Health Economics PhD/MSc by Research

Health care systems worldwide confront the challenge of meeting seemingly unlimited patient needs and demands with constrained and limited resources. Health economics is playing an increasing role, providing analysis to inform health care decision making and policy formation. Birmingham has a strong tradition in this field, with research and teaching spanning some 30 years. We seek to inform policy and resource allocation in the NHS and to guide research methodology through undertaking, promoting and facilitating high quality health economics research.

 

Course fact file

Type of Course: Doctoral research

Study Options: Full time, part time

Duration: PhD – 3 years full-time, 6 years part-time; MSc by Research – 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time

Start date: Research degrees may start at any time of the year, though for most this will be September/October

Contact

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Head of College of Medical and Dental Sciences Graduate School: Professor John Gordon

If you complete our contact form we will respond to your enquiry within two business days.

Alternatively, you can contact us on +44 (0)121 414 5005 or by email: mds-phd@contacts.bham.ac.uk

Details

Health care systems worldwide confront the challenge of meeting seemingly unlimited patient needs and demands with constrained and limited resources. Health economics is playing an increasing role, providing analysis to inform health care decision making and policy formation. Birmingham has a strong tradition in this field, with research and teaching spanning some 30 years. We seek to inform NHS policy and resource allocation and to guide research methodology through undertaking, promoting and facilitating high quality health economics research.

We have an extensive teaching and learning programme aimed at building health economics research capacity and providing skills for people working in the health sector. Our activity in this area incorporates a PhD programme, postgraduate study opportunities at MSc/Diploma level, and continuing professional development courses and workshops.

Fees and funding

Standard fees  apply, although in some projects a bench fee is also payable 
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Scholarships and studentships
Scholarships may be available. International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government.

For further information contact the School directly or email sfo@contacts.bham.ac.uk

Entry requirements

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International students
We accept a range of qualifications from different countries – learn more about international entry requirements

Standard English language requirements apply

How to apply

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Contact

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Head of College of Medical and Dental Sciences Graduate School: Professor John Gordon

If you complete our contact form we will respond to your enquiry within two business days.

Alternatively, you can contact us on +44 (0)121 414 5005 or by email: mds-phd@contacts.bham.ac.uk

Research interests of staff

Before submitting an application to the University, you will need to identify potential supervisors in your desired field of research in order that you can indicate this in your application. There will be a delay in processing your application if this information is not provided. To do this, you can browse the “research interests” tab on the course finder pages which identifies research leads by subject area.

Alternatively you can:

  • Search for an advertised postgraduate research opportunity via our Doctoral Researchers search engine
  • Browse the school websites. Most schools provide a list of research active staff and their research interests on their website
  • Economic evaluation including health state valuation and particularly temporary health state valuation in gynaecology and sexual health clinical areas
    Professor Tracey Roberts 
  • The use of the Capability Approach in health economics 
    Professor Joanna Coast
  • Measurement and valuation of healthcare benefits/outcomes; Economic issues related to unpaid care; Methodological and applied work using the capability approach
    Dr Hareth Al-Janabi
  • Methodological issues to do with modelling for health economics evaluation; Specific clinical questions where the choice of model type is a relevant issue
    Dr Pelham Barton
  • Application of cost-benefit analysis for the evaluation of health-care interventions; Economics of obesity; Health-related quality of life in a paediatric population
    Dr Emma Frew
     
  • Decision modelling in economic evaluation; Trial based economic evaluation; Impact of disease on work and estimation of productivity costs; Aspects of economic evaluation in chronic disease (COPD, musculoskeletal disease, cardiovascular disease)
    Dr Sue Jowett
  • Other supervisors
    Dr Philip Kinghorn
    Dr Hugh McLeod
    Dr Andrew Sutton 

Contact

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Head of College of Medical and Dental Sciences Graduate School: Professor John Gordon

If you complete our contact form we will respond to your enquiry within two business days.

Alternatively, you can contact us on +44 (0)121 414 5005 or by email: mds-phd@contacts.bham.ac.uk

Employability

Following graduation, Postgraduate Researchers in the College MDS gain employment in a variety of areas though with a majority continuing in research, mostly in Academia but also in the Health,  Pharmaceutical, and Biotechnology sectors.  Others pursue careers in Education, Publishing, Intellectual Property Protection, Technology Innovation, Business, and more besides.

Find out more about where our postgraduate students go

Contact

Read FAQs for this programme

Head of College of Medical and Dental Sciences Graduate School: Professor John Gordon

If you complete our contact form we will respond to your enquiry within two business days.

Alternatively, you can contact us on +44 (0)121 414 5005 or by email: mds-phd@contacts.bham.ac.uk