Health Policy

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

Award titles

Postgraduate Certificate

ECTS: 30 credits
Duration: 10/11 months part-time
(standalone course)

Postgraduate Diploma

ECTS: 60 credits
Duration: 22-23 months part-time
(including PG Cert)

Master's degree

ECTS: 90 credits
Duration: 25 months part-time
(including PG Cert and PG Dip)

Key information

Start dateOctober 2021
Campus: St Mary's
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Overview

Our courses in Health Policy offer you the chance to learn about important aspects of health policy from leading international academics and practitioners.

Through intensive blocks of teaching coupled with personal study, you will acquire a detailed theoretical and practical understanding of health policy. We will introduce you to both quantitative and qualitative research techniques that will enable you to carry out original studies.

You will also develop the ability to critique existing and emerging health policy on the basis of evidence and knowledge.

In addition, you will gain a comparative perspective that enables you to consider the challenges affecting different regions and countries, as well as alternative potential responses to them. You will also have the opportunity to network with international peers.

The courses are aimed at those already working in the health sector. You will acquire a detailed theoretical and practical understanding of health policy, with a view to improving the quality of such policy, both within the UK and internationally.

Our MSc in Health Policy is delivered by the Institute of Global Health Innovation.

Study programme

We offer the following qualifications in Health Policy, which are available as a pathway that build to an MSc or as standalone qualifications:

  • PG Cert Health Policy (Policy Theory, Economics and Public Health)
    11 months (30 ECTS)
  • PG Cert Health Policy (Leading Innovative Change)
    10 months (30 ECTS)
  • PG Dip Health Policy
    21 months in total (based on completion of the two PG Certs) (60 ECTS)
  • MSc Health Policy
    23 months in total (based on completion of the PG Diploma + a 12-month research project) (90 ECTS)

Postgraduate Certificate

If you apply to the PG Cert initially, you have a choice of two streams:

  • Leading Innovative Change
  • Policy Theory, Economics and Public Health

Postgraduate Diploma

Completion of both PG Certificate streams results in the automatic award of the PG Diploma in Health Policy.

Alternatively, you have the option to complete just one of the streams and exit with a standalone PG Certificate in your chosen stream title.

Master of Science (MSc)

The Master's-level degree consists of a 12-month research project. Successful completion of this project, in addition to the PG Certificate and PG Diploma content, will result in the award of the MSc in Health Policy.

Read more about how this works under 'Choosing your course' in the how to apply section.

Is this programme for you?

The taught modules cover health systems and policy in developing countries, health economics and how healthcare is financed, health and society, innovation, measuring performance, service delivery, the ageing society and leadership.

Additionally, you complete a research dissertation during your second year of the MSc in an aspect of Health Policy that will advance best practice in your chosen area.

Careers

Our MSc in Health Policy is designed for those working in the field to gain skills in critical analysis of studies, research design and practical application of evidence.

Graduates are equipped to advance their managerial career in the NHS, Industry and private sector in the UK and the rest of the world.

Structure

Modules shown are for the current academic year and are subject to change depending on your year of entry.

Please note that the curriculum of this programme is currently being reviewed as part of a College-wide process to introduce a standardised modular structure. As a result, the content and assessment structures of this course may change for your year of entry. We therefore recommend that you check this course page before finalising your application and after submitting it as we will aim to update this page as soon as any changes are ratified by the College.

Find out more about the limited circumstances in which we may need to make changes to or in relation to our courses, the type of changes we may make and how we will tell you about changes we have made.

Structure

Policy Theory

You take all of the modules below.

  • Health Systems and Policy
  • Health Economics for Health Policy
  • Financing Healthcare
  • Public Health

Leading Innovative Change

You will take 4 modules in total, of which 2 are core and the others are chosen from the below lists.

Core modules

  • Innovation in Healthcare
  • Health Service Delivery

Optional modules

You will choose 1 module from each of the 2 groups below.

Group 1
  • Measuring and Improving Performance in Healthcare
  • Communicating Health Policy
Group 2
  • Leadership in Healthcare
  • Ageing and Society

MSc research project

You can continue on to the MSc course, where you will complete a 12 month research project.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching

  • 1-1 supervision meetings (MSc only)
  • Group discussions
  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Practical workshops
  • Site visits

Assessment

  • Essays
  • Independent project (MSc only)
  • Presentations
  • Research project report

Course timetable

Across the whole Health Policy MSc, including completing both the postgraduate certificates, you will attend an introductory day and four two-week teaching sessions at Imperial.

Each of the two-week teaching blocks has two taught modules, which are structured to one module per week. You study six core modules and choose two optional modules.

In addition you complete an individual dissertation under the joint supervision of a member of staff from both the College and your chosen organisation.

The research dissertation element is one extended project that will be completed outside the teaching blocks.

Entry requirements

We welcome students from all over the world and consider all applicants on an individual basis.

Admissions

Minimum academic requirement

Our minimum requirement is a 2.1 degree and at least two years' healthcare experience.

International qualifications

We also accept a wide variety of international qualifications.

The academic requirement above is for applicants who hold or who are working towards a UK qualification.

For guidance see our Country Index though please note that the standards listed here are the minimum for entry to the College, and not specifically this Department.

If you have any questions about admissions and the standard required for the qualification you hold or are currently studying then please contact the relevant admissions team.

English language requirement (all applicants)

All candidates must demonstrate a minimum level of English language proficiency for admission to the College.

For admission to this course, you must achieve the standard College requirement in the appropriate English language qualification. For details of the minimum grades required to achieve this requirement, please see the English language requirements for postgraduate applicants.

How to apply

How to apply

Choosing your course

This course is divided into three progressional levels of study:

  • PG Certificate (PG Cert)
  • PG Diploma (PG Dip)
  • MSc

Each level of study has its own separate entry point; you can apply to any level in the first instance.

Read more about Postgraduate Certificate, Diploma and MSc degrees

Making an application

Apply online

All applicants must apply online.

Visit our Admissions website for details on the application process.

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

Application fee

For 2021–22 entry, we are introducing a pilot application fee for our Master's courses. This helps cover some of the administrative and staffing costs associated with processing the large volume of applications we receive.

This fee will be £80 per application and not per course. 

We will waive the fee for any applicant – Home or Overseas – who demonstrates that they are experiencing financial hardship.

Find out more about the application fee and waiver

The fee for MBA applications to Imperial College Business School is £135. There is no application processing fee for other postgraduate courses such as PhDs.

ATAS certificate

An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.

Tuition fees and funding

The level of tuition fees you pay is based on your fee status, which we assess based on UK government legislation.

For more information on the funding opportunities that are available, please visit our Fees and Funding website.

Tuition fees

Home rate of tuition

2021 entry

MSc

Full fee - £15,800
Top-up fee* - £3,160

Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip)

Full fee - £12,640
Top-up fee* - £4,740

Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert)

Full fee - £7,900

* If you have already completed one of the above qualifications and are moving on to the next level of study, e.g. you've already completed the PG Cert and want to study the PG Dip, you will only need to pay the top-up fee for the course you’re applying for.

You may apply to enter this programme at any level of study.

If you enter the MSc, without having studied the PG Cert or PG Dip, then you will pay the full fee listed for the MSc.

If you enter at the PG Cert or PG Dip level and return in future academic years to complete a higher award, you will pay the top-up fee advertised in the year of your return, instead of the full fee for your chosen course.

If you continue uninterrupted from one award to the next, you will pay the relevant top-up fee, plus any annual inflationary increases applied to the entry fee. This applies to applicants who originally entered for a PG Dip or MSc. This does not apply to those who have completed a PG Cert or PG Dip and are re-entering for a higher award.

The measure of inflation used will be the Retail Price Index (RPI) value in the April of the calendar year in which the academic session starts e.g. the RPI value for April 2020 will apply to fees for the academic year 2020–2021.

If you exit the course with an award and return following a break, you will pay the top-up fee advertised in the year of your return.

EU/EEA students

Students from the EU, other EEA country and/or Switzerland starting a course on or after 1 August 2021 will no longer be eligible for the Home rate of tuition, and so will be charged the Overseas fee. Please note, this does not apply to Irish students or students with Citizens Rights benefitting from Citizens’ Rights under the EU Withdrawal Agreement, EEA EFTA Separation Agreement or Swiss Citizens’ Rights Agreement respectively.

For regular updates for EU students, please see our Imperial and the EU webpages.

Overseas rate of tuition

2021 entry

MSc

Full fee - £34,000
Top-up fee* - £6,800

Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip)

Full fee - £27,200
Top-up fee* - £10,200

Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert)

Full fee - £17,000

* If you have already completed one of the above qualifications and are moving on to the next level of study, e.g. you've already completed the PG Cert and want to study the PG Dip, you will only need to pay the top-up fee for the course you’re applying for.

You may apply to enter this programme at any level of study.

If you enter the MSc, without having studied the PG Cert or PG Dip, then you will pay the full fee listed for the MSc.

If you enter at the PG Cert or PG Dip level and return in future academic years to complete a higher award, you will pay the top-up fee advertised in the year of your return, instead of the full fee for your chosen course.

If you continue uninterrupted from one award to the next, you will pay the relevant top-up fee, plus any annual inflationary increases applied to the entry fee. This applies to applicants who originally entered for a PG Dip or MSc. This does not apply to those who have completed a PG Cert or PG Dip and are re-entering for a higher award.

The measure of inflation used will be the Retail Price Index (RPI) value in the April of the calendar year in which the academic session starts e.g. the RPI value for April 2020 will apply to fees for the academic year 2020–2021.

EU/EEA students

Students from the EU, other EEA country and/or Switzerland starting a course on or after 1 August 2021 will no longer be eligible for the Home rate of tuition, and so will be charged the Overseas fee. Please note, this does not apply to Irish students or students with Citizens Rights benefitting from Citizens’ Rights under the EU Withdrawal Agreement, EEA EFTA Separation Agreement or Swiss Citizens’ Rights Agreement respectively.

For regular updates for EU students, please see our Imperial and the EU webpages.

Postgraduate Master's loan

If you're a UK national, or EU national with settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, you may be able to apply for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan from the UK government, if you meet certain criteria.

For 2020-21 entry, the maximum amount was of £11,222. The loan is not means-tested and you can choose whether to put it towards your tuition fees or living costs.

You must apply for the MSc in this course in order to be eligible for a Postgraduate Master's Loan.

Scholarships

We offer a range of scholarships for postgraduate students to support you through your studies. Find out more about our scholarships to see what you might be eligible for.

There are a number of external organisations also offer awards for Imperial students, find out more about non-Imperial scholarships.

Accommodation and living costs

Living costs, including accommodation, are not included in your tuition fees.

You can compare costs across our different accommodation options on our Accommodation website.

A rough guide to what you might expect to spend to live in reasonable comfort in London is available on our Fees and Funding website.

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