Entry requirements

Applicants should hold a second class honours degree or the equivalent from an international institution. We also consider applications from individuals who may not have prior experience of working within the health sector but who have plans for a career in health policy, Applicants who do not hold a degree but do have relevant employment experience in the health sector may be considered.

Postgraduate Preparatory Courses for International Students: If you do not qualify for direct entry, our partner INTO City University London offers an academic preparation programme - the Graduate Diploma. The course offers a route to City University London through an excellent teaching and learning experience, located in purpose built study facilities. Successful completion of the Graduate Diploma at INTO City University London to the standard required provides guaranteed progression to this Masters degree.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

The UK and global healthcare landscape is becoming increasingly complex. Advances in health technologies, rising consumer expectations, increasing longevity and prevalence of chronic illness and other pressures present significant and growing challenges for health systems and have helped push healthcare and health policy to the top of political agendas across the world.

Increasing attention is therefore being given to such crucial issues as: how best to meet the health needs of changing populations, the social determinants of health, inequalities in health and access to care, cost containment, the appropriate level of overall resources to devote to healthcare and public health, which health services to provide (and to whom), how health systems should be organised and financed, and their performance measured.

All of these issues, and strategies for tackling them effectively and sustainably, fall within the scope of health policy. Given their growing importance, an in-depth understanding of the contemporary health policy landscape is an increasingly vital attribute of professionals at all levels within the health sector.

Information for international students

For students whose first language is not English, one of the following qualifications is also required: IELTS: 7.0

Fees and funding

Scholarships: The School of Health Sciences believes that exceptional academic and clinical performance should be recognised and rewarded. We have several scholarships available for students starting on our courses this September and January: City University postgraduate scholarships, City University London Graduate Loyalty Discount, School of Health Sciences International Excellence Scholarships (for international students only).

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Admissions (CPD/CPPD & postgraduate)
+44 (0)20 7040 5790