PhD programmes in Economics

The PhD programme in Economics provides students with the advanced training and the research skills that are now required to become a professional economist.

The School of Economics has an international reputation as a centre of research excellence. Our PhD programme in Economics offers PGR students the opportunity to conduct independent research and receive advanced training in accordance with the Doctoral Training Pathway in Economics. The School of Economics is a leading partner in two research centres, the Centre for Competition Policy – at the forefront of policy formation in competition economics internationally, with advisory links with many national competition authorities – and the Centre for Behavioural and Experimental Social Science – part of the Economic and Social Research Council Network for Integrated Behavioural Science.

The School is a lively, friendly department committed to provide PGR students with dedicated supervision and regular feedback throughout the four years of study. We view our PhD students as junior academics and invest in them accordingly. We offer a stimulating research environment and provide financial support in the form of scholarships and research support to outstanding home and international students. Historically, half of our PhD students have chosen careers in academia, while the other half have opted for careers elsewhere, mostly in government or international agencies and competition authorities around the world.

Prospective students seeking funding for their PhD studies need to submit their application within specific deadlines in order to be considered for the following funding schemes:

  • SENSS DTP Studentships: deadline 18 January 2021
  • SSF (Faculty of Social Sciences) Studentships: deadline 15 March 2021
  • ECO (School of Economics) Studentships: deadline 15 March 2021
  • UEA-LUMS joint program: deadline 15 March 2021

These studentships cover tuition fees irrespective of UK vs International status. Studentships will be allocated to applicants submitting the most promising project proposals. While prospective students can submit research projects on a wide range of topics, the School encourages proposals on specific fields by publishing a number of project outlines every year. You can find a list of topics and download the associated project outlines on our dedicated webpage.

The details of the PhD programme in Economics are described in the dedicated page “PhD Training”, which includes sublinks to “Supervision”, “Core and Elective Modules”, and "Summer Schools". If you have further questions on specific aspects of the PhD programme in Economics, please contact the PGR Team of the School of Economics:

  • Dr Sheheryar Banuri (PGR Admissions Officer) for inquiries about admissions / applying to the Economics PhD program.
  • Dr Anders Poulsen (PGR Training Officer) for inquiries about training / modules of the Economics PhD program.
  • Dr Simone Valente (PGR Director) for other inquiries.


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