Health Policy and Management (M.Sc.)

NFQ Level 9
1 year full-time, 2 years part-time
25 Places


Course Overview

The Health Policy Management programme equips learners with vital knowledge, skills and tools for understanding, researching and working in complex and changing health and social care systems. From reforming and managing health systems, to implementing organisational, technological and digital innovations, course participants acquire a detailed theoretical and practical understanding of major health system challenges and developments – and how to address them.

The course is taught through an interdisciplinary curriculum underpinned by the principle of evidence-informed policy and practice, with high levels of student participation and peer-learning. 

Is This Course For Me?

This unique Masters programme is suitable for healthcare professionals (such as doctors, nurses, allied healthcare providers, facility managers, and public administrators) as well as recent health and social sciences graduates.

Career Opportunities

The Health Policy Management course will equip learners with the knowledge and skillset to have a successful career in health systems, policy, and management. The foundational learning is transferrable across roles in research, health systems, and policy development and management, allowing graduates to pursue a range of mid- to senior-level opportunities in managerial, leadership or research-related roles in both the public and private sectors.

Course Structure

All participants complete seven compulsory modules, as well as the Research Methods and Dissertation modules leading to the completion of a research project of 12,000 words. Core modules include:

1.    Population Health Management (10 ECTS)
2.    Health Policy (10ECTS)
3.    Comparative Health Systems (5 ECTS)
4.    Health Economics (5 ECTS)
5.    Knowledge Translation & Implementation (10ECTS)
6.    Managing People and Change (10 ECTS)
7.    Integrated Care Systems (10 ECTS)
8.    Research Methods & Dissertation (30 ECTS)

The dissertation emphasises both the subject’s scientific aspects and its translational potential into policy and practice. This postgraduate degree can be completed in one year on a full-time basis, or completed over two years part time (45 ECTS of taught modules in Year 1, plus 15 ECTS taught modules and 30-ECTS research dissertation in Year 2).

Course Content

Participants learn and develop core competencies across subjects including Population Health Management, Health Policy, Comparative Health Systems, integrated care and Managing People and Change.  Central to all is translating and implementing research evidence and knowledge for policy and practice, which is threaded throughout the modules as well as being a specific module

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Study Health Policy and Management (M.Sc.) at Trinity

Dr. Carlos Bruen, Course Director, and Professor Sarah Burke, Centre Director for Health Policy & Management, introduce the M.Sc. in Health Policy and Management programme at Trinity College Dublin.

Course Details


NFQ Level 9

Number of Places

25 Places

Next Intake

September 2024

Course Director

Dr Carlos Bruen

Closing Date

30th June 2024

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Admission Requirements

Applicants will need to hold at least an upper second-class (2.1) honours undergraduate degree or above from an Irish university or equivalent result from a university in another country. This degree should be in a related professional or academic discipline, including Medicine, Nursing, Allied Health, Management, Social Sciences or Health Sciences.

Applicants without professional or academic experience in this field, but who have demonstrable and substantial experience and / or learning more generally, please contact the Course Director.

Course Fees

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Get in Touch

Telephone Number

+353 (0)1 8962201

Dr. Carlos Bruen (course director):


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Through our participation in modules delivered by global and national leaders working within health systems, we developed the ability to critically reflect and analyse policy, research evidence, and global best practice. This Master's programme seeks to enhance a culture of innovation, leadership, creativity, and collaboration. This in turn contributes in a meaningful way to workplace practices and to build resilience in our health systems, today and into the future.

Roisin Nevin

Creative Life Co-coordinator at Mercer's Institute for Successful Ageing, St James's Hospital Dublin

In addition to equipping me with essential skills and tools for understanding and researching complex health systems, the interdisciplinary MSc curriculum fostered an application of academic theory to address real-world challenges. Moreover, exposure to health services and policy researchers opened doors for me to continue research in my work setting. This experience was invaluable in my progression to a PhD, where I continue to apply evidence-informed policy and practice principles central to the MSc curriculum. If you're seeking to advance your career in health and social care while gaining exposure to the latest academic thinking and its practical applications, I highly recommend this programme.

Luisne Mac Conghail

SPHeRE PhD Scholar & SEO Acute Operations, HSE