HP4B9E      Half Unit
Dissertation in Health Economics, Policy and Management

This information is for the 2021/22 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Irene Papanicolas COW3.04


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 submit a dissertation proposal for feedback in January of their second year. In addition students have the opportunity to receive feedback on a 1000 word section of their dissertation from their supervisor in the June sessions of their second year. 



Dissertation (100%, 5000 words).

The dissertation will be electronically submitted to the department by the specified deadline. The world limit for the dissertation is 5,000 words (excluding references and tables) and it must be in a journal article format.

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Important information in response to COVID-19

Please note that during 2021/22 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 differing needs of students in attendance on campus and those who might be studying online. For example, this may involve changes to the mode of teaching 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 2020/21: Unavailable

Average class size 2020/21: Unavailable

Controlled access 2020/21: No

Value: Half Unit

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