Centre for Health Economics - PhD Opportunity

Posted on 9 April 2018

Closing date Friday 18 May 2018

About us

We are looking for exceptional students to apply for a funded PhD opportunity at the Centre for Health Economics (CHE). 

CHE will fund a single studentship from the following three topic areas: 

Topic 1: (PDF  , 267kb) Improving methods for programme evaluation in healthcare – a cost-effectiveness approach 
Co-supervisors: Simon Walker, Nils Gutacker, Mark Sculpher 

Topic 2: (PDF  , 259kb) The impact of physical health shocks on the consumption of healthcare resources for the treatment of depression 
Co-supervisors: Panos KasteridisRowena Jacobs 

Topic 3: (PDF  , 268kb) Innovative approaches to policy evaluation in global health with quasi-experimental methods 
Co-supervisors: Marc Suhrcke, Rodrigo Moreno-Serra, Noemi Kreif 

Supervision and research environment

The successful candidate will be supervised in CHE and will be registered through the Department of Economics and Related Studies at the University of York. This is an opportunity to work in close contact with researchers in one of the most successful health economics research groups in the UK. CHE has a leading international reputation, and is one of the world’s largest health economics research centres. Its mission is to undertake “high quality research that is capable of influencing health policy decisions”. The Centre attracts some of the best and brightest people in the field in the form of PhD students and visitors from overseas, creating a vibrant research environment. The University of York is widely recognized as one of the leading research universities in the UK and is also at the top of the teaching quality rankings.

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CHE has an Athena SWAN Bronze award which recognises our commitment to good practice in recruiting, retaining and supporting the careers of women. We strive to provide a supportive culture and family friendly work environment and to offer equal opportunities to all staff members. We seek to ensure the policies and procedures in the department are fair and support good work practices for everyone.  

The award

The award will cover academic fees at the UK/EU rate plus a maintenance stipend for 3 years (£14,777 in 2018/19). Overseas students will be expected to meet the cost of the difference between the UK/EU rate and the overseas rate.

Students are welcome to register full-time or part-time.

Eligibility criteria

The ideal candidate will have (or be about to complete) a Masters degree in economics or a specialization within economics, with a substantial component in econometrics or a related quantitative subject. The English language requirement is IELTS: 6.5, with no less than 6.0 in each component.

Process for application

Applications should be received no later than Friday 18 May 2018 before 16.00h (UTC).

Applications should be made using the University of York on-line application process which can be accessed using the following link. http://www.york.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/. Select PhD in Economics on the application form, in order to be registered in the Department of Economics and Related Studies. Insert reference CHEPHD2018 in “How studies will be funded” field. 

Please also provide a curriculum vitae and two academic references. In addition, you should upload an outline of your intended approach to the area of research, noting the potential methods or approaches that could be used (up to 500 words in PDF format).  If you have already published academic papers, one of these may also be uploaded.


Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed.  Interviews take place on TBC.

At interview, candidates will be expected to give a short presentation on their proposed project including relevant literature, potential data sources and applicable methods. It should also focus on their plans for the studentship for which they have applied and the skills they would bring to their doctoral research. 

Students residing overseas will be offered an opportunity to be interviewed using the University’s video-conferencing facility.