PhD in Economics

General

Program Description

How to Apply

1. Make sure we offer Ph.D. supervision in the area in which you want to work - search our staff research interests

2. Draft a research proposal that tells us what you want to research, how you intend to do it, and why it is worth doing

3. Prepare your supporting documents - with your application you need to include proof that you meet the academic entry requirements and the English language entry requirements:

  • include all relevant certificates/diplomas and transcripts
  • international applicants must provide official copies of their entire course transcripts including explanations of the mark schemes used and, where possible, an indication of their class ranking/position in class
  • supporting documents, not in English must be provided with a certified English translation

You must also provide contact details for two academic (not personal) referees who can comment on your suitability for the research degree programme

4. Submit your online application or apply by post

Our research-led Economics staff are committed to producing the highest quality scholarship while recognizing the important relationship between excellence in research and in teaching.

Supervision and Research Areas

We offer Ph.D. supervision in areas compatible with the research interests of our academic staff including:

  • Game Theory
  • Mechanism Design
  • Behavioral Economics
  • Industrial Organisation
  • Growth Theory
  • Public Economics
  • Labour Economics
  • Political Economy
  • Economics of Migration
  • Health Economics
  • Organisation Theory
  • Business Ethics
  • Marketing and Consumption
  • Accounting and Finance
  • Political Economy
  • Human Resource Management

Ph.D. Description

Ph.D. students complete an independent research project under the guidance of a supervisory team. The research is normally completed over a maximum period of 3 to 3.5 years (full-time).

A fourth year (full-time) or the remaining part of this can be used to prepare the thesis for examination. The thesis should not normally exceed 80,000 words and must make an original contribution to knowledge and contain work of publishable quality. The thesis must then be defended in a viva voce (oral) examination before a degree can be awarded.

Entry Requirements and Fees

Applicants must hold:

A UK undergraduate (Bachelors) and postgraduate (e.g. Masters) degree with at least first class or upper second class honors or an equivalent qualification from a recognized overseas institution

Additionally, applicants must demonstrate that they meet the University's English language entry requirements.

Tuition fees vary according to the applicant's fee status (UK, EU, or international), the programme type (Ph.D./MPhil or professional doctorate), and the mode of study (full-time or part-time).

Last updated Feb 2018

About the School

The University of Leicester School of Business has an excellent reputation for postgraduate teaching. Studying here will help prepare you for a wide range of career opportunities in government, busine ... Read More

The University of Leicester School of Business has an excellent reputation for postgraduate teaching. Studying here will help prepare you for a wide range of career opportunities in government, business or the financial services sector, as well as for future research. Read less
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