Executive MSc Health Economics, Policy and Management
**Please note that the first offers of the new cycle will start to go out from January 2015**
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 will 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.
In the first year, students attend four compulsory courses, and in the second year they select four courses from a range of options. For more details regarding the courses, please refer to the programme regulations. 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.
The teaching sessions will take place as follows:
December 2013 entry:
9-20 December 2013
2-13 June 2014
8-19 December 2014
1-12 June 2015
December 2014 entry:
8-19 December 2014
1-12 June 2015
7-18 December 2015
6-17 June 2016
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.
Dr Grace Lordan is an economist and early career researcher who is employed under the Department of Social Policy, London School of Economics. She works mainly in the areas of health and labour economics. Grace completed her PhD in 2009 at Trinity College Dublin and so far has a number of publications in the top journals in her field. She is affiliated with the wellbeing group at the CEP, LSE, as well as with LSE Health. She is also externally affiliated with the HEDG, York and the CHE, Monash.
Grace's recent publications can be found here.
Please see below for some frequently asked questions and answers.
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 2010 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 September each year - the later a submission comes through, the more competitive it will be for an applicant. All applications should be made through the LSE Graduate Admissions Office. Full details of the applications procedure can be found on their homepage
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 course focus on developed countries. We assume no previous formal training in health economics or policy but those with training in these areas can choose more advanced options.
December 2014 starter:
A non-refundable pre-registration fee of £500.00 is to be paid within 40 days of the date of the offer letter.
1st year fees in full are £7664.00 and must be paid by 5th December.
Alternatively, there is the option to pay via instalments;
£3582.00 by 5th December 2014 and then £4082.00 by 4th June 2015.
Year 2 payment dates.
2nd year fees in full are £8100.00 and must be paid by 5th December 2015.
Alternatively, there is the option to pay via instalments;
£4050.00 by 5th December 2015 and finally, £4050.00 by 4th June 2016.
December 2015 starter:
Year 1: £8,491 (this includes a £500 non-refundable pre-registration fee)
Year 2: £8,424
This cost includes access to all LSE facilities available to full-time MSc participants including the library facilities, electronic resources and LSE careers.
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. We would advise that all students read the required readings to get the most out of the intensive teaching sessions.
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.
Each course will include lectures and seminars. 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.
Yes, each student will be allocated a member of LSE staff as a personal tutor and dissertation supervisor.
We will have a combination of academic staff leading each course with guest lecturers from governments, healthcare providers, international organisations and consulting firms.
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.
There is currently no opportunity for financial assistance for this programme.
While the MSc will take two years, we offer multiple exit options based on the number of courses taken. You can receive a Certificate if you have completed and passed four half units (two sessions/ one year) of coursework. You can receive a Diploma if you have completed and passed six half units (three sessions/1.5 years). You receive a MSc if you complete and pass eight half units (four sessions/two years) and a dissertation. If you complete less than four half units, you may receive a certificate of attendance.
You will be allowed to retake the assessment for that course once under conditions that are similar to when you were first assessed on the course.
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.
There will be 45-50 students in each cohort. Seminars are split into smaller groups.
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.
Yes. We will have an introductory lunch and dinner 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 other Executive MSc students on other programmes.
We normally 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.
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 Student Visitor Visa in order to register on the programme. Please visit the International Student Immigration Service's dedicated webpage which contains visa information specifically for students on our executive programmes.
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, online (one-to-one) office hours, and to plan short tasks 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.
Yes and if necessary, examiners can sign data confidentiality agreements for commercially sensitive information. Dissertations will only be seen by those who have signed such a confidentiality agreement.
At a glance
Degree: Master of Science
Duration: 2 years
Start date: 8 December 2014
Cohort size: Approximately 50
Format: Modular, students attend four two-week teaching sessions at LSE, after which they write their dissertation
Application deadline: None (rolling admission)
Entry requirements: Bachelor's Degree (UK 2:1 or international equivalent) and three years' relevant work experience