Health Economics Masters by Research

Overview

Course facts

  • Name: Health Economics
  • Qualification: Masters by Research
  • Duration: 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time

The MSc by Research programme will provide students with research skills relevant to employment in the academic and university sector, Health Service and other healthcare organisations as will as the private sector, such as consultancy and the pharmaceutical industry. It also provides a dedicated route for high calibre students who may have a specific research aim in mind and are ready to carry out independent research leading to PhD level study.

The Masters by Research programme is embedded in the Centre for Health Economics and Medicines Evaluation (CHEME) and students will be supported and guided by professional researchers within CHEME as part of postgraduate supervision.

CHEME was founded in 2001 and. is one of the leading health economics centres in the UK. CHEME contributed to the University’s highest ranked unit of assessment in the 2014 Excellence Framework, with 95% if research outputs being world leading and internationally excellent and rating the University 3rd out of 94 institutions across the UK. CHEME is active across a wide range of health economic and medicines evaluation research.

Course content is for guidance purposes only and may be subject to change.

Course Content

Course Structure

The MSc by Research is available for full time (1 year) or part time (2 year) study on-campus or via distance learning from within the UK or internationally.  The course requires the student to undertake a substantial piece of independent research at the cutting edge of health economics and medicines evaluation (180 credits at Level 7).

There will be opportunities to undertake taught modules at postgraduate level (available also as e-learning courses) as well as attend workshops and courses provided for postgraduate research students at CHEME, the Bangor Institute of Health and Medical Research (BIHMR) and the University’s Doctoral School. Any additional taught modules and courses will not count as credits towards this or any other qualification but, if identified as being of developmental value by the student and the supervisory team, will provide the extra skills and knowledge needed to undertake postgraduate research.

Research Thesis

Students will be able to choose a topic that suits their professional or organisational goals linked to the following broad categories supported by CHEME:

  • Pharmacoeconomics
    • Cost effectiveness analysis of medicines, pharmacogenetics, pharmaceutical services
    • Pharmaceutical policy
    • Methods of economic evaluation and health technology assessment
  • Public Health Economics
    • Valuing nature, public health and the circular economy
    • Behavioural economics, public health and health policy
    • Application of cost benefit analysis and social return on investment analysis in public health

Teaching, Learning and Assessment

The assessment will focus on the completion of a thesis consisting of up to 50, 000 word that will not require a viva voce. The thesis may be completed as either a narrative or a ‘two-paper’ format. The ‘narrative model’ presents a traditional format of chaptered thesis which reflects the selected approach broadly consisting of an introduction, literature review, methodology and study design, results and discussion chapters. The ‘two-paper’ format consists of a thesis organised around two distinct elements that represent prospective or submitted papers for journals with additional introductory and discussion chapters.  It is the normal expectation that the independent research completed for a Masters by Research should be of a publishable standard in a high quality peer-reviewed journal. Students will be supported in preparing for the examination process.

Any modules undertaken during the Masters by Research (Health Economics) will not require the completion of assessments such as assignments. Teaching and learning is supported through lectures, seminars and e-learning platforms.

Entry Requirements

Admissions by undergraduate degree:

Successful completion of Bachelor degree class of 1st or 2:1 or equivalent, in a relevant subject:

  • Social Science e.g. economics, psychology
  • Quantitative Science e.g. mathematics, operational research
  • Medial e.g. pharmacy, medicine, nursing, biomedical sciences

Admission by Experience: Mature student status

A candidate may be considered for acceptance provided that they have relevant experience and have strong references and personal statement. Usually, under such circumstances, the candidate would be invited for an interview where circumstances allowed (e.g. face-to-face, Skype, telephone).

English Language Requirement

IELTS 6.5 on all components OR specific English language country requirement AND application must include personal statement.

How to Apply 

Admissions to the programme are made on a rolling basis, so early applications are encouraged. Applications are made using Bangor’s online application system.

International Students

For information and further detailed guidance on entry requirements for International Students, including the minimum English Language entry requirement, please visit the Entry Requirements by Country pages on the International Education Centre section of our website.

Ask the IEC for assistance...

If you want advice or a general chat about what’s available contact the International Education Centre on +44 (0) 1248 382028 or email international@bangor.ac.uk

Apply

Application advice

Applications for research degrees differ substantially from applications for taught courses such as Masters degrees. Although the application form is the same, the way in which you approach your application can make all the difference.

Applying for a self-funded or externally-funded Research Degree

As with all of our courses, you can apply to fund yourself through a PhD/Mphil at Bangor, or you may already have sourced external funding (e.g. from your employer or government), and we warmly welcome all expressions of interest in so doing. However, rather than simply filling in an application form, there are a few steps that you can take in order that your application stands a greater chance of being successful.

All PhD/Mphil students require supervision from at least one academic member of staff at the University, and if you are considering a PhD/Mphil, you will already have a good idea of the specific area or theme that you want to research. In order to ascertain that we hold sufficient expertise in your chosen topic to provide supervision, you should first look at our staff pages. This will provide you with a breakdown of each staff member’s area of academic focus.

Once you have found a member of staff whose research interests broadly accord with your own, you should contact them directly with a concise research ‘brief’ that outlines your proposal and ask whether s/he would consider supervising your project. If the academic expresses his/her interest, you may then further discuss your ideas and develop a full PhD/Mphil research proposal.

At this stage, you should formally apply online for the PhD/Mphil programme. You should fill the form out thoroughly, including academic references, your research proposal and the name of the academic member of staff under whose supervision you intend the research to be conducted.

Your research proposal

A good research proposal is essential if you are applying for a PhD or MPhil. The proposal should include:

  1. Overview – give a brief abstract of the subject area you wish to research and include information on the key theoretical, policy or empirical debates that will be addressed.
  2. Planning – you need to demonstrate that you are aware of the research timescales and have a plan in place to conduct your work. You need to demonstrate that the research is manageable in the given time period.
  3. Literature references – you need to show that your planned area of research has not been studied before. Provide references to key articles and texts relevant to your area of study.
  4. Methodology – you need to show that you are aware of the methodological tools available and have identified which ones would be suitable for your research.

More advice about preparing a research proposal

Applying for funded PhD studentships advertised by Bangor University

Funded PhD studentship opportunities arise frequently throughout the year, and are advertised as specific opportunities for which you must formally apply. The application process for funded PhD studentships may differ according to the academic School in which the studentship opportunity is held, so please check the relevant School’s homepage and follow the application advice therein. If you are unsure of any part of the application process, please contact the individual School for advice, or e-mail postgraduatestudy@bangor.ac.uk.

Online applications can now be made by prospective applicants for all postgraduate taught programmes and postgraduate research programmes at the University (with the exception of the PGCE, Diploma in Occupational Therapy and DClinPsy).

Home/EU students

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Apply online

  • Please read through the Guidance Notes before you begin the online application form
  • Apply online yourself through our online application system.

Home/EU students with admissions queries please contact...

Postgraduate Admissions: postgraduate@bangor.ac.uk, telephone: +44 (0)1248 383717 or write to:

Postgraduate Admissions Office.
Academic Registry
Bangor University
Gwynedd UK
LL57 2DG

International students

  • Agents: if you are an agent applying on behalf of the student, then you can Apply here.  For further guidance click here

International students with admissions queries please contact...

International Education Office: international@bangor.ac.uk or write to

International Education Centre
Bangor University
Gwynedd
LL57 2DG

Telephone: +44 (0) 1248 382028

When do I Apply?

The University will accept applications throughout the year. We would generally advise that you submit your application in enough time for you to make any funding and/or accommodation arrangements, and for documents such as transcripts and references to be obtained if not submitted with the application.This will also give you more time to meet any conditions we may potentially attach to an offer (e.g. in the case of overseas students, taking an IELTS or TOEFL test to meet the English Language requirement).

Careers and Employability

The MRES (Health Economics) provides an excellent research-based training with exposure to a dynamic multidisciplinary environment at CHEME and the Bangor Institute of Health and Medical Research (BIHMR). This provides a sound platform for a future career in the area of health and social care research with potential progression to PhD, in particular linked to the subject area of Public Health Economics and It also presents an opportunity to explore a contemporary area of health or social care related to health economics that has relevance to organisational contexts.

Research / Links with Industry

This course utilises the expertise of CHEME and draws on a wider health services research team embedded in the Bangor Institute of Health and Medical Research.

Funding

Please visit our course fees page to see fees for overseas students

Further information

Contact us

Contact Professor Rhiannon Tudor Edwards, 01248 383712 or Ann Lawton, 01248 382153.

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