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Gain an understanding of health economics and prepare for your future as a health professional.

Health economics applies economic thinking to the analysis of health and health care.

Get to know the core issues in health economics and their relevance to working health professionals. Study the tools you need to analyse and address the limited resources faced by the health sector. Learn to face the challenges of resource allocation as you build your health research skills.

Study with a team of practising health economists who are actively involved in policy-shaping research at our Health Economics Research Unit (HERU). It’s one of the leading centres of health economics in Europe. HERU is a Queen’s Anniversary Prize winner for its sustained excellence in health economics research over the last 40 years.

This degree is ideal for health professionals looking to improve their understanding of health economics and research methods. Part-time and 100% online, you can manage flexible study hours to suit you.

What will I study?

You can choose to study for a:

  • Masters (180 credits)
  • Postgraduate Diploma (120 credits)
  • Postgraduate Certificate (60 credits)
  • or start with one of the short courses that make up this degree (15 credits).

How will I study?

Health Economics for Health Professionals is delivered part-time, 100% online.

Your teaching is delivered through MyAberdeen, our online Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). It holds all the materials, tools and support you’ll need in your studies. Take a look around MyAberdeen.

You can access your learning materials on computer, smartphone and laptop, 24 hours a day. You’ll find a range of resources at your fingertips, including online access to our award-winning Sir Duncan Rice Library.

Each course provides a structured but flexible learning approach through the periodic release of materials, including a study guide or worksheets, links to journal articles and e-books, relevant websites, video and audio podcasts, and online discussions.

Your tutors

This online Masters is designed and led by internationally experienced health economists and researchers. You’ll learn from a team of specialists from our award-winning Health Economics Research Unit (HERU). HERU has been carrying out economic research into health for over 40 years.

Assessments

This degree is assessed entirely online. We use several types of assessment, including multiple-choice quizzes, short-answer tests, essays and presentations.

Your support team

Our friendly team are here to answer any queries you have before, during and after your studies.

Where will this take me?

Careers

Economic analysis is regularly drawn upon by policymakers and regulators in the health care sector, by professionals in the pharmaceutical industry and by clinicians and managers involved in the organisation, purchasing and provision of health care.

However, given the shortage of health economists in Scotland, the UK and internationally, and, therefore, health economics knowledge and skills, it is increasingly important for non-economists to have a clearer understanding of how they can effectively apply and interpret economic concepts and utilise tools in their own organisation.

Industry Links

HERU has strong links with health policymakers across the UK, including:

  • the Evidence Directorate of Healthcare Improvement Scotland
  • the Analytical Services Division (ASD) of the Scottish Government
  • NHS Education Scotland
  • and NHS Health Scotland.

Free careers advice

We’ll help you explore your career potential and connect with job opportunities around the world.

You can access our free careers service while you study, and for up to five years after you graduate.

From interview training to CV clinics, we’re here with tailored, impartial and professional advice.

Fees and funding

The fees quoted above are based on you starting your studies with us in the 2020/21 academic year.

We have confirmed that our fees will rise by 5% per year for the next three academic years (2020/21, 2021/22, and 2022/23). The indicative fees above include these 5% fee rises.

Pay as you go

Don’t worry, you do not have to pay the full degree fee upfront.

You can pay for your degree one term at a time. This gives you a flexible way to spread the cost.

Entry requirements

MSc, PgDip, PgCert

  • A 2:1 (upper-second) UK honours degree (or equivalent).

You can also apply if you have:

  • alternative/lower qualifications and an appropriate level of relevant experience.

These are our minimum entry requirements. They are given as a guide and do not guarantee entry.

Master of Science - 180 Credits

You’ll work through eight 15-credit courses and a 60-credit project to gain your MSc. At least 60 credits must come from Health Economics courses.

Our online degrees are flexible, so you can progress at a pace that suits you.

Duration

It takes a minimum of 24 months to complete the MSc. To study part-time, we recommend you take no more than 30 credits per term. You can take study breaks between courses, as long as you complete your studies within six years.

We will endeavour to make all these courses available, but they are subject to change. Read our policy on changes to degree programmes and courses.

Postgraduate Diploma - 120 Credits

You’ll work through eight 15-credit courses to gain your PgDip. At least 60 credits must come from Health Economics courses.

Our online awards are flexible, so you can progress at a pace that suits you.

Duration

It takes a minimum of 18 months to complete the PgDip. To study part-time, we recommend you take no more than 30 credits per term. You’re welcome to take a study break between courses.

Compulsory course

Begin with our compulsory introductory course.

We will endeavour to make all these courses available, but they are subject to change. Read our policy on changes to degree programmes and courses.

Postgraduate Certificate - 60 Credits

You’ll work through four 15-credit courses to gain your PgCert. At least 30 credits must come from Health Economics courses.

Our online awards are flexible, so you can progress at a pace that suits you.

Duration

It takes a minimum of 9 months to complete the PgCert. To study part-time, we recommend you take no more than 30 credits per term. You’re welcome to take a study break between courses.

Compulsory course

Begin with our compulsory introductory course.

We will endeavour to make all these courses available, but they are subject to change. Read our policy on changes to degree programmes and courses.

Start with a short course

Not sure you can commit to a full degree? You can start with a short course that’s part of the degree instead.

You’ll earn credits for each course you complete. Your credits will count towards the MSc if you want to complete the rest of the degree at a later stage.

Master of Science

180 Credits

Indicative cost

£11,460

This indicative cost is calculated on the basis of 180 credits of study over two years.

Postgraduate Diploma

120 Credits

Indicative cost

£7,580

This indicative cost is calculated on the basis of 120 credits of study over two years.

Postgraduate Certificate

60 Credits

Indicative cost

£3,700

This indicative cost is calculated on the basis of 30 credits of study per term.

Apply for this programme

Start month
September
INDICATIVE COST
£11,460

This indicative cost is calculated on the basis of 180 credits of study over two years.

Apply via our Applicant Portal