York vs LSE for Health Economics MScWatch
Can anyone please help me resolve an issue of MSc choice?
I have received 2 conditional offers; one from LSE in MSc International Health Policy (Health Economics), the other from York MSc Health Economics.
My careers advisor advised the selection of York all along through the Autumn, but I applied to LSE and I guess was fortunate enough to secure that offer.
The York MSc department has an excellent RAE performance and is considered world leading by many it seems. The LSE MSc is less sung about (except from LSE department professors), but my question is (if put bluntly); if money is no object (partially true), would only a fool opt to decline an MSc offer from LSE?
Any assistance on this would be hugely appreciated!
Need more help on going postgrad?
Any information as to the qualities of the respective courses, employment prospects and international reputation would be of extraordinary help to me.
Would be very grateful.
Clearly LSE is a brand and being in London matters when you need to sort out interviews during your study - either for an internship to undertake your Thesis (highly recommended) or for permanent employment after the completion of the course.
My understanding is that the course at York is quite technical. The main reason behind this is that its faculty are among the ones who have developed and advanced economic modelling HTA methods in healthcare. If you are not excited about HTA and in particular about the more technical aspects of it then I would go to the LSE and have a concentration on health policy and management. Clearly this is where the LSE wins, not only York but any other school worldwide. Pharmaceutical pricing is also another area where LSE is very strong, with its faculty advising governments, NGOs, and the industry.
I am an international student facing the same situation as the original poster. I have an offer for the MSc Health Economics from York and MSc International Health Policy (Health Economics) from LSE.
Would anyone be able to advise on the content and prospects of studying both courses. I do hope to be able to work post-masters in a role within pharmaceutical companies or consulting, on strategies for reimbursements from governments. I do hope to work in London as that's the financial capital so I assume it would be more vibrant / have more opportunities job-wise. (Is the pharmaceutical business centre of UK's pharma companies in London?)
I don't have offers, but I have thoroughly researched both institutions as I am doing this degree as a post-graduate.
If you don't have work experience under your belt, and you're not working in Healthcare markets, then I would choose the LSE: their brand is internationally recognised, and you will have an amazing network that comes with studying at the LSE. Additionally getting a job in London with a degree by the LSE is much easier!
If, however, you are already working, or are not so fussed about working in the "big smoke" , then York offers a more "pure" teaching of health economics. Additionally, if you want to learn how to build amazing models in healthcare markets ( no matter how complex), York is for you.
"but my question is (if put bluntly); if money is no object (partially true), would only a fool opt to decline an MSc offer from LSE?"