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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
Fees: Students pay a social contribution at the University of Cologne for the duration of their studies (around €285 per semester, including a public transport card). In addition, students have to pay tuition fees at Maastricht University during their second year (around €2,150 for EU/EEA applicants; for more details on the tuition fees, please see the information on tuition fee at Maastricht University).


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 Master in Healthcare Policy, Innovation and Management at Maastricht University is offered by the Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences.


The programme is integrated into the Master of Science in Health Economics at the University of Cologne and the Master of Science in Healthcare Policy, Innovation and Management at Maastricht University and incorporates courses from both. It is based on recognition of credit points and includes a master's thesis, which is written during the second year of your studies, combined with a placement.


The courses available at both universities complement each other very well, providing a wide range from which you can benefit from. For more course details, you can consult the UoC course catalogue and the Maastricht course catalogue (there may be minor changes in the course catalogues for upcoming academic years).

Career prospects

Graduates of the programme are well prepared for careers that require extensive interdisciplinary knowledge of the healthcare sector. They are able to evaluate and improve healthcare systems, draft 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 at research and academic institutions.


Would you like to know the entry requirements and how to apply? Take a look at our application website.