Institute of Global Health Innovation booklet Duration: 10-23 months
Start date: September 2017
LocationSouth Kensington
ECTS: 30, 60 or 90 credits

This course is open for applications for 2017 entry. Although this course will remain open until it is filled, applicants are strongly encouraged to apply before 1 August 2017.

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.

About the course


All students must apply initially for the Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert) in Health Policy. 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.

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)

Successful completion of both PG Certificates (which lead to the award of the PG Diploma) is required before you can undertake the MSc.

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


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

For each of the streams there are taught modules, and these are listed below.

Policy Theory, Economics and Public Health

You will take the 4 core 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

Master of Science (MSc)

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

Entry requirements

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 requirements

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 standard 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.

Fees and funding

Home and EU students

2017 entry:
  • Total tuition fee – £12,200
  • PG Cert – £6,100
  • PG Dip – £3,700
  • MSc Project – £2,400

Islands and overseas students

2017 entry:
  • Total tuition fee: £26,000
  • PG Cert – £13,000
  • PG Dip – £7,800
  • MSc Project – £5,200

Government funding

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

If you are a Home or EU student who meets certain criteria, you can apply for a Postgraduate Master’s Loan of up to £10,000 from the UK government for programmes beginning in October 2016. The loan is not means-tested, and you can choose whether to put it towards your tuition fees or living costs. 

Funding from Imperial


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.

For more information on the Postgraduate Master's Loan scheme and other funding opportunities that are available, please visit our Fees and Funding website.

How to apply

All applicants must apply online.

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

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.

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