MSc Health Policy, Planning & Financing (MSc)

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine the United Kingdom

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The award

How long you will study
1 year

Domestic course fees
GBP 11150

How you will study

Course starts

International course fees
GBP 22600

All study options

About MSc Health Policy, Planning & Financing at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine


This is a joint programme provided by the School and the London School of Economics & Political Science (LSE). It will enable you to develop your critical analysis of issues within health policy, planning and financing and to devise appropriate health policy responses in countries at all levels of development.

By the end of the programme you will be able to:

  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of a diverse range of global and national health policies, including current and emerging trends, and of associated disciplines
  • apply your knowledge and skills using a multidisciplinary approach to formulate, implement and evaluate health policies and plans
  • demonstrate competence in key research and presentation skills, such as undertaking a literature search, a critical review of published literature or to evaluate research findings

Career opportunities

Graduates enter careers in global health and national health policy and planning, research, advisory or advocacy roles in governments and international agencies.

Compulsory modules:

  • Financing Health Care (LSE)
  • Health Services or Health Policy, Process and Power (LSHTM)

You will also take one additional module from each institution:

  • Health Economics; Pharmaceutical Economics and Policy; Introduction to Health Policy and Politics (LSE)
  • Health Policy, Process and Power; Basic Epidemiology; Health Services; Issues in Public Health (LSHTM)

Elective modules include:

  • Economic Analysis for Health Policy (LSHTM)
  • Analytical Models for Decision Making (LSHTM)
  • Statistical Methods in Health Care Economic Evaluation (LSE)
  • Cost-effectiveness Analysis in Health Care (LSE)

Project report

You will complete a research project on a relevant topic of your choosing, which involves writing a 6,000 word report.

Key information:

Duration: one year full-time or two years part-time

Location: London

Programme directors: Dr Neil Spicer (LSHTM), Dr Mrigesh Bhatia (LSE)

Contact email:

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMScHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study1 year
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 11150International course feesGBP 22600
  • The awardMScHow you will studyPart-timeHow long you will study2 years
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course feesGBP 5575International course feesGBP 11300

Entry requirements

A student must normally satisfy the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine general entrance requirements and the additional programme specific entrance requirements as follows:

The normal minimum entrance qualification for registration at the School on a Master's programme is at least one of the following:

  • a second-class honours degree of a UK university, or an overseas qualification of an equivalent standard, in a subject appropriate to that of the course of study to be followed
  • a registrable qualification appropriate to the course of study to be followed, in medicine, dentistry or veterinary studies

Applications with an appropriate technical qualification, or equivalent qualification and experience from overseas, are also welcomed.

Additionally for the MSc Health Policy, Planning & Financing, applicants should ideally have prior work experience in areas relating to health, policy, planning and financing. Preference will be given to such candidates given the competitive nature of this course. A minimum of one year's experience in health policy or public health related work is recommended.

Any prospective student who does not meet the above minimum entry requirement, but who has relevant professional experience, may still be eligible for admission. Please contact the course directors if you are not sure whether this is the right course for you.

Admissions FAQs

English Language Requirements

If English is not your first language, you will need to meet these requirements: Band B

Please see our English Language Requirements FAQs for information

Intercalating Students

You will need the equivalent of a bachelor's degree to undertake an MSc. This will usually require you to have a BSc degree or have completed the first three years of your medical degree. More information on intercalating an MSc at the School.

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