About the course
Research students are welcomed to Brunel as valued members of our thriving, research-intensive community. A research degree provides the opportunity to investigate a topic in depth, and contribute new knowledge to your discipline. A PhD involves demonstrating through original research or other advanced scholarship the creation and interpretation of new knowledge, a systematic acquisition and understanding of a substantial body of knowledge at the forefront of an academic discipline or professional practice, the ability to conceptualise, design and implement a project for the general of new knowledge, applications or understanding at the forefront of the discipline. Both full-time (3 years) and part-time (6 years) study routes are available.
MPhil degree option
An MPhil involves the exploration of a research topic and is typically studied over a shorter period of 1 year for a full-time student and 2 years for a part-time student. MPhil students are required to demonstrate a systematic understanding of knowledge and a critical awareness of current problems and/or new insights informed by the forefront of their discipline, field of study or professional practice.
The Health Economics theme aims to improve health and wellbeing through improved decision making. We focus on economic evaluation and systematic reviews of a broad range of clinical and health service technologies by providing high quality, applied, policy-relevant research, as well as developing and refining methods to increase the rigour and relevance of such studies. We can provide supervision to students for topics that fit within our research programme.
Find out more
All research degrees are administered by the Postgraduate Research Programmes Office in Colleges. Once you have identified your area of research and a potential supervisor, you can complete your application online. Please use the contact details below for enquiries. You may also approach your potential supervisor directly - browse Health Economics Theme Members
College of Health and Life Sciences
Tel: +44 (0) 1895 268161
Applicants are advised to contact Health Economics theme prior to making a formal application. Please direct enquiries to: Subhash Pokhrel (Subhash.firstname.lastname@example.org). He 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.
Excellent research support and training
Extensive training and support is offered to all research students by the Graduate School, with regular Masterclasses and individual advice on academic issues as part of the Researcher Development Programme. Read more about the available Research Support and Training.
A training programme will be provided by the College of Health and Life Sciences to assist students with achieving targets. The programme will include the underpinning principles such as philosophy of science, research integrity, ethics and specialist methodology. Sessions in core, specialist and advanced research methods will prepare students for an independent research career. The College research methods programme includes sessions from specialists with research expertise in qualitative, quantitative, reflexive, practitioner and insider research.
Brunel's library is open 24 hours a day, has 400,000 books and 250,000 e-books, and an annual budget of almost £2m. Subject Information Specialists train students in the latest technology, digital literacy, and digital dissemination of scholarly outputs.
- state-of-the-art research information management tools including a research publication and grant database
- one of the largest UK’s full text repository
- an integrated data management system
- analytical tools such as Altmertic and InCites
- Open Access centrally managed fund
Facts and Figures
Brunel University London REF2014 Submission:
Economics and Econometrics
Public Health, Health Services and Primary Care
The Research Excellence Framework (REF) is a system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The results of the REF2014 have been made public in December 2014, replacing the previous REF conducted in 2008. The next REF will be undertaken in 2020. Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 - A Guide for PhD Students
Teaching and Assessment
Supervisors with insight
Our supervisors create knowledge and advance understanding, and equip research students with the confidence to apply what they have learnt for the benefit of society.
Each student will be allocated a supervisory team consisting of the principal supervisor, second supervisor and a Research Development Advisor. The supervisory team will set teaching and learning targets and advise the student how to achieve them. The progress of each student will be assessed by the supervisory team at regular meetings and by a formal Progress Review Panel at 9 months for full-time students (18 months for part-time students) and then annually. All academic supervisors receive university supported training in the supervision of PhD students.
Browse all potential supervisor profiles further here: Health Economics Theme Members.
Alumni success story
Health Economics alumnus James Chambers has been presented with the prestigious International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research Award for Value in Health Paper of the Year. The paper, relating to James' PhD thesis, examined the potential cost savings and health benefits that could be achieved from reallocation of US Medicare expenditures based on cost effectiveness information and was published in the journal Value in Health (Chambers J et al. ‘Illustrating Potential Efficiency Gains from Using Cost-Effectiveness Evidence to Reallocate Medicare Expenditures’. Value in Health 16 (2013) 629-638). The award, established in 2011, promotes quality research, originality and utility in healthcare decisions.
At Brunel we provide many opportunities and experiences within your degree programme and beyond – work-based learning, professional support services, volunteering, mentoring, sports, arts, clubs, societies, and much, much more – and we encourage you to make the most of them, so that you can make the most of yourself.
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Fees for 2016/17 entry
Full time: £4,121
Part time: £2,060
Full time: £17,200
Part time: £8,600
Fees quoted are per annum and are subject to an annual increase.
Entry Criteria 2016/17
The general University entrance requirement for registration for a research degree is normally a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree and additionally, for a PhD, a Master’s degree or equivalent. All international students must show evidence that they meet the English requirement for their course of study. This applies even if English is the native language of your home country. An appropriate level of English language competence is also expected as listed below. Find out which alternative English language qualifications we accept. Applicants may also be required to attend compulsory in-sessional English language support. The Senate reserves the right to assess the eligibility of applicants on an individual basis.
IELTS 7.0 (with no less than 6.0 in any section)
Health Economics theme can provide supervision to students for topics that fit within our research programme. 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, 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.
Applicants are advised to contact Health Economics theme prior to making a formal application. Please direct enquiries to: Dr Louise Longworth (Louise.Longworth@brunel.ac.uk). 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.
Entry criteria are subject to review and change each academic year.
International and EU Entry Requirements
If your country or institution is not listed or if you are not sure whether your institution is eligible, please contact Admissions
This information is for guidance only by Brunel University London and by meeting the academic requirements does not guarantee entry for our courses as applications are assessed on case-by-case basis.
English Language Requirements
- IELTS: 7 (min 6 in all areas)
- Pearson: 64 (51 in all subscores)
- BrunELT: 70% (min 60% in all areas)
Brunel University London strongly recommends that if you will require a Tier 4 visa, you sit your IELTS test at a test centre that has been approved by UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) as being a provider of a Secure English Language Test (SELT). Not all test centres have this status. The University can accept IELTS (with the required scores) taken at any official test centre or other English Language qualifications we accept as meeting our main award entry requirements.
However, if you wish to undertake a Pre-sessional English course to further improve your English prior to the start of your degree course, you must sit the test at an approved SELT provider. This is because you will only be able to apply for a Tier 4 student visa to undertake a Pre-sessional English course if you hold a SELT from a UKVI approved test centre. Find out more information about it.
Brunel also offers our own BrunELT English Test and accepts a range of other language courses. We also have Pre-sessional English language courses for students who do not meet these requirements, or who wish to improve their English.
Our International Pathways and Language Centre offers a number of foundation and pre-masters courses to provide you with the academic skills required for your chosen course.