Health Research, Ph.D.

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    Application Deadline
  • 36 months
  • Tuition
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  • English (take IELTS)
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They particularly welcome students interested in health research using panel or cohort surveys, like our British Household Panel Survey, Understanding Society, and the UK Millennium Cohort Study. You will be supervised by some of the world’s leading experts in their field. 


Studying with us will open doors to an academic career for you, as well as to a professional life in government departments, international organisations and statistical institutions. Several of our PhD students now work at: Department of Economics, University of Chicago, USA; Social Policy Research Centre, University of New South Wales, Australia; Department of Economics and Public Finance, University of Turin, Italy; Department of Economics, University of Linz, Austria; Centre for Research on Social Dynamics, Bocconi University, Italy; Applied Microeconomics Research Unit, University of Minho, Portugal; and School of Health Administration, Dalhousie University, Canada. 

We also offer an MPhil in this subject. 

Please note, part-time research study is also available.

Why study PhD Health Research at Essex?

Our Institute for Social and Economic Research enjoys an outstanding reputation at both a national and international level for cutting-edge and high profile research, which is reflected in our publications in top-ranked journals, in our contribution to our University’s outstanding Research Assessment Exercise ratings for economics and sociology, and in our consistently high level of support from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). 

Our research focuses primarily on the life course of the individual and the changing nature of society, so our work to date has examined the family, labour markets, income and poverty, social disadvantage and public policy. This means our research is used by academics and researchers around the world, by policy makers, by politicians and by journalists involved in ongoing debates about society.


Officially accredited and/or recognized by the Privy Council, University of Essex is a large (uniRank enrollment range: 10,000-14,999 students) coeducational higher education institution. University of Essex offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

For the PhD Heath Research, we offer supervision in quantitative health research. This includes a wide range of topics under the broad umbrella of social epidemiology like: social inequalities in health; poverty and health; ethnic variations in health; child health and development; inter-generational processes; and ageing and health.

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

For research study within our Institute for Social and Economic Research, we normally require a good Masters degree, or equivalent, in a relevant discipline. A well developed research proposal is also essential.

If English is not your first language, then we will require you to have IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • GBP 13350 International
  • GBP 4200 EU/EEA


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