Economics of health, social policy and wellbeing

Qualifications Duration Start dates Application period
(MPhil also available)
Full time: 3–4 years
Part time: 6–8 years
February and October January to April
PhD (MPhil also available)
Full time: 3–4 years
Part time: 6–8 years
Start dates
February and October
Application period
January to April

Now more than ever, economics is grappling with the meanings of progress and what the economy and policy are aiming for. Widening the concept of well-being to uncover its multiple dimensions remain at the centre of much research on welfare economics, social policy and health economics. We welcome proposals from all disciplines interested in researching the following issues:

  • Economics of health: health policies, health systems, impact of economic policies on health outcomes, the interactions between health and socio-economic inequalities, health and international development
  • Economics of social policy: social security policy and impacts on poverty and inequality, gender impacts of fiscal policy, investment in childcare and adult social care, quality of care employment, minimum income standards, taxation, microsimulation of tax and benefit policies, division of paid and unpaid work
  • Economics of well-being: capabilities approach and measurement, multidimensional concepts of well-being, time-use analysis and working time reduction, cultural approaches to well-being, interaction between care work and well-being, autonomy and care needs, politics of well-being and happiness, measures of economic progress, collective well-being and public goods.

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:1 undergraduate degree (or equivalent). If you are not a UK citizen, you may need to prove your knowledge of English.

Potential supervisors

Fees and funding

UK fee International fee
Full time: £4,786 per year Full time: £12,146 per year
Part time: £2,393 per year Part time: £6,073 per year

Some of our research students are funded via The Grand Union Doctoral Training Partnership; others are self-funded.

For detailed information about fees and funding, visit Fees and studentships.

To see current funded studentship vacancies across all research areas, see Current studentships.


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How to apply

Get in touch

If you have an enquiry specific to this research topic, please contact:

A Shipman

Email: FASS-Econ-PG-Admissions
Phone: +44 (0)1908 659656

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