Why study in HEDS?


"The PhD programme at HEDS is very flexible, making it amenable to part-time and distance study. Despite not being based in Sheffield full-time, I was able to access my supervisors and other research staff regularly. I also took advantage of the opportunity to present and receive feedback on my work at a HEDS seminar. A benefit of part-time study is that it permitted me time to pursue the publication of my research in peer-review journals in parallel. This proved to very useful when it came to writing and defending my thesis." - Koonal, HEDS Graduate 2017 
Koonal is now a Principal Economist at the Office of Health Economics in London.

"The high levels and variety of expertise in HEDS, and the dedication of my supervision team, allowed me to have expert supervision across the sub-disciplines of individual-level panel data analysis (Monica Hernandez and Tessa Peasgood) and cost-effectiveness modelling (Matt Stevenson).  Being based in a PhD student environment,in a workspace shared by dozens of PhD students from various disciplines within ScHARR, meant my day-to-day PhD experience was a social one and a part of my life I'm grateful for." - Will, HEDS graduate 2014.  
Will went on to become a Senior Health Economist at Bresmed.

"HEDS was a great place to see the dynamics of all areas of health research.  My supervisors had years of experience in the area of my PhD and were involved in various projects.  Also, due to its wide range of research expertise, there was always someone in ScHARR who could answer my question or point me in the right direction, no matter what topics I asked about." - Ji Hee, HEDS graduate 2016.  
Ji Hee is now a Research Fellow in the Division of Population Health at the University of Manchester.

"In my experience, the quality of supervision in HEDS was excellent.  You are given a lot of room to develop your ideas, to work independently, and to find your own solutions.  HEDS has staff with expertise in a variety of fields, which was evident in the range of PhD topics and methods undertaken by fellow students.  Our student offices in the 'Innovation Centre' meant we could share the journey with other PhD students, which made the whole experience much more enjoyable." - Milad, HEDS graduate 2015.  
After finishing his PhD, Milad worked at the Luxembourg Institute of Health and is now a researcher at the Institute of Health Policy & Management (iBMG) at Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam.

Meet our current students

  • We are committed to provide high quality research supervision. Every student is assigned at least two supervisors allocated according to the topic and research methods.
  • Research students are given the opportunity to teach while completing their research degree gaining valuable experience. 
  • There is a programme of seminars all year round for staff and students. Research students are actively encouraged to attend (participate in) these seminars.
  • In the first year of study, research students are encouraged to complete masters modules relevant to their chosen topic.  These can be within HEDS, other sections of ScHARR or elsewhere in the University.

Areas of study

HEDS supervises students in a wide range of topics. We are happy to supervise in the following areas:

  • Economic evaluation alongside clinical trials
  • Mapping health related quality of life indices
  • Studies involving observational data
  • Qualitative evidence synthesis
  • Economic evaluation for health technology assessment (HTA)
  • Public health modelling
  • Value of information
  • Studies involving a systematic review of evidence
  • Systematic review methods
  • Evidence synthesis of interventions, prognostic or diagnostic measures, qualitative evidence or service evaluation
  • Meta-analysis
  • Bayesian statistics in health economics

For more detail on the areas we are able to supervise see our staff webpages or our list of suggested PhD topics.

Other useful information

You can find more information about our facilities, fees, current studentships and the application process on the ScHARR Research Degrees website

If you are interested in studying in HEDS:

  • Be as specific as you can about methods and disease areas when you write your research proposal. This will help us find suitable supervisors.
  • Check our staff webpages or the University's find a supervisor tool and approach potential supervisors for help and advice.
  • Don't forget to check the current studentship opportunities in ScHARR as well as looking for potential funding external to ScHARR.