Postgraduate research opportunities

The Effects of the National Living Wage on Health Outcomes

A three-year Economics PhD scholarship for candidates who wish to evaluate the effects of the National Living Wage on health and health inequalities.

Number of places



20 December 2019


30 April 2020


36 months


Candidates must meet the following elegibility criteria:

  • a good first degree (at least 2:1), preferably with an economics or similar quantitative component
  • a Masters degree (or equivalent) in economics, with the expected completion date no later than September 2020
  • an interest in health inequalities and policy evaluation, with a willingness to conduct advanced data analysis to approach research questions
  • a willingness to engage both with rigorous academic work and with realising the impact of research findings beyond the confines of academia
  • candidates who are not native English speakers will be required to provide evidence for their English skills (such as by IELTS or similar tests that are approved by UKVI, or a degree completed in an English speaking country)

Project Details

In April 2016, the UK introduced a new statutory National Living Wage (NLW) at £7.20 for all workers aged 25 and above, which corresponds to a 7% increase from the National Minimum Wage. This project will evaluate the effects of the NLW introduction on a range of health-related outcomes and overall health inequalities and add to prior research on the effects of income assistance programs on the well-being of society.

Combining highly detailed individual and macroeconomic-level data from several different data sources, this project will examine the effects of the policy change on a range of outcomes, such as physical and mental health, health care visits, health behaviours and financial stress. Findings of whether the NLW had indirect effects on indicators of well-being such as physical and mental health should contribute to political discussions about the success of the wage floor and whether it should be extended in the future.

Funding Details

Fee waiver at Home/EU rate and annual stipend £15,009*

*Whilst open to International candidates, please note that this scholarship covers Home/EU/RUK Fee rate only

How to apply

At this stage, we are inviting applicants to apply for the scholarship only. The successful candidate will then be asked to complete an application for PhD study at Strathclyde.

All applications should include:

  • cover letter indicating the candidate's relevant skills/experience and how they can contribute to this research
  • CV
  • transcripts and certificates of all degrees
  • proof of English language proficiency if English isn't your first language – IELTS minimum overall band score of 6.5 (no individual test score below 5.5)
  • two references (please refer to guidance on references)

When sending the above documents please use the following file-naming convention: fullname_typeofdocument

  • Johnsmith_coverletter
  • Johnsmith_CV
  • Johnsmith_transcript1
  • Johnsmith_transcript2
  • Johnsmith_certificate1
  • Johnsmith_certificate2
  • Johnsmith_IELTS
  • Johnsmith_reference1
  • Johnsmith_reference2

Apply now by uploading your documents.

Please note: Candidates applying for this scholarship should ensure that they include the scholarship reference CMA2020 in their application for PhD Study within the Department of Economics.