Taught course

Health Policy

Imperial College London · Division of Surgery, Oncology, Reproductive Biology and Anaesthetics

Entry requirements

Applicants are normally required to have achieved a 2:1 (or national equivalent) or better in their first degree, which can be in any discipline. Because this is a course aimed at people working in the healthcare sector, applicants normally require experience of two years within this sector. For participants where English is not their first language, they must demonstrate an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 7.0 or better.

Months of entry


Course content

All students must apply initially for the Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert) in Health Policy. You have a choice of two streams:
  • Policy Theory, Economics and Public Health (10 months)
  • Leading Innovative Change (11 months)

Completion of both PG Certificate streams results in the automatic award of the PG Diploma in Health Policy.

Alternatively, you have the option to complete just one of the streams and exit with a standalone PG Certificate in your chosen stream title.

This structure, which allows you to gain qualifications en route to the full Master’s qualification (see below), is designed with working professionals in mind.

Course content

The courses offer you the chance to learn about important aspects of health policy from leading international academics and practitioners.

Through intensive blocks of teaching coupled with personal study, you will acquire a detailed theoretical and practical understanding of health policy. We will introduce you to both quantitative and qualitative research techniques that will enable you to carry out original studies.

You will also develop the ability to critique existing and emerging health policy on the basis of evidence and knowledge.

In addition, you will gain a comparative perspective that enables you to consider the challenges affecting different regions and countries, as well as alternative potential responses to them. You will also have the opportunity to network with international peers.

Master of Science (MSc)

Successful completion of both PG Certificates (which lead to the award of the PG Diploma) is required before you can undertake the MSc.

The Master's-level degree consists of a 12-month research project. Successful completion of this project will result in the award of the MSc in Health Policy, in addition to the PG Certificate and PG Diploma awards.

Information for international students

do not live in London, how will I stay in touch between sessions Much of the course content will be available on- line and tutors available to answer questions for exam preparation or essay writing. Research project supervisions can be done remotely using video or tele-conferencing facilities.

Fees and funding

We offer a range of scholarships for postgraduate students to support you through your studies. Try our scholarships search tool to see what you might be eligible for.

For more information on the Postgraduate Master's Loan scheme and other funding opportunities that are available, please visit our Fees and Funding website.

Qualification and course duration


full time
11 months


full time
21 months


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Dawn Campbell
+44 (0)207 594 1305