Program Structure

» Program Structure

The MscHE program is a modular programme, allowing for full-time (1 year) and part-time (2 years) study. Before commencing the programme applicants should decide which mode of study they want to follow. Both modes of study have the same course components, credit requirements and lead to the same final degree.

The course is structured into four (4) compact teaching modules, followed by a period of individual research work.

The first module - Introduction in Economics, Methods & Theory consists of two (2) introductory self-study courses with an expected learning time of two (2) weeks of full-time study. One of them discusses the ethical foundations necessary for normative economics and provides an introduction to health policy, while the second supplies a review of the basic mathematical methods applied in economics. The inclusion of self-study courses at the beginning of the program clearly communicates to students that in this programme they need to be highly motivated and self-directed if they are to be successful.

The second module comprises several taught courses lasting six (6) weeks. They are designed to help students to achieve a sound overview of health economic theory and methods. There is one additional week for the

The third module - Health Care systems & statistics - builds on the foundations established in the second module block and introduces students during six (6) weeks to the broader context and the advanced skills required in the practice of health economics. Again followed by one (1) week of exams.

The fourth and final module – Applied Economic Research - focuses during ten (10) weeks on the advanced strategies and skill-building necessary for health-economic research and practice. This module is also completed by one week of exams following the courses.

» Thesis

After successfully completing the taught part of the program, students move on to their thesis research. Through this project, students are expected to gain the ability to independently identify a relevant and substantial research question, the methodology for its solution, and the impact of the results at a practice and policy level. To make this a fruitful learning experience, students are systematically guided throughout their thesis work by an academic tutor.

» Handbook

You can download the handbook form here (PDF).

» Curriculum


» Teaching and Learning Methods

Learning mainly takes place in interactive seminars and through group/individual learning assignments. Up-to-date, keynote lectures complement the student-centered learning approach of the program. Sufficient workspace and comprehensive access to literature supports the students' individual learning.

Coursework revolves around problem and casebased learning activities to develop the applicable skills required for health economic research and practice. These skills include: analytical problem formulation, assessment and analysis of economic data, and the use of decision analytic software. Emphasis is given to identification of the key objectives and assumptions of health economic research and practice, evaluation of the relevant evidence, and methods of interpreting data and avoiding logical inconsistencies. Through the various learning activities, the students gain self-confidence and professionalism by presenting and defending their ideas and views before critical audiences, as well as actively listening to the arguments and perspectives of others.

» Assessment

Assessment of participants' achievement towards their degree takes place throughout the course. Assessment during the taught part of the program includes written in-class exams, as well as group projects, oral presentations, and individual take-home assignments. The thesis and final oral exam are the last assessments. A passing mark is needed for each part of the program in order to receive the MSc degree.

» Schedule and Course Duration

Classes are mainly held from 3 pm to 8 pm on Mondays to Fridays. Students receive their timetables prior to start of each module.

The sequencing of the modules allows (a) for full-time study from end of August/early September to the end of March (one term) so as to complete the taught courses in a concentrated manner or (b) for part-time study usually spread over two years (blocks 1 and 2 taken in year 1, blocks 3 and 4 in year 2). The programme can be completed in one (1) year (full-time enrolment) or up to 2  years (part-time enrolment).

» Application

The program is open to medical doctors and other professionals with an initial health-related academic degree (above average) equivalent to 240 ECTS (usually a Bachelor degree after at least 4 years of full-time study) plus work experience of minimum one year in a health-related sector.

The booking of single modules is not possible.

A maximum of 25 participants are accepted each year. The language of instruction is English. Students for whom English is not their first language must provide evidence of English proficiency, usually by certification of an IELTS score of min. 7.0, or TOEFL iBT of 100 or Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English - CAE.

Exemption from this requirement may be granted to those who completed their prior degree in English (written proof required with application).

High motivation, self-reliance, and a collaborative spirit are qualities that participants should hold and display. Prospective participants are expected to clearly describe their academic and personal goals and study and research interests in undertaking the program in a "Personal Statement" of two pages.

Period for application: 1st January to 1st April (latest arrival)

The application for the MScHE program requires submission of a printed application form, complete with supporting documents.

Admission regulations (German)

Tuition fees (German)

Program overview

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Program Structure

The program is structured into four compact teaching blocks, followed by a period of individual research work.

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