Dissertation for MSc Health Policy, Planning and Financing

This information is for the 2020/21 session.

Teacher responsible

Currently Dr. J Parkhurst and Dr. M Bhatia (LSE) and Dr H. Walls (LSHTM) as Programme Directors though the Programme Directorship sometimes varies from year to year.


This course is compulsory on the MSc in Health Policy, Planning and Financing. This course is available as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.

Course content

The aim of the course is to provide core information to students on dissertation-writing as well as to address queries students may have in relation to their dissertation topic, the methodology used, the likelihood of ethical approval, and data acquisition, among others.

The dissertation could be on any topic in the field of health policy, planning and/or financing. The main body of the dissertation should include the background to the research, method of investigation, results of the analysis, discussion and policy implications and recommendations.


Teaching comprises two 2-hour seminars, one in the LT and one in the ST. It may be merged with other MSc students in the Department when covering overlapping issues.

Finally, there is individual supervision for students on the dissertation.

Formative coursework

Students will be required to write a summary of the proposed dissertation, outlining the title, background to the topic, methods to be employed, and likely expected results.


Dissertation (100%, 10000 words).

Important information in response to COVID-19

Please note that during 2020/21 academic year some variation to teaching and learning activities may be required to respond to changes in public health advice and/or to account for the situation of students in attendance on campus and those studying online during the early part of the academic year. For assessment, this may involve changes to mode of delivery and/or the format or weighting of assessments. Changes will only be made if required and students will be notified about any changes to teaching or assessment plans at the earliest opportunity.

Key facts

Department: Health Policy

Total students 2019/20: 58

Average class size 2019/20: Unavailable

Controlled access 2019/20: No

Value: One Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Self-management
  • Problem solving
  • Specialist skills