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MSc Economic Evaluation for Health Technology Assessment (distance learning)

Comprehensive training in health economics

Year of entry: 2024 (September)


1 year part-time

Start date

September 2024

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Our MSc in Economic Evaluation for Health Technology Assessment will give you the tools you need to solidify the knowledge you have gained in your PGDip Health Economics for Health Care Professionals and Policymakers.

Mounting pressure on healthcare budgets worldwide has focused attention on how best to organise health care systems and the spending within them. The University of York distance learning courses in health economics allow you to gain a qualification without interrupting your career, and offer the flexibility to spread study over a period of years to suit your professional and personal circumstances.

This course will give you a comprehensive knowledge of health economics, which you can apply directly to the problems you face in the workplace.

Combined expertise

This course is a collaboration between the Department of Economics and Related Studies and the York Health Economics Consortium.

Innovative Research

The Department of Economics and Related Studies ranks jointly in the top 10 for impact and is joint 14th for research in the UK - according to the Times Higher Education’s ranking of the latest REF results (2021).

Course content

In this course, you will complete three modules to the value of 20 credits each. These will be combined with the modules you completed for your  PGDip Health Economics for Health Care Professionals and Policymakers to make the 180 credits you need to obtain the Masters qualification.

Our health economics distance learning modules run on the following term dates:

Assessing the Impact of Medical Technologies on Health

  • Start date: 16 September 2024
  • Exam dates: 02 - 06 December 2024
  • Reassessment dates: 11 - 14 August 2025

Further Methods for Outcome Measurement

  • Start date: 06 January 2025
  • Exam dates: 24 - 27 March 2025
  • Reassessment dates: 15 - 18 August 2025

Decision Analysis for Health Technology Assessment

  • Start date: 07 April 2025
  • Project submission dates: 23 - 30 June 2025
  • Project reassessment deadline: 19 August 2025


Core Modules

Our modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff, and in line with Department/School academic planning.

The York approach

Every course at York is built on a distinctive set of learning outcomes. These will give you a clear understanding of what you will be able to accomplish at the end of the course and help you explain what you can offer employers. Our academics identify the knowledge, skills, and experiences you'll need upon graduation and then design the course to get you there.

Students who complete this course will be able to:

  • Identify and apply core and advanced economic evaluation concepts to decision problems encountered in the workplace, in particular as they relate to health technology assessment.
  • Advance knowledge of economic evaluation for HTA to fill a disciplinary knowledge gap thus developing greater credibility to lead and advise on related project planning, management and report writing.
  • Use core and advanced mathematical and computer-based techniques, to contribute to work-based projects involving economic evaluation for Health Technology Assessment.
  • Access, structure and synthesise information, further developing research skills to assess the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of health technologies.
  • Demonstrate competence and confidence in identifying economic evaluation for Health Technology Assessment literature, critically appraising and summarising it for use to inform decision makers.
  • Persuasively communicate in inter-disciplinary settings the results of economic evaluation for Health Technology Assessment.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees for 2024/25

Study modeUK (home) / International and EU
Part-time, distance learning (2 years)
The fee quoted is the total course fee.
Part-time, distance learning (2 years)
Discounted fees are available to applicants funded by public sector organisations and some self-funding applicants in countries classified by the World Bank as having low-income or lower-middle-income economies. The fee quoted is the total course fee.

Additional costs

The programme will include a residential workshop held at the University of York and attendees will need to meet their transport, accommodation and other related costs.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching format

Each module will be delivered through narrated slides, and you will also have access to a workbook containing references to additional reading and exercises. Some modules will also be supplemented with a textbook containing core material. Your teaching will be supported using the University's virtual learning environment, Yorkshare. You'll have access to:

  • discussion boards monitored by a module tutor or module leader
  • an assessed work submission facility
  • a private messaging service for contacting your module leader or tutor, administrative staff and fellow students

Teaching location

As this is a distance learning course, you will be able to complete much of the work you need to do for each module in your own home or workplace. The programme will include a residential workshop held at the University of York.

Assessment and feedback

Each module contains one or two pieces of assessed work. This will be marked to provide feedback on your progress. The modules themselves are assessed by examination close to the end of the module's twelve week study period. All examinations will be online.

Careers and skills

This is a Continuing Professional Development course and is designed for those who are already employed.

Career opportunities

  • Pricing and reimbursement analyst
  • Health economist
  • NHS Rightcare delivery partner
  • Senior health economics & outcomes research manager
  • Trainee accountant
  • Health technology assessment consultant

Transferable skills

  • Integration of new knowledge with existing professional background.
  • Application of appropriate mathematical, graphical and data analysis techniques to apply to a wide range of work-based problems.  

Entry requirements

Typical offer
Postgraduate degree Pass in the University of York’s PGDip Health Economics for Health Care Professionals.
Other qualifications and experience We are not currently able to admit students who have not completed the University of York’s PGDip Health Economics for Health Care Professionals.
Other international qualifications Equivalent qualifications from your country

English language

If English isn't your first language you may need to provide evidence of your English language ability. We accept the following qualifications:

Minimum requirement
IELTS (Academic and Indicator) 6.5, minimum 6.0 in each component
Cambridge CEFR B2 First: 176, with 169 in each component
Oxford ELLT 7, minimum of 6 in each component
Duolingo 120, minimum 105 in all other components
LanguageCert SELT B2 with 33/50 in each component
LanguageCert Academic 70 with a minimum of 65 in each component
KITE 459-494, with 426-458 in all other components
Skills for English B2: Merit overall, with Pass with Merit in each component
PTE Academic 61, minimum 55 in each component
TOEFL 87, minimum 21 in each component
Trinity ISE III Merit in all requirements

For more information see our English language requirements.


You can apply and send all your documentation online. You don’t need to complete your application all at once: you can start it, save it and finish it later.

Information on applying for this course is available on the Department's website.

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