Research course

Health Economics

The University of Manchester · Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

Entry requirements

We require applicants to hold, or be about to obtain, an Upper Second class Honours degree (or overseas equivalent) in a related subject area for entry to a PhD programme. A Lower Second class Honours degree may be considered if applicants also hold a Master's degree with a Merit classification.

Months of entry

January, September, April

Course content

Our PhD/MPhil Health Economics programme enables you to undertake a research project that will improve understanding of Health Economics.

Our main research themes within health economics apply or develop economic methods to understand:

  • Incentives and provider performance;
  • Equity in healthcare and geographical resource allocation;
  • Workforce planning and determinants of labour supply;
  • Measurement and valuation of preferences for benefits of healthcare;
  • Determinants of variation in healthcare costs and benefits;
  • Economic evaluation of complex cross-therapeutic interventions;
  • Utilisation of routinely collected data across health and social care to value costs and benefits in economic evaluation;
  • Causal analysis of complex interventions, complex needs and less-regulated (mainly diagnostic) services;
  • Innovative study design to take account of complexity in intervention design and increase in emphasis on integration of health and social care.

The research covers a number of clinical areas, including for example, ageing, mental health, precision medicine and patient safety.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36-48 months
part time
72-96 months


full time
12 months
part time
24 months

Course contact details

Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health
+44 (0)161 275 5608