Master 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 degree in a relevant field at a recognised university.

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

  • European Public Health (Maastricht)
  • Economics (all universities)
  • Health Sciences (all universities)
  • Health and Society (Wageningen)
  • Medicine (all universities)
  • Law (all universities)
  • Pharmacy (all universities)

Or students with a bachelor or master degree 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 premaster in Dutch.

Language skills

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

  • an intake test at Erasmus University Rotterdam minimum B2.2 on all components or
  • a TOEFL iBT test with a Total score ≥ 72 or
  • an IELTS test with an Overall Band Score ≥ 5,5 or
  • an International Baccalaureate "English A: Language & Literature higher level" obtained in the Netherlands or
  • Cambridge Advanced English (minimum A-level): Cambridge International, AICE or pre-university or
  • a Anglia exam, only with additional speaking test (C1 of C2 level)

Exemption from the requirements are granted to those with:

  • the nationality of one of the following countries: Australia, Canada (with the exception of the province of Quebec), Ireland, New Zealand, UK or the USA or
  • a completed 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 the province 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

Students without any background in law may also participate in the Erasmus Observatory on Health Law's “Summer school on health law and ethics”. For more information, visit this website.

Admission criteria 

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

• Have a bachelor degree with good results, from a recognised university and in a relevant field.
• Have proof of thorough proficiency in written and spoken English.