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Who is it for?

The demand for specialists in health economics continues to increase. Whether you have a quantitative, sciences’ or economics background, the MSC in Economic Evaluation in Healthcare is designed to help you meet that demand.

From economic evaluation, health economics and quantitative methods to welfare economics and epidemiology, this course will give you the expertise to pursue a rewarding career in health economics.

Objectives

This course has been designed to meet the demand for health economics’ quantitative and analytical skills for decision-making in the healthcare sector.

The Economic Evaluation in Healthcare MSc helps you:

  • Develop your analytical and modelling abilities.
  • Understand the background and theoretical foundations of health economics.
  • Recognise the conceptual bases for economic evaluation and advanced quantitative methods relevant to healthcare decision-making.
  • Gain the skills and the experience you need to work as a health economist.

The Department of Economics hosts both the City Health Economics Centre (CHEC) and the London Health Economics Group (LHEG)

Placements

Placements provide you with a unique opportunity to apply the skills you have learned during the MSc and acquire experience in the workplace.

Companies and organisations are invited to meet with you and propose subjects for your dissertation, which will be done during a placement. Organisations and students liaise directly with the approval of the academic supervisor.

Our students secure placements with a wide range of companies, such as:

  • Boehringer Ingelheim
  • Janssen-Cilag
  • Eli Lilly
  • Campbell Alliance
  • Office of Health Economics
  • Otsuka
  • Celgene
  • Curo
  • IMS Health
  • And many others.

Academic facilities

As a Master’s student at City, you will benefit from state-of-the art student-geared facilities, including a bright new gym and meeting points. Most importantly, you will benefit from City’s central London location.

Teaching and learning

The course is taught by research-active academic staff, teaching assistants, and industry speakers and visiting lecturers.

We have also invited speakers to present specialised topics in Health Economics.

Assessments are typically a combination of unseen written examinations (70% for each module) and coursework (30% for each module), but this can vary by module.

About two-thirds of our students secure a placement at a firm. The placement is used to learn about the sector while writing the dissertation.

Pre-sessionals

Pre-sessional activities covering Statistics, Microeconomics, Stata, Excel and Mathematics run in September before the start of term. These are available for all students who secure a place on the MSc Economic Evaluation and Healthcare course. Pre-sessionals are included in your degree fee and are designed to prepare you for the course. We therefore strongly encourage you to make every effort to attend. Dates of the sessions are as follows:

  • Statistics – date TBC
  • Mathematics – date TBC
  • Stata – date TBC
  • Excel – date TBC
  • Microeconomics – date TBC

Please note that you are not required to register for the above pre-sessionals, you just need to turn up on the day. Further information, such as the exact times and locations, will be provided in your induction schedule.

Full-time and part-time assessment

The teaching takes place over two terms, from September to June.

Full-time students take 20 weeks of lectures, plus dissertation and examination periods over one year.

Full-time students who pass all the taught modules during the main exam sessions will finish the programme at the end of September, when they submit their dissertation.

Full-time students who successfully complete the taught modules in the August re-sit exam session will submit their dissertation in December.

Part-time students take 20 weeks of lectures, plus dissertation and examination periods spread over one year and three months.

Part-time students complete all modules over the course of four terms, from September to June, before undertaking their dissertation.

Part-time students who successfully pass all the taught modules during the main exam sessions will finish the programme in December, when they submit their dissertation. Part-time students who successfully pass all the taught modules in August submit in March of the following year.

Modules

You will complete 180 credits. This includes modules worth 120 credits (one module worth 30 credits and six modules worth 15 credits). The research project is worth 60 credits.

Each module typically has a weekly two-hour lecture and a one-hour tutorial, but this may vary.

This course is taught on Thursdays and Fridays only. A full-time student can expect to spend all day Thursday and Friday at City, for 10 or 11 weeks in the Autumn term and the Spring term.

Please note: it is not possible to give an exact indication of hours per week, as these can vary from one term to the other, depending on which electives you choose.

Part one: route core module

You will take Quantitative Methods and Economic Evaluation on Thursdays during the first term and Health Economics and Advanced Economic Evaluation on Thursdays during the second term.

You will take Epidemiology on Fridays during the first term and Welfare Economics and Economic Evaluation Workshops (Modelling) on Fridays during the second term.

Part-time students will take only what is taught on Thursdays during the first year and what is taught on Fridays during the second year.

  • Quantitative methods (Health) (30 credits)
  • Advanced Economic Evaluation in Health Care (15 credits)
  • Economic evaluation (15 credits)
  • Economic evaluation workshops (15 credits)
  • Welfare economics (15 credits)
  • Epidemiology (15 credits)
  • Health Economics (15 credits)

Part two: route core module

  • Economics research project (60 credits)

Career prospects

This MSc prepares you for a wide range of career opportunities in economic consultancies, think-tanks, the pharmaceutical industry, professional associations, governmental bodies and non-governmental organisations. It will also enable you to explore teaching and research positions in academic institutions.

Our MSc Economic Evaluation and Healthcare graduates have gone on to work for companies such as:

  • Abacus International
  • NICE
  • Optum
  • IMS Health
  • Research International
  • NHS
  • Kovis
  • Eli-Lilly
  • OHE
  • United Nations
  • Fidelity
  • Oxford Outcomes
  • Gallaher
  • Johnson&Johnson
  • Novo Nordisk
  • Synovate
  • Tomtah

The MSc also provides a solid academic foundation for students wishing to pursue doctoral research in economics. Our Master’s graduates have pursued PhDs at UCL, York, City, University of London and Warwick.


Visit the Economic Evaluation in Healthcare (MSc) page on the City, University of London website for more details!

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