PDIP Health Economics (Part time)


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Discover our Health Economics research group - a team of dedicated academics who are informing decisions about the use of health care resources at local, national and international level.

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How can we increase effectiveness and efficiency? What is the monetary impact of smoking on the healthcare system? What value should we place on this drug or that procedure? In an era of diminished budgets and ageing populations, health economists are in more demand than ever.

Study Health Economics at UEA and make decisions that really count. You will be based in the Norwich Medical School, where you’ll not only develop an understanding of economic concepts as applied to health, public health, and health services policy, you’ll be part of a school at the forefront of research.

You’ll train with a wide range of healthcare students, taught by leading academics, and you’ll be connected to a well-respected group of researchers who advise on international and national policies that affect people’s health, worldwide.

You’ll graduate ready to tackle some of the biggest questions in the provision of care for national government, the NHS, the private sector or for a research organisation.


Our course will help you understand the ways in which economic ideas and principles are relevant to, and applied in, health and healthcare. It will also enable you to gain practical experience in the application of health economics techniques.

If you’re a graduate economist, or you have a degree from another relevant disciplinary background such as the health arena or one of the quantitative social sciences, and have a keen interest in health economics, this course is for you. Through it you will also gain an appreciation of the links between economic evaluation and economic theory, as well as those between health service research and decision making.

During your time with us you will develop your analytical skills in quantitative research methods and critical appraisal. You’ll hone your ability to apply research results to practice, and to health service decision-making. You’ll also acquire practical skills in the economic analysis of health problems; for example, putting a price on the impact of Type Two Diabetes on a given NHS Trust.

You’ll be taught within a research-active health economics group. Which means you’ll have direct access to the most up-to-date statistics and thinking, and to people with real-world health economics research experience. You’ll also have the opportunity to expand upon an area of active research that interests you most, as you work on your dissertation within this stimulating academic environment.

Course Structure

Your PG Dip in Health Economics can be completed in one year full-time, or over two years, part-time. During this time you’ll be required to study six twenty-credit taught modules, three of which will be compulsory, with the remainder being chosen from defined selections, so you can tailor your learning to your interests to a certain degree.

The three compulsory core modules are Introduction to Research Methods, Health Economics, and Economic Evaluation in Health and Healthcare. In addition, you’ll be required to select one quantitative methods module from Econometric Methods and Further Quantitative Methods, or – if you have a BA of 2:1 or above in economics – you can choose Economic Theory.

You will then need to choose a further two modules from Economic Concepts, Systematic Reviews and Synthesis, Economic Theory (if you have at least a 2:1 in economics), and Health and Development. (Options on offer may vary or depend on the numbers of people wishing to take them.)

Teaching and Learning


You’ll be taught through a combination of lectures, student-led seminars and computer practicals. The exact arrangements will vary from module to module, but each will include around 30-35 contact hours.

A high degree of student participation is required for this course, so you will be expected to fully prepare for all student-led sessions and seminars.

Independent study

For each taught module you will spend around 200 hours in private study, preparing for lectures, seminars and assessment. This is your opportunity to read widely, broadening your knowledge and understanding of the subject.


Most taught modules will feature a combination of assessment methods, including examinations, course tests and written assignments.

After the course

Our programme will arm you with the analytical tools and practical skills with which to start building a career in health economics. You could decide to pursue a role in government, the NHS, a pharmaceutical firm or the World Health Organisation.

You could also choose to extend your studies by undertaking an MA research dissertation with us, and obtaining a Masters in Health Economics. After which you could enter into postgraduate research, followed by a career in research or academia.

Career destinations

  • Central government departments
  • NHS Trusts
  • The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)
  • The World Health Organisation (WHO)
  • Pharmaceutical firms
  • Research or academia

Course related costs

Beyond your course fees, your only expense will be course books.

Course Modules 2020/1


Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. In some cases optional modules can have limited places available and so you may be asked to make additional module choices in the event you do not gain a place on your first choice. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

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Entry Requirements

  • Degree Subject Economics or related Social Science, Medicine, Pharmacy other Health Care profession, with substantial quantitative (e.g. Maths / Statistics / Econometrics / Epidemiology) components
  • Degree Classification Bachelors degree - 2.2 or equivalent
  • Alternative Qualifications The University will also consider applications from applicants with current registration as a health professional with an appropriate professional statutory regulatory body

Entry Requirement

Applicants should normally have a good Bachelors degree from a recognised higher education institution. The University will also take into account the employment experience of applicants where relevant.

It is normal for undergraduate students to apply for entry to postgraduate programmes in their final year of study. Applicants who have not yet been awarded a degree may be offered a place conditional on their attaining a particular class of degree.

Students for whom English is a Foreign language

e welcome applications from students whose first language is not English or those whose degree was not taught in English. To ensure such students benefit fully from postgraduate study, we require evidence of proficiency in English. We also will require a certain standard to be achieved on the written element of the test. Our usual entry requirements are as follows:

  • IELTS: 6.5 (minimum 6.0 in all components)
  • PTE: 58 (minimum 50 in all components)

All scores must be less than two years old.

Special Entry Requirements

September Pre-Sessional Courses

You may be required to attend a pre-sessional course in mathematics and statistics run by the School of Economics prior to the start of your course. It runs for two weeks preceding the start of the Masters course in September. This course covers mathematical techniques for Economists, statistics and data analysis using statistical software. There is a separate fee for this course which, for entry in September 2020, is £215.

Fees and Funding

Fees for the full course for the academic year 2020/21 are:

  • UK/EU Students: £5,200

Part-time students can pay per module studied. However, module fees may be subject to an annual increase.

For those applying under the Health Education England contract, contract prices will apply.

How to Apply

Applications for Postgraduate Taught programmes at the University of East Anglia should be made directly to the University.

To apply please use our online application form.

Further Information

To request further information & to be kept up to date with news & events please use our online enquiry form.

If you would like to discuss your individual circumstances prior to applying please do contact us:

Postgraduate Admissions Office
Tel: +44 (0)1603 591515
Email: admissions@uea.ac.uk

International candidates are also encouraged to access the International Students section of our website.

    Next Steps

    We can’t wait to hear from you. Just pop any questions about this course into the form below and our enquiries team will answer as soon as they can.

    Admissions enquiries:
    admissions@uea.ac.uk or
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