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Postgraduate study


PhD courses

For PhD enquiries contact Kerry Atkinson on

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. The Centre’s research is organised within the following themes and we are interested in supervising PhD students in these areas:

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. Before making an application you should consult the regulations and entry requirements for these departments to ensure that you qualify for the PhD programme at York. You may want to visit the Graduate Schools Office website for further information before applying. 

Those interested in studying at CHE should send the following information to an appropriate contact listed above:

  • A cover email expressing your interest and your funding situation (i.e. how you intend to fund your PhD),
  • A CV, including information about MSc/MA level exam grades for each subject taken,
  • A sample of your written work (e.g. essay or dissertation),
  • A 2-page research proposal setting out your main research questions or objectives, methods and potential sources of data

Applications that fail to provide the above information are unlikely to be taken forward. Please consult the webpages describing research themes to ensure your proposal aligns with the interests of the Centre.

Occasionally we advertise studentship opportunities on our news pages. 


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 Research 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 Research 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 2019, Rachel Meacock was awarded a Fellowship and will visit CHE during 2019.

Rachel is from The University of Manchester and her research project will be 'Developing a method for estimating the impact of health policy interventions in terms of QALYs'.

Past fellows

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

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Short courses

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