Health Economics, Policy & Law

The master in Health Economics, Policy & Law has been specially designed for highly motivated students who are interested in understanding the complexities of healthcare systems and global health issues from different disciplinary perspectives. As the quality of the programme also strongly depends on our students, we are selective in admitting applicants to the programme. In the selection process, we assess each applicant individually, seeking diversity in terms of nationality and the background of students.

Prior education

Students must have successfully completed a bachelor degree or a master's degree in a relevant field at a recognised university.

Those who have obtained a Dutch Bachelor or Master of Science degree in:

  • Public Health
  • Economics
  • Health Sciences (health policy & management)
  • Health and Society
  • Medicine
  • Law
  • Pharmacy

Or students with an (international) bachelor or master's degree obtained at a research-driven university related to one of the main disciplines, such to be determined by the Admission Board:

  • Health Sciences (health policy & management)
  • Economics
  • Policy
  • Law

Note that all non-Dutch diplomas will have to be assessed by the admissions office and/or Nuffic. All applications will be assessed individually by the admissions committee, which will determine whether students are eligible for the master. 

Please note that students holding a bachelor degree from a university of applied sciences do not qualify for the master in Health Economics, Policy & Law and will not be accepted. We do offer a pre-master in Dutch.

Language skills

Proof of proficiency in English must be presented by submitting the results from either:


Equivalent B.2 CEFR

Level Statement of Language & Training Centre Erasmus University (English intake test, valid for 1 year)



A minimum score of 6,5

iBT TOEFL (valid for 2 years) or iBT Special Home Edition      

A minimum score of 90

Cambridge First Certificate (FCE)

Grade A and B

Cambridge Advanced (CAE)

Grade C

Anglia exam

Only with an additional speaking test (C1 of C2 level)

International Baccalaureate "English A: Language & Literature higher level" received in the Netherlands

English A

Exemption from the requirements is granted to those who:

  • hold the nationality of one of the following countries: Australia, Canada (with the exception of Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, UK or the USA, or
  • completed a bachelor or master's programme at a Dutch university (of applied sciences), or
  • completed the ESHPM pre-master programme, or
  • completed a university bachelor’s or master’s programme fully taught in English in one of the following countries: The Netherlands, Australia, Canada (with the exception of Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, the UK or the USA.

Proficiency in Mathematics

The master requires students to have proven to have sufficient proficiency in mathematics, i.e. those with:

  • a VWO diploma with mathematics A, B or equivalent or
  • research methods in previous education, to be assessed by the Admission Board or
  • a VWO mathematics certificate, to be assessed by the Admission Board

Admission criteria 

All applications will be considered by the Admissions Committee that decides on admission. To qualify for the master's programme, students should at least:

• Have a bachelor degree with good results, from a recognised university and in a relevant field.

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