Health Economics, Policy & Law

As a result of the corona crises and the resulting mitigation measures, the well-being of some students has come under pressure with possible adverse consequences for the study. 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 allows students who are faced with a short delay 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 2022, 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 2022-2023;
  • For this admission to become granted, the student must have obtained their bachelor diploma by 31 August 2023 at the latest (180 EC);
  • If a student does not obtain its bachelor diploma by 31 August 2023, 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 Bachelor diploma has been obtained.
  • Students admitted in the academic year 2020-2021 or 2021-2022 for a master based on the soft cut and who have not yet obtained their bachelor diploma on August 31, 2022, cannot be admitted for the master's academic year 2022-2023. They can be admitted as soon as they obtain their bachelor diploma. Examination results obtained in the academic year 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 remain valid.

Pre-master – Master

  • In the event that one examination component is completed with a grade between 4.5 and 5.5, the premaster certificate can be obtained if all other examination components are completed with a grade of 5.5 or higher and if the unweighted average of the grades of all examination components is at least 6.0. Excepted from this rule are the M&T courses (Inleiding Methoden & Technieken van Onderzoek, Statistiek A, Statistiek B, Kwalitatief Leeronderzoek en Kwantitatief Leeronderzoek); for these courses, the minimum result remains 5,0 and the average of the results minimal 6,0.
  • This modification replaces the compensation rule in which a student may compensate a 5.0-5.4, see article 5.1.a 2 of the Teaching and Examination Regulations ('OER') 2021-2022.

The master in Health Economics, Policy & Law was designed for highly motivated students who are interested in understanding the complexities of healthcare systems and health policy issues from different disciplinary perspectives. You need a certain background to be admitted to the programme.

Prior education

Students must have completed a bachelor degree or a master's degree in a relevant field at a recognised university. We accept all students with:

  •  A Dutch bachelor or master degree in:
    • Public health
    • Economics
    • Health sciences (health policy & management)
    • Health and society
    • Medicine
    • Law
    • Pharmacy
  •  A similar degree obtained at a research-driven university such to be determined by the Admissions Board.
  • Students with a sufficient background in (health) economics and/or policy, such to be determined by the Admissions Board.

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 Board,  

Students holding a bachelor degree from a university of applied sciences do not qualify. They are referred to our pre-master’s programme (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.
  • A similar non-Dutch degree obtained at a research-driven university, such to be determined by the Admissions Board.

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