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MSc Economic Evaluation for Health Technology Assessment (distance learning)

Comprehensive training in health economics

Year of entry: 2020


1-2 years part-time

Start date

September 2020 (term dates)

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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 PGCert and PGDip Health Economics for Health Care Professionals.

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 knoweldge of health economics, which you can apply directly to the problems you face in the workplace.

Combined expertise

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 PGCert and PGDip Health Economics for Health Care Professionals to make the 180 credits you need to obtain the Masters qualification. 


You'll study three 20 credit modules. 

Please note, modules may change to reflect the latest academic thinking and expertise of our staff.

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 decison 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

Annual tuition fees for 2020/21

Additional costs

We offer optional two-day residential workshops as part of each module. If you choose to attend, you'll need to cover your transport and accommodation costs for this trip. 

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 tutor
  • an assessed work submission facility
  • a private messaging service for contacting your tutor, administrative staff and fellow students

Residential workshops

We hold optional two-day residential workshops for each module.

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.

Residential workshops

The two-day residential workshops that we offer will take place on Campus West at the University of York.

Assessment and feedback

Your modules will be assessed through open exams.

Careers and skills

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

Career opportunities

The learning objectives aim to equip you with the necessary skills in health economics to progress your career within your current organisation and/or to change career direction, targeting jobs which combine health economics with the disciplines in which you are already qualified. 

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

Qualification Typical offer
Postgraduate degree PGDip Health Economics for Health Care Professionals with an average of 56% or more in the Health Economics: Concepts and Analysis and Introduction to Health Care Evaluation modules.
Other qualifications and experience We are only able to admit students who have not completed the PGDip offered at York in exceptional circumstances.

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:

Qualification Minimum requirement
IELTS 6.5, minimum 6.0 in each component
PTE Academic 61, minimum 55 in each component
C1 Advanced and C2 Proficiency 176, minimum 169 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 electronically through our online system. 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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