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MSc in Health Economics in NUI Galway (Ireland)

MSc in Health Economics in NUI Galway (Ireland)

At Clarity Locums, we want to ensure our pharmacists are kept up to date with the latest opportunities for furthering their skill set. With this in mind, we would like to introduce you to the MSc in Health Economics offered by NUI Galway.

Applications are invited for this Master’s Degree offered by the School of Business, NUI Galway course, commencing in September 2022. The course can be taken over the course of one or two years (full-time or part-time).

The programme is designed for people interested in pursuing a career in the pharmaceutical industry, the public sector, the consultancy industry or in health economics research.

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About the course:

The MSc in Health Economics is a taught Masters programme, which introduces the student to the theoretical principles and practical techniques of economic analysis, that are applied to inform health policy and health care decision-making within the evolving global context of technological development, population ageing, rising healthcare costs and changing patient preferences and expectations.


We particularly welcome applications from pharmacists working in the community, the pharmaceutical industry or in hospitals. A bridging course for non-economics graduates who have not studied economics previously is available online and can be completed in late spring or over the summer.


Several pharmacists have completed the programme successfully in recent years. Many are now pursuing exciting careers in Patient Access, Health Technology Assessment, Economic Modelling, and Reimbursement.


Course Details:

The programme can be competed full-time over one year or part-time over two years. Lectures are delivered in person and online on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, thereby allowing people to continue to work while they are completing the programme.


The programme includes a professional placement programme. This begins after students have completed all their examinations. It involves the students spending around twelve weeks working in a pharmaceutical company, a regulatory agency such as HIQA or the NCPE, or a market access consulting company. Over the years, many of the placements have been converted into full-time positions at the end of the placement. Host organisations are particularly interested in students who have a combination of pharmacy and health economics.


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Testimonials from previous graduates:

“As a Pharmacist I was intrigued by healthcare resource constraints and the challenges with allocation to achieve efficiency and equity in healthcare access. Having completed the Masters in Health Economics at NUI Galway, I can say the course provided me with the skills necessary to progress my desired career in health economics. There is a strong focus on future career with constant advice and support from lecturers and the skills gained provide a diverse range of employment opportunities. I would recommend this course to anyone looking to take the next step in pursuing a career in health economics, research and health service decision-making.”
- Sarah Hawkshaw, MPharm, MSc Health Economics, Market Access Manager at Janssen


“After a number of years working as a community pharmacist, I developed a keen interest in pharmaceutical reimbursement and health policy decision making. This naturally led me to NUI Galway, where I had the opportunity to complete the MSc in Health Economics. Besides a world-class faculty and comprehensive curriculum, what drew me to NUI Galway was the opportunity to complete an industry based placement. This allowed me to put my academic learnings into practice and develop real world experiences. Having now spent a number of years in industry, the complement of pharmacy and health economics has been a great strength as I develop in my career.”
-Aisling Murphy, MSc Health Economics, Associate Director of Competitive & Business Insights, Novartis

For more information:


Or, contact the Programme Director, Brendan Kennelly:

Phone: 087 7975450

Email: [email protected]


Posted on 15 March 2022 by Hannah Phipps
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