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MSc Health Economics, Policy and Management (Modular)

About the MSc programme

This programme is based in the Department of Social Policy| with staff based within LSE Health| and aims to provide a set of high quality, integrated courses to equip students in health economics, health policy and health care management. Specifically it provides:

  • Study in one of the most highly rated research centres (LSE Health) in the subject area in the world, both for its research and its institutional links.
  • A modular course structure allowing students to take the programme whilst engaged in employment through attendance at four two-week intensive LSE based lecture courses.
  • This is a modular MSc with Diploma or Certificate exit points depending on the number of modules taken.
  • The opportunity for individuals in government, industry and the health care services sector to achieve a formal graduate qualification in Health Economics, Policy and Management even if they are unable to devote themselves to full-time study.
  • Teaching by specialists who are at the forefront of research into British and European health economics and health policy.
  • A comparative, international and multidisciplinary environment with links to several specialist research groups based in the Department.

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

Applicants with a good first degree from within any subject background or substantial work experience in the health policy field will be considered.

You can supply one academic and one professional reference to be considered for this programme. If you graduated from your most recent academic study before January 2008 and no academic references are available, you may supply two professional references. It is in your interest to supply academic references wherever possible.

Those students unable to complete the two year MSc programme may obtain a certificate or diploma.

Programme details

The Modular MSc will comprise eight half unit taught courses spaced over two years and a dissertation. Students will attend LSE for four two-week sessions over the two year period.

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. For students continuing to a PhD this might form the basis for their eventual doctoral thesis.

Each course consists of a minimum of 20 hours of contact. Over the course of the MSc, students will have 160 face-to-face contact hours alongside of additional meetings with their tutors and support while off-campus from faculty such as through online revision sessions.

Compulsory courses

 (* half unit)

Year One

Year Two

Students will be expected to choose courses to the value of two units from a range of options.

Please read the following important information before referring to full details of course options found in the Programme Regulations|.

The programme regulations available are for the current academic session and may be subject to change before the beginning of the next academic year. For more information about course availability in the next academic session, please contact the relevant academic department. The School reserves the right at all times to withdraw, suspend or alter particular courses and syllabuses, and to alter the level of fees. Courses are on occasion capped (limited to a maximum number of students) or subject to entry conditions requiring the approval of the course convenor. The School cannot guarantee that places on specific courses will be available.

Graduate destinations

This MSc will prepare students 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. 

lse.ac.uk/socialPolicy|; lse.ac.uk/LSEHealth|

Application code: L4HM (check availability|)

Start date: First 2-week session to commence December 2014

Duration: Modular programme. 24 months (maximum 50) for the MSc  

Intake/applications in 2012: 53/139

Minimum entry requirement: 2:1 in any discipline, with social science background and/or work experience in the health policy field (see entry requirements|)

English requirement: Standard (see English requirements|)

GRE/GMAT requirement: None

Fee level: Year 1 £8,164 in 2014/15, Year 2 £8,100 in 2015/16

Financial support: This programme is not eligible for the Graduate Support Scheme (see  Fees and financial support|)

Application deadline: None – rolling admission

Note: Programme fee does not include accommodation costs, travel expenses or any additional expenses incurred while studying at LSE. The LSE Accommodation Office can offer advice for students looking for accommodation. Students will have full access to the Library and electronic resources available to all LSE students including an email address