Accessibility statement

Postgraduate study


PhD courses

For PhD enquiries please contact Sarah Crust

There are opportunities to study for a PhD based in the Centre for Health Economics. Being located in the Centre will provide you with the opportunity to interact with staff and students working in your area of research interest.

Applying to Study with CHE

Regulations and Entry Requirements

PhD students are located in CHE but registered within a teaching department, usually the Department of Economics and Related Studies or the Department of Health Sciences. Details of how to apply can be found on their webpages. 

Before making an application you should consult the entry requirements for these departments to ensure that you qualify for the PhD programme at York.
CHE cannot consider supervising your PhD until you have applied to one of these departments.  If CHE cannot provide supervision, colleagues in the relevant department may be able to do so. 
The Department of Economics and Related Studies also offers the option of studying via distance from Year 2 of the Integrated PhD in Economics and PhD in Health Economics. 


UK and International Funding - Postgraduate research    

Funding for research degrees - Economics Home, University of York

How to apply, Fees, Funding and Studentships - Health Sciences, University of York

Studentship Opportunities

Occasionally we advertise studentship opportunities on our news pages.  The CHE studentship is usually advertised around February/March.  

Useful Links

You may want to visit the Student Services website for further information before applying.




MSc in health economics

The MSc in Health Economics has been running since 1978 and the course has been completed by over 750 British and overseas students. It provides a comprehensive training in the theory and practice of Health Economics and gives students the experience and skills needed for research and health service decision-making. Graduates work in government departments, research units, universities, national health services and health care organisations, and the pharmaceutical industry.

For more information, visit the Department of Economics and Related Studies.

Distance learning

PG certificate and PG diploma in health economics for health care professionals and MSc in economic evaluation for health technology assessment

The York distance learning programmes in Health Economics for Health Care Professionals offer students the opportunity to study for University-accredited qualifications at the postgraduate level. The programmes are designed to allow students to study whilst continuing in their careers, and offer the flexibility to spread study over a period of years to match professional and personal circumstances.

For more information, visit the Distance Learning Programmes in Health Economics site

CHE Visiting Fellowships

CHE Visiting Fellowships

The Alan Williams Fellowships scheme was first launched in 2006 as a tribute to Professor Alan Williams and to enable health economists from anywhere in the world to spend time at the Centre for Health Economics in York, UK. This has recently been replaced by the CHE Visiting Fellowships.

Researchers wishing to visit CHE are invited to apply and the fellowship award is intended as a contribution towards living and travel expenses associated with the visit. The call for applications is placed on the website during March and April annually.  

In 2022, Fernando Alarid Escudero, Ricarda Milstein and Hugo Pedder were awarded Fellowships and will visit CHE during 2022/23.

Fernando is from the Center for Research and Teaching in Economics, Mexico and his reserch project will focus on using real-world data for evidence synthesis, personalised considerations, and causal inference using individual-level DES modeling techniques.

Ricarda is from the University of Hamburg, Germany and her research project will be to Systematically review policies and their effects to attract GPs to, and retain them in underserved areas in eight OECD countries.

Hugo is from the University of Bristol, UK and his research project is to demonstrate the ability of dose-response Model-Based Network Meta-Analysis to strengthen cost-effectiveness decisions in the presence of sparse relative effectiveness evidence. 

Past fellows

Rachel Meacock 2019

Giancarlo Buitrago Gutierrez 2018

Ankur Pandya 2018

Claire de Oliveira, October-December 2017

John Tayu Lee, 2016/2017

Rohan Sweeney, February-May 2016
Publication resulting from the fellowship:

  • Sweeney R, Suhrcke M, Jeon YJ, Mortimer D. The impact of SWAps on health aid displacement of domestic health expenditure. The Journal of Development Studies 2018;54(4):719-737. Download from T & F online

Hossein Afzali, April-June 2015
Publication resulting from the fellowship:

  • Haji Ali Afzali H, Bojke L, Karnon J. Model structuring for economic evaluations of new health technologies. Pharmacoeconomics 2018;doi:10.1007/s40273-018-0693-7. Download from Springer

Francesca Zantomio, November 2014-January 2015
Publication resulting from the fellowship:

  • Jones AM, Rice N, Zantomio F. What happens to employment after an acute health shock? Understanding Society:Insights 2016;p12-13. Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER), University of Essex, 2016. Download from Insights

Mikael Svensson, April-June 2014 

Peter Sivey, April-June 2014 
Publication resulting from the fellowship:

  • Sivey P. Should I stay or should I go? Hospital emergency department waiting times and demand. Health Economics 2018;27(3):e30-e42. Download from Wiley

Line Kongstad, November 2012-February 2013

Cinzia di Novi, November 2011-April 2012
Publication resulting from the fellowship:

  • Carrieri V, Di Novi C, Jacobs R, Robone S. Well-being and psychological consequences of temporary contracts: the case of younger Italian employees. Centre for Health Economics, University of York; CHE Research Paper 79 (PDF , 342kb)‌2012.

Rena Conti, May-June 2009

Anirban Basu, April-June 2008
Publication resulting from the fellowship:

  • Basu A. Economics of individualization in comparative effectiveness research and a basis for a patient-centered health care. Journal of Health Economics 2011;30(3):549-559. Download from Elsevier.

Ismo Linnosmaa, Feb-July 2008

Matteo Galizzi, 2007 & 2008

Giuliana de Luca, August-December 2007

Aleksandra Torbica, June-September 2007
Publication resulting from the fellowship:

  • Torbica A, Fattore G. Understanding the impact of economic evidence on clinical decision making: a discrete choice experiment in cardiology. Social Science & Medicine 2010;70(10):1536-43. Download from Elsevier

Victor Zarate, January-April 2007
Publication resulting from the fellowship:

  • Zarate V, Kind P, Chuang L.H. Hispanic Valuation of the EQ-5D Health States: A Social Value Set for Latin Americans. Value in Health 2008;11(7):1170-1177.  Download from Wiley.

More information

Email for more information on our postgraduate courses

Short courses

We also offer a selection of health economics short courses and workshops