Research course

Health Economics

University of Birmingham · Life and Environmental Sciences
PhDMSc by research

Entry requirements

You will need an Honours degree (normally a first or 2:1) in a relevant subject awarded by an approved university, or an alternative qualification(s) and/or evidence of experience judged by the University as indicative of your potential for research and as satisfactory for the purpose of entry to a research degree programme. If your first language is not English you will need to demonstrate that you have a high level of written and spoken English. See ‘What are the English Language requirements’ for more details. If you have a 2:2 undergraduate degree or equivalent, you may be considered for entry onto the PhD programme if you also hold a good Masters degree (at merit or distinction).

Months of entry

January, December, November, October, September, June, May, April, March, February

Course content

Health care systems worldwide confront the challenge of meeting seemingly unlimited patient needs and demands with constrained and limited resources. Health economics is playing an increasing role, providing analysis to inform health care decision making and policy formation. Birmingham has a strong tradition in this field, with research and teaching spanning some 30 years. We seek to inform NHS policy and resource allocation and to guide research methodology through undertaking, promoting and facilitating high quality health economics research.

We have an extensive teaching and learning programme aimed at building health economics research capacity and providing skills for people working in the health sector. Our activity in this area incorporates a PhD programme, postgraduate study opportunities at MSc/Diploma level, and continuing professional development courses and workshops.

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Department specialisms

Research interests of staff Health care policy decision-making; women's and sexual health; technology assessment Dr Tracey Roberts Email: Tel: +44 (0)121 414 7708 Professor Joanna Coast Email: Tel: +44 (0)121 414 3056

Fees and funding

UK students
£4,121 FT - £2,061 PT
International students
£13,680 FT

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Qualification and course duration


part time
72 months
full time
36 months

MSc by research

part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiry Service
0121 414 5005