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
- Environmental/resource economics
- Experimental economics
- Financial economics
- International economics/finance/trade
- Political economy
- Public economics
- 6th in the UK for research power in the latest Research Excellence Framework
- The school is in the top 100 worldwide for economics in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017
In addition to IT facilities provided by the University, the school offers full-time postgraduate research students their own workspace in dedicated rooms. You will be provided with computer, printing and photocopying facilities and will have a generous printing and photocopying allowance.
The Hallward Library stocks all of the major economics publications and journals. Our library facilities open long hours and include areas for group work, individual and silent study.
Representing the needs of postgraduate students across the University, the Graduate School provides research training and development for postgraduates and early career researchers.
You will have access to a dedicated space on University Park, which includes computer stations, Wi-Fi, study and social areas, and kitchen facilities.
Our seminar and workshops allow you to engage with top international academics in various fields. Each year, masterclasses on specific themes are held by leading researchers who visit the school.
You will be encouraged to present papers at external conferences, and funds are available to support you with this. There is also an annual conference where you will present your work to academic staff and fellow students.
Second and third-year research students can apply to build their paid teaching experience by delivering undergraduate tutorials. Training courses on teaching methods are on offer and teaching is subject to availability and cannot be guaranteed.
Student Services provide a range of support and information to enhance your student experience. They are part of a comprehensive network of University services that includes academic and disability support, counseling, financial support and childcare services.
The International Office ensures EU and international students have all the information they need to live and study at Nottingham. It offers a welcome programme just before the start of the academic year.
Centre for English Language Education
Accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English in the UK, the University's Centre for English Language Education provides high-quality preparation and English language support, as well as a social programme for its students.
The Students' Union is an important source of support with their own Student Advice Centre and dedicated postgraduate officer.
Researcher Development Programme
Working closely with academic schools, the Graduate School's dedicated training team contribute to faculty-specific and doctoral training programmes. They deliver core training in line with the standards set out by the UK's major research funders through their researcher development programme.
As well as helping you to develop your research skills, this offers you opportunities to enhance your communication skills, career prospects, time management, and entrepreneurship, as well as meet and work alongside researchers from other disciplines.
Find a supervisor
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.
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.
Natasha Agarwal graduated in 2012 and now works at the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, New Delhi, India as a Consultant.
Driven by a desire to make a difference to her motherland, Natasha relocated to India after completing her PhD. With a strong focus on policy analysis, her primary research concerns Indian and Chinese development issues. She has worked directly with policymakers, bureaucrats, and industrialists, particularly with regard to international trade.
Employability and average starting salary
90% of postgraduates from the School of Economics who were available for employment secured work or further study within six months of graduation. £29,500 was the average starting salary, with the highest being £32,000.*
* Known destinations of full-time home postgraduates 2015/16. Salaries are calculated based on the median of those in full-time paid employment within the UK.
Career and professional development
Whether you are looking to enhance your career prospects or develop your knowledge, a postgraduate degree from the University of Nottingham can help take you where you want to be.
The University's award-winning Careers and Employability Service offers specialist support and guidance while you study and for life after you graduate. They will help you explore and plan your next career move, through regular events, employer-led skills sessions, placement opportunities, and one-to-one discussions.
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)
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Last updated November 1, 2018