HP4B9E      Half Unit
Dissertation in Health Economics, Policy and Management

This information is for the 2018/19 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Irene Papanicolas COW3.05


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

Course content

The aim of the dissertation is for students to pursue an independent piece of research that will contribute to the field of health economics, health policy or health management.

The contribution of the work to the chosen field must be made clear. The output will be a piece of work of 5000 words or less that is written in an article format that is suitable for submission to a peer reviewed journal. Students must obtain the approval of their supervisor before embarking on any research.

Arrangements for supervision

Students' tutors will act as their dissertation supervisor in the first instance. If the specific topic a student wishes to cover for his/her dissertation requires a different supervisor, a MSc programme director can arrange this change. The dissertation supervisor will advise the student, help provide information and bibliography and identify likely problems with the proposed research.


The dissertation process is supported by three teaching sessions.

Formative coursework

Students will have an opportunity to have one draft of their thesis proposal read by their supervisor in December of Year 2. In addition, they will have an opportunity to have a 1000 word outline of their thesis read by their supervisor.


Dissertation (100%, 5000 words).


The dissertation paper copies must be handed in to the Department by the specified deadline of the second year of the MSc programme. An electronic version of the dissertation must be also submitted. Penalties will be applied to any late submission. The world limit for the dissertation is 5,000 words (excluding references and tables) and it must be in a journal article format.

Key facts

Department: Health Policy

Total students 2017/18: 2

Average class size 2017/18: Unavailable

Controlled access 2017/18: No

Value: Half Unit

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