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MSc Health Economics

Comprehensive training in the theory and practice of health economics

Year of entry: 2019

Length

1 year full-time

Start date

September 2019 (term dates)

York pioneered the study of Health Economics.

In 2007 the University received the Queen's Anniversary Prize in recognition of our outstanding work at world-class level in this field, so you'll be joining a programme with an international reputation for excellence.

The course will equip you with the experience and leading-edge skills you need for a career in research and health service decision-making. 

Course content

You'll study five compulsory core components, supplemented by a wide choice of optional units, to gain a thorough grounding in the theory and practice of health economics.

Taught by world-leading experts, you will complete modules to the value of 180 credits. This includes 100 credits of taught modules - some core and some optional - and an 80 credit dissertation.

Modules

For the Masters you will need to take 100 credits of taught modules.

You'll study three core modules: 

Choose one set from these choices:

Choose one set from these choices:

In addition, you can choose one 10 credit option from:

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

Dissertation

Over the three months of summer, you'll complete a piece of independent research, guided by a supervisor. The 10,000 word dissertation is worth 80 credits and offers you the chance to examine a topic in depth and to develop your academic research skills.

Most students on the MSc in Health Economics choose to do a summer placement under the supervision of an experienced health economist. These differ from the standard dissertation as the placement supervisor suggests the research topic. A list of topics is circulated in the middle of the Spring term and you are allocated to your preferred placement before the Easter vacation.

The summer placements involve many different institutions including academic research units, the NHS and pharmaceutical companies. Most students are based in UK but in recent years placements have taken students to Australia, Bangladesh, Canada, Finland, France, Greece, the Netherlands, New Zealand, South Africa, Spain, Vietnam and the USA.

While you shouldn't try to organise your own placement, suggestions for topics and host institutions are always welcome. These should be given to your course director.

Visitors come with particular expertise and contribute to teaching us. I also value participating in workshop presentations, which stimulate research discussion and improve communication skills. Another attraction of the course is the opportunity of a summer placement at different institutions across the world.
Claire, MSc in Health Economics

Fees and funding

Annual tuition fees for 2019/20

Study modeUK/EUInternational
Full-time (1 year)£7,810£17,370

Students on a Tier 4 Visa are not currently permitted to study part-time at York.

Additional costs

If you choose to do a summer placement as part of your dissertation you will expected to meet any costs, for example travel and accommodation. These costs vary depending on the length and location of your placement.

Fees information

UK/EU or international fees? The level of fee that you will be asked to pay depends on whether you're classed as a UK/EU or international student.

Funding information

Discover your funding options to help with tuition fees and living costs.

If you've successfully completed an undergraduate degree at York you could be eligible for a 10% Masters fee discount.

Home/EU students

International students

NIHR studentships

Seven studentships are available to UK and EU students on the MSc in Health Economics. The studentship will cover your tuition fees for the course, plus a maintenance grant of around £14,553.

You will automatically be considered for this studentship if you apply before 1 April 2019. We may also consider later applicants.

Living costs

You can use our living costs guide to help plan your budget. It covers additional costs that are not included in your tuition fee such as expenses for accommodation and study materials.

Teaching and assessment

You’ll work with world‐leading academics who’ll challenge you to think independently and excel in all that you do. Our approach to teaching will provide you with the knowledge, opportunities, and support you need to grow and succeed in a global workplace. Find out more about our approach to teaching and learning.

Teaching format

This Masters combines a variety of different teaching methods, including:

  • Formal lectures
  • Seminars
  • Problem-solving classes
  • Practical computer-based sessions.

A member of the teaching staff will act as your supervisor throughout the degree, to help guide your studies and monitor progress. The department also has a vibrant research community. You’ll be able to attend the seminars and research workshops in which staff and invited speakers discuss their research.

Teaching location

You'll be based in the Department of Economics and Related Studies on Campus West. Most of your teaching will take place in Alcuin College and elsewhere on Campus West.

About our campus

Our beautiful green campus offers a student-friendly setting in which to live and study, within easy reach of the action in the city centre. It's easy to get around campus - everything is within walking or pedalling distance, or you can always use the fast and frequent bus service.

Assessment and feedback

Formal types of assessment in this course include:

  • Dissertation
  • Exams
  • Group project
  • Seminar presentation
  • Essays

As you study modules you’ll take part in assessments that do not contribute to your final mark, instead giving useful feedback on your progress and understanding.

National and international employers recognise York as one of the best institutions for Health Economics. Some of the best economics books are written by staff at York and it is fascinating to be taught by these experts in their field.
Claire, MSc in Health Economics

Careers and skills

This course is ideal for people who want to work in research and health service decision-making. Potential employers will value the experience you'll gain on your summer placement. The MSc is also an ideal basis for progression to a PhD.

Career opportunities

You'll gain skills which will allow you to work in a variety of organisations. Previous graduates have gone on to work in:

  • Government departments
  • Research units
  • Universities
  • National health services
  • Health care organisations
  • The pharmaceutical industry.

Transferable skills

You'll develop a range of transferable skills during the course, including:

  • Independent working
  • Time management and people skills
  • Analytical and technical research skills
  • Communicating research.

Entry requirements

Qualification Typical offer
Degree

You should have at least a relevant 2:1 degree in economics, or a related discipline. We also consider degrees in other subjects, including medicine, pharmacy, and nursing.

If your first degree was awarded by an institution outside the UK, see our country-specific information.

Other qualifications

If you do not have a strong background in economics but have other relevant qualifications or experience, or who have been out of study for a while, may be required to take the Summer Session in Economics and Quantitative Methods as a condition of offer. Alternatively, the Session can also be taken as a stand alone course.  

English language

If your native language is not English, you must provide evidence of your English language ability:

  • IELTS: 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component
  • Pearson (PTE) Academic: 61 overall with a minimum of 55 in each component.

We also accept other English tests. Visit postgraduate English language requirements for further information.

Applying

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.

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