Executive MSc Health Economics, Policy and Management

  • Executive
  • Department of Health Policy
  • Application code L4HM
  • Starting 2019
  • UK/EU part-time: Open
  • Overseas part-time: Open
  • Location: London

The Executive MSc Health Economics, Policy and Management offers a comprehensive interdisciplinary toolkit to elevate your career in the health sector. The two-year taught modular degree integrates rigorous health economics training with insights into the policy process, the design and analysis of health services research, and discusses current health management problems.

The degree programme brings together leading UK, US, and European academics and policy experts to train change-makers and leaders in the health care sector. You will study alongside established professionals from diverse backgrounds, including: clinicians, health services managers, and specialists from insurance funds, governmental and international agencies, and health care, pharmaceutical and consulting firms from across the globe.

The degree programme is delivered across two years, with four, two-week modules taking place in London. The first year introduces you to theories and concepts of health financing and health economics, in depth case studies of health system and health care management, and the necessary methods to optimise resource allocation and cost-effectiveness in the health care sector.  

In your second year, you customise your curriculum by choosing from a range of optional modules, allowing you to pursue areas that will support your professional background and career goals. Finally, you write a dissertation on a health-care focussed topic of your choice, teaching you the skills required to carry out and write a piece of independent research.

Programme details

Key facts

Executive MSc Health Economics, Policy and Management
Start date On-campus teaching commences: December 2019
Application deadline None – rolling admissions
Duration Taught over 24 months in modular blocks
Applications 2017 187
Intake 2017 58
Tuition fee Year one: £10,499 (2019 entry) 
Year two: £10,499 (2020, continuing students) 
Financial support This programme is not eligible for LSE financial support
Minimum entry requirement 2:1 degree or equivalent and three years’ relevant work experience
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

Over the two years, you will take eight half-unit taught courses, and complete a dissertation. You will attend LSE for four two week sessions over the two year period.

(* denotes a half unit)

First year

Health Economics*
Examines the nature of health care as an economic commodity.

Financing Health Care*
Focuses on the health financing functions of collecting revenue, pooling funds and purchasing services, as well as policy choices concerning coverage, resource allocation and market structure.

Resource Allocation and Cost-Effectiveness Analysis*
Provides an overview of the theory underlying economic evaluation as applied to the health care sector.

Introduction to Management in Health Care*
Explore the main principles of management and strategy and related issues that impact on organisational change, group decision making, innovation and leadership.

Second year

An individual research project of 5,000 words on an approved topic of your choice.

Courses to the value of two units from a range of options

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 and assessment

Teaching methods and assessment

This is a modular programme that runs for 24 months. A key component of the MSc is a dissertation of up to 5,000 words on a topic individually selected, to be prepared in conjunction with a personal supervisor. If you wish to continue to a PhD, this might form the basis for your eventual doctoral thesis.

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 as well as faculty support while off campus, such as online revision sessions.

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. Their services and resources will be available to you online, including: guidance and hands-on practice of the key skills you will need to do well at LSE, such as effective reading, academic writing, and critical thinking; advice and practice on working in study groups, 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.

Preliminary reading

E Mossialos Funding Health Care: Options for Europe (Open University Press, 2002)

T Rice and L Unruh The Economics of Health Reconsidered, 4th edition (Chicago, Health Administration Press, 2016)


This Executive MSc will prepare you to seek employment in many sectors, including the pharmaceutical and medical devices industries, consultancies, insurers and insurance funds, health care management, government, non-governmental organisations and academia. Upon graduation, many students will also expect to take on more responsibility or a different focus with their current employer.

Further information on graduate destinations for this programme

Support for your career

Many leading organisations give careers presentations at the School during the year, and LSE Careers has a wide range of resources available to assist students in their job search. 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.

Minimum entry requirements for Executive MSc Health Economics, Policy and Management

Upper second class honours (2:1) degree or equivalent and three years’ relevant work experience.

Competition for places at the School is high. This means that even if you meet the 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, Policy and Management

UK/EU students, first year: £10,499 (2019 intake)
Overseas students, first year: £10,499 (2019 intake)
UK/EU students, second year: £10,499 (2020, continuing)
Overseas students, second year: £10,499 (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

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

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