With expert supervision and additional research training, the School of Economics offers an excellent PhD programme.

A PhD is the most advanced form of postgraduate study. It is awarded on the successful completion of supervised research, verbal examination, and final thesis.

Our academic staff conduct world-leading research across a wide range of subjects, so we can offer expert supervision in most areas of the discipline. You will be assigned two supervisors who will help ensure the smooth progress of your research work.

During your first year, you will complete taught courses in order to acquire the necessary skills and background knowledge for your research. Some are compulsory and some will be recommended by your supervisors. You will also undertake research and generic skills training, provided by the School of Economics and the Graduate School, and start work on your research.

From your second year, you will focus in more detail on your research. Training is provided for the preparation of articles for submission to academic journals and for applying for jobs in academia.

Economics research areas include:

  • Behavioural economics
  • Development economics
  • Economic policy
  • Econometrics
  • Environmental/resource economics
  • Experimental economics
  • Financial economics
  • International economics/finance/trade
  • Macro/microeconomics
  • Political economy
  • Public economics

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You will be assigned two supervisors appropriate to your field. Please make sure that we have a supervisor who shares an interest in your proposed area of research before applying. Details of research supervisors at the University can also be found on our research A to Z.

Entry requirements

ESRC-recognised masters (or international equivalent) in economics, with an average of 63% or above

English language requirements

IELTS: 7.0 (no less than 6.0 in any element)


Our research postgraduates go on to successful careers in a wide range of areas. Many have obtained academic positions in universities including Yale, Oxford, Nottingham, LSE, Warwick, Manchester, Durham, Birmingham, Bristol, East Anglia, Surrey, Bonn, Innsbruck, École Polytechnique, São Paulo and Xiamen.

Others have secured roles in policy agencies such as the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, European Commission and European Central Bank, as well as a various government department and policy institutes.

Program taught in:
  • English

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Last updated February 13, 2019
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