Health Policy

A two-year, part-time Master's 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: 21 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 date: September 2018
Campus: St Mary's

Institute of Global Health Innovation

Our MSc in Health Policy is delivered by the Institute of Global Health Innovation.
Mr Colin Bicknell (Programme Director) speaks about the MSc in Health Policy
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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.

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.

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.

For advice on the requirements for the qualifications listed here please contact the Department (details at the bottom of this page).

Admissions

Minimum academic requirement

Our minimum requirement is at least a 2.1 UK Honour's degree.

Additionally, candidates require two years healthcare experience.

International qualifications

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

We also accept a wide variety of international qualifications. For guidance see our Country Index though please note that the standards listed here are the minimum for entry to the College.

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 higher 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

All applications for postgraduate taught degrees are made online via Apply.Imperial.

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

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

All applicants must apply online.

You can usually apply for up to two courses, although your second choice will only be considered if your first-choice application is unsuccessful.

Although courses will remain open until they are filled, applicants for this course are strongly encouraged to apply by 1 August 2018. Early applications allow us to communicate important information around key dates with applicants directly.

If you need a visa to study in the UK, we advise that you apply by 1 July 2018 to ensure that your visa is processed and approved prior to the start of the course.

You will need to upload documents with your applications, which may include transcripts and degree certificates.

Offer holders will need to pay a deposit to secure your place. This will be deducted from the balance of your tuition fees.

For full details on the online application process, or to start your application, please visit the How to Apply section of our website.

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

Tuition fees (Home and EU students)

2018 entry
Postgraduate Certificate £6,900
Postgraduate Diploma £4,140
MSc £2,760
Tuition fees are listed separately, please read the following text.

This course is divided into three progressional levels of study. Each level results in three separate qualifications (PG Cert, PG Dip and MSc). The tuition fees listed above apply separately to each qualification.

Except where otherwise indicated, the fees for students on courses lasting more than one year will increase annually by an amount linked to inflation, including for part-time students on modular programmes. 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 in April 2019 will apply to fees for the academic year 2019–2020.

If you apply to the PG Dip or MSc, please note that you will study the previous levels of the course if you have not already done so. You should therefore add up the tuition fees (i.e. PG Dip fee is the PG Cert fee plus the PG Dip fee). Any payments made in subsequent academic years will have an inflationary increase applied (as described above), but only to the outstanding balance for that year.

Please note, you can’t get a Postgraduate loan from the UK government for a Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma, only the MSc is eligible.

Tuition fees (Overseas and Islands students)

2018 entry
Postgraduate Certificate £14,000
Postgraduate Diploma £8,400
MSc £5,600
Tuition fees are listed separately, please read the following text.

This course is divided into three progressional levels of study. Each level results in three separate qualifications (PG Cert, PG Dip and MSc). The tuition fees listed above apply separately to each qualification.

Except where otherwise indicated, the fees for students on courses lasting more than one year will increase annually by an amount linked to inflation, including for part-time students on modular programmes. 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 in April 2019 will apply to fees for the academic year 2019–2020.

If you apply to the PG Dip or MSc, please note that you will study the previous levels of the course if you have not already done so. You should therefore add up the tuition fees (i.e. PG Dip fee is the PG Cert fee plus the PG Dip fee). Any payments made in subsequent academic years will have an inflationary increase applied (as described above), but only to the outstanding balance for that year.

Please note, you can’t get a Postgraduate loan from the UK government for a Postgraduate Certificate or Diploma, only the MSc is eligible.

Postgraduate Master's loan

If you are a Home or EU student who meets certain criteria, you may be able to apply for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan of up to £10,280 from the UK government. 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. Try our scholarships search tool 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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