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Economics and Health Economics

Department of Economics, Faculty of Social Sciences

School of Health and Related Research, Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health

Train as a professional economist to understand and apply techniques that make a real difference in the world.
MSc Economics and Public Policy postgraduate Mwanda Phiri at computer with colleague

Course description

Run jointly with the School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR), this specialist course will enable you to apply economic techniques to complex issues in the allocation of health care resources.

This course prepares you for a career as an economist in the health sector or in research.

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Core modules

  • Microeconomic Analysis
  • Econometric Methods
  • Health Economics
  • Economic Evaluation
  • Applied Microeconometrics
  • Health Service Research Methods
  • Valuing the Benefits of Health Care
  • Dissertation

Optional modules

Choose from a range of optional modules. These might include:

  • Applied Macroeconometrics
  • Development Finance
  • Industrial Organisation
  • Public Economics
  • Public Policy Evaluation


  • 1 year full-time
  • 2 years part-time

Entry requirements

A 2:1 degree in economics usually with mathematics and statistics components. We’ll also consider students with a 2:1 degree in related subjects with strong economics, finance (not accounting finance), mathematics and/or statistics components.

English language requirements

Overall IELTS grade of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each component, or equivalent.

Entry requirements for international students

Fees and funding

A limited number of National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) studentships are available. Contact us to find out if you are eligible.

Financial information for postgraduate taught courses

Dr Mark Bryan, Department of Economics

Dr Mark Bryan

Dr Mark Bryan is an expert in labour economics, micro-econometrics and wellbeing. He has advised the UK government on issues such as the minimum wage and the impact of the recession. He is a co-investigator on a Health Foundation project on the social and economic value of health.

Mark teaches on the module Public Policy Evaluation which explores techniques to find out the direct causal effect of a given government policy, identifying the difference between what actually happened and what would have happened without the policy.


You can apply for postgraduate study using our Postgraduate Online Application Form. It's a quick and easy process.

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The course information set out here may change before you begin, particularly if you are applying significantly in advance of the start date.