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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 €295 per semester, including a public transport card). In addition, students have to pay tuition fees at Maastricht University during their second year (around €2,200 for EU/EEA applicants; for more details on the tuition fees, please see the information on tuition fee at Maastricht University).


As a student of the programme, you benefit from the expertise of two top universities and enjoy the advantages offered by the interdisciplinary approach. You study at each university for one year and will graduate with two 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. The programme is integrated into these degree programmes and incorporates courses from both. It is based on recognition of credit points and includes a master's thesis, which you will write during your second year of studies, combined with a placement.


The international master's programme focuses on how to approach current and future healthcare challenges through innovation. You develop an interdisciplinary understanding of management, economics and innovation in the sector on a national or international scale. On completion of this programme, you will be able to apply economic concepts to medical questions and actively address the challenges of today's complex and rapidly changing healthcare sector with innovative approaches.

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 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 more details about the programme? Get in contact with me during my advising hour or anytime during regular office hours by phone.

Programme Management
Xenia Elbrächter, Phone: +49 (0)221 470-7702

Advising hour:
Wednesdays, 10am-12pm by phone or in-person. You can schedule an in-person appointment here.