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Executive MSc Health Economics, Policy and Management

Executive MSc Health Economics, Policy and Management 

****Please note that we now have very limited capacity for entry in December 2017 and will be closing the admissions cycle on 31st August 2017.****


The Executive MSc in Health Economics, Policy and Management is directed at individuals seeking to gain a formal qualification while continuing to work full-time. The programme is offered by the Department of Social Policy and aims to help professionals accelerate their existing careers by exploring new options within the pharmaceutical and healthcare fields and enhancing their existing set of health management, economics and policy skills. Participants will also gain a theoretical and conceptual understanding of health-related topics.

The MSc provides an opportunity to engage with the UK's top academics, policy-makers and professionals in international health. Participants will be taught by leading UK and European academics in the areas of health economics, management and policy. Students on the programme will include a diverse group of professionals from various health services, insurance funds, international agencies and health care, pharmaceutical and consulting companies from across the globe. 

With our wide variety of modules, students have the flexibility to customise their curriculum, pursue the areas that most interest them and fit their background, experience and goals, and challenge them to reach their fullest potential. Students will leave LSE with the high level knowledge and range of skills to master new challenges and expand their choice of careers. 

Students attend four two-week intensive teaching sessions at LSE over two years.  The  programme starts in December, and teaching sessions take place in December and June each year.  The sessions will consist of academic lectures and seminars, revision sessions, individual meetings with tutors, as well as social events and invitations to lectures given by high profile visiting academics and policy makers.  Between teaching sessions, students will continue to interact with and receive support from both academic and administrative staff.

Teaching sessions

The teaching sessions will take place as follows:

December 2015 entry:

  • 7-18 December 2015
  • 6-17 June 2016
  • 5-16 December 2016
  • 5-16 June 2017

December 2016 entry:

  • 5-16 December 2016
  • 5-16 June 2017
  • 4-15 December 2017
  • 4-15 June 2018

December 2017 entry:

  • 4-15 December 2017
  • 4-15 June 2018
  • TBC
  • 3-14 June 2019


In the first year, students attend four compulsory courses, and in the second year they select four courses from a range of options.  In addition to the eight taught courses, students undertake a 5,000 word dissertation with individual supervision from a member of LSE Health staff.

The taught courses are assessed by a variety of methods, from traditional unseen exams to take-home exams, essays, reports and projects.

Click on the hyperlinks for more information about each course.

Please note that the second year course options are subject to approval, and that selection on any course is also dependent on availability and timetabling constraints.

Year 1


SA4G1 Financing Health Care

SA4G2 Health Economics


SA4E1 Health Administration and Management

SA4E2 Resource Allocation and Cost-effectiveness Analysis

Year 2

SA4E3 Dissertation in Health Economics, Policy and Management

December of Year 2:

Week 1:

SA4G3 Pharmaceutical Economics and Policy or

SA4K8 Health Care Quality Management

Week 2:

SA4G6 Measuring Health Systems Performace or

SA4F2 Principles of Evidence-Based Medicine and Clinical Trials

June of Year 2:

Week 1:

SA4G4 Statistical Models in Health Care Economic Evaluation or

SA4N7 Economics of Health and Wellbeing

Week 2:

SA4K9 Advanced Health Economics or

SA4K7 Health Care Negotiations

Dr Irini Papanicolas

Dr Irene Papanicolas is a Lecturer in Health Systems Performance Assessment and Health Administration and Management on the Health, Economics, Policy and Management MSc at theLondon School of Economics. In the past she has worked as a researcher at the Health Economics Research Centre at the University of Oxford and the Department of Economics at London Business School. She holds a PhD in Health Economics from the London School of Economics, and MSc degrees from the University of Oxford and University College London. Her current research interests are focused on performance measurement, international comparisons of health systems and performance based payment systems.

Irini's recent publications can be found here.

Grace Lordan2

Dr Grace Lordan is an Associate Professor in Health Economics at the LSE. She is also a research associate at the CEP and an Associate Professor at LSE Health and a Research Fellow at IZA Bonn. Grace is an economist by background with a particular expertise in the fields of applied econometrics, health economics, discrimination and gender.  Grace's research broadly considers why a person’s gender and ethnicity predicts their health and labor market outcomes significantly. In essence she is interested in disentangling discrimination as a cause from other factors. For full details of Grace’s research and publications go to www.gracelordan.com 

Professor Alistair McGuire

Professor Alistair McGuire [B.A. (Econ); M.Litt (Econ); Phd (Econ)] is a Professor in Health Economics at LSE Health and Social Care, within the Department of Social Policy, London School of Economics and Political Science. Prior to this he was Professor of Economics at City University, London after being a Tutor in Economics at Pembroke College, University of Oxford. He has been a visiting Professor at Harvard University, the University of York and the Universitat Pompeu Fabra. He has been interested in the economics of health care for over 20 years, has extensive teaching experience, and has written numerous books, articles and reports in this area on a wide range of subject matter. He has been involved in a number of major clinical trials as the lead health economist. He has also acted as an advisor to a number of governments and governmental bodies (including the UK government, the UK Medical Research Council (MRC), the UK Economic and Social Science Research Council (ESRC), the UK National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE), the German Institut fur Qualitat Wirtschaftlichkelt im Geshundheitswesen (IQWiG)), as well as for a number of international bodies (including the World Bank and WHO) and pharmaceutical companies.






 Please see below for some frequently asked questions and answers.

What are the entry requirements?


For entry into the programme, participants will need to have:

  • A 2:1 undergraduate degree in any discipline (or overseas equivalent).
  • A minimum of 3 years' relevant work experience.
  • Standard level of English. Applicants whose first language is not English, or who have not been educated at degree level entirely in English, are required to provide evidence of English language ability. The most common qualifications are the IELTS or TOEFL tests. Applicants do not need to have the required marks when they apply, but they would form a condition of any offer issued, and would have to be achieved before registration.
  • Two references, ideally one academic and one professional. If you graduated from your most recent academic study before January 2012 and no academic references are available, you may supply two professional references.
  • The GRE/GMAT tests are not a formal requirement for admission to this programme. However, if you have taken one of these tests and you believe your results will support your application, please include them.  
  • A personal statement - two or three A4 pages should be your guide here. 
  • A resume or CV, outlining your work experience.

We operate a rolling admissions process, but we tend to be at capacity no later than August each year. All applications should be made through the LSE Graduate Admissions Office. Full details of the applications procedure can be found on their homepage


Who should attend?

This programme has been designed to meet the needs of mid-career professionals who seek formal qualifications but cannot participate in a traditional MSc programme. We welcome participants from all over the world with particular focus on developed countries. We assume no previous formal training in health economics or policy.


What is the fee level?


December 2016 starters:


Year 1: £8,830 (this includes a £500 non-refundable pre-registration fee, to be paid within 40 days of receiving the offer).

Year 2: £8,761


December 2017 starters:


Year 1: £9,183 (this includes a £500 non-refundable pre-registration fee, to be paid within 40 days of receiving the offer)

Year 2: £9,111


For more information, please visit the LSE Fees Office webpage.


You will be given full access to the School's services and facilities, including the famous LSE Library and the Careers Service.  You will also have the opportunity to attend LSE's excellent programme of public lectures and events, given by some of the world's foremost academics, politicians and business leaders. for more information, please visit lse.ac.uk/publicEvents.


Please note that accommodation and travel costs are not included.



What kind of work will I have to do to prepare for the intensive teaching sessions?

Remote access to required and recommended reading materials will be available prior to each teaching session. We also will recommend the names of any required textbooks prior to each session. Students are advised to familiaise themselves with the required readings to get the most out of the teaching sessions.


How many hours per week should an Executive student dedicate to study away from LSE?

Our recommended guidance here would be that the student takes 3 hours for every hour spent in class. While you are away from the LSE you should consider taking one evening in the week and one full weekend day to maintain a sufficient level of study.


What teaching methods will be used?

The courses consist of a combination of lectures, seminars and workshops. Some courses such as Statistical Methods in Economic Evaluation and Resource Allocation and Cost-Effectiveness Analysis will have applied seminars to teach participants how to perform specific analyses using relevant software such as Excel, STATA and Treeage.


Will I have a personal tutor?

Yes, each student will be allocated a member of LSE staff as a personal tutor and dissertation supervisor. 


Who will be teaching?

We will have a combination of academic staff leading each course with guest lecturers from governments, healthcare providers, international organisations and consulting firms.


Where do I stay in London?

Accommodation costs are not included in the tuition fees. Executive students are  welcome to arrange their accommodation via the Staff  and Visitor Accommodation portal up to 30 days in advance of arriving in London, but please note that availability

unfortunately cannot be guaranteed.  We can also provide a list of hotels in close proximity to LSE.

Are there any scholarship schemes available?


Unfortunately students on this programme are not eligible for LSE scholarships (including the LSE Graduate Support Scheme), as the programme is designed for students who continue to work and earn a salary while they study.  

What happens if I cannot complete the MSc?

If you are unable to complete the MSc, it may be possible for you to instead be awarded a Certificate, Diploma or certificate of attendance. For further details, please visit the programme Classification Scheme.  

What happens if I fail an assessment?

In certain circumstances, you will  be able to re-sit an assessment.  For further details, visit the Regulations for Taught Masters Degrees.


When does the programme begin?

The first two-week teaching session starts in December. Your first year is completed with a further two-week teaching block in June. This pattern is repeated in the second year. In total, you will complete eight weeks of teaching.


What is the class size?

There will be 45-50 students in each cohort. Seminars are split into smaller groups.  

Will there be facilities to work remotely while in London?

Wireless internet is available throughout the LSE campus. You will also have access to the library including desktop computers and meeting rooms to work remotely.


Will there be social events during the programme sessions?

Yes. We will have a welcome reception at the start of the programme as well as guest speakers every week with a drinks reception afterwards. There will also be the opportunity for you to network with students on other Executive MSc programmes.


What kind of student do you look for on the Executive MSc Health Economics, Policy and Management?

We seek diverse cohorts for this programme. In the past we have welcomed medical professionals, individuals from the pharmaceutical and medical devices industries, health care managers, government officials and non-governmental organization employees. They have a variety of educational backgrounds ranging from bachelor’s degrees to MBAs and PhDs with varying levels of professional experience and previous exposure to health policy and economics. They also came from diverse geographical backgrounds including Asia, Africa, Europe and North America.


Will I need a visa to study on this programme?

If you are from the EEA (European Economic Area), Norway or Switzerland you do not need a visa to study in the UK. Non-EEA students will normally need to obtain a Short Term Student visa in order to register on the programme. Please visit the LSE International Student Visa Advice Team's (ISVAT) website. Click on the Short-term Student Visas tab along the top for detailed information.


Students on this programme are not eligible for a Tier 4 visa.


What support is provided in between teaching modules?

Throughout the course of the programme students will have access to a sophisticated online learning platform, Moodle, which enables them to stay connected between modules. Faculty will use this for intersession activities such as discussions and revision sessions. Students also submit assignments through the site. The administration team will use it to communicate important announcements and reminders to the class. By using this online technology students will remain an active part of the LSE community from wherever in the world they are based.


Can my dissertation be related to my everyday work activities?

Yes, with the agreement of your supervisor, you can select a topic that fits your professional interests. 



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