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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



  • Get 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 on a national or international scale
  • Develop interdisciplinary research skills and ideas on how we can meet healthcare demand in spite of scarce resources through innovative approaches

Benefit from the expertise of two top universities and enjoy the advantages offered by the interdisciplinary approach. After successful studies, you will graduate with 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.

"I chose the programme because of its unique combination of deep economic and management insights as well as broader innovation and policy perspectives - all in an international setting. The programme has been an excellent preparation for my current position as a healthcare strategy and transactions manager in consultancy. I continue to benefit from having been a part of it on a daily basis."

Eva-Lotta Hinzpeter, Managerin Healthcare at EY Parthenon (Ernst & Young) and alumna of the programme

Info session

Join our upcoming online session on Wednesday, 15 March, 17:00-17:30 to learn more about the programme (registration is open). The language of the session will be German.

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).


The courses available at the two universities complement each other very well, providing a wide range of topics. The double degree is integrated into the regular master's programmes and incorporates courses from both.

Get an impression of 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 during your second year of studies.

"Combining economic theories with an approach to health care delivery and to study in two academic frameworks with different teaching styles, is what I most benefitted from. I enjoyed a lot the linkage of theoretical teaching and practical training. Having graduated from the programme, I feel confident that I am able to apply my knowledge and skills to healthcare challenges of the future."

Jan Laufenberg, Market Access Professional at Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson and alumnus of the programme


Would you like to know more details about the programme? Get in touch with the Programme Manager by phone (Mon-Thu), email or schedule an in-person appointment on campus.

Xenia Elbrächter
Programme Manager
Phone: +49 (0)221 470-7702
Email: Contact form

Advising hour: Wednesdays, 10am-12pm. Please schedule an in-person appointment on campus here.