MSc Economics and Health Economics

Duration: 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

Develop the skills and knowledge to give you the edge as an economist in the health sector or in further academic research. Run jointly with the School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR), this course advances your analytical skills and technical capabilities in health economics. It then examines ways in which your skills can be used to address the important issues and problems involved in allocating resources in the health sector.

Economics modules in the first semester build your skills, followed by programmes to further develop and apply these skills in the second semester.

MSc Economics & Health Economics has been awarded studentship funding by the National Institute for Health Research up to 2019-20. The studentship is for full time UK/EU students and covers the fees, and a standard research council stipend.

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This MSc Economics and Health Economics course is one of a suite of three Masters courses that the University of Sheffield offers in the field of health economics, decision modelling and Health Technology Assessment (HTA).

The other two are based at ScHARR:

MSc Health Economics and Decision Modelling (HEDM) - Taught

MSc International Health Technology Assessment, Pricing and Reimbursement (iHTA) - Online

Content and structure

Study MSc Economics & Health Economics and you'll need to take and pass eight taught modules over two semesters, four in each. These are examined at the end of each semester. Seven are core modules; the eighth is chosen from several option modules.

After you've completed the second semester's taught modules, there is a 10-week period to write your dissertation. We'll support you through dissertation workshops and input from your supervisor. To be awarded the MSc Economics & Health Economics you will have to pass the examinations and complete the dissertation to the required standard.

See below for details of the core and optional modules across the two semesters.


Semester 1

Semester 2

Academic year

Core module

HAR6012 MSc Dissertation


The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers. In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

Information for disabled students

We welcome disabled students. We're committed to responding effectively and appropriately to individual support needs. We take all practicable steps to ensure that disabled students can participate in their studies without disadvantage, and can make full use of the University's academic and support services.

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Our campus and how we use it:

We timetable teaching across the whole of our campus, the details of which can be found on our campus map. Teaching may take place in a student’s home department, but may also be timetabled to take place within other departments or central teaching space.