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The UCL MSc in Health Economics and Decision Science spans the disciplines of economics, statistics and epidemiology - training students in applied problems, while providing the theoretical foundations expected of an outstanding UCL postgraduate degree. Strong links to industry and a severe shortage of skills in this area will ensure that graduates of this program are highly employable.
Students choose between a decision science or economics stream and complete eight taught modules and a project. Some students will have the opportunity of an industry internship. All graduates will understand how the political, economic and physical context of health systems, frames the application of economics and decision science. Graduates will be able to conduct rigorous cost effectiveness analyses of health technologies and interventions.
Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.
The programme consists of four core modules (60 credits), four optional modules (60 credits) and a research project (60 credits).
At least four modules (60 credits) must be selected from the following list. The selection of core modules is specific to the student's preferred stream.
- Health Systems in a Global Context
- Health Policy and Reform
- Economic Evaluation
- Introductory Microeconomics
- Medical Statistics I
- Key Principles of Health Economics
- Modelling for Decision Science
- Microeconomics for Health
- Bayesian Methods in Economic Evaluation
- Health Economics
- Social Determinants of Health
- Concepts and Controversies in Global Health
- Climate Change and Health
- The PPE of Health
- Medical Statistics II
- Research Methods and Evidence for Global Health
- Economics of Health and Population
- Urban Health
In addition to the modules listed, student may selected one optional module from any department in UCL.
All students undertake an indepedant research project, which culminates in a dissertation of up to 10,000 words (60 credits). Some students may conduct their research project together with industry partners.
Teaching and learning
Teaching will be delivered using a wide range of methods including classroom teaching, peer-led seminars, online lectures and practical exercises, moderated debates, group exercises and reading and writing tasks. Assessment varies from written examinations, to essays, portfolios and oral presentations.
A number of students will have the opportunity to undertake an industry placement. This will not be assessed as part of the programme and access to placements is voluntary and based on open competition.
A minimum of an upper second‐class UK Bachelor's degree or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard in a relevant, quantitative subject.
Commonwealth Shared Scholarship Scheme (CSSS)
Full fees, flights, stipend, and other allowances (1 year)
Based on both academic merit and financial need