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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.

Teaching sessions

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

December 2015 entry:

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


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|.

Dr Grace Lordan

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.

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 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


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 but those with training in these areas can choose more advanced options.


What is the fee level?


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


For more information, please visit the LSE Fees Office webpages|.



This cost includes access to all LSE facilities available to full-time MSc participants including the library facilities, electronic resources and LSE careers.


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. We would advise that all students read the required readings to get the most out of the intensive 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 kind of teaching methods will be used?

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.


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?

There is currently no opportunity for financial assistance for this programme.


What happens if I cannot complete the MSc?

If you are unable to remain enrolled for the duration of 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 other Executive MSc students on other programmes.


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

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.


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 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.


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, 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.


Can my dissertation be related to my everyday work activities?

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.



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