Health Economics, Policy & Law

Admission requirements for Master Health Economics, Policy & Law

  • As a result of the corona measures, some students may be faced with a slight delay in the final phase of their bachelor’s programme. Due to the so-called 'hard cut' between bachelor and master, in principle students can only start their master when they have completed their bachelor's degree. In these special circumstances, ESHPM allow students who are faced with a short delay in the final phase of their bachelor diploma to start their ESHPM master’s programme. This will be realised by the ‘soft cut’.

    At ESHPM, the introduction of the ‘soft cut’ takes the following form as a supplement to the standard admission requirements:

    Bachelor – Master

    • By 31 August 2020, the student has obtained at least 162 EC in their bachelor programme at a Dutch or international university. With this minimum number of EC, the student is conditionally admitted to the master programmes Health Care Management, Zorgmanagement and Health Economics, Policy & Law in 2020-2021;
    • For this admission to become granted, the student must have completed their bachelor programme by 31 August 2021 at the latest (180 EC);
    • If a student does not complete their bachelor programme by 31 August 2021, they will be excluded from further participation in the master programme. This situation applies until they have finally completed the bachelor programme.
    • The master diploma can only be awarded to the student after the bachelor programme has been completed.
    • If there are serious concerns about the feasibility of this option, the study programme can decide not to admit students (who are currently not yet studying at ESHPM) conditionally to a master programme in line with the soft cut.  

    Pre-master – Master

    • The student may achieve a minimum score of 4.5 for the multidisciplinary course of block 6, allowing the pre-master to be completed. This concerns the following courses:

    HCM/ZoMa: Kritische studies van Management & Innovatie (9 EC)
    HEPL: Zorgverzekering & Zorgstelsel (9 EC)

    • A student making use of this above-mentioned option can still obtain the certificate for the ESHPM ‘Gezondheidswetenschappen, BMG’ pre-master.
    • This modification supplements the compensation rule in which a student may compensate a 5.0-5.4, see article 6.2 of the Teaching and Examination Regulations ('OER') 2019-2020.

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 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
  • 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.