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Is MSc International Health Management right for me?

The MSc International Health Management programme is an intensive and demanding programme for students with a passion for careers in healthcare management. It is designed for new or recent graduates, however we welcome applications from those who have some healthcare work experience.

Admission to the MSc International Health Management programme is very competitive and the selection committee will pay close attention to all aspects of your application.

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Entry requirements

The entry requirements for MSc International Health Management are as follows:

Academic requirement – undergraduate degree at First or 2:1 Honours (or international equivalent)

To apply for MSc International Health Management, you should preferably have a First or Upper Second Class Honours undergraduate degree from a recognised university or the international equivalent in a relevant discipline such as:

  • Medicine
  • Health sciences
  • Social sciences
  • Physical sciences
  • Engineering
  • Informatics

However, a Lower Second Class Honours may be considered in some circumstances.

Prerequisite knowledge requirements

MSc International Health Management is not a highly quantitative programme and is open to graduates from a variety of disciplines but candidates are expected to be familiar with a basic knowledge of maths before the start of the programme. Successful candidates will be provided with access to online primer courses in basic quantitative skills and accounting to prepare you for the programme from July onwards. Please familiarise yourself with the online primer content prior to applying so that you are clear about the topics you will be covering in the early stages of the programme.

Although there are not specific quantitative prerequisites, it is useful for the selection committee to have an understanding of the level of your experience to date. You should use the ‘Quantitative Experience Statement’ on the application form to list the most advanced quantitative courses that you have taken in your academic career to date and to provide brief examples of the relevant topics covered by the course.

Career planning questions

You should demonstrate well-researched career goals and a clear understanding of the business sector and the skills that employers are looking for, such as teamwork, problem-solving, leadership and communication, through your answers to the Career Planning Questions in the application form.

Career planning questions

In the career planning questions you will need to show you have thought about the type of employer you want to work for immediately after graduating and have researched your target organisation(s) and role. You will also need to answer the following questions to demonstrate awareness of what is required and the steps you will take to prepare for your chosen career. 

  1. How will your chosen programme help you reach your career goal?
  2. Do you see any barriers that you may need to overcome to reach this goal (personally, professionally, or academically)?
  3. What gaps in your skillset will you need to develop to prepare for this career?

Internships and work experience

Work experience is not a requirement, although undertaking relevant internships and work placements and listing them in the ‘Industrial/Professional Experience’ section of your application form will add weight to your application.

English language requirement

All programmes at Imperial College Business School are linguistically demanding, and therefore strong English language skills are critical to academic success on your MSc and in your future career. The English language entry requirements listed here are the minimum scores needed for admission, successful students typically demonstrate higher levels of achievement.

Candidates who are required to take an English test to meet the language requirement are strongly encouraged to take this before applying and supply their scores as part of the online application. A strong result in an approved English language test will add weight to your application.

A full list of acceptable English language qualifications and our required scores can be found on our detailed English language requirement page.

Most applicants meet the requirement in one of the following ways:

  • IELTS (academic): A minimum score of 7.0 with minimum scores of 6.5 in all elements.The IELTS indicator test will be accepted for admissions to the 2021/22 academic year.
  • TOEFL iBT: A minimum score of 100 overall with minimum scores of 22 in all elements. The ETS at Home test will be accepted for admission to the 2021/22 academic year.
  • Duolingo English Test: 125 Overall with no less than 115 in any band score.
  • Degree studied in and awarded by an English-speaking country AND successful performance in an English language interview, conducted by the Business School’s Global Skills Consultants, which would be arranged if you receive an offer.

Note:

  • IELTS, TOEFL and Duolingo scores are only valid if they are less than two years old on the programme start date.
  • TOEFL: You must meet the entry requirement in one test from your scaled scores (‘My Best Scores’ reported by TOEFL will not be considered). For more information regarding TOEFL please visit the ETS website. Please note if you would like ETS to send your TOEFL scores directly to the College, our TOEFL Institution Code is 0891.
  • The College defines English-speaking countries as: Australia, Canada, Guyana, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa, United Kingdom, United States of America and West Indies. Holders of degrees from any other countries would not be considered for an interview.
"I’d strongly recommend taking the time to look through the contents of the modules offered and the learning objectives of each and consider how this relates to your wider career goals. You don’t necessarily need to know what you want to do after graduation, but it does help to know your areas of interest going into the programme, especially since recruitment starts almost immediately from the get-go. Connecting with prior students does help in this area as they can shed light on the career opportunities made available to you following the programme."
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Diya Gopalan, MSc International Health Management 2020-21, student at Imperial College Business School