Current scholarships on offer

The Centre for the Health Economy currently has two DOMESTIC PhD scholarships available.


Macquarie University Centre for the Health Economy

Project Name

Macquarie University Centre for the Health Economy (MUCHE) Industry funded Higher Degree Research (HDR) scholarships
We are currently advertising two DOMESTIC Macquarie University Research Excellence Scholarships (MQRES), one for a bundled 2nd year Master of Research plus PhD, and another for a PhD.

The period of candidature is four years (the second year of a two-year degree for the Master of Research and three year PhD) for the first scholarship, and three years for the second PhD scholarship. Both are offered full-time. Selected candidates are required to commence both programs by 1 July 2018.

Project Description

Macquarie University is recognised globally as one of Australia’s leading research universities. We recently earned a 5-star rating in the QS World Rankings, including the highest rating for employability.

Macquarie University’s Centre for the Health Economy (MUCHE) was established to undertake innovative research on health, ageing and human services. Its vision is to create a world where decision makers are empowered with applied, trusted and influential research into health and human services policy and systems.

Macquarie University and MUCHE have recently partnered with five pharmaceutical companies to develop a unique and innovative HDR program, the first of its kind in Australia. These partners include Amgen Australia, Janssen Australia, MSD Australia, Pfizer Australia, and Roche Australia.

The program is aimed at high calibre students willing to undertake research relevant to the pharmaceutical sector and government. This includes:
·         Pharmaceutical policy research themes, such as access to medicines and reimbursement.
·         Medicine management research themes, such as medication adherence and choice.
·         Advancement of analytical methods, such as using real world data to better inform decisions.

While specific research questions would be determined by the student and their supervisor, students can also draw on outcomes from an annual pharmaceutical sector research workshop that has been  organised and facilitated by MUCHE. This can be accessed here.

What we offer

The full-time stipend rate associated with the scholarships is $47,393.50 per annum tax exempt, consisting of a 2018 MQRES funded full-time stipend rate of $27,082 per annum tax exempt plus a $20,311.50 per annum top up. Tuition fees for domestic (Australian citizen or permanent visa holder) candidates are automatically covered by the Australian Government Research Training Program (RTP) Fees Offset (Domestic).

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

In addition to the scholarship, Macquarie University provides approximately $1,500 over the second year of the Master of Research and $10,000 over the course of the PhD for research related activities (travel to present at conferences, training, copy editing, thesis production etc).

Essential requirements

To be considered for the Master of Research (Year 2), candidates must have a Master degree by coursework (inclusive of research methodology units) or a Bachelor honours (inclusive of research methodology) in order to be exempted from Year 1 with a distinction average, in an area relevant to health economics (and micro-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).

To be considered for the PhD, candidates must have:

  • completed Macquarie University Master of Research with at least 75 per cent in second year; or
  • completed a Master of Philosophy; or
  • completed a Master (at least two years) from another institution witha major research component (a thesis component of approximately 50 per cent of the degree and 20,000) at distinction level.
  • PhD candidates must also demonstrate their interest in health care related research, and their strong quantative, analystical and writing skills reflected in research output (i.e. peer reviewed publications).
  • PhD candidates may be exempt from having to demostrate a completed Master of Research, Master of Philosophy or Masters with a major research component, if they can demonstrate equivalence via their capacity to undertake independent research through publications in peer reviewed journals.
  • Candidate may also be considered for both the master of Research and a PhD (i.e., a four year scholarship bundle) if the prerequisite for direct entry into the PhD cannot be demonstrated, but prerequisites to the master of Research can be demonstrated.


Dr Henry Cutler
Phone: 02 9850 2998

This scholarship is available to eligible candidates to undertake either:

·         Research Training Pathway MRes Year 2 followed by a 3 year PhD. This is referred to as an MRes/PhD ‘bundle offer’.
·         Direct entry into a 3 year PhD program.

How to apply

New applicants to Macquarie University will need to complete the Online HDR Candidature and Scholarship Application via the Online Application System and arrange for two academic referee reports to be submitted to the Higher Degree Research Office.

Further information can be found on the How to Apply page.
Current applicants with a successful candidature offer less than 12 months old and currently enrolled Macquarie University candidates:

  • MUST submit a Scholarship Only Application form with supporting documents to
  • Include any additional documentation/research output
  • MUST indicate MUCHE and allocation numbers under the scholarship details question
  • MUST include ID number and full name in email subject line (in one PDF attachment)

To be eligible for a scholarship, applicants are expected to have a record of excellent academic performance and preferably, additional relevant research experience and/or peer-reviewed research activity in line with the University’s scholarship rating guidelines. Refer to the Rating Scholarship Applicants section for more information about these guidelines.

Macquarie University will advise the successful applicant of entitlements at the time of scholarship offer.

Please quote the allocation number on your application

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