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Online MSc in Health Technology Assessment

Drive innovative healthcare efficiencies

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A member of the prestigious Russell Group of leading UK universities, the University of Glasgow offers an online MSc in Health Technology Assessment (HTA). This curriculum will enable you to appraise evidence and understand the consequences of technology, then prioritise its use in order to better prevent, diagnose and treat disease. Our Online MSc in HTA focuses on the production, critical appraisal and use of scientifically rigorous research evidence, applied to a range of health-related areas.

Health Technology Assessment analyses relevant evidence and knowledge in order to understand the effects and consequences of healthcare technologies. It contributes to priorities and decisions in relation to prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation. If you are a recent graduate or you work in the pharmaceutical industry, government agencies or research, this programme will give you the practical skills to advance your career.

Join an institution where ambitious people are driven to succeed. Study our online MSc in Health Technology Assessment and start changing the world today.

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2.5 years – 6 years part-time

Start dates

January, April and September


Payable in instalments of £1,667 per 20 credits, totalling £15,000*. Discounts may be applicable to NHS funded students.

Entry requirements

2:1 in a relevant quantitative subject or equivalent qualification from a recognised institution.

International students

Applicants must have an IELTS score of 6.5 with no less than 6.0 in any band.

Challenge and prioritise new technologies

After completing the core components, you can opt to focus more on economic modelling, qualitative research methods, HTA in a global context or data science. These courses have been developed to reflect the latest academic research and challenges in health technology assessment, equipping you with the skills you can apply in your new career. Discover some of our courses that feature in our 100% online programme below.

This course aims to provide students with a critical awareness of the broader policy context into which health technology assessment is located as well as a critical understanding of the theoretical underpinnings, principles and techniques of health technology assessment.

This course introduces students to HTA from a global perspective. It covers HTA in different contexts, exploring geographical variation between high-income countries and why healthcare decision-making may differ in LMICs.

This course will teach the methods of how to analyse and evaluate economic data from a clinical trial (what data to collect, how to value cost and effect, how to analyse the data and estimate cost-effectiveness).

Interactive online learning

No matter where you are, you can experience relevant learning that applies to the real world as you build community with students from over 83 countries worldwide.**

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Meet the growing need for professionals with relevant HTA skills

HTA is growing in importance internationally, and there is increasing demand for employees with relevant skills.

Graduates are well equipped with qualitative and quantitative research skills, which are ideal for jobs in academia, the pharmaceutical industry, and government information services/statistical agencies.

Examples of job positions include:

  1. Public health officer
  2. Senior finance manager (NHS)
  3. Freedom of information analyst (NHS)
  4. Local health board co-ordinator (NHS)
  5. 5. Health services researcher (NHS)
  6. Research assistant

Programme outcomes

Over 500 years of groundbreaking research

The University of Glasgow has been changing the world since 1451. Let our history of excellence inspire the history you will make. Study online with us and start making your impact on the world today.

Ranked in the top 100 of the world’s universities1

95% of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences research was judged as world-leading or internationally excellent – REF 20212

Scottish University of the Year 20223

Taking part in this master’s course helped me improve my skills in economic evaluations, statistics, and HTA. Furthermore, undertaking this master’s degree helped me to improve my career prospects and to join as a health economist in my current post.”

– Fernando Zanghelini, Online MSc Health Technology Assessment student

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  1. “Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2022,” The Times and Sunday Times. Retrieved 28 April 2022, from
  2. “REF 2021” The Research Excellence Framework (REF). Retrieved 17 May 2022, from
  3. “Scottish University of the Year,” Good University Guide 2022, The Times and Sunday Times. Retrieved 1 January 2022, from

* Fee information is subject to change and is for guidance only. NHS discount: Payable in instalments of £1,050 per 20 credits or £9,450 for the full MSc funded by the NHS.”

** We have students in 83 countries around the world. Data accessed April 2022.