Introduction

This online programme provides students with an understanding of the health economics principles and tools to analyse and address the challenges of limited resources faced by the health sector.

This programme is studied fully online.

Health economics applies economic thinking to the analysis of health and health care. This programme provides students with a knowledge of core issues in health economics and their relevance to working health professionals. Students will be equipped with knowledge and skills to face the challenges of resource allocation through study of a range of health economics topics and health research skills.

The Programme is run by the Health Economics Research Unit (HERU) at the University of Aberdeen. HERU has been at the cutting edge of economic research into health for around forty years and is one of the leading centres of health economics in Europe.

Students will study core courses in economic concepts; economic evaluation methods; application and policy of economic investigation; health care financing and provision; the economics of health behaviour and; applied statistics. Courses on generic health research methods, including research design; evidence‐based health and; health informatics, will provide students wishing to progress to the MSc programme with additional skills to complete their dissertation.

The Programme is aimed at health professionals who would like to improve their understanding of health economics and research methods and at other interested students who are unable to study full-time and/or want to avoid relocating.

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Key Programme Information

At a Glance

Learning Mode
Online Learning
Degree Qualification
MSc, PgCert or PgDip
Duration
9 months, 18 months or 24 months
Study Mode
Part Time
Start Month
September

How You'll Study

The Programme will be delivered predominantly by distance learning using the University virtual learning environment within MyAberdeen. Each course provides a structured but flexible learning approach through the periodic release of materials which includes a study guide or worksheets, links to journal articles and e-books, relevant websites, video and audio podcasts and synchronous and asynchronous discussions, and self assessment tests utilising the range of teaching tools available within MyAberdeen. Compulsory seminars are offered to students studying PU5008, PU5401, PU5501 and PU5533. These may be attended face to face or through our virtual learning facility.

In addition to web browser access to MyAberdeen from most devices, students will also be able to install a mobile app for their smart phone from their appropriate app store (e.g. Google Play, App Store). The app is called Bb Student and it allows slightly more limited access to MyAberdeen courses but is excellent for keeping up to date with notifications, discussion boards and most content.

Learning Methods

  • E-learning
  • Group Projects
  • Individual Projects
  • Seminars

Assessment Methods

All assessments within the programme are completed and delivered online. Several types of assessment are used throughout the Programme including formative and summative assessment (multiple choice questions, short answer tests, essays, presentations, peer review), reflecting the specific type of material being studied.

Why Study Health Economics for Health Professionals?

  • You will be studying in one of the leading centres for health economics in Europe. The Health Economics Research Unit (HERU) at the University has been at the cutting edge of economic research into health for forty years.
  • The courses have been developed by senior staff in the HERU and the Institute of Applied Health Sciences (IAHS) with extensive experience in research and teaching, reflecting their personal expertise in areas of methodological development and applied health and health economics research.
  • HERU is contracted by NIHR to conduct Technology Assessment Reviews for the UK NHS.
  • Tutors and project supervisors on the programme are active researchers and you will benefit from the skills and experience they have gained in designing and conducting their own research and through the University's strong collaborations with other research institutions across the globe.
  • You will have access to programme material, course tutors and peers through the university virtual learning environment and to the full text of over 85,000 online books via the e-library, plus articles from over 20,000 electronic journals.
  • Through the use of digital media you will be engaged in a collaborative learning environment benefiting from teaching methods that fit with your preferred style of learning.
  • You can have mobile access to your MyAberdeen courses and most of the features of the virtual learning environment via the Blackboard Mobile Student App.

Entry Requirements

Qualifications

Our minimum entry requirement for this programme is a degree at 2:1 (upper second class) UK Honours level (or a degree from a non-UK institution which is judged by the University to be of equivalent worth).

However alternative/lower qualifications, combined with an appropriate level of relevant experience, may also be considered as a means for entry.

Please check the In My Country pages to find out if your degree is equivalent.

Students will also require reliable internet access.

English Language Requirements

All students entering the University must provide evidence that they can use English well enough to study effectively at the University of Aberdeen.

Details of our English language entry requirements can be found on our English Language Requirements webpages. This programme requires that you meet the College of Life Sciences and Medicine Postgraduate Standard level of English proficiency.

If you have not achieved the required scores, the University of Aberdeen offers pre-sessional English courses. Further details are available on our Language Centre website.

Nationals of some English-speaking countries or those who hold degrees from some English-speaking countries may be exempt from this requirement. Details of countries recognised as English-speaking can be found on our English Language Requirements webpages.

Document Requirements

You will be required to supply the following documentation with your application as proof you meet the entry requirements of this degree programme.

CV
an up-to-date CV/Resumé
Degree Certificate
a degree certificate showing your qualifications
Degree Transcript
a full transcript showing all the subjects you studied and the marks you have achieved in your degree(s) (original & official English translation)
Personal Statement
a detailed personal statement explaining your motivation for this particular programme
Reference
a reference letter from your university discussing your academic ability

Fees and Funding

Fees cover all aspects of online learning and are charged on a modular basis.

PgCert = 60 credits | PgDip = 120 credits | MSc = 180 credits.

Click a row below to view detailed fee information for each study option.

MSc Health Economics for Health Professionals 2 Years Online Learning Part Time September

Fee Information

Fee information
Fee category Cost
All Students £750
Modular fee programmes - Tuition Fee for 2017/18 Academic Year This programme is charged on a modular basis. The fee quoted is per 15 credits.
PgCert Health Economics for Health Professionals 9 Months Online Learning Part Time September

Fee Information

Fee information
Fee category Cost
All Students £750
Modular fee programmes - Tuition Fee for 2017/18 Academic Year This programme is charged on a modular basis. The fee quoted is per 15 credits.
PgDip Health Economics for Health Professionals 1 Year, 6 Months Online Learning Part Time September

Fee Information

Fee information
Fee category Cost
All Students £750
Modular fee programmes - Tuition Fee for 2017/18 Academic Year This programme is charged on a modular basis. The fee quoted is per 15 credits.

Additional Fees

  • In exceptional circumstances there may be additional fees associated with specialist courses. Any additional fees for a course can be found in our Catalogue of Courses.
  • For more information about tuition fees for this programme, including our refund policy, please visit our InfoHub Tuition Fees page.

Our Funding Database

View all funding options in our Funding Database.

Careers

Economic analysis is regularly drawn upon by policy makers 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 policy makers across the UK including the Evidence Directorate of Healthcare Improvement Scotland, Analytical Services Division (ASD) of the Scottish Government, NHS Education Scotland and NHS Health Scotland.

Our Experts

Other Experts
Professor Paul McNamee
Dr Graham Scotland
Mr Chris Spoor
Ms Aileen Neilson
Dr Shona Fielding
Programme Coordinator
Dr Shelley Farrar

Information About Staff Changes

You will be taught by a range of experts including professors, lecturers, teaching fellows and postgraduate tutors. Staff changes will occur from time to time.

Leading Health Economics Research for 40 Years

The Health Economics Research Unit (HERU) at the University of Aberdeen has been at the cutting edge of economic research into health for almost forty years.

Get in Touch

Contact Details

Address
College of Life Sciences and Medicine Graduate School
University of Aberdeen
Polwarth Building
Foresterhill
Aberdeen
AB25 2ZD

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