Research degrees at HERG

A research degree provides the opportunity to investigate a topic in depth, and contribute new knowledge to your discipline. Research students are welcomed to HERG as valued members of our thriving, research-intensive team. Research students work closely alongside the HERG team and are invited to participate in HERG events including our programme of seminars from visiting external speakers and our regular internal research paper discussions. In addition, students will be encouraged to contribute to the national 'virtual seminar series' in health economics for Doctoral students and early career researchers, which is led by students and researchers at HERG.

Brunel University welcomes research students and provides a variety of research training and support 

How to apply

HERG can provide supervision to students for topics that fit within our research programme. Please review the HERG admissions policy before applying. Applications should be made through the online application on the University website:

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. This 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. For advice on avoiding plagiarism, see:

Applicants are advised to contact HERG prior to making a formal application. Please direct enquiries to: Dr Louise Longworth ( 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.

Page last updated: Monday 11 July 2016