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MUCHE Scholarship

From time to time the Macquarie University Centre for the Health Economy (MUCHE) scholarships suitably qualified individuals to undertake a PhD in health economics.

They are currently advertising one domestic and one international scholarship.

The period of candidature is three years, full-time equivalent. Domestic students will need to be willing to commence by the 01st June 2016 and International Students by the 01st December 2016.

 PhDs are offered in health economics in the following strategic areas:

  • Integrated care
  • Mental health
  • Aged care
  • Disability
  • Medical technology
  • Funding and financing models
  • Performance measurement
  • Choice and competition in healthcare
  • Economic evaluation

What they offer:

The 2016 MQRES full-time stipend rate is $25,849 pa tax exempt for 3 years.

Successful scholarship applicants may have access to Research Assistant work to supplement the scholarship stipend (on the average for 14 hours per week).

In addition to the scholarship, Macquarie University provides approximately $8,000 over the course of the PhD for research related activities (travel, copy editing, thesis production etc).

Essential requirements:

  • A first class (H1 equivalent) Bachelor's degree in economics or closely related subject (mathematics, statistics, and other social science subjects such as epidemiology or allied health, psychology, medically qualified individuals will also be considered);
  • Master's degree in an area relevant to health economics (and micro-economics);
  • More specifically:
    • completed Macquarie’s Master of Research with at least 75 per cent in second year; or
    • completed a Master of Philosophy; or
    • completed a masters (at least two years) from another institution with a major research component  (approximately 50 per cent thesis, 20,000 words) at distinction level (75 per cent or greater)
    • Demonstrated interest in health economics and/or public health;
    • Strong quantitative, analytical and writing skills reflected in research output i.e. at least 2 peer reviewed publications

Expression of Interest

The main scholarship round for entry to 2016 will close on 30th April. To be considered, please register your Expression of Interest (EOI) by supplying the following information directly to the Macquarie website, which can be found here: 

Faculty of Business & Economics: MUCHE - Macquarie University Centre for the Health Economy.

Before completing your application it is advisable to read the detailed information on how to apply here.

Documents to be submitted by a MQ scholarship applicant:

A personal statement (750 words maximum) outlining your suitability for undertaking a PHD, what you hope to achieve from the PHD and your research experience to date.
Academic curriculum vitae  
Official academic transcripts, including master's thesis results Undergraduate and postgraduate
Your English language qualifications If English is not your first language
Written references, to include contact details for suitable academic referees Two required
Research output Peer reviewed publications
Prizes, scholarships and awards  

Candidates can note on the application forms that they wish to be put forward for an APA (Australian Postgraduate Award) scholarship during their PhD if relevant. (Applications for APA scholarships close on the 31st October each year). See

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