Research course

Health Economics and Policy

Lancaster University · Health Research

Entry requirements

Academic Requirements
2:1 Hons degree (UK or equivalent) in economics, or other relevant discipline with a significant quantitative content such as statistics, pharmacy, medicine and management.

Additional Requirements
As part of your application you will also need to provide a 500 word research proposal.

Months of entry


Course content

The PhD in Health Economics and Policy provides opportunities to gain a deeper and more critical insight into health economics theory, research and practice, whether they are based within healthcare settings, industry, international organisations, local government, education, research, or management. This programme meets the needs of those wishing to enhance their research skills, develop their understanding of theory, policy and practice, and make an original contribution to knowledge development within their field, while at the same time fulfilling their existing responsibilities. The course is aimed at individuals based in international settings or in the UK. The programme combines innovative distance learning and face-to-face approaches helping you to gain deeper and critical insights into critical issues in the health care sector.

The specialist taught modules include both the theory and practice of health economics and policy. The PhD will be oriented towards empirical research but is supported by a selection of taught courses providing skills in up-to-date research techniques in economics and health services research. This ensures that our postgraduate students extend their knowledge beyond a single discipline, and possess a wide range of skills to aid employability.

It also builds upon the expertise held at Lancaster regarding blended learning and will utilise innovative live online interactive lectures. Additionally, the Health Economics at Lancaster (HEAL) team has specific expertise necessary for the proposed programme, complemented by the expertise existing in the Economics department at Lancaster University Management School (LUMS). The team have expertise in health economics, health policy and economic evaluation. Current research being undertaken by the members of the teams will influence all aspects of the module.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    part time
    48 months
    • Distance learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions
+44 (0)1524 592032