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PhD Studentship - How should we measure and value changes in child quality of life for use in economic-evaluation, in the context of obesity management?

Population and Health Sciences Institute

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About the Project

Number of awards:

Start date and duration:
September 2020 for 3 years full time.

It is estimated that obesity and being overweight contribute to at least 1 in every 13 deaths in Europe. A 2017 WHO report, reveals that despite sustained efforts to tackle the problem, 1 in 3 adolescents are overweight or obese in Europe. Societal costs attributable to overweight and obesity are projected to reach £49.9 billion/year in the UK. Policymakers require evidence to assess both effectiveness and value for money - the cost-effectiveness of weight management interventions. Currently, there is limited guidance from international agencies in terms of appropriate measurement of outcomes that inform effectiveness and cost-effectiveness studies targeting children and adolescents (young people (YP)).

Moreover valuing health and quality of life (QoL) in YP is challenging. Research has shown that YP are not little adults – systematically different preferences are exhibited and there are elements of QoL for adults that are not appropriate for YP and vice versa. This programme of work addresses key challenges when evaluating cost-effectiveness of weight management interventions for YP.
The project aims to address the following research question: How should changes in the QoL of YP (aged 11-18) be measured and valued, for informing cost-effectiveness studies, in the context of obesity.

Newcastle University (

Name of supervisor(s):
Dr Yemi Oluboyede ( and Dr Laura Ternant (

Eligibility Criteria:
The successful applicant will have, or expect to obtain a MSc in Economics, Health Economics or a closely related subject at Merit or above.

If your first language is not English you need an overall IELTS score of 6.5 (at least 5.5 in all sub-skills) or equivalent language qualification. Non-UK candidates should contact [Email Address Removed] regarding eligibility and fees.

How to apply:
You must apply through the University’s online postgraduate application system by creating an account. To do this please select ‘How to Apply’ and choose the ‘Apply now’ button (

All relevant fields should be completed, but fields marked with a red asterisk must be completed. The following information will help us to process your application. You should:

click on programme of study
insert 8300F in the programme code section and click search
select Programme name ‘PhD in the Faculty of Medical Sciences (full time) – Health Services Research’
insert PH006 in the studentship/partnership reference field
attach a covering letter and CV. The covering letter must state the title of the studentship. Please quote reference code PH006 and state how your interests and experience relate to the proposed project
attach degree transcripts* and certificates and, if English is not your first language, a copy of your English language qualification.

*You will not be able to submit your application until you have submitted your degree transcript/s.

Funding Notes

100% of UK/EU tuition fees paid and annual living expenses at UKRI rate. Successful non-EU international students will be required to make up the difference between the UK/EU fees and international fees. A research training support grant of £5000 per year is available to cover research costs and local/national/international travel (conferences and exchanges).
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