The general University entrance requirement for registration for a research degree is normally a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree and additionally, for a PhD, a Master’s degree or equivalent. All international students must show evidence that they meet the English requirement for their course of study. This applies even if English is the native language of your home country. An appropriate level of English language competence is also expected as listed below. Applicants may also be required to attend compulsory in-sessional English language support. The Senate reserves the right to assess the eligibility of applicants on an individual basis. IELTS 7.0 (with no less than 6.0 in any section). Health Economics theme can provide supervision to students for topics that fit within our research programme. Two key elements of your application are: the personal statement, which should provide a brief explanation (1-2 sides of A4) of why you want to pursue a research degree and why you are applying to HERG in particular; the research proposal, should be around 1000 to 2000 words long, and outline a research question for study. Briefly summarise why this question is important, what evidence is already available on the topic, and suggest possible sources of data and methods of analysis that you could use to address the question. Please list key sources of information that you have used in developing your proposal.Entry criteria are subject to review and change each academic year.
Months of entry
January, December, November, October, August, July, June, May, April, March, February
Research students are welcomed to Brunel as valued members of our thriving, research-intensive community. A research degree provides the opportunity to investigate a topic in depth, and contribute new knowledge to your discipline. A PhD involves demonstrating through original research or other advanced scholarship the creation and interpretation of new knowledge, a systematic acquisition and understanding of a substantial body of knowledge at the forefront of an academic discipline or professional practice, the ability to conceptualise, design and implement a project for the general of new knowledge, applications or understanding at the forefront of the discipline. Both full-time (3 years) and part-time (6 years) study routes are available.
MPhil degree option
An MPhil involves the exploration of a research topic and is typically studied over a shorter period of 1 year for a full-time student and 2 years for a part-time student. MPhil students are required to demonstrate a systematic understanding of knowledge and a critical awareness of current problems and/or new insights informed by the forefront of their discipline, field of study or professional practice.
The Health Economics theme aims to improve health and wellbeing through improved decision making. We focus on economic evaluation and systematic reviews of a broad range of clinical and health service technologies by providing high quality, applied, policy-relevant research, as well as developing and refining methods to increase the rigour and relevance of such studies. We can provide supervision to students for topics that fit within our research programme.
Find out more
Applicants are advised to contact Health Economics theme prior to making a formal application. Please direct enquiries to: Dr Louise Longworth (Louise.Longworth@brunel.ac.uk). She will be pleased to offer advice on the suitability of your proposed topic for research study within HERG, and suggest potential supervisors who may be willing to comment on a draft research proposal.
Information for international students
English Language Requirements: IELTS: 7 (min 6 in all areas); Pearson: 64 (51 in all subscores); BrunELT: 70% (min 60% in all areas).
Fees and funding
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- College of Health and Life Sciences
- +44 (0) 1895 268161