MSc Health Economics and Health Policy Analysis

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New programme for 2022

Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences
Awards available MSc
Programme length One year full-time;
Two to three years part-time;
Location of programme Clifton campus
Part-time study available Yes
Start date September 2022

Programme overview

Health economics and health policy analysis can enable decision makers to improve resource use and service delivery across health and care systems. This MSc will enable you to apply economic and policy theory and practice for this purpose, and to a range of complex challenges facing the global community (eg inequalities, mental health, climate change, social care provision). The programme will teach you key concepts in economics and policy by drawing on real-world examples from international contexts as well as the UK. This applied focus will ensure you are able to communicate and share economic and policy thinking and evidence with various audiences, including policymakers, academics, and the general public.

You will learn a range of analytical techniques and research methods used by professional health economists and policy analysts, including statistics and econometrics, economic evaluation, qualitative and survey methods, evidence synthesis and modelling. In addition, you will gain valuable practical experience in using appropriate software for qualitative and statistical data analysis, and for building economic models, so that you can confidently select and creatively apply these methods and software in your future careers as well as make sound methodological judgements in the absence of complete data.

This MSc encourages you to apply multidisciplinary skills and a multi-stakeholder perspective to health and care challenges. The programme therefore welcomes professionals and students from multiple backgrounds. In particular, this MSc is suitable for both professionals who have experience of working within health care, social care or pharmaceutical settings, and graduates with a degree in economics, health sciences, mathematics, statistics, social policy or pharmacology.

Fees for 2022/23

We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2022/23 are as follows:

UK: full-time
UK: part-time (two years)
UK: part-time (three years)
Overseas: full-time

Following the recent changes to fee assessment regulation, Channel Islands and Isle of Man students will no longer be charged a separate tuition fee. From the 2021/22 academic year they will be charged the same fees as Home students.

Fees are subject to an annual review. For programmes that last longer than one year, please budget for up to a five per cent increase in fees each year. Find out more about tuition fees.

Alumni discount

University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a 25% reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study. Check your eligibility for an alumni discount.

Funding for 2022/23

Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.

Programme structure

By providing a comprehensive understanding of health economics and health policy to those from economics and non-economics backgrounds, this MSc covers health economics and health policy concepts which can be applied within UK and international settings. The MSc comprises three 20-credit topic units (basic concepts, advance concepts in a UK-setting and advanced concepts in a global-setting), three-20 credit methods units (qualitative and survey methods, quantitative and economic evaluation methods, and modelling) and a 60-credit dissertation.

Taught by world-leading experts, the combination of theoretical understanding and methodological skills will equip you with the ability to apply health economics and a broader policy lens on decision-making about resource allocation in practice. The learning outcomes and assessments for this MSc have been selected to enable you to gain valuable experience in delivering projects which you are likely to face in your future career.

This programme goes beyond traditional campus-based learning and takes an innovative blended-learning approach enabling you to learn through a mixture of methods. This approach offers you greater flexibility on where and when you learn and ensures you get to know your tutors, other experts in health economics and health policy analysis and your fellow students. Each taught unit includes three full-day face-to-face teaching blocks. As well as the block teaching, our blended-learning approach also includes a comprehensive mixture of online live sessions, online asynchronous sessions and tutorials. You will have the option to complete the programme full time, or part-time over two or three years.

Visit our programme catalogue for full details of the structure and unit content for our MSc Health Economics and Health Policy Analysis.

Entry requirements

An upper second-class honours degree (or international equivalent). Competence in mathematics must be demonstrated, with at least an A in GCSE Mathematics or preferably a C or above in A-level Mathematics or equivalent university-level experience.

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Profile B
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.

Admissions statement

Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.

Admissions statement


This MSc will enable you to work both autonomously and within multidisciplinary teams to implement tasks at the level of a professional health economist/policy analyst/health economic modeller. Skills and knowledge in health economics and health policy analysis are in high demand both nationally and internationally. Consequently, this is an area with high employment potential across a range of settings including government, health and care services, research and academia, the pharmaceutical and medical device industries, not-for-profit organisations and consultancy services.

Expected application closure date

Applications for 2022 have now closed and will reopen for 2023 entry in October 2022.

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