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International Pharmacoeconomics and Health Economics (MSc)

2 years (full-time) / n/a (part-time) / n/a (distance / e-Learning)

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Students on the International Pharmacoeconomics and Health Economics (MSc)

Taught in collaboration with the Hochschule Fresenius University (HSF), Idstein, Germany.

Course Aims

To offer knowledge and expertise in pharmacoeconomics and health economics, via high-level multinational, interdisciplinary and research-oriented education and training.

Special Features

Course Description

This collaborative programme is delivered by international staff at the Hochschule Fresenius University (HSF) in Idstein, Germany, and leads to the award of a Cardiff University MSc Degree. The course is not available for study in Cardiff.

The MSc in Pharmacoeconomics and Health Economics has been designed to provide graduates with advanced knowledge, understanding and skills of the principles of health economics and focus on the difficulties and special characteristics of national and international healthcare markets. The programme provides in depth knowledge of different healthcare systems, economic evaluation techniques and outcomes research. The MSc bridges research and practice; by an integral 16-week industrial residency placement which enables the candidate to apply their theoretical knowledge in the pharmaceutical or healthcare industry.


The programme is offered in full-time mode over two academic years. The 240 credits are split as follows: nine compulsory modules with 10 credits, one compulsory module with 20 credits and two optional modules with 10 credits each, the industrial residency placement and the research task is worth 60 credits each.

For more information, please see the School website.

Skill Acquired

Students engage in a seminar

Students will acquire and develop a range of valuable skills, both those which are discipline specific and more generic ‘employability skills’. Through the programme students will develop technical skills in the field of economic evaluations, as well as in the field of market access, reimbursement and pricing mechanisms. Specific regulatory frameworks in different countries, as well as Health Technology Assessments are other discipline specific skills. Students will acquire a number of specific skills, such as the ability to collect, analyse and interpret a range of complex quantitative and qualitative statistics. They will also develop a number of valuable research skills, including planning, undertaking literary surveys and data collection, through completion of the dissertation. Students will be presented with a number of opportunities to extend their communication and presentation skills; developing arguments and critiquing evidence, using verbal and written communication, and improving their interpersonal relations through the small group class size of international participants.

Career Prospects

This course prepares students to work in outcomes research, patient reported outcomes and market access in the pharmaceutical and healthcare industry, as well as in health organisations.

Entry Requirements

Candidates should possess a Bachelor's degree or comparable exam from a university or university of applied sciences. The degree must carry the equivalent of 180 ECTS credits and/or a standard period of study of at least three years.

Applicants whose degrees are not directly related to health economics or health sciences must provide proof of at least 6 months relevant practical or theoretical health care experience.

Candidates should possess the following English language qualification:

The academic year starts in September and finishes at the end of May.

Tuition fees

Fees for the 2014/15 session will be published when available.

Further Information

International Students can contact the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) and search for scholarships in their home country.

Next intake: September 2015 only

School Contact

Name: Ms Helen Harron  

Telephone: +44 (0) 29 2087 0108 



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More information

School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences