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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.

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

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

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 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.

"Combining economic theories with an approach to healthcare delivery and studying in two academic frameworks with different teaching styles, is what I benefited from the most. I really enjoyed the combination of theoretical teaching and practical training. Having completed the programme, I feel confident in my ability to apply my knowledge and skills to the healthcare challenges of the future."

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


Would you like to know more about the programme? Contact the Programme Manager by phone or email.

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