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Postgraduate research courses in Health Economics

University of Birmingham

Contact details:
The academic lead for PhDs in the department is Dr Emma Frew ( Health Economics Unit, University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 2TT

Programme details:
Topic areas covered include:
  • Methodological and applied work in the area of economic evaluation
  • Outcomes and capabilities measures
  • Resource measurement and cost valuation
  • Decision modelling and value of information analysis
  • End of life care

How to make an application:
For informal PhD enquiries please contact Emma Frew ( in the first instance.
For information, to make a formal application you will need a full PhD proposal, a CV and two academic references and evidence of funding. To make an online application to the University please follow the link.


City University, London

Contact details:
Professor Mireia Jofre-Bonet
City University London, Northampton Square, London, EC1V 0HB

Programme details:
We have PhD studentships within the Economics Department that can fund PhD students doing health economics in our areas of expertise.


University of East Anglia

Contact details:

The academic lead for PhDs in the department is Dr Tracey Sach ( Health Economics Group, University of East Anglia, Earlham Road, Norwich NR4 7TJ

Programme details:

Topic areas covered include:

  • Econometric modeling of individual and household health behaviours (e.g. self-assessed health, informal care, obesity etc.)
  • Subjective well-being: determinants, econometric modelling and methodology (consistency, sensitivity etc.)
  • Methodological and applied work in the area of economic evaluation
  • Public health economics
  • Resource measurement and cost valuation
  • Stated preference techniques (choice experiments and contingent valuation): methodology (uncertainty, hypothetical bias, decision heuristics etc.) and applications (non-market valuation and general preference elicitation).
  • Value of Information analysis


Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience at King’s College London

Contact details:
The academic lead for PhDs in the department (not just covering health economics) is Dr Sian Oram (
Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience at King’s College London, PO31 David Goldberg Centre, De Crespigny Park, Denmark Hill, London, SE5 8AF

Programme details:
We do not provide a specific PhD programme in health economics. However, we do have PhD students focussing on health economic issues, for example:

  • Economic evaluation of antipsychotic medication for children/adolescents
  • Investigation into economic issues around genetic testing
  • Multinational assessment of dementia costs


University of Leeds

Contact details:
Researchers at the Academic Unit of Health Economics (AUHE) are interested in supervising PhD students in the areas listed below. If students have an idea for a research project which does not fit in one of the below areas, they can contact Dr Sandy Tubeuf ( for a preliminary discussion of their research interests.
Academic Unit of Health Economics (AUHE), University of Leeds, Charles Thackrah,
101 Clarendon Road, Leeds, LS2 9LJ

Programme details:
The AUHE at the University of Leeds offers opportunities to study for PhD.


London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Contact details:
Interested applicants should click on the link below and follow instructions for various members of academic staff to contact: degrees
London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Keppel Street, London, WC1E 7HT

Programme details:
We have a flourishing research degree programme in health economics. Examples of current and recently completed research topics include:

  • An investigation of alternative statistical methods for cost-effectiveness analyses that use Cluster Randomised Trials
  • Economic evaluation of the Maimwana project: a community-based randomised controlled trial to reduce neonatal and maternal mortality and mother-to-child transmission of HIV
  • Economic evaluation of a community-based intervention: measuring the value to society
  • Variations in performance of three public insurance schemes in Thailand
  • Hospital autonomisation in Bogota, Colombia: a transactions cost economic analysis
  • Economic analysis of the retail supply chain for malaria treatment in Cambodia
  • The role of professional education and training in workforce migration
  • The impact of medical tourism on the Thai health system
  • Global Health Diplomacy: a meta narrative of the role of the World Health Organisation in the global governance of non-communicable disease and trade

Click here for an overview of the programme


National University of Ireland, Galway

Contact details:: The academic lead for PhDs in the department is Professor Ciaran O’Neill (
Cairns School of Business and Economics, NUI Galway, Galway, Republic of Ireland

Programme details:
Health economics is available as part of the broader PhD programme offered by the economics discipline. There are approximately 8 students currently studying for PhDs in health economics with NUI Galway, most on a fulltime basis. They work on a diverse range of subjects including ageing, cancer and obesity. Linkages with other institutions can allow students to avail of study opportunities elsewhere as part of the PhD programme. This has allowed past students to spend time at UC Berkeley, for example, and current candidates to spend time at the University of Washington and at Johns Hopkins while completing their studies.


University of Oxford

Contact details:
Alison Gater – Administrator
Health Economics Research Centre, Department of Public Health, University of Oxford, Old Road Campus, Headington, Oxford OX3 7LF

Programme details:
There are opportunities for individuals to study for a DPhil in health economics in the Department of Public Health as full time students or as staff, under the supervision of a senior member of HERC.


Queen Margaret University

Contact details:
Janice Burr - Institute Officer
Institute for International Health and Development, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh, Musselburgh, EH21 6UU

Programme details:
Opportunities for PhD study are available in the Institute under the academic lead of Professor Barbara McPake. We are particularly interested in supervising topics in the area of economic analysis of health systems. Examples of our current student’s projects are available on our website:


University of Sheffield

Contact details:
The academic lead for PhDs in the department is Dr Donna Rowen ( Research Fellow,
Health Economics and Decision Science, School of Health and Related Research, University of Sheffield, Regent Court, 30 Regent Street, Sheffield, S1 4DA

Further information for applicants interested in undertaking a research degree in health economics can be found at

Programme details:
We have students undertaking MPhil and PhD research degrees across a range of topics covering health economics, modelling for economic evaluation and information resources.

Examples of current and recently completed research topics include:

  • Investigating the role of social value judgements in health care decision making
  • The effect of respondent income on Time Trade-Off valuation
  • Development of a paediatric disease specific measure of health-related quality of life in Amblyopia
  • Good health: a foundation for the development of capabilities which foster well-being in the present and future
  • Evidence for decision analytic models
  • Methodologies of economic evaluation for innovative non-pharmaceutical health technologies
  • A methodological framework for developing the structure of public health economic models
  • Incorporating survival analysis into economic evaluations of advanced cancer treatments to inform resource allocation decisions
  • Bayesian decision analysis in clinical research programmes - adding costs and benefits to decision rules and design
  • Economic analysis of the A (H1N1) or swine flu vaccine in Mexico: A dynamic cost-effectiveness model


Swansea University

Contact details:
The academic Lead for PhDs is Dr Jaynie Rance. ( Jaynie is the Director of PhD Programmes across the College of Human and Health Sciences (not just health economics).

Alternatively, informal enquiries can be made to Professor Ceri Phillips, Professor of Health Economics at

Further details on how to apply for a PhD can be found at:

Programme details:
Current PhD topic areas include:

  • Economic evaluation of pharmacist-led interventions for secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease;
  • Use of patient-reported outcome measures in cancer patients;
  • Managing budget constraints utilising economic frameworks for disinvesment
  • Assessing the costs and benefits of blood conservation methods in managing the collection and utilisation of allogeneic blood.
  • Cost-effectiveness of work-based facilitation in clinical reasoning in musculoskeletal physiotherapy


University of Warwick

Contact details:
The academic lead for PhDs in health economics is Professor Stavros Petrou (
Clinical Trials Unit, Warwick Clinical Trials Unit, University of Warwick, Gibbet Hill Road, Coventry, CV4 7AL

Programme details:
Applications from potential PhD students wishing to work in the areas listed below would be very welcome.

  • The study of economic aspects of perinatal and paediatric health and health care
  • The development of utility measurement in these contexts
  • Methodological concerns surrounding the conduct of economic evaluation alongside randomised controlled trials.


University of York

Programme details:
The Economics Department and Centre for Health Economics offer Health related PhDs. Follow the links for further information.


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