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Ensuring efficient, equitable and sustainable support for people with care needs in ageing societies

   Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health

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  Dr Marcello Morciano, Prof M Sutton  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the major challenges that we face in delivering high quality social care. Social care has been neglected for decades and long-term, evidence-based solutions offering better co-ordination with health care services are desperately needed.

Consequently, we are pleased to offer this fully-funded PhD suitable for an enthusiastic student wanting a career in applied economics research and interested in working at the interface of health and social care economics.

The PhD will be undertaken within the Economic Sustainability research theme of the National Institute for Health Research Applied Research Collaboration for Greater Manchester (ARC-GM). This theme aims to further understanding of demand and supply influences on the economic sustainability of health and social care systems. 

You will use large administrative and survey datasets to examine changes in the way that people’s care needs are supported. You will consider issues of efficiency, equity and sustainability. You will consider national policy and local initiatives and will focus on the main issues in health and social care organisation, financing and integration.

You will have the opportunity to undertake applied research in a growing, vibrant and multi-disciplinary team devoted to analysing, understanding and effectively responding to the major socio-demographic, epidemiological and economic challenges of our health and social care systems. You will be based within the Health Organisation, Policy and Economics research group, which includes about 50 researchers from diverse backgrounds including >11 PhD students.

You will access training specific to this PhD (for example in applied economics, microeconometrics, and microsimulation modelling) and transferable skills including academic writing and presentations. You will be connected into a wide network of health and social care partners and will direct your training to reach your career goals.

You will need a strong background in microeconometrics applied to cross-sectional and longitudinal survey or administrative data. 

Entry Requirements

Applicants will need an excellent (minimum class upper second) undergraduate degree in Economics or similarly quantitative discipline and a high-grade Masters qualification in Economics with a substantial econometrics component. 

For information on how to apply for this project, please visit the Faculty of Biology, Medicine and Health Doctoral Academy website (https://www.bmh.manchester.ac.uk/study/research/apply/). Informal enquiries may be made directly to the primary supervisor. You MUST also submit an online application form - choose PhD Health Economics.

Equality, Diversity & Inclusion

Equality, diversity and inclusion is fundamental to the success of The University of Manchester, and is at the heart of all of our activities. The full Equality, diversity and inclusion statement can be found on the website https://www.bmh.manchester.ac.uk/study/research/apply/equality-diversity-inclusion/ 

Funding Notes

The project is jointly funded by NIHR ARC-GM and The University of Manchester. Studentship funding is for a duration of three years to commence in September 2021 and covers UK tuition fees and an annual minimum stipend (£15,285 per annum 20/21). The University of Manchester aims to support the most outstanding applicants from outside the UK. We are able to offer a limited number of scholarships that will enable full studentships to be awarded to international applicants. These full studentships will only be awarded to exceptional quality candidates, due to the competitive nature of this funding.


Morciano, M., Checkland, K., Billings, J., Coleman, A., Stokes, J., Tallack, C. and Sutton, M., 2020. New integrated care models in England associated with small reduction in hospital admissions in longer-term: A difference-in-differences analysis. Health Policy, 124(8), pp.826-833.
Pujol, F.E., Hancock, R. and Morciano M., 2021 Trends in survival of older care home residents in England: a 10-year multi-cohort study”, Social Science and Medicine (online version available here: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2021.113883).
Morciano, M., Stokes, J.M., Kontopantelis, E., Hall, I. and Turner, A.J., 2021. Excess mortality for care home residents during the first 23 weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic in England: a national cohort study. BMC medicine. 19(1), pp. 1-11.
Hancock, R., Morciano, M. and Pudney, S., 2019. Public support for older disabled people: evidence from the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing on receipt of disability benefits and social care subsidy. Fiscal Studies, 40(1), pp.19-43.
Pujol, F.E., Hancock, R. and Morciano M., 2021 Trends in survival of older care home residents in England: a 10-year multi-cohort study (forthcoming in Social Science & Medicine)
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