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  • Tuition Fee:
  • Local: $ 11k / 1 year
  • Foreign: $ 21.6k / 1 year
  • Languages of instruction:
  • English
  • Deadline:
  • 28 July
  • StudyQA ranking:
  • 409pts.
  • Duration:
  • 1 year

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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).

    Core modules

    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
    • Econometrics
    • Key Principles of Health Economics
    • Modelling for Decision Science
    • Microeconomics for Health

    Optional modules

    • 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.


    UK requirements for international applications

    Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

    Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

    All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.

    University requirements

    Program requirements

    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)


    Overseas students


    Based on both academic merit and financial need

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