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Health Management and Economics (MSc)

Degree programme structure

This degree programme links health management and health economics in a unique way. It is a research-based Master's degree programme that builds on Bachelor's degree programme in related subjects and focuses on a broad range of topics in healthcare. Students take a range of compulsory interdisciplinary modules that provide them with comprehensive insights into the healthcare system and can choose specialisations that enable them to become experts in management, economics or politics. The degree programme's focus on the healthcare system and the extensive practical knowledge that students acquire means that graduates have excellent career prospects.

The degree programme (120 ECTS credits) has a standard duration of four semesters and consists of compulsory modules (45 ECTS credits), elective modules (45 ECTS credits) and the Master's thesis (30 ECTS credits). In the compulsory modules students acquire fundamental knowledge of cost-bearing institutions, outpatient management, hospital management, pharmaceutical management, health economics, medicine and economic evaluation in health. For the elective modules in the second and third semester, students may choose advanced modules that build on the compulsory modules as well as other modules. They also have the opportunity to take free electives on topics related to health from other Master's degree programmes at the School of Business and Economics, other faculties and schools at the University, and even other universities. Specific seminars on practical skills, soft skills and hospital management simulations allow students to strengthen important skills that they will need in their future careers. The degree programme is completed with a Master's thesis in the fourth semester.

What Bachelor's degree programme at FAU do I need to take in order to qualify for this Master's degree programme?

This degree programme is open to all graduates with a Bachelor's degree in Business and Economics and all other related disciplines. If you have studied a related discipline, you must demonstrate subject-specific knowledge of business and economics totalling 60 ECTS, 5 ECTS of which must be in economics. More information about admission requirements is available below.

If you are interested in the Master's degree programme and have a degree in a different subject or a degree from a different university in Germany or abroad, please contact the degree programme coordinator.

Modules and degree programme structure

The degree programme consists of compulsory modules and elective modules. Details of the study plan can be found below. You can find more information on the degree programme website.

Compulsory modules

In the interdisciplinary compulsory modules students acquire basic knowledge in all areas of the healthcare system. They receive comprehensive insights that enable them to understand the mechanisms and structures of the healthcare sector. All students must complete eight compulsory modules worth 5 ECTS each in order to acquire a broad foundation.

Elective modules

The elective modules enable students to tailor their studies according to their preferences and career goals. They can pursue a general programme of studies in the sector or can develop their expertise in management, economics or politics. Students can also concentrate on specific areas of the health system such as health insurance providers, out-patient care, hospital management, the pharmaceutical industry and medical engineering companies. A total of 10 modules worth 5 ECTS each can be freely selected according to individual interests.

Potential challenges

The Master's degree programme focuses exclusively on the healthcare system and prepares students for careers in this sector. Applicants should therefore have a general interest in healthcare.

Frequently asked questions about the degree programme

During my Bachelor's degree programme, I achieved an average grade of x, gathered y weeks of work experience in healthcare and successfully completed z ECTS in healthcare management. How high are my chances of being accepted for the degree programme?
We cannot comment on the likelihood of admission in advance.

I am currently writing my Bachelor's degree thesis in healthcare management and will only be submitting in June. Will the ECTS credits be taken into account?All credits that have been successfully completed at the time of application will be taken into account.

I am doing a work placement in healthcare management from June to September in my application year. Will this be taken into account in the qualification assessment process?
Only professional experience in the field of healthcare that has been gained by the time of application can be taken into account.

Are there any admission restrictions (NC) for the degree programme?
No, all applications received will be considered and evaluated on the basis of the qualification assessment process.

Admission requirements

General admission requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in business and economics
  • Alternatively: related Bachelor's degree with at least 60 ECTS in subject-specific business and economics, at least 5 ECTS of which in economics.
  • The Bachelor's degree does not need to have been completed by the time of application. However, applicants must have acquired a minimum of 135 ECTS in their degree programme by this time.

Selection criteria

  • Quality of the previous degree or previous achievements (maximum of 60 points)
  • Professional experience in healthcare in weeks (maximum of 20 points)
  • Subject-specific content in healthcare management/economics in the previous degree (maximum of 20 points)
Degree programme start date and application deadlines

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Degree type: Master of Science (MSc)
Type of study: Master
Location: Nuremberg
Standard duration of study: 4 Semester
Start date of degree programme: Winter Term
Language: German
Admission: Qualification assessment
Early entrance programme: no
Part-time study: no
Faculty: Faculty of Business, Economics, and Law