Executive MSc Health Economics, Outcomes and Management in Cardiovascular Sciences

  • Executive
  • Department of Health Policy
  • Application code L4CS
  • Starting 2019
  • UK/EU part-time: Open
  • Overseas part-time: Open
  • Location: Houghton Street London

The Executive MSc Health Economics, Outcomes and Management in Cardiovascular Sciences is a specialist programme for healthcare professionals and industry leaders in the cardiovascular sciences. Developed in collaboration with the European Society of Cardiology, the programme offers a set of tailored courses in health economics, outcomes research, and healthcare management. 

The two-year taught modular degree provides you with the opportunity to study in an academic department recognised for its quality of research and policy advice as well as excellence in academic teaching. Studying in a multidisciplinary environment with links to specialist research groups allows you to pursue what is most important to your professional specialism and acquire new skills to accelerate and refocus your career.

You will join a diverse and international group of students, specialists, and industry leaders who bring different perspectives, expertise, and experience to the classroom. Together you will examine crucial health policy matters in the cardiovascular sciences, using the latest in policy analysis and economic principles.

In your first year of study, you will learn a core set of skills in health economics, health policy, health system administration and management in cardiovascular sciences. You will develop the ability to understand, appraise, develop and interpret cost-effectiveness analyses as well as review and evaluate healthcare interventions. 

In your second year, you will select from a range of modules constructed to expand your analytical ability and methodological toolkit for working in health care, pharmaceutical, hospital, and related sectors. This allows you to specialise according to your career aspirations.

Programme details

Key facts

Start date On-campus teaching commences: December 2019
Application deadline None – rolling admissions. However please note the funding deadlines
Duration Taught over 24 months in modular blocks
Applications 2017 95
Intake 2017 41
Tuition fee Year one: £13,625 (2019 entry)
Year two: £13,625 (2020, continuing student)
Financial support This programme is not eligible for LSE financial support. Scholarships are available from the European Society of Cardiology
Minimum entry requirement 2:1 degree or equivalent in any discipline, with clinical, health policy and economics background and/or work experience in the health policy and economics field
GRE/GMAT requirement None
English language requirements Standard (see 'assessing your application')
Location  Houghton Street, London

For more information about tuition fees and entry requirements, see the fees and funding and assessing your application sections.

Programme structure and courses

This is a 24-month modular programme. You will take five compulsory half unit courses and select options to the value of one and a half units. You will attend LSE for four two-week sessions over the two-year period.

(* denotes a half unit)

First year

Economic Analysis for Health Policy*
Focuses on the role economics can play in health policy and health system administration.

Quality and Outcomes in Cardiovascular Sciences*
Provides an overview of health economics, outcomes research, and management in cardiovascular sciences.

Economic Evaluation in Health Care* 
Provides skills to understand, critically appraise, develop, and interpret cost-effectiveness analyses.

Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis*
Focuses on the principles of reviewing and synthesising the existing evidence to evaluate health care interventions.

Second year

Using Health Economics to Analyse and Inform Policy and Practice*
Gives students an introduction to how health systems are constructed, and how the various parts of the system interact; the role of regulation, resource allocation, payment arrangements, and performance measurement; the complexities of evaluating policy and performance; and the contribution that health economics can make to the evaluation and development of health policy.

Options to the value of one and a half units from an approved list

You can find the most up-to-date list of optional courses in the Programme Regulations section of the current School Calendar.

You must note however that while care has been taken to ensure that this information is up to date and correct, a change of circumstances since publication may cause the School to change, suspend or withdraw a course or programme of study, or change the fees that apply to it. The School will always notify the affected parties as early as practicably possible and propose any viable and relevant alternative options. Note that that the School will neither be liable for information that after publication becomes inaccurate or irrelevant, nor for changing, suspending or withdrawing a course or programme of study due to events outside of its control, which includes but is not limited to a lack of demand for a course or programme of study, industrial action, fire, flood or other environmental or physical damage to premises.

You must also note that places are limited on some courses and/or subject to specific entry requirements. The School cannot therefore guarantee you a place. Please note that changes to programmes and courses can sometimes occur after you have accepted your offer of a place. These changes are normally made in light of developments in the discipline or path-breaking research, or on the basis of student feedback. Changes can take the form of altered course content, teaching formats or assessment modes. Any such changes are intended to enhance the student learning experience. You should visit the School’s Calendar, or contact the relevant academic department, for information on the availability and/or content of courses and programmes of study. Certain substantive changes will be listed on the updated graduate course and programme information page.

Teaching dates

This two-year programme will be taught over 4 two-week teaching blocks on-campus at the London School of Economics and Political Science.


9 –20 December 2019
1 – 12 June 2020
December 2020 (dates TBC)
June 2021 (dates TBC)

Teaching and assessment

Teaching methods and assessment

This is a modular programme that runs for 24 months. 

Each course consists of 20 hours minimum contact time. Over the course of the MSc, you will have 160 face-to-face contact hours alongside additional meetings with your tutors. Off-campus support, such as online revision sessions, is provided by the faculty.

You can view indicative details of hours, teaching staff, and assessment in the Calendar within each course guide.

Academic support

There are many opportunities to extend your learning outside the classroom and complement your academic studies at LSE. LSE LIFE is the School’s centre for academic, personal and professional development. Some of the services on offer include: guidance and hands-on practice of the key skills you will need to do well at LSE: effective reading, academic writing and critical thinking; workshops related to how to adapt to new or difficult situations, including development of skills for leadership, study/work/life balance and preparing for the world of work; and advice and practice on working in study groups and on cross-cultural communication and teamwork.

LSE is committed to enabling all students to achieve their full potential and the School’s Disability and Wellbeing Service provides a free, confidential service to all LSE students and is a first point of contact for all disabled students.


This MSc will prepare you to explore new advisory, management, and leadership roles within the health care field. Beyond your current work settings, you will be able to expand your employment opportunities in related sectors, including the pharmaceutical and medical devices industries, consultancies, government, and non-governmental organisations. Upon graduation, you can expect to take on more responsibility or shift your career focus in the cardiovascular science field.

Further information on graduate destinations for this programme

Support for your career

Find out more about the support available to students through LSE Careers.

Assessing your application

We welcome applications from all suitably qualified prospective students and want to recruit students with the very best academic merit, potential and motivation, irrespective of their background.

We carefully consider each application on an individual basis, taking into account all the information presented on your application form, including your:

- academic achievement (including predicted and achieved grades)
- academic statement of purpose
- two references (two professional references will be considered if you are unable to provide an academic reference)
- CV

See further information on supporting documents

You may also have to provide evidence of your English proficiency, although you do not need to provide this at the time of your application to LSE. See our English language requirements.

When to apply

Applications for this programme are considered on a rolling basis, meaning the programme will close once it becomes full. There is no fixed deadline by which you need to apply, however to be considered for the European Society of Cardiology scholarship, you must have submitted your application and all supporting documents by the funding deadline. See the fees and funding section for more details. 

Minimum entry requirements for Executive MSc Health Economics, Outcomes and Management in Cardiovascular Sciences

Upper second class honours (2:1) degree in any discipline, with a clinical, health policy and economics background and/or work experience in the health policy and economics field.

Competition for places at the School is high. This means that even if you meet our minimum entry requirement, this does not guarantee you an offer of admission.

See international entry requirements

Fees and funding

Every graduate student is charged a fee for their programme.

The fee covers registration and examination fees payable to the School, lectures, classes and individual supervision, lectures given at other colleges under intercollegiate arrangements and, under current arrangements, membership of the Students' Union. It does not cover living costs or travel or fieldwork.

Tuition fees 2019/20 for Executive MSc Health Economics, Outcomes and Management in Cardiovascular Sciences

UK/EU students, first year: £13,625 (2019 entry)
Overseas students, first year: £13,625 (2019 entry)
UK/EU students, second year: £13,625 (2020, continuing)
Overseas students, second year: £13,625 (2020, continuing)

Fee status

For this programme, the tuition fee is the same for all students regardless of their fee status.

Scholarships and other funding

Applications for the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) scholarship are now closed.

This programme is not eligible for LSE financial support.

Government tuition fee loans and external funding

A postgraduate loan is available from the UK government for eligible students studying for a first master’s programme, to help with fees and living costs. Some other governments and organisations also offer tuition fee loan schemes.

Find out more about tuition fee loans

Further information

Fees and funding opportunities

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