Master in Management and Health Economics

Faculty of Economics

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Course Type

2nd Cycle Studies - Lifelong Learning Master Programme

Qualification Awarded



2 Year(s)

ECTS Credits



Lifelong training second cycle

Course Coordinator(s)

Pedro Augusto Melo Lopes Ferreira (pedrof@fe.uc.pt)

Victor Manuel Reis Raposo (vraposo@fe.uc.pt)

ECTS Departmental Coordinator(s)

Carmen Isabel de Oliveira Amado Mendes (carmen.mendes@fe.uc.pt)

General Objectives of the Course
The Faculty of Economics of the University of Coimbra with this master's degree in health economics and health management aims to provide advanced training in health economics and health management and the application of methodological tools and health measurement. Managers and health economists must have solid
training in both management and quality as in economics, health policies and health systems as well as methods and systems to support clinical, management or policy decisions. In addition, it is intended that graduates in health economics and health management develop research projects in specific areas of health economics. To students, this course provides the skills and the follow-up needed for the preparation of a dissertation, enabling them to pursue studies at the level of the 3rd cycle.
Learning Objectives and Intended Skills
Covering a number of areas of knowledge in health management and health economics, learning goals are achieved through a set of instrumental curricular units and critical analysis. The first ones in order to complete the quantitative analysis skills needed for the development of dissertations and the latter as a means to train students in critical reading of scientific articles in various areas of management and health economics, at the same time fostering their knowledge about the state of the art in some areas of relevance to the project they wish to develop. The measurement of its degree of fulfillment is done through testing and submission of individual papers.
Mode of Study
Teaching sessions will take place on Friday (afternoon) and Saturday (morning and afternoon).
Access to Further Studies
Master's graduates in Health Management and Economics have increased competences for applying to a PhD programme.
Admission Requirements

(i) Holders of Bachelors’s degrees taught in FEUC or equivalent, as well as holders of Bachelor’s degrees in Medicine, Pharmacy, Nursing, Health Technologies or other Bachelor’s degrees considered appropriate;
(ii) Holders of a foreign higher education degree awarded after a first study cycle organized according to the principles of the Bologna Process by an acceding State;
(iii) Holders of foreign higher academic degree that is recognized by the Faculty of Economics' Scientific Council;
(iv) In duly justified cases, applicants showing a scientific and professional curriculum relevant for attending the current study cycle may access the Master's study cycle upon recognition by the Faculty of Economics' Scientific Council.

Candidates should check the admission requirements available on this site, in addition to the information provided here.

Recognition of Prior Learning
Previous training obtained in national or foreign higher education institutions can be recognized.
Qualification Requirements and Regulations
Decree-Law No. 74/2006, of 24 March, as amended by the Decree-Law No. 107/2008, of 25 June, and by the Decree-Law No. 230/2009, of 14 September. The Order No. 10760/2008 of 11 April publishes the course's programme structure and study plan.
Professional Goals
Masters in Health Management and Economics have specialized qualifications for exercising functions in the health field, namely at public organisms, associations and companies, both national and international.
Examination Regulations, Assessment and Grading
As assessment is a pedagogical activity inseparable from the teaching process, its aim is to establish the students' competencies and knowledge, their critical sense, ability to recognize and resolve problems, as well as their written and oral presentation skills. Students may only register for exams for classes they are currently registered for under the terms of number 6 of article 4 of the University of Coimbra Pedagogical Policy. The following are examples of assessment items: Oral or written exams, written or practical work, individual and group projects that may require an oral defense, as well as class participation. Assessment for each class may include one or more of the above mentioned items. Grading is based on a scale of 0 to 20 and a grade of 10 is required to pass. Whenever assessment includes more than one item, the final grade is calculated by taking into account the relative weight of each item according to a formula published in the course outline under the terms of number 2 of article 7 of the UC Pedagogical Policy.
Graduation Requirements

The Master's degree requires the successful completion of all units of study in the study plan, as well as a dissertation, totalling 120 ECTS.

Thus, the Master's degree requires 60 ECTS at the taught subjects, the attendance to the follow-up seminar (corresponding to 10 ECTS) and the successful completion of the dissertation (corresponding to 50 ECTS and lasting 2 semesters).

Students who complete the 1st year (44 ECTS from the mandatory units of study plus 16 ECTS from the optional ones) will receive a “Postgraduate Studies Diploma” in Health Management and Economics.

Study Programme
Applications Notice (only in portuguese)
1st Semester
Start date: 10-09-2018
End date: 20-12-2018
2nd Semester
Start date: 04-02-2019
End date: 30-05-2019
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  • 2014-09-22 a 2020-09-21
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