The MSc Health Policy will develop your understanding of, and critical engagement with, key challenges in health policy. Both state and non-state actors grapple with how best to promote the health of communities and populations, including the most effective strategies for preventing disease, ensuring efficient and high quality health care, and reducing health inequalities.
These challenges extend beyond the traditional domain of the health sector, requiring engagement with economic and social policy and a range of non-state actors including third sector organisations, commercial interests and international agencies.
The MSc in Health Policy is designed for individuals interested in a wide range of health-related roles including government and international agencies, health advocacy, health administration and health care delivery, consultancies, advisory roles, the commercial sector, and health-related research. Within the programme there is scope for you to specialise in either health systems or health inequalities, or to follow a broad policy stream.
The Health Systems stream is ideal for those seeking to work in health care policy, planning or management, in either the public or private sectors. It will expose you to different models of health care financing, purchasing and delivery, equipping them to engage with key contemporary challenges and debates including how to achieve sustainable health care financing, the role of the state in health care, the appropriate mix of public and private provision, and how best to achieve the goals of equity, efficiency and quality in health care delivery.
The Health Inequalities stream is ideal for those seeking to engage with health disparities both between and within countries, particularly those relating to inequities in social structures and power. In this stream you will explore evidence and policy responses to health inequalities across a range of axes, including class/socioeconomic position, ethnicity/race and gender, and will consider how health and its determinants are shaped by a range of influences including social and economic policy, commercial power and political conflict. This stream is particularly suited to those interested in working in policy, advocacy and research settings with a focus on health equity.
You may also elect to follow a broad policy stream within the MSc Health Policy, rather than specialising in health systems or health inequalities. This stream equips you with an understanding of how health policy fits within broader approaches to social and economic policy, and is particularly suitable for individuals wanting to work in public policy, advocacy or research.
Our students come from countries at all levels of economic development and from a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds, with many using the MSc as an investment to develop their careers or move into a more policy-focused role. While the programme has a strong policy focus, it also includes an academic orientation so is good preparation for further research at PhD level.
The MSc programme is situated within the Global Public Health Unit, which is located in University’s School of Social and Political Science rather than a medical school. This reflects our programme’s reach across traditional boundaries, linking policy analysis, public health, social policy, economics, sociology, medicine and epidemiology. The MSc programme offers innovative research-led teaching that draws on academic expertise from all these disciplines, while also benefitting from close links with the Centre for Population Health Sciences in the University's medical college.
You will complete one compulsory course and a number of option courses.
Following the taught courses, you will work towards an independently researched dissertation.
This programme is designed to equip you with the knowledge and critical skills you need to play a senior role in health policy, advocacy and research.
Specific aims are to:
This programme is intended to equip you with the skills and knowledge necessary to pursue employment positions in policy, advocacy and research roles relevant to health policy. Most students use the MSc as an investment to develop their careers or move into a more policy-focused area, including jobs with health agencies or consultancies, government departments, international organisations and third sector organisations. By combining an advanced degree from a world-leading university with expertise in an innovative field relevant to multiple policy agendas, students who successfully complete our programmes are well placed to secure interesting positions within an often very competitive area.
Our graduates in recent years have moved on to a range of exciting employment and research positions. These include positions with health departments and other government ministries in both high-income and developing countries; with agencies and donor organisations working in health care and health promotion; with international organisations and consultancy; research positions examining health systems for the European Union and other levels of regional governance; and employment in commercial sector organisations including pharmaceutical and other health-related companies.
All students have access to the Edinburgh University Careers Service during the programme and for two years after graduation.
The Master in Management at ESC Clermont in France is a 2-year programme taught entirely in English and accredited by the Ministry of Higher Education and Research. The first year provides students with strong knowledge in various business and management discipline and the students specialise in the area of interest during the second year. The programme prepares graduates to excel in their career and take on the high-level positions in France, Europe or internationally.
Students are proived with solid insight into different business and management areas while consolidating the expertise of the specialisation of interest. There are also vast opportunities for international exposure and practical training through the different tracks available (semester exchange, dual-degree, gap-year and internships).
A wide choice of tracks
Students may choose from a wide-range of tracks according to their personal career goals.
International experience is an integral element of our programme. Students of the master degree are subject to various international experiences during the period of the programme. The students have the opportunity to spend up to 33 months abroad.
5 opportunities to gain an international cultural experience
The specializations offered to the students aim to equip the students with full awareness and concrete knowledge of the specilisation area granting the students a competitive advantage in today's dynamic labor market.
Specialisations that are entirely in English:
MSc Tracks (as a dual degree) entirely in English
Students may opt for one of our Master of Science Tracks during the final year and obtain both the Master in Management degree and an MSc.
Specialisations in French:
Excellence tracks in French:
Various flexible payment plans and scholarships are offered to international students.
Our main goal is to ensure that the graduates of the Master in Management programme grasp the business knowledge while acquiring valuable professional experience and building strong managerial skills. Each student is required to do a 6-month executive internship during the last semester of the programme. Taking a gap year is also available between the second and third year of the programme to permit students to take on longer internships and work placements that consolidate their expertise in management.
ESC Clermont believes that carrying out professional experiences throughout the educational course is vital for: