Health Policy

Key information

Duration: 10-23 months
Start date: September 2017
CampusSouth Kensington
ECTS: 30, 60 or 90 credits

Course Director
Mr Colin Bicknell

Open to applications
You are strongly encouraged to apply before 1 August 2017
Mr Colin Bicknell (Programme Director) speaks about the MSc in Health Policy
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We offer the following qualifications in Health Policy, which are available as a pathway that build to an MSc or as standalone qualifications:

  • PG Cert Health Policy (Policy Theory, Economics and Public Health) – 11 months (30 ECTS)
  • PG Cert Health Policy (Leading Innovative Change) – 10 months (30 ECTS)
  • PG Dip Health Policy – 21 months in total (based on completion of the two PG Certs) (60 ECTS)
  • MSc Health Policy – 23 months in total (based on completion of the PG Diploma + a 12-month research project) (90 ECTS)

These courses are aimed at those already working in the health sector. They offer you the chance to acquire detailed theoretical and practical understanding of health policy from leading international academics and practitioners, with a view to improving the quality of such policy, both within the UK and internationally.

This course is made up of three progressional levels (PG Cert, PG Dip and MSc), and you can apply to any level in the first instance. Read more about how this works in the how to apply section.

If you apply to the PG Cert initially, you have a choice of two streams:

  • Policy Theory, Economics and Public Health (10 months)
  • Leading Innovative Change (11 months)

Completion of both PG Certificate streams results in the automatic award of the PG Diploma in Health Policy.

Alternatively, you have the option to complete just one of the streams and exit with a standalone PG Certificate in your chosen stream title.

This structure, which allows you to gain qualifications en route to the full Master’s qualification (see below), is designed with working professionals in mind.

You can also apply to the MSc in the first instance and study all of the progressional levels, and receive a single award of MSc Health Policy.

Course content

The courses offer you the chance to learn about important aspects of health policy from leading international academics and practitioners.

Through intensive blocks of teaching coupled with personal study, you will acquire a detailed theoretical and practical understanding of health policy. We will introduce you to both quantitative and qualitative research techniques that will enable you to carry out original studies.

You will also develop the ability to critique existing and emerging health policy on the basis of evidence and knowledge.

In addition, you will gain a comparative perspective that enables you to consider the challenges affecting different regions and countries, as well as alternative potential responses to them. You will also have the opportunity to network with international peers.

Master of Science (MSc)

The Master's-level degree consists of a 12-month research project. Successful completion of this project, in addition to the PG Certificate and PG Diploma content, will result in the award of the MSc in Health Policy.


Modules shown are for the current academic year, and are subject to change depending on your year of entry.


Policy Theory

You take all of the modules below.

  • Health Systems and Policy
  • Health Economics for Health Policy
  • Financing Healthcare
  • Public Health

Leading Innovative Change

You will take 4 modules in total, of which 2 are core and the others are chosen from the below lists.

Core modules

  • Innovation in Healthcare
  • Health Service Delivery

Optional modules

You will choose 1 module from each of the 2 groups below.

Group 1
  • Measuring and Improving Performance in Healthcare
  • Communicating Health Policy
Group 2
  • Leadership in Healthcare
  • Ageing and Society

MSc research project

You can continue on to the MSc course, where you will complete a 12 month research project.

Teaching and assessment


  • 1-1 supervision meetings (MSc only)
  • Group discussions
  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Practical workshops
  • Site visits


  • Essays
  • Independent project (MSc only)
  • Presentations
  • Research project report

Course timetable

Across the whole Health Policy MSc, including completing both the postgraduate certificates, you will attend an introductory day and four two-week teaching sessions at Imperial.

Each of the two-week teaching blocks has two taught modules, which are structured to one module per week. You study six core modules and choose two optional modules.

In addition you complete an individual dissertation under the joint supervision of a member of staff from both the College and your chosen organisation.

The research dissertation element is one extended project that will be completed outside the teaching blocks.

Tuition fees and funding

The level of tuition fees you pay is based on your fee status, which we assess based on UK government legislation.

For more information on the funding opportunities that are available, please visit our Fees and Funding website.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees (Home and EU students)

2017 entry
PG Cert £6,100
PG Dip £3,700
MSc Project £2,400
Total course fee £12,200

Tuition fees (Islands and Overseas students)

2017 entry
PG Cert £13,000
PG Dip £7,800
MSc Project £5,200
Total course fee £26,000

Postgraduate Master's loan

If you are a Home or EU student who meets certain criteria, you may be able to apply for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan of up to £10,000 from the UK government. The loan is not means-tested, and you can choose whether to put it towards your tuition fees or living costs.

You must apply for the MSc in this course in order to be eligible for a Postgraduate Master's Loan.


We offer a range of scholarships for postgraduate students to support you through your studies. Try our scholarships search tool to see what you might be eligible for.

There are a number of external organisations also offer awards for Imperial students, find out more about non-Imperial scholarships.

Accommodation and living costs

Living costs, including accommodation, are not included in your tuition fees.

You can compare costs across our different accommodation options on our Accommodation website.

A rough guide to what you might expect to spend to live in reasonable comfort in London is available on our Fees and Funding website.

Entry requirements

We welcome students from all over the world and consider all applicants on an individual basis.

For advice on the requirements for the qualifications listed here please contact the Department (details at the bottom of this page).

We also accept a wide range of international qualifications. If the requirements for your qualifications are not listed here, please see our academic requirements by country page for guidance on which qualifications we accept.


Minimum academic requirement

Normally a 2:1 in any discipline, with either a clinical background or other healthcare experience.

International qualifications

The academic requirement above is for applicants who hold or who are working towards a UK qualification. 

We also accept a wide variety of international qualifications. For guidance see our Country Index though please note that the standards listed here are the minimum for entry to the College.

If you have any questions about admissions and the standard required for the qualification you hold or are currently studying then please contact the relevant admissions team.

English language requirement (all applicants)

All candidates must demonstrate a minimum level of English language proficiency for admission to the College.

For admission to this course, you must achieve the higher College requirement in the appropriate English language qualification. For details of the minimum grades required to achieve this requirement, please see the English language requirements for postgraduate applicants.

ATAS certificate

An ATAS certificate is not required for overseas students applying for this course.

How to apply

This course is divided into separate progressional levels of study, read more in the choosing your course section below.

How to apply

Choosing your course

This course is divided into three progressional levels of study:

  • PG Certificate (PG Cert)
  • PG Diploma (PG Dip)
  • MSc

Each level of study has its own separate entry point; you can apply to any level in the first instance.

Depending on the level of study you choose, you may complete more than one qualification simultaneously. For example:

  • If you enter at the PG Cert level, as this is the first level of study, you can choose to exit the course at the completion of your studies with only this qualification.
  • If you enter the course at the PG Dip level, you will complete the PG Cert as part of your studies, though will graduate with one award (PG Dip).
  • If you enter at MSc level, you will complete the PG Cert and PG Dip as part of your studies though, as above, will graduate with one award (MSc).

If you have already graduated from one level of study for this course and re-enter the next level of study following a break, you will not have to repeat studies relating to the qualification that you have already gained e.g. if you have a PG Cert, you can complete the PG Dip without repeating the content related to the PG Cert.

Application process

All applicants must apply online.

You can usually apply for up to two courses, although your second choice will only be considered if your first-choice application is unsuccessful.

Although courses will remain open until they are filled, applicants for this course are strongly encouraged to apply by 1 August 2017. Early applications allow us to communicate important information around key dates with applicants directly.

If you need a visa to study in the UK, we advise that you apply by 1 July 2017 to ensure that your visa is processed and approved prior to the start of the course.

You will need to upload documents with your applications, which may include transcripts and degree certificates.

Offer holders will need to pay a deposit to secure your place. This will be deducted from the balance of your tuition fees.

For full details on the online application process, or to start your application, please visit the How to Apply section of our website.

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