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International study programme

Double Master's Programme in Health Economics and Management

in cooperation with Maastricht University

Key facts

Partner: Maastricht University
Programme structure: First year at the University of Cologne, second year at Maastricht University
Degrees: Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Health Economics from the University of Cologne
Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Healthcare Policy, Innovation and Management from Maastricht University
Duration: 4 semesters
Start: Fall term (in October in Cologne)
Language: English



  • Gain a better understanding of the challenges of today's complex and rapidly changing healthcare sector
  • Receive a training in management, economic and innovation concepts and research methods
  • Learn how to apply these methods to address current and future healthcare challenges at a national or international level
  • Develop interdisciplinary research skills and ideas on how we can meet healthcare demand through innovative approaches in the face of scarce resources

Benefit from the expertise of two leading universities and enjoy the advantages of an interdisciplinary approach. On successful completion of your studies, you will be awarded both master's degrees: a Master of Science in Health Economics from the University of Cologne and a Master of Science in Healthcare Policy, Innovation and Management from Maastricht University.

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The courses offered by the two universities cover a wide range of topics and complement each other very well. The double degree is integrated into the regular master's programmes. It includes courses from both universities and is based on credit transfer.

Get an idea on the content of the courses:
UoC course catalogue
Maastricht course catalogue

Part of the study programme is to write a master's thesis, which you will work on in your second year of studies.

Our partner: Maastricht University

Maastricht University has a strong international orientation, reflected in its international student body and extensive international research. Its educational approach and learning methods are based on the principle of Problem-Based Learning (PBL).

Benefits of studying a double degree

The experience of studying abroad is one that many people remember as the most enriching, eye-opening and inspiring time of their lives. Studying in two university systems gives you the opportunity to experience different study cultures, broadening your academic horizons, your network and your career opportunities. As well as providing you with an excellent academic programme, we want to give you the chance to gain international experience, meet people from many different parts of the world, develop intercultural skills and learn to navigate new challenges. We believe that you will grow tremendously as a person through this experience.

Career opportunities

Graduates of the programme will be well prepared for careers that require a broad interdisciplinary knowledge of the healthcare sector. They will be able to evaluate and improve healthcare systems, make policy recommendations and initiate healthcare innovations in an increasingly complex and dynamic world. Possible areas of employment include:

  • management positions in the public and private healthcare sector including hospitals, health care providers, health insurance companies and consulting firms,
  • policy officer roles in public institutions or
  • research positions in research and academic institutions.

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Would you like to know more about the programme?

Xenia Elbrächter
Programme Manager

Contact the Programme Manager by phone or email during advising hour on Wednesday, 10am-12pm or anytime during regular office hours (Mon-Thu).