Postgraduate
MSc Health Economics

NUI Galway

Course Overview


The MSc in Health Economics is a taught Masters programme which introduces the student to the theoretical principles and practical techniques of economic analysis which are applied to inform health policy and health care decision-making within the evolving global context of technological development, population ageing, rising healthcare costs and changing patient preferences and expectations.

In particular, the programme seeks to equip students with the tools to examine individual behaviors with respect to health and health care, to explore alternative systems of health care finance and delivery, and to apply economic evaluation, preference elicitation and econometric techniques to inform health care resource allocation. The programme consists of a mix of modules, which are delivered through a series of lectures, practical workshops, tutorials, and seminars from academic and industry experts, in addition to a supervised minor dissertation, which is generally completed over the course of a summer placement at an appropriate research agency. The programme is designed for people interested in pursuing a career in the public sector, working in the government, the health service or public health agencies, in the private sector, working in the pharmaceutical, medical device or private care industries, or in the research sector, working with public, academic, or private consultancy agencies.

What you need to know

Where is the course located?

Galway

What is the length of the course?

12 Months (1 Year) Full-time


When can I apply?

You can apply today

When does the course start?

September

Placement options


Application Closing Date

Open for an application

Number of Places

15

Fees and Funding

Non-EU Tuition Fees

€ 16,500

Living Costs per year

€ 10,000

Application Fee

€ 60

Features and Benefits


  • Graduates with a MSc in Health Economics qualification are in high demand nationally and internationally. Recently graduated students from NUI Galway have embarked on careers in areas such as the pharmaceutical and medical device industry sector, research consultancy, and the voluntary and public sectors.
  • Each student completes a 8-12-week placement with a company, a government agency or a health research agency.
  • Other graduates have pursued further education at PhD level at NUI Galway or other national and international institutions.
  • Placements have previously been organized in major pharmaceutical and medical device companies, in agencies such as the Health Service Executive, the Health Information and Quality Authority, and the National Centre for Pharmacoeconomics and with leading research centres at NUI Galway and beyond.

Entry requirements

How to Apply

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As part of your application, you will be required to submit:

  • Your academic history and transcripts (Actual and/or Predicted Grades)
  • Proof of English proficiency (typically IELTS or TOEFL scores)
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • A copy of your passport
  • Personal Statement
  • CV/Resume
  • Extra requests for certain courses

Minimum entry requirements

1. Applicants should normally hold a primary degree qualification from a university or other internationally recognized academic institution or authority, corresponding to Level 8 of the Irish National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ). A minimum standard of a Second Class Grade 1 Honors or equivalent: GPA of 3.3. This qualification must generally include the study of Economics up to an intermediate undergraduate level.
2. Applications for the full-time and part-time programmes are particularly welcomed from people working in the pharmaceutical or medical device sectors and from people working in the health policy or health care system sectors. In such cases, applicants without a background in Economics will be offered an opportunity to take an online preparatory course before being accepted on the programme.
3. IELTS score of 6.5 will be required for international applicants.

English Requirements

Arts/Business/Law (No less than 5.5 in any Component)
IELTS: 6.5 Overall
TOEFL: 88
Pearson (PTE): 61
Duolingo English Test (DET)**: 110
• Temporary measure for 2020 only in response to COVID-19

Special Entry Requirements

n/a

Career Prospects


Graduates with a MSc in Health Economics qualification are in high demand nationally and internationally. Recently graduated students from NUI Galway have embarked on careers in areas such as the pharmaceutical and medical device industry sector, research consultancy, and the voluntary and public sectors. Other graduates have pursued further education at PhD level at NUI Galway or other national and international institutions.

Notes


Work Placements: Each student completes a 8-12-week placement with a company, a government agency or a health research agency. Placements have previously been organized in major pharmaceutical and medical device companies, in agencies such as the Health Service Executive, the Health Information and Quality Authority, and the National Centre for Pharmacoeconomics and with leading research centers at NUI Galway and beyond.