The normal entrance requirement for our Masters programmes is a good Honours degree (upper second-class or above) in Economics or a closely related subject, or an equivalent professional qualification and professional experience. Appropriate career experience may also be taken into account. It is hard to give general rules on these matters, since each case is considered on individual merit. However, the factors which tend to count in your favour are suitable health services managerial experience, favourable reports from academic referees, or proven ability in research or publication. You should give as much evidence as possible of your capabilities in these areas.
Months of entry
The MSc in Health Economics and Econometrics is ideal for new graduates hoping to pursue a career in health economics or for those currently working in the health care sector who wish to develop skills in health economics.
This programme gives you the opportunity to follow a more an econometrics based pathway underpinned by Microeconomic theory, while taking the core modules required to study Health Economics (Economic Evaluation and Modelling for Health Care Decision Making).
The programme is targeted at those with an undergraduate economics-based degree and a desire to obtain a technical training relevant for a career in which these skills can be applied to the health care sector nationally and internationally. With its blend of applied health economic modules and specialist economic modules, MSc in Health Economics and Econometrics is ideal for individuals wishing to embark on a career as a health economist in industry, the health service or academia. This is an area identified as a priority for the health service and health economists with these skills are in short supply – hence the provision of three fully funded studensthsips.
The purpose is to enable you to be fully equipped to utilise, analyse and interpret the big data sets that are increasingly available across health systems in addition to understanding these in the context of health and economic related issues and policy. This programme is designed to build on the strength and experience of both the Department of Economics and the Health Economics Unit in providing high quality Masters programmes.
The MSc Health Economics and Econometrics aims to:
- provide a high quality programme examining health issues from an economics perspective, to provide you with an advanced technical training, and to enable you to develop your analytical skills for use in health economics.
- assist you to develop the analytical ability to relate theories and research findings to your current or future employment experience in the health service
- provide you with an understanding of the theoretical and historical foundation of health economics
- develop your skills in the application of research evidence in the field of health economics
- provide you with opportunities for shared learning
- develop your understanding of the role of health economics in health care decision making
Explore postgraduate study at Birmingham at one of our on-campus open days (Friday 13 November 2015 and Friday 4 March 2016). Register to attend at: www.birmingham.ac.uk/pgopendays
If you can’t make it to one of our on-campus open days, our virtual open days run regularly throughout the year. For more information, please visit: www.pg.bham.ac.uk
Fees and funding
For 2015 entry the Birmingham Masters Scholarship Scheme offers 224 new £10,000 scholarships available for Masters students from under-represented groups.
The College of Medical and Dental Sciences is offering a number of Global Scholarships for Excellence for outstanding students on our postgraduate taught programmes, providing £2,000 toward tuition fees. Find out more about the MDS Scholarships of Excellence.
For other potential sources of funding, please visit our Postgraduate Funding Database.
International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government. Visit our website for information about scholarships for international students.
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Postgraduate Enquiry Service
- 0121 414 5005