Part time 2 Year(s)
The MSc in Health Economics and Policy provides opportunities to gain a deeper and more critical insight into this area of knowledge. The programme is offered part-time via blended e-learning and an annual autumn Academy held in Lancaster.
It aims to promote advanced knowledge and a critical understanding of theory, research, policy and practice in health economics and policy.
The MSc in Health Economics and Policy aims to provide an opportunity for those seeking to enhance their academic knowledge of the discipline and be better qualified to successfully apply for positions in the public sector or pharmaceutical companies, if desired.
You will study a range of modules as part of your course, some examples of which are listed below.
The aim of this module is to provide students with an advanced introduction to the methods commonly used in health research. Students will gain knowledge and understanding of:
e-learning distance module
Autumn Term (weeks 1-10, October – December)
Convenor: Dr Ceu Mateus
The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the economics of health and health care. The course provides a comprehensive set of economic tools to critically appraise fundamental issues in the economics of health while offering a broad overview of the most relevant and current policy issues. The emphasis is on the use and interpretation of microeconomic models and the most current empirical evidence (for this reason it would be an advantage for students to be already familiar with standard statistics, such as regression analysis).
On successful completion of this module you will be able to:
have a comprehensive knowledge of the most relevant issues and methods in the economics of health and health care
be able to critically evaluate health policies and evidence
be able to understand and use major theories and empirical tools including basic microeconomic and econometric principles and methods of cost-benefit analysis in health
Mode of assessment: 3000 word essay (80%) and online forum contribution (20%).
e-learning distance module
Autumn term (weeks 1-10, October-December)
Convenors: Dr Siobhan Reilly
Main Topics and Learning Outcomes: this module has a particular focus on systematic methods for reviewing, critically appraising and synthesising different types of research evidence to inform various research questions
Mode of assessment: 3,000 word assignment.
Spring term (weeks 1-10, January-March)
Convenor: Dr Guillermo Perez Algorta
This module is an introduction to the theory and practice of qualitative and quantitative data analysis.
Mode of assessment: You need to complete two pieces of written work (Qualitative data analysis, 2500 words; Quantitative data analysis, 2500 words).
Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, but changes may be necessary, for example as a result of student feedback, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes, and new research.
Director of Studies: Dr Céu Mateus
Duration: 2 - 4 years, part-time
Entry requirements: An upper second class honours degree, in an relevant subject. In exceptional cases, relevant work experience will be considered for those without an upper second class honours degree
IELTS: At least 6.5 overall (minimum element scores apply)
Assessment: Combination of written assignments and thesis
Funding: All applicants should consult our information on fees and funding.
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