Executive MSc Healthcare Decision-Making, in collaboration with NICE

  • Executive
  • Department of Health Policy
  • Application code L4HN
  • Starting 2024
  • Home part-time: Open
  • Overseas part-time: Open
  • Location: Houghton Street, London

The Executive MSc in Healthcare Decision-Making is a unique programme developed in collaboration with the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), known internationally for its contribution to the quality and efficiency of healthcare and its scientific rigour. This approach combined with the academic excellence of LSE’s faculty has led to a truly exceptional programme, with a tailored offering of skill-oriented and policy-based courses that will enable a strategic view of healthcare systems required to transition into a senior leadership role.

Considering extensive reforms taking place in the way health systems operate, understanding the complexities of healthcare markets, how to navigate these, and how to make informed decisions about resource allocation are increasingly important for active participation in strategic decision-making across the health sector. Combining the interdisciplinary expertise and research excellence of LSE faculty with the flexibility of executive study, this programme delivers a well-rounded intellectual and practical grounding in essential skills to appraise health care interventions, products, and policies, and contribute to evidence-based decision-making.

Addressing a need for qualified experts across the international healthcare market, the programme is tailored to participants coming from the pharmaceutical and medical technology industries, medical professionals, health insurance, healthcare management, governmental and non-governmental organisations, and individuals looking to transition into leadership roles.

You will obtain a critical appreciation of:

  • the complexities of healthcare regulations and governance.
  • how policy decisions impact health systems.
  • the nuances of value assessment models and why value assessment results in differences in coverage across settings.
  • the impacts of healthcare interventions on core health policy objectives, by applying analytical methods in economic evaluation.
  • how pharmaceutical markets operate, and how intellectual property links up with regulatory practices and pricing and coverage decisions.

The programme follows interdisciplinary and comparative approaches. Employing country- and region-specific datasets and case studies will allow you to gain comprehensive appreciation of effective healthcare interventions across a range of income settings, compare health systems’ performance on critical aspects such as regulation and value assessment, and examine policy formulation across geographical, economic, cultural, and political settings. As a health leader, you will utilise these skills to make informed evidence-based decisions that make a difference.

Programme details

Key facts

Executive MSc Evaluation of Health Care Interventions and Outcomes in collaboration with NICE
Start date December 2024
Application deadline Rolling admissions
Duration Taught over 24 months in modular blocks
Applications 2021 28
Intake 2021 16
Financial support This programme is not eligible for LSE financial support
Minimum entry requirement 2:1 degree or equivalent in any discipline, with clinical, health policy and economics background and/or work experience in the health policy and economics field
GRE/GMAT requirement None
English language requirements Standard (see 'assessing your application')
Location  Houghton Street, London

For more information about tuition fees and entry requirements, see the fees and funding and assessing your application sections.

Programme structure and courses

This is a 24-month modular programme with a set academic pathway. You will attend LSE for four two-week sessions over the two-year period. Visit our website to view all course overview videos on YouTube.

HP4G2E Principles of Health Technology Assessment (0.5 units)
This course is aimed at introducing key principles of health technology assessment, a multidisciplinary process that summarises information about the medical, social, economic, and ethical issues related to the use of a health technology.
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HP4F1E Impact Evaluation in Healthcare (0.5 units)
The course will serve as a foundation for the curriculum of the proposed programme and will introduce the concepts, methods, and approached covered in greater depth in more advanced courses.
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HP4F5E Health Care Regulation (0.5 units)
The course provides a detailed perspective on the complexities surrounding the interplay between different stakeholders in the regulation of health care markets and the problems facing the management of health care services.

HP4G3E Economic Modelling for Health Care Decision Making (0.5 units)
This course will enable students to understand and apply analytic methods in the economic evaluation of health interventions and provide a strong foundation in the several advanced concepts in economic evaluation, and in particular cost-effectiveness of interventions used in long-term chronic illnesses.

HP4E5E Economics of the Pharmaceutical Sector (0.5 units)
The aim of this course is to introduce students to the economics of pharmaceutical sector and related policies and practices that affect national and international markets.

HP4G4E Systematic Review and Meta-analysis (0.5 units)
Focuses on the principles of reviewing and synthesising the existing evidence to evaluate health care interventions.
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HP4F6E Critical Appraisals of Clinical Trials and Real-World Evidence in Decision Making (0.5 units)
The course provides students with practical skills in understanding the evaluation of interventions in clinical medicine and public health through robust evidence assessment including randomised clinical trials (RCTs).

HP4G1E Statistical Methods in Health Care Economic Evaluation (0.5 units)
The course develops statistical and modelling techniques necessary to apply economic evaluation in the health care sector.
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You can find the most up-to-date list of optional courses in the Programme Regulations section of the current School Calendar.

You must note, however, that while care has been taken to ensure that this information is up to date and correct, a change of circumstances since publication may cause the School to change, suspend or withdraw a course or programme of study, or change the fees that apply to it. The School will always notify the affected parties as early as practicably possible and propose any viable and relevant alternative options. Note that the School will neither be liable for information that after publication becomes inaccurate or irrelevant, nor for changing, suspending or withdrawing a course or programme of study due to events outside of its control, which includes but is not limited to a lack of demand for a course or programme of study, industrial action, fire, flood or other environmental or physical damage to premises.

You must also note that places are limited on some courses and/or subject to specific entry requirements. The School cannot therefore guarantee you a place. Please note that changes to programmes and courses can sometimes occur after you have accepted your offer of a place. These changes are normally made in light of developments in the discipline or path-breaking research, or on the basis of student feedback. Changes can take the form of altered course content, teaching formats or assessment modes. Any such changes are intended to enhance the student learning experience. You should visit the School’s Calendar, or contact the relevant academic department, for information on the availability and/or content of courses and programmes of study. Certain substantive changes will be listed on the updated graduate course and programme information page.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching methods and assessment

This is a modular programme that runs for 24 months.

Courses at LSE are delivered over a minimum of 20 hours contact time. Over the course of the MSc, you will be expected to complete independent study, coursework, and revision outside of classroom engagement. You will have the opportunity to meet with your tutors, and off-campus support, such as online revision sessions, will be provided by the faculty. You can view indicative details of hours, teaching staff, and assessment in the Calendar within each course guide.

Academic support

You will also be assigned an academic mentor who will be available for guidance and advice on academic or personal concerns.

There are many opportunities to extend your learning outside the classroom and complement your academic studies at LSE. LSE LIFE is the School’s centre for academic, personal and professional development. Some of the services on offer include: guidance and hands-on practice of the key skills you will need to do well at LSE: effective reading, academic writing and critical thinking; workshops related to how to adapt to new or difficult situations, including development of skills for leadership, study/work/life balance and preparing for the world of work; and advice and practice on working in study groups and on cross-cultural communication and teamwork.

LSE is committed to enabling all students to achieve their full potential and the School’s Disability and Wellbeing Service provides a free, confidential service to all LSE students and is a first point of contact for all disabled students.

Assessing your application

We welcome applications from all suitably qualified prospective students and want to recruit students with the very best academic merit, potential and motivation, irrespective of their background.

We carefully consider each application on an individual basis, taking into account all the information presented on your application form, including your:

  • academic achievement (including predicted and achieved grades)
  • academic statement of purpose
  • two references (two professional references will be considered if you are unable to provide an academic reference)
  • CV

See further information on supporting documents

You may also have to provide evidence of your English proficiency, although you do not need to provide this at the time of your application to LSE. See our English language requirements.

When to apply

Applications for this programme are considered on a rolling basis, meaning the programme will close once it becomes full. There is no fixed deadline by which you need to apply.

Minimum entry requirements for Executive MSc Healthcare Decision-Making, in collaboration with NICE

Upper second class honours (2:1) degree in any discipline, with a clinical, health policy and economics background and/or work experience in the health policy and economics field.

Competition for places at the School is high. This means that even if you meet our minimum entry requirement, this does not guarantee you an offer of admission.

See international entry requirements

Data sharing
Double degrees and certain other degrees and scholarships require that LSE shares personal data with another university or partner. In our agreements we will use the School’s standard data sharing template for universities and partners in the EU and EEA and in an adequate countryStandard contract clauses will be used for any other country. If you have any questions about this or how your personal data will be treated by LSE, please contact the Data Protection Officer, Rachael Maguire, via or check our Student Privacy Notice.

Fees and funding

Every graduate student is charged a fee for their programme.

The fee covers registration and examination fees payable to the School, lectures, classes and individual supervision, lectures given at other colleges under intercollegiate arrangements and, under current arrangements, membership of the Students' Union. It does not cover living costs or travel or fieldwork.

Tuition fees 2024/25 for Executive MSc Healthcare Decision-Making, in collaboration with NICE

Home students, first year: £15,793 (2024, intake)
Overseas students, first year: £15,793 (2024, intake)
Home students, second year: £15,793 (2025, continuing - provisional)
Overseas students, second year: £15,793 (2025, continuing - provisional)

The Table of Fees shows the latest tuition amounts for all programmes offered by the School.

Fee status

For this programme, the tuition fee is the same for all students regardless of their fee status.

Scholarships and other funding

This programme is not eligible for LSE financial support.

Government tuition fee loans and external funding

A postgraduate loan is available from the UK government for eligible students studying for a first master’s programme, to help with fees and living costs. Some other governments and organisations also offer tuition fee loan schemes.

Find out more about tuition fee loans

The UK Government has confirmed that students from the EU, other EEA and/or Switzerland starting a programme on or after 1 August 2021 will no longer be eligible for the home fee rate. Please note this does not apply to Irish students or students with Citizens Rights benefitting from Citizens’ Rights under the EU Withdrawal Agreement, EEA EFTA Separation Agreement or Swiss Citizens’ Rights Agreement respectively. For further guidance and advice see the UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) website.

Teaching dates

This two-year programme will be taught over 4 two-week teaching blocks on-campus at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Teaching blocks typically take place in December and June. 

2024/25 teaching dates

Teaching Block 1: 9 – 20 December 2024
Teaching Block 2: 2 June – 13 June 2025
Teaching block 3: December 2025 (dates TBC)
Teaching block 4: June 2026 (dates TBC)

Student stories

Visit our website to meet our students


Mario Strazzabosco
Professor of Medicine and Gastroenterology at Yale University, United States

“The programme provides great teaching, a dense schedule of well-integrated activities, and a lot of 'hands on' teaching, all with the quality and rigor one expects from LSE plus plenty of real-world experience from NICE’s experts.”



Fernando Laredo
Sanofi Genzyme, Brazil

“The programme is incredibly exciting, with candid discussions among students, professors and lecturers, insightful reading materials, and rigorous assignments that help build important skills.”


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Periandros Kritsiligkos
Novartis Hellas, Greece

"I have acquired more critical thinking and the skills needed to effectively interrogate published data. I have also met wonderful people from different backgrounds who share the same interest in health policy."


Quick Careers Facts for the Department of Health Policy

Median salary of our PG students 15 months after graduating: £38,000           

Top 5 sectors our students work in:

  • Health and Social Care  
  • Education, Teaching and Research           
  • FMCG, Manufacturing and Retail              
  • Government, Public Sector and Policy    
  • Consultancy

The data was collected as part of the Graduate Outcomes survey, which is administered by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA). Graduates from 2020-21 were the fourth group to be asked to respond to Graduate Outcomes. Median salaries are calculated for respondents who are paid in UK pounds sterling and who were working in full-time employment.

This Executive MSc aims to empower health care professionals to advance their careers by acquiring skills in health services research, health economics, outcomes research and health policy. The programme will prepare you to explore new advisory, management, and leadership roles within the health care field. Beyond your current work setting, you will be able to expand your employment opportunities in related sectors, including the pharmaceutical and medical devices industries, consultancies, government, and non-governmental organisations.

Further information on graduate destinations for this programme

Support for your career

Many leading organisations give careers presentations at the School during the year, and LSE Careers has a wide range of resources available to assist students in their job search. Find out more about the support available to students through LSE Careers.

Programme directors

Dr Panos Kanavos

Dr Panos Kanavos
Associate Professor and Programme Director
LSE Department of Health Policy

"There is an increased and urgent need for highly qualified and technically competent expertise in the international health care market. The LSE-NICE MSc offers a unique opportunity to develop a well-rounded grounding in advanced skills to evaluate health care interventions and outcomes."



Dr Rocco Friebel
Assistant Professor and Programme Director
LSE Department of Health Policy

"This programme attracts some of the most talented professionals in the health sector and provides the tools needed to advance careers and shape the future leaders in health."


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