Health Policy
  • Postgraduate taught
  • MSc

Health Policy

Gain a detailed understanding of health policy guided by international academics and practitioners.

  • Postgraduate taught
  • PG Cert

Health Policy

Gain a detailed understanding of health policy guided by international academics and practitioners.

  • Postgraduate taught
  • PG Dip

Health Policy

Gain a detailed understanding of health policy guided by international academics and practitioners.

Gain a detailed understanding of health policy guided by international academics and practitioners

Develop your expertise in using quantitative and qualitative research techniques

Benefit from an online learning approach that allows you to fit your learning around your professional commitments

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Course key facts

Minimum entry standard

  • 2:1 plus two years’ healthcare experience

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Minimum entry standard

  • 2:1 plus two years’ healthcare experience

View full entry requirements

Minimum entry standard

  • 2:1 plus two years’ healthcare experience

View full entry requirements

Study option:

Course overview

Build your appreciation of key aspects of health policy on this Master's course.

Guided by leading international academics and practitioners, this course will provide you with a detailed theoretical and practical understanding of health policy.

You'll study a broad range of topics across two streams, 'Leading Innovative Change' and 'Policy Theory, Economics and Public Health'.

You'll become familiar with the quantitative and qualitative research techniques used to carry out original studies, and develop the ability to critique existing and emerging health policy.

An integrated delivery model combines three core elements: theory and research; keynote examples by those who have shaped health policy; and practical authentic teaching exercises to emphasise real-world examples. 

Teaching is delivered through our flexible, online virtual learning environment, with an extensive research project (culminating in dissertation) forming the major element of your studies. This will provide you with an opportunity to demonstrate a deep conceptual understanding of a health policy area of interest.

The course takes an evidence-based policy approach to teaching, from delivery on the front line right up to a global context. This enables you to consider challenges affecting different regions and countries and provides opportunities to network with international peers.

Online Health Policy programme

From October 2024, the Health Policy programme will be fully online.

Subject to University approval

Build your appreciation of key aspects of health policy on this Master's course.

Guided by leading international academics and practitioners, this course will provide you with a detailed theoretical and practical understanding of health policy.

You'll study a broad range of topics across two streams, 'Leading Innovative Change' and 'Policy Theory, Economics and Public Health'.

An integrated delivery model combines three core elements: theory and research; keynote examples by those who have shaped health policy; and practical authentic teaching exercises to emphasise real-world examples. 

Teaching is delivered through our flexible, online virtual learning environment.

The course takes an evidence-based policy approach to teaching, from delivery on the front line right up to a global context. This enables you to consider challenges affecting different regions and countries and provides opportunities to network with international peers.

Online Health Policy programme

From October 2024, the Health Policy programme will be fully online.

Subject to University approval

Build your appreciation of key aspects of health policy on this Master's course.

Guided by leading international academics and practitioners, this course will provide you with a detailed theoretical and practical understanding of health policy.

You'll study a broad range of topics across two streams, 'Leading Innovative Change' and 'Policy Theory, Economics and Public Health'.

An integrated delivery model combines three core elements: theory and research; keynote examples by those who have shaped health policy; and practical authentic teaching exercises to emphasise real-world examples. 

Teaching is delivered through our flexible, online virtual learning environment.

The course takes an evidence-based policy approach to teaching, from delivery on the front line right up to a global context. This enables you to consider challenges affecting different regions and countries and provides opportunities to network with international peers.

Online Health Policy programme

From October 2024, the Health Policy programme will be fully online.

Subject to University approval

Study option:

Structure

This page is updated regularly to reflect the latest version of the curriculum. However, this information is subject to change.

Find out more about potential course changes.

Please note: it may not always be possible to take specific combinations of modules due to timetabling conflicts. For confirmation, please check with the relevant department.

You’ll study the following core modules across two specialist streams, ‘Policy Theory, Economics and Public Health’ and ‘Leading Innovative Change’.

Policy Theory, Economics & Public Health

Leading Innovative Change

All students will choose 1 of the following optional modules.

Optional modules

You’ll complete an individual research project exploring a research area of your choice.

This work is designed to help you advance best practice in your chosen area, and culminates in a dissertation relevant to health policy and practice.

You'll also defend and communicate the results and impact of your study.

You’ll study the following core modules.

Policy Theory, Economics & Public Health

You’ll study the following core modules across two specialist streams, ‘Policy Theory, Economics and Public Health’ and ‘Leading Innovative Change’.

Policy Theory, Economics & Public Health

Leading Innovative Change

For the ‘Leading Innovative Change’ stream, you’ll also choose one additional optional module.

Optional modules

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Teaching and assessment

Balance of teaching and learning

Key

  • Online learning
  • Independent study

  • 20% Online learning
  • 80% Independent study

Teaching and learning methods

  • A group of people interacting
    Group discussions
  • Case study scenarios
  • Flipped classroom
  • Blackboard virtual learning environment
    Virtual learning environment
  • Person completing coursework
    Individual work

Assessment methods

  • Individual essays and written exercises
  • A group of people interacting
    Group reports
  • Person making a presentation
    Presentations
  • Independent project
  • Person participating in classroom discussion.
    Tutor and peer feedback
  • Video blogs
  • Podcasts
  • Article and case study reviews

Balance of teaching and learning

Key

  • Online learning
  • Independent study

  • 20% Online learning
  • 80% Independent study

Teaching and learning methods

  • A group of people interacting
    Group discussions
  • Case study scenarios
  • Flipped classroom
  • Blackboard virtual learning environment
    Virtual learning environment

Assessment methods

  • Individual essays and written exercises
  • A group of people interacting
    Group reports
  • Person making a presentation
    Presentations

Balance of teaching and learning

Key

  • Online learning
  • Independent study

  • 20% Online learning
  • 80% Independent study

Teaching and learning methods

  • A group of people interacting
    Group discussions
  • Case study scenarios
  • Flipped classroom
  • Blackboard virtual learning environment
    Virtual learning environment

Assessment methods

  • Individual essays and written exercises
  • A group of people interacting
    Group reports
  • Person making a presentation
    Presentations

Imperial’s online learning environment

This programme is delivered as a fully online award. The online design provides asynchronous learning for students both within and outside the UK, enabling all participants to take a flexible approach to their studies.

Developed by the Imperial College Digital Education team, the programme includes innovative learning features to provide high quality degree learning experiences. Teaching and learning on the programme is delivered through the Blackboard platform.

Key concepts are elucidated with short explanatory videos and podcasts featuring leading academics, experienced healthcare practitioners and influential industry leaders.  

A range of methods are used including pre-recorded lectures and video capture, live online classroom sessions, slide-decks with audio commentary, discussion forums and prompts, and practical exercises.

Imperial College also provides tailored learning support, pastoral care with an assigned personal tutor and short study skills courses which supplement your learning experience.

These features allow each student to participate in a seamless, flexible, and engaging learning experience and ensure the highest quality online learning environment.

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Entry requirements

We consider all applicants on an individual basis, welcoming students from all over the world.

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How to apply

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You can submit one application form per year of entry. You can choose up to two courses.

Tuition fees

PG Cert, PG Dip, or 3-year MSc

Year 1: PG Cert

£7,450 total fee

Year 2: PG Dip

£11,920total fee
Top-up fee – £4,470 from PG Cert

Year 3: MSc

£14,900total fee
Top-up fee – £2,980 from PG Dip

2-year MSc

£7,450 per year

PG Cert, PG Dip, or 3-year MSc

PG Cert

£12,300 total fee

PG Dip

£19,680total fee
Top-up fee – £7,380 from PG Cert

MSc

£24,600total fee
Top-up fee – £4,920 from PG Dip

2-year MSc

£12,300 per year

Your future career

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Become skilled at analysing studies critically, designing research, and applying evidence in practice.

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With specialised knowledge, you'll be highly sought after in a range of sectors.

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Advance your managerial career in the NHS, industry and private sector in the UK and the rest of the world.

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Join an active community of policy professionals and the wider Imperial College alumni network

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Terms and conditions

There are some important pieces of information you should be aware of when applying to Imperial. These include key information about your tuition fees, funding, visas, accommodation and more.

Read our terms and conditions

You can find further information about your course, including degree classifications, regulations, progression and awards in the programme specification for your course.

Programme specifications