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Economics (Economics of Health) MSc

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Degree awarded
Master of Science
12 months full time; 24 months part-time
Entry requirements

UK 2:1 Honours (or overseas equivalent) in economics/econometrics or a related subject

If you don't have this but have a good training in Economics, contact the Pathway Directors, or

As part of your application or enquiry please provide a brief description of any macro & micro-economics/econometrics/mathematics/statistics courses taken on your undergraduate degree, detailing core texts used. This does not have to be an official document. A paragraph for each course unit taken and a brief list of the main textbooks used will be sufficient.

Go to the Files to Download tab for an example of what is required .

Your application will not be considered  until we receive all the information

Please see Special Features for important information on Quantitative Methods Preparation for the MSc.

Full entry requirements

How to apply

Course options

Full-timePart-timeFull-time distance learningPart-time distance learning

Course description

  • Would you like a strong background in economics and applied econometrics as well as a specialisation in the economics of health?
  • Are you keen to be part of Manchester's thriving Centre for Health Economics , which supervises master's dissertations on the most current healthcare topics?
  • Like many others before you, would you like to take an economics of health dissertation and or Economics of Health modules and to be eligible to apply for a research post or PhD at the University?

Health is a major economic issue. It is a primary determinant of labour market participation and the generation of wealth. Consequently its social and geographical distribution is a major policy concern in most countries. In this respect, economics has proved to be a very powerful tool to inform policy making in the health sector.

This course aims to provide rigorous training in modern theories and techniques in economics of health and health care at postgraduate level.

The course provides training for those aiming to be health economists in national and international public (NHS, WHO, etc) and private institutions including consultancies. It also serves as a sound foundation from which to embark on a PhD Programme in Health Economics.

Students are introduced to key concepts, tools and techniques via core and optional course units, and have the opportunity to combine and develop their skills in writing a supervised dissertation.

Cutting-edge health related issues and policies will be critically examined and by the end of the course, students will be able to rigorously engage with current theory and practice in health economics. Students can develop theoretical or empirical models of their own from which to derive original results and offer a critique of existing theories and practice.

The bulk of the teaching and research supervision for students on this Programme is done by members of the Economics DA (School of Social Sciences) and the Manchester Centre for Health Economics research group ( Institute of Population Health ).

If you would like to speak informally about the programme then please contact the Pathway  Directors:

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For entry in the academic year beginning September 2016, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • MSc (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £9,250
    International students (per annum): £17,000
  • MSc (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £4,625
    International students (per annum): £8,500

The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.

All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for International students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees . Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your qualification award and method of attendance.

Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1000 towards their tuition fees before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued. This deposit will only be refunded if immigration permission is refused. We will notify you about how and when to make this payment.


Please see the School's funding page for further information.

If you are already a graduate of The University of Manchester, please visit,

Faculty of Humanities/School of Social Sciences - Loyalty Bursary

Contact details

Academic department
School of Social Sciences
Contact name
Janet Smith
0161 275 4471
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