MSc Health Economics (Part time)


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Study health economics and make your decisions count. Based in the Norwich Medical School, you will not only develop an understanding of economic concepts as applied to health, public health, and health services policy, you will also benefit from training alongside a range of healthcare professionals.

You will get a real understanding of the decisions that need to be made in health care where economics can help.

There is a huge demand for Health Economists. You may be employed in national government, the NHS, the private sector or research organisations.

When you join Health Economics at UEA, you will be part of medical school that is at the forefront of research. You will be taught by leading academics, and be connected to a well-respected group of researchers who advise on international and national policies which impacts upon people’s health, worldwide.



If you are a graduate economist or from another relevant disciplinary background (such as health professionals or other quantitative social scientists) and wish to gain a good knowledge and understanding of how economic ideas and principles are relevant to, and applied in, health and healthcare, combined with practical experience of applying health economics techniques, this course is for you.


You will gain an appreciation of the links between economic evaluation and economic theory, health services research and decision making. You will also develop practical skills in economic analysis of health problems. You will develop your analytical skills in quantitative research methods as well as your skills of critical appraisal and your ability to apply research results to practice and to health services decision making. The programme is taught from within a research active health economics group. This means you will benefit from access to up-to-date and real-world health economics research experience and have the opportunity to work on active research on your dissertation topic.


This programme provides the analytical tools and practical skills on which to start building a career in health economics. After graduation, you will be a sought-after professional ready to pursue a rewarding career as a health economist in organisations such as central government, NHS Trusts, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), or with the World Health Organisation (WHO). You could also become an analysist in pharmaceutical firms, for example, or you may choose to build upon your postgraduate research and pursue a career in research or academia.


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Course Modules 2018/9

Students must study the following modules for 60 credits:

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On this module you will understand and critically appraise the economic studies of health care interventions; understand the range of evaluation techniques and appropriate circumstances for application; and appreciate the links between economic evaluation and economic theory, health service research and decision making and to have confidence to conduct further economic evaluation studies.




This module aims to equip you with an understanding of health economics, its value and limitations. It is suitable for students with and without an economics background as the course covers fundamental economic principles and their application to health care. These will include concepts of opportunity cost, supply and demand and efficiency. The module uses these principles to explore relevant topics in health and healthcare. The following topics are covered. The use of economic evaluation of health care interventions using techniques such as cost effectiveness analysis and cost benefit analysis. The application of economic principles to system level health policy issues such as health care priority setting, alternative models of health care financing and organisation, and equity and inequalities in health. There are also sessions of the determinants of and consequences of health and also the economics of health behaviour.






Students will select 20 credits from the following modules:

Students must choose one of the modules from Options Range A. Introduction to Research Methods is a pre-requisite for the Further Quantitative Research Methods module. ECO-M003 is only available to those students with an undergraduate economics degree 2:1 or above

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Are you interested in working with data? Would you like to be able to make economics forecasts or predictions, or test an economic theory? If so, this module will introduce you the empirical techniques you need to satisfy these interests. This module will introduce you to econometrics, which is a combination of economic theory, mathematical economics, economic statistics and mathematical statistics. You'll learn some basic econometric techniques that will enable you to obtain numerical estimates of, for example, the relationship between expenditure on a good and income, or the relationship between years of education and pay. In addition, as your seminars will take place in the computer labs, you'll gain skills in analysing data using the econometric computer package STATA. In the first part of the module, you'll be shown how to estimate a simple regression model, interpret your findings and test the relationships between variables. As you progress, you'll learn how to identify problems with your model and how to address these problems. In lectures you'll learn about the techniques; in seminars you'll apply these techniques to a variety of economic problems and estimate models with the help of STATA. In the later part of the module you'll consider a more advanced style of modelling, which is appropriate for dealing with data on the choices made by individuals. For example, owning your own home rather than renting, or going to university instead of entering the labour market. By the end of the module you'll be able to estimate appropriate regression models, identify problems which may arise and know how to address them. In addition, you'll be able use STATA and understand some of the methods, models and techniques that may be useful in the workplace.




Explore various theoretical aspects within the linear regression framework using matrix algebra and complemented by simulations and applications. The econometrics package Stata is used throughout. As well as reviewing fundamental concepts in Econometrics, you'll examine the multiple linear regression model (MLR), focusing on the theory of estimation and inference. Other important issues within this framework are also discussed, such as partitioned regression, model misspecification and linear models that incorporate nonlinearities. You'll analyse the consequences of having non-spherical errors, focusing on the problem of heteroscedasticity, and consider the consequences of endogeneity, examining the instrumental variable approach as the main strategy for dealing with this problem.




You'll build on the quantitative methods covered in Introduction to Research Methods. It will add depth to your knowledge already acquired in that module on measurement, survey instruments, study designs and statistics. You'll also take part in practical sessions where you'll apply the statistical knowledge gained to describe and analyse data sets.



Students will select 40 credits from the following modules:

Students should select either ECO-M005 or ECO-M019. ECO-M005 is only available to those students with an undergraduate economics degree 2:1 or above

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This module builds on econometrics material covered in earlier modules and is divided into two parts: 1) Time series methods (including ARIMA modelling, stationarity testing, ARCH/GARCH models, Volatility Spillover, VARs , Cointegration and VECMs) 2) Microeconometrics (including panel data methods, and models for binary response variables) There is an emphasis on the practical application of common estimation techniques, with the specialist econometric software package Stata used extensively.




Introducing micro and macro economic analysis, this module will familiarise you with a wide range of economic tools which can be applied to issues relating to your Applied Training Programme. It covers, in particular, consumer and producer choice, market equilibrium, market structure, externalities and public goods, the macroeconomics of inflation, unemployment and growth and macroeconomic policy.




This is an advanced module in microeconomic theory, designed for postgraduate students with a strong background in economics. The topics covered in this module include the duality approach to demand theory, firm theory, general equilibrium theory, game theory, choice under uncertainty, agency theory and the economics of asymmetric information. The rational-choice foundations of microeconomics are also critically examined.




You'll build on the coverage of qualitative methods and critical appraisal skills that were introduced and described in the Introduction to Research Methods module. The skills you'll develop further include being able to gain further knowledge of the conduct of qualitative studies, negotiate and acquire the practical skills needed in the planning and design, the data collection, the data analysis, and the data interpretation of a qualitative study.




You'll build on the quantitative methods covered in Introduction to Research Methods. It will add depth to your knowledge already acquired in that module on measurement, survey instruments, study designs and statistics. You'll also take part in practical sessions where you'll apply the statistical knowledge gained to describe and analyse data sets.




This module provides a broad introduction to health issues in a context of development. It reviews different cultural understandings of health, and relationships between health, socio-economic change, livelihoods and poverty. The module also examines health policies of particular relevance to developing countries. While we look at health issues in general, we pay particular attention to links between HIV/AIDS and development.



Students must study the following modules for 60 credits:

Name Code Credits


The purpose of this module is to illustrate the depth of skills and knowledge that you have developed through the MSc programme. The skills you will develop further include being able to; 1.Gain practical experience in conducting research in an area of self-chosen content or subject material. 2.Gain practical experience of presenting your research in a written format. 3.Apply your knowledge of qualitative and/or quantitative methodologies to your own area of self-chosen content or subject material. You will be encouraged to consider your dissertation work for publication either within the University or in refereed academic journals.




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 or other health care profession, with substantial quantitative (e.g. maths / statistics / econometrics / epidemiology) components
  • Degree Classification 2.2 or equivalent

Entry Requirement

Applicants should normally have a good first 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

We 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: 62 (minimum 55 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 2018, is £215.

Fees and Funding

Fees for the full course for the academic year 2018/19 are: 

  • UK/EU Students: £7,550

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.


50% Final Year Undergraduate Continuation Scholarship

Current final year UEA undergraduate students who gain a First class degree and progress onto a postgraduate course in September 2017 will receive a 50% fee reduction scholarship. Who do not gain a First class degree will be eligible for the 10% UEA Alumni Scholarship outlined below. Terms and conditions apply.

UEA Alumni 10% Scholarship

A scholarship of 10% fee reduction is available to UEA Alumni looking to return for postgraduate study at UEA in September 2017. Terms and conditions apply.

How to Apply

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

You can apply online, or by downloading the application form.

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