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Master of Science

Master Health Economics

If you’re already studying Health Economics and would like to find out more about specific details of your master programme, you’ll find what you’re looking for on the Master in Health Economics Programme Structure pages.

Thank you for your interest in the master programmes at the WiSo Faculty. On this page you can find information about the Master in Health Economics – from an initial overview and course structure, to admissions criteria and the application and selection process. Simply click the relevant link.

In a nutshell

  • Standard period of study: 4 semesters, full-time
  • Start: Fall term
  • Degree title: Master of Science (M.Sc.)
  • Language: German and English; Double Master's Programme: English
  • Fees: Only social fee
  • Application Deadline: June 15th 2019 (please note the differing deadlines for the Double Master's Programme)

Career Perspectives

Cologne is an interesting location for students of the health economy with regard to future job opportunities. In Cologne and the region, many hospitals, well-known pharmaceutical and insurance companies as well as consulting companies are located. Even during your studies, we offer you access to our cooperation partners.

With the completion of the interdisciplinary master's degree in health economics, you are ideally prepared to work in institutions of public and private health care. Your successful completion guarantees you a career entry into higher positions of all institutions of the health care system. Deal with tasks in the field of management, administration and association, as well as the institutions of health policy management.

Further professional perspectives of this interdisciplinary programme include activities in academic teaching and health as well as health policy research.

Take your professional future into your own hands and benefit from the theoretical and methodical-oriented approach of the WiSo-Faculty, which combines research as well as teaching with practical experience.

Some examples of the questions Health Economics students look at

  • Who are the key national and international players in healthcare?
  • What illnesses are significant in terms of health economics and how can appropriate healthcare management help to tackle them?
  • What aspects of evidence-based medicine are of crucial significance when deciding on a therapy?
  • How can health policy measures be assessed?
  • How can the ethical implications of structures and courses of action be assessed?
  • What aspects are relevant in the assessment of conclusions and the evaluation of methodological designs in the context of clinical studies?

    Information on the application

    From the middle of April onwards you can submit your application via WiSo Faculty's Master's Application Portal. Applicants with a (bachelor’s) degree acquired abroad must additionally apply via uni-assist online as well as postal until 15 June (date of receipt). If you apply for our Double Master’s Programme(s) the deadline is 30 April (date of receipt).

    Detailed information about the admission procedure, admission deadlines and required documents are provided at the application website.

    We are looking forward receiving your application!

    Programme structure

    The master's programme Health Economics consists of 120 ECTS- (European Credit Transfer System) Points and is designed as a 4-semester full-time programme. It is a consecutive master degree based on a bachelor degree within the field of health economics.

    The Core and Advanced Section of the master's programme Health Economics contains 48 credit points. This area covers the basics of health economics.

    The Specialisation Section, where students altogether complete 30 credit points, includes seminars as well as specialisation modules in health economics and medicine.

    In the Supplementary Section, at least one module from economics and/or sociology has to be completed. Furthermore, to accomplish the required 18 credit points within this section, further modules from business administration and/or medicine have to be completed.

    Detailed information concerning the curricular design is available on our homepage on the Programme Structure pages. Especially at the beginning of your studies, individual consultations will help to make the right choices over the course of the programme.

    Ludwig Kuntz

    Health economics is a future-oriented field that brings together the perspectives of different actors from management, medicine and politics under the umbrella of economics.

    Ludwig Kuntz, Professor and Director of the Department of Business Administration and Health Care Management


    Most of our courses offered in English language. We maintain cooperation with more than 130 partner universities throughout the world, so it easy for you to go a semester abroad. Or take part in one of our study tours or other short programmes such as "WiSo@NYC". More information and offers can be found at the International Relations Center (ZIB WiSo).

    Double degree option

    In addition to our regular master’s programme, students have the option to study the Double Master’s Programme in Health Economics and Management in cooperation with Maastricht University. Students of the international study programme spend one year at the WiSo Faculty and one year at Maastricht University. After successful completion of the programme, they are awarded two degrees.

    Practical Experience

    The teaching at our faculty has benefited from many years of experience in working with companies and visiting lecturers from different professional fields. Many of the visiting lecturers are professionals and managers of the pharmaceutical and medical industry who bring important experience to the programmes, resulting in sector-specific, up-to-date programme content for our students. This ensures that the programmes reflect the real world by combining the practical and the theoretical, whilst also promoting knowledge-sharing between you and companies. A selection of corporate partners can be found here.