SA4N2E      Half Unit
Dissertation in Health Economics, Outcomes, and Management in Cardiovascular Sciences

This information is for the 2015/16 session.

Teacher responsible

Prof Elias Mossialos COW.4.08

Dr. Huseyin Naci and supervisors


This course is compulsory on the MSc in Health Economics, Outcomes and Management in Cardiovascular Sciences. This course is not available as an outside option.

Course content

The dissertation could be on any topic in the field of health economics, outcomes research, comparative effectiveness research, policy, and management. It should attempt to integrate approaches and knowledge learned across courses and present results to address a health/clinical policy, economic issue or a problem identified through the use of either primary or secondary data. It must demonstrate adequate knowledge of relevant theoretical and empirical literature in the field. In addition, careful analysis of the policy implications and formulation of policy recommendations is essential. The main body of the dissertation should, in principle, include the background to the research, method of investigation, results of the analysis, discussion and policy implications and recommendations.


2 hours of lectures in the ST.

In addition to the lectures, students will be given individual support by their allocated supervisor. 

Indicative reading

Dunleavy, P. (1986) Studying for a Degree in the Social Sciences, Macmillan. (See Chapter 5: Writing a Dissertation)

Denscombe, M. (2007) The Good Research Guide: for small-scale social research projects.

Maidenhead: Open University Press. H61 D41

Kotz, D. and Cals J.W.L. (2013) Effective writing and publishing scientific papers – part 1: how to get started. Journal of Clinical Epidemiology. Vol 66, no 4, p 397.

Grix, J. (2004) The Foundations of Research. Houndmills : Palgrave Macmillan LB2369 G87

Rudestam, K. and Newton, R. (2001) Surviving Your Dissertation: a comprehensive guide to content and process. London: Sage. LB2369 R91


Dissertation (100%, 5000 words) in the MT.

Key facts

Department: Social Policy

Total students 2014/15: Unavailable

Average class size 2014/15: Unavailable

Controlled access 2014/15: No

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Leadership
  • Self-management
  • Team working
  • Problem solving
  • Application of information skills
  • Communication
  • Application of numeracy skills
  • Commercial awareness
  • Specialist skills