MSc Health Policy

A two-year, part-time Master's course designed for people working in the health sector

Key information

2 years part-time

Start date
October 2017

Information on tuition fees 2017-18

Mr Colin Bicknell (Programme Director) speaks about the MSc in Health Policy
Register your interest in this programmeApply online now

This two-year part-time course is designed for people working in the health sector such as Government officials, clinicians and employees of health insurance companies, consulting companies and healthcare industries. Rather than taking time out of your career to study, it offers the chance, through intensive blocks of teaching, coupled with personal study, to gain an MSc qualification with Imperial College.

Programme structure

During the two years, you will attend four two-week teaching sessions at Imperial College. You will also complete an individual dissertation under the supervision of world-class researchers.

Find out more about programme structure.

Entry requirements

The normal entry requirement for this course is a UK Bachelor’s degree at 2:1 or international equivalent in any discipline and practical experience in the health sector.

Is this programme for you?

The taught modules cover the following areas of health policy:

  • An international network of high-flying peers
  • Health systems and policy in developing countries
  • Health economics for health policy
  • Financing healthcare
  • Health and society
  • Innovation in healthcare
  • Measuring and improving performance in health systems/communicating health policy
  • Health service delivery
  • Leadership in healthcare/ageing and society

In addition, students undertake a research dissertation during the second year of the MSc in an aspect of Health Policy that will advance the understanding of best practices.

Career prospects

Imperial College is one of the world's leading research universities and works closely with employers and industry, including industrial advisory panels to design Master’s courses which provide graduates with technical knowledge, expertise and transferable skills and to encourage students to take internships and placements. All Master’s courses are designed with employer needs in mind with some Master’s courses accredited by professional, statutory and regulatory bodies. Most Master’s courses offer an opportunity to carry out research projects in, or in collaboration with industry.

Key benefits

  • A detailed theoretical and practical understanding of health policy from leading health policy academics and practitioners
  • Quantitative and qualitative research techniques to be able to carry out your own original study in health policy
  • The ability to critique existing and emerging health policy on the basis of evidence and knowledge
  • A comparative perspective on health policy which considers the challenges affecting different regions and countries as well as different potential responses to them
  • An international network of high-flying peers
  • Skills and knowledge that will fully equip you for leading roles in the healthcare sector
  • A CV-enhancing Master's qualification from a world leading university

Student prize winner profiles

Each year the Dean's prize is awarded to an exceptional student on each of our Master's courses. Find out more from the prize winners for this course.