes are distinct from the MSc in Health Economics. The distance learning programmes are focused more on applied matters than the MSc, which contains a stronger emphasis on theoretical microeconomics and mathematical methods. If you successfully complete the Postgraduate Certificate and Postgraduate Diploma, it may be possible for you to progress to the MSc in Economic Evaluation for Health Technology Assessment by distance learning. Please refer to our Entry Requirements page.

Can I register for the Postgraduate Certificate and upgrade to the Postgraduate Diploma at a later date if I so wish?

Yes. Initially all students register and pay for the Postgraduate Certificate, regardless of whether they wish to take the Postgraduate Diploma. Progression to the Postgraduate Diploma is subject to meeting relevent minimum entrance requirements and the approval of the Programme Leaders.

I won't be able to attend the Module 1 workshop. Can I still take the programmes?

No. The Module 1 workshop is compulsory. One of the key principles of our teaching is that all students receive proper training on the use of our web-based learning system, information resources for health economics and basic economic concepts. They must also meet their fellow students, their tutor and supervisor. For these reasons the first workshop is compulsory.

Please note: for 2020-21, due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, the Module 1 workshop will be online; this will be reviewed for 2021-22.

What qualifications do I need?

For information regarding entrance qualifications please see our Entry Requirements page.

What English language qualifications do I need?

For information regarding English language requirements please see our Entry Requirements page.

How do I apply?

For information regarding the application process please see our How to apply page.

When is the deadline for applications?

Please see our information for applicants.

How much does it cost?

Please see our Fees page. Please note that, for these programmes, the fees are the same for UK, EU and international students.

I am an international student. Is there any information particularly for me?

Please see our International students page.

I have academic credits from another institution, can I apply directly to the PG Diploma?

Normally, all applicants must apply for, and complete, the PG Certificate programme in the first instance, and entry to the PG Diploma and then the MSc is dependent on performance. There can occasionally be exceptions to this: if an applicant has suitable previous qualifications and/or work experience, they may be exempted from some parts of the programmes via the process of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

If you think you may be eligible for RPL, please contact the Programme Administrator in the first instance.

What happens if I need to take time out from my studies for any reason?

It is reasonably common for students to take time out during their studies, either via an 'interruption of studies' or a 'leave of absence'. If you need to do this, you should contact the Programme Administrator in the first instance, in order to discuss your options and the rules governing them.

Are there any specific IT requirements?

You can find information on the minimum specifications required on the Learning support page.