Research course

Health Policy and Health Economics

London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) · Department of Health Policy

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Entry requirements

High merit (65+) in a relevant master's or equivalent. Special circumstances based on relevant experience will be evaluated as exceptional.

English research level.

Months of entry


Course content

About this MPhil/PhD programme

Health Policy and Health Economics at LSE cover the design, analysis, and evaluation of health policies and health and social care institutions. This is an interdisciplinary programme, drawing on disciplines relevant to the research topic, and the health-specific application of an array of social sciences.

The programme trains students to undertake research that employs the tools of policy analysis and empirical economic analysis in order to understand, critically appraise, and evaluate the complexities of health and social care policy in a global context. You will be exposed to the different disciplines in health economics and health and social care policy, and will be expected to learn technical and conceptual skills, so that you will become autonomous in carrying out research in line with your progression, and will demonstrate deep and synoptic understanding of your field of study.

You will become a member of a vibrant and exciting research community, with access to the Department of Health Policy's affiliated research centres and supervision by expert faculty. You are expected to take a range of training and transferable skills courses, including the core course in Advanced Health Policy and Health Economics. Other taught courses provided are tailored to your existing academic foundations and research interests, and streamed around health policy or health economics subject areas.

Department of Health Policy

The Department is a graduate department, preparing students for careers in health policy leadership. The Department carries out impactful health and social care research, influences and informs national and global policy-making and implementation. You will have the opportunity to engage with the UK's top academics, policy-makers and professionals in international health. You will be taught by leading UK and European academics in the areas of health economics, management and policy.

The long-established and highly regarded research centres affiliated with the Department are: LSE Health, PSSRU at LSE, the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) School of Social Care Research (SSCR), the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies, and the Global Health Initiative (GHI), with a total of over 70 academic staff based across these centres.

Information for international students

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Fees and funding

Every research student is charged a fee for their programme.

This programme is currently eligible for LSE PhD Studentships.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MPhil/PhD
    full time
    48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Student Recruitment Office