PhD Studentship: Long term child policy modelling for economic evaluation

University of York

The Centre for Health Economics (CHE) at the University of York is offering a funded PhD studentship (UK rate only) to start academic year 2024/2025.

Topic:  Long term child policy modelling for economic evaluation

Supervised by Professor Richard Cookson

This is an exciting opportunity for an ambitious graduate with strong quantitative skills who is interested in economics and childhood policy and wants to help improve health and wellbeing and reduce social inequality.  Applicants will need to have (or be about to complete) a master’s degree in Economics, Health Economics or a related quantitative subject.

Application deadline: Thursday 7 March 2024 16.00 (UTC)


This studentship is offered by the Centre for Health Economics, University of York, in collaboration with the HIPR (Health Inequalities Policy Research) group at the University of Liverpool, funded through David Taylor-Robinson’s NIHR Research Professor award .  Richard Cookson is a health economist who helped to pioneer distributional cost-effectiveness analysis and is leading the “LifeSim” programme of long-term childhood policy modelling for economic evaluation based on the UK Millennium Cohort Study (MCS) and 1970 British Cohort Study (BCS).  David Taylor-Robinson is a public health scholar who will advise on clinical, epidemiological and inequalities policy aspects and can facilitate access to specialised datasets that are under-exploited and might be useful for this work, such as linked birth cohort datasets in Liverpool and Denmark. 

Supervision and research environment

The successful candidate will be supervised in CHE and registered through the Department of Economics and Related Studies at the University of York for a PhD in Health Economics. The primary supervisor will be Richard Cookson, supported by a thesis advisory panel including David Taylor-Robinson, Ieva Skarda from CHE (who developed the “LifeSim” modelling platform), and others as appropriate. 

CHE has a leading international reputation and is one of the world’s largest health economics research centres. CHE also has an Athena SWAN Silver award which recognises our commitment to good practice in supporting the careers of women. We strive to provide a supportive culture and family friendly work environment and to offer equal opportunities to all staff members.

You can find more out about study and research at CHE here .

The award

The award will cover academic fees for 2024/25 entry, at the UK rate, plus a maintenance stipend for 3 years (£18,622 for 2023/24), plus a training and travel allowance for 3 years (£1,000 per year). Non-UK students would be expected to meet the cost of the difference between the UK (home) tuition fee rate and the International fee rate.

Interview date and format

Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed via Zoom on Monday 8 April 2024.

Candidates invited to interview will be asked to prepare a short presentation on their motivation for doing this PhD and their initial research ideas.

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