Postgraduate research opportunities 

Health Economics and Health Technology Assessment

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Our aim is to be the world-leading centre for health economic and health technology assessment research and education, working to improve health and wellbeing through better decision-making.

Overview

The Institute of Health and Wellbeing (IHW) spans medical and social sciences and offers students an opportunity to train in a unique and vibrant interdisciplinary environment.

Health Economics and Health Technology Assessment (HEHTA) covers a broad set of activities relating to the appraisal of health service interventions including policies, procedures, devices, medicines and diagnostics.  Health Technology Assessment (HTA) is the assessment of relevant evidence on the effects and consequences of healthcare technologies.  Our work contributes to priority-setting and decision-making in relation to preventative, diagnostic, treatment and rehabilitation strategies.

Postgraduate research (PGR) students in HEHTA graduate with a thorough and robust skillset that is transferable to future employment in academia and public, private and third sector organizations.  PGR students’ development is supported by a program of high quality internal training, a dedicated and cohesive team, and exposure to our extensi9ve network of international colleagues.  They also have access to the Researcher Training Programs in the Colleges of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences (MVLS) and the College of Social Science (CoSS).  Our students’ work results in high quality publications and international conference presence, and contributes to HEHTA’s international reputation across our seven research themes.

Our research objectives are:

  • Through our new research theme of Global HTA, to devise innovative methodological and applied research in the international context, with a particular focus on low and middle income countries.
  • To strengthen our existing research portfolio by focusing on synergistic working across our research themes
  • To produce high quality evidence-based research that is relevant and impactful.
  • To collaborate and engage with national and global policy makers to undertake relevant research and influence decision-making. 

 

Study options

PhD programmes in HEHTA last 3-4 years, with individual research projects tailored around the expertise of principal investigators within HEHTA, the Institute of Health and Wellbeing, and the student’s interests. Our supervisors use a variety of approaches to research including decision analysis modelling, cost benefit and effectiveness analyses, risk and prediction modeling, data linkage and advanced meta-analysis. We have excellent engagement with government agencies, the NHS and local authorities, other statutory public sector and regulatory bodies, and third sector organisations.

Our research spans seven main themes:

  • Global HTA
  • Economic evidence alongside clinical trials
  • Evidence synthesis
  • Economic aspects of population health
  • Statistical analysis of linked health data
  • Decision analytic modeling and simulation
  • Incorporating qualitative evidence into health economic and health technology studies.

Supervisors

All our postgraduate research students are allocated a supervisor who acts as the main source of academic support and research mentoring.

You may want to identify a potential supervisor and contact them to discuss your research proposal before you apply.

Entry requirements

Awarded or expected 1st class or high upper 2nd class BSc degree.

English Language requirements for applicants whose first language is not English.

Fees and funding

Fees

2016/17

  • £4,121 UK/EU
  • £18,900 outside EU

Prices are based on the annual fee for full-time study. Fees for part-time study are half the full-time fee.

Additional fees for all students:

  • Submission by a research student £440
  • Submission for a higher degree by published work £890
  • Submission of thesis after deadline lapsed £140
  • Submission by staff in receipt of staff scholarship £680
  • Research students registered as non-supervised Thesis Pending students (50% refund will be granted if the student completes thesis within the first six months of the period) £250
  • General Council fee £50
  • Depending on the nature of the research project, some students will be expected to pay a bench fee to cover additional costs. The exact amount will be provided in the offer letter.

2017/18

  • £4,195 UK/EU*
  • £19,500 outside EU

Prices are based on the annual fee for full-time study. Fees for part-time study are half the full-time fee.

* We expect that tuition fees for EU students entering in 2017 will continue to be set at the same level as that for UK students.  However, future funding arrangements for EU students will be determined as part of the UK’s discussions on its future relationship.  If you are thinking of applying for 2017 entry, we would encourage you to do so in the usual way. For further information, please see the Research Councils UK statement on international collaboration and Universities UK Brexit FAQs for universities and students.

Additional fees for all students:

  • Fee for re-submission by a research student: £460
  • Submission for a higher degree by published work: £1,050
  • Submission of thesis after deadline lapsed: £250
  • Submission by staff in receipt of staff scholarship: £730
  • Research students registered as non-supervised Thesis Pending students (50% refund will be granted if the student completes thesis within the first six months of the period): £300
  • Registration/exam only fee: £150
  • General Council fee: £50

Alumni discount

A 10% discount is available to University of Glasgow alumni. This includes graduates and those who have completed a Junior Year Abroad, Exchange programme or International Summer School at the University of Glasgow. The discount is applied at registration for students who are not in receipt of another discount or scholarship funded by the University. No additional application is required.

 

Funding

Support

Resources

We strive to achieve a global impact in both health improvement and reductions in health inequalities. In order to realise these goals, we share knowledge through collaborations with academics and other partners in 73 countries across the world.

PGR students have the opportunity to work with our internationally recognised research partners, including:

  • Columbia University
  • Centre for Health Economics, University of York
  • Health Economics Research Centre, University of Oxford

PhD students are exposed to advanced and innovative methodologies relevant to health economics and HTA, and to our collaborative and interdisciplinary working culture that supports creative research ideas which contribute to reducing the global burden of disease.

Graduate School

The College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences Graduate School provides a vibrant, supportive and stimulating environment for all our postgraduate students. We aim to provide excellent support for our postgraduates through dedicated postgraduate convenors, highly trained supervisors and pastoral support for each student.
 
Our over-arching aim is to provide a research training environment that includes:

  • provision of excellent facilities and cutting edge techniques
  • training in essential research and generic skills
  • excellence in supervision and mentoring
  • interactive discussion groups and seminars
  • an atmosphere that fosters critical cultural policy and research analysis
  • synergy between research groups and areas
  • extensive multidisciplinary and collaborative research
  • extensive external collaborations both within and beyond the UK 
  • a robust generic skills programme including opportunities in social and commercial training

Career prospects

Studying for a PhD in a vibrant, interdisciplinary environment will equip you with transferable research skills that are relevant to a range of career options in the public, private and charitable sectors. Many students find employment in the University sector after completing their studies or choose to pursue careers in health services, government or non-governmental organisations (NGOs) with a focus on global health improvement.

Our project supervisors have strong academic connections with collaborators in universities and research institutes across the world. Funds are available through the college of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences to support visits to international partners where, if appropriate, part of your project can be carried out. This provides an excellent opportunity for networking and increasing your scientific knowledge and skill set.