Taught course

Health Economics and Health Policy Analysis

University of Bristol · Faculty of Health Sciences

Entry requirements

An upper second-class honours degree or international equivalent in any subject.

Competence in mathematics must be demonstrated with an undergraduate quantitative unit/module at 2.1/60% (e.g. Statistics, Maths, Econometrics, Quantitative Methods, R/STATA/SPSS/SAS, Psychometrics, Mechanics).

Or GCSE/O level Mathematics grade 7 or above or A/A+.

Or A level Mathematics grade C

Or AS level Mathematics grade B or above (Maths/Statistics/Pure Maths/Further Maths).

For applicants who are currently completing a degree, we understand that their final grade may be higher than the interim grades or module/unit grades they achieve during their studies.

We will consider applicants whose interim grades are slightly lower than the programme's entry requirements. We may make these applicants an aspirational offer. This offer would be at the standard level, so the applicant would need to achieve the standard entry requirements by the end of their degree. Specific module requirements may still apply.

We will consider applicants whose grades are slightly lower than the programme's entry requirements if they have at least one of the following:

  • evidence of significant relevant work experience (minimum 2 years) in the following sectors/areas: Health, Pharmaceutical, Economist, Accountancy, Actuary.
  • a relevant postgraduate qualification (merit or above).

If this is the case, applicants should include their CV (curriculum vitae / résumé) when they apply, showing details of their relevant work experience and/or qualifications.

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

Months of entry


Course content

Health economics and health policy analysis can enable decision makers to improve resource use and service delivery across health and care systems. This MSc will enable you to apply economic and policy theory and practice for this purpose, and to a range of complex challenges facing the global community (for example inequalities, mental health, infectious disease, climate change, health and social care provision). The programme will teach you key concepts in economics and policy by drawing on real-world examples from international and UK contexts. This applied focus will ensure you are able to communicate and share economic and policy thinking and evidence with various audiences, including policymakers, academics, and the general public.

You will learn a range of analytical techniques and research methods used by professional health economists and policy analysts, including statistics and econometrics, economic evaluation, qualitative and survey methods, evidence synthesis and modelling. You will also gain valuable practical experience in using appropriate software for qualitative and statistical data analysis, and for building economic models, so that you can confidently select and creatively apply these methods and software in your future careers and make sound, methodological judgements in the absence of complete data.

This MSc encourages you to apply multidisciplinary skills and a multi-stakeholder perspective to health and care challenges. The programme therefore welcomes professionals and students from multiple backgrounds. This MSc is particularly suitable for professionals who have experience of working within health care, social care or pharmaceutical settings, and graduates with a degree in economics, health sciences, mathematics, statistics, social policy or pharmacology.

Information for international students

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

Fees and funding

Further information on funding for prospective UK and international postgraduate students.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    part time
    24-36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Enquiries Team
+44 (0) 117 394 1649