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Health Economics

Your Course
This MSc provides students with in-depth knowledge and expertise in the application of health economics techniques to address challenging issues concerning the allocation of resources in the health sector. Students will acquire the skills to analyse the economic causes and consequences of health care issues and will be exposed to current debates concerning critical national and international issues in health policy.

The course consists of taught modules (see full list on course website), an internship and a minor dissertation. Examples of modules include Economic Evaluation in Healthcare; Health Systems and Policy Analysis; and Economics of Health and Social Care. Students spend up to three months on placement with an appropriate organisation, which may be a pharmaceutical or medical device company, a public agency, a research centre or an international organisation. The internship allows the student to apply the theories and techniques learned in the taught modules.

Entry requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements
Normally applicants require a primary degree with Second Class Honours, Grade 1, which includes the study of economics to intermediate level. Students who hold a Higher Diploma in Economics with Second Class Honours, Grade 1, or equivalent may also apply. IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent if applicable. Applications from people with experience in the pharmaceutical industry or the healthcare system are also welcome. Applicants without a background in economics will be offered an opportunity to take courses in economics before starting the programme.


1 year full-time, 2 years part-time.

Careers or further progression

Career Opportunities
Many graduates have found employment in the pharmaceutical sector, in health economics consulting companies, in research institutes, and in the public sector. Other graduates have undertaken PhD studies at leading universities in Ireland and elsewhere.

Further enquiries

Professor Paddy Gillespie
T: +353 91 495 636


1. Work experience: The MSc offers students the opportunity to use the skills they acquire in a placement.

2. Several students have successfully transitioned into full-time employment with their placement host.

3. Special events: NUI Galway organises seminars and conferences every year featuring national and international experts in all areas of health economics.

Application date

1MHE1, full-time; 1MHE2, part-time.

Applications are made online via the NUI Galway Postgraduate Applications System.

When To Apply: NUI Galway does not set a deadline for receipt of applications (with some exceptions). Offers will be issued on a continuous basis. Candidates are encouraged to apply as early as possible.

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