The main differences between the MSc programmes are: the types of countries which the programmes focus on (high-income versus low-income), which affects the courses undertaken; the facilitation of dissertation placements; and the opportunity to study across two institutions.
There are some compulsory courses which are undertaken in all our programmes. This is because we consider them to be applicable to all countries, regardless of their level of income. Our programmes also allow students to take optional courses across the department. This means that you may be able to take courses from other programmes if your timetable allows.
As the main differences lie in the courses on offer, we recommend reviewing the courses for each programme to identify what topics and skills interest you the most. You can find this information on the programme pages in the links below, under the Programme structure and courses tab. Please keep in mind that regulations are subject to change and some course options are not available. All our taught MSc programmes include a dissertation as part of the curriculum.
MSc Global Health Policy
This programme draws on expertise in political science and economics to analyse a range of global health issues and policy responses affecting low- and middle-income countries. The programme courses can be found here.
MSc Health Policy, Planning & Financing
This programme does not focus on countries of a particular income level, but you can choose to specialise through your optional courses. This is a joint programme with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, so you will choose courses from across both schools and graduate with a degree from two universities. The programme courses can be found here.
MSc International Health Policy
The focus of study for this programme is on health policy in high-income settings, for example looking at a range of health policy and economic activity in Europe, North America and other developed economies. This programme includes the possibility of a placement as part of the curriculum. The programme courses can be found here.
MSc International Health Policy (Health Economics)
The MSc International Health Policy (Health Economics) is a specialist stream developed for economists looking to specialise in health. Students in this programme should have prior training in economics, mathematics, statistics or another quantitative subject. This programme also includes the possibility of a placement as part of the curriculum. The programme courses can be found here.
MSc Health Data Science
The MSc in Health Data Science is a focused programme for aspiring data scientists who are looking to specialise in the health care, biopharmaceutical and medical technology sectors. The teaching is delivered by both the Department of Heath Policy and the Department of Statistics. The programme courses can be found here.
What about the executive programmes?
The executive programmes we offer differ from our MSc programmes in their entry requirements and teaching timetable. The specialised executive programmes are designed for health professionals with a teaching schedule that allows you to study around full-time work. The executive programmes are delivered over two years with an intensive two-week teaching block on campus twice a year.
Explore our executive programmes