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Health Economics

Your course
The aim of this MSc programme is to develop a thorough knowledge and applied competence in the fundamentals of health economics, including health technology assessment; develop an ability to critically appraise alternative systems of healthcare finance and delivery in terms of equity and efficiency; expose the student to policy debates regarding access to care, and how it is affected by new and expensive technologies.

The course consists of taught modules (see full list on course website), an internship and a minor dissertation. 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. Applications to the part-time programme are especially welcome.


1 year full-time 2 years part-time.

Careers or further progression

Career opportunities
Graduates have embarked on a range of careers in areas like the pharmaceutical industry, management consultancy and the voluntary and public sectors, as well as taken further education at PhD level or sought research assistantships.

Further enquiries

Brendan Kennelly
T: +353 91 493 094


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

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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