Postgraduate students in the School of Economics are encouraged to choose their area of study.

The School of Economics is strongly committed to providing each PGR student with dedicated supervision and support throughout the four years of the PhD programme. In the recent Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES 2019), our PGR students awarded the School excellent scores including 100% for Supervision.

The allocation of individual supervisors to students begins with the research proposal submitted by prospective students in their application process. In principle, applicants can submit research proposals based on any relevant topic in economics, and the School will check, as part of the selection process, the availability of at least two faculty members willing to offer supervision. In some specific areas of economics, the School exhibits highly specialized knowledge and, hence, higher capacity to supervise PhD projects:

  • Big data methods
  • Collective decision making and group formation
  • Competition in digital markets
  • Development and environmental economics
  • Dynamic macroeconomics and growth
  • Economics of networks
  • Empirical evaluation of competition/competition policy
  • Experimetrics
  • Financial economics and econometrics
  • Heuristics and biases in decision making
  • Industrial organisation
  • Origins and consequences of conflict
  • Strategic reasoning and identity in groups and teams

Moreover, every Academic Year, different Research Groups of the School of Economics can propose project outlines that prospective students can elaborate on while designing their own project proposal – these projects will be given particular attention during the selection process. For prospective students applying during the 2020-21 year (starting the PhD program in October 2021), project outlines will be offered by the research groups “Industrial Economics” and “Environment, Resource and Human Conflict”. The details of such project outlines are listed below and can be downloaded in PDF format:

  1. Market structure and competition in digital markets
  2. Indicators for measuring competition
  3. Competition and income inequality
  4. Privacy and data provision in digital applications
  5. Competition and information in the health care sector
  6. Saltmarsh conservation and preservation
  7. Conflict and refugee pathways

Besides these field-specific opportunities, all prospective students interested in any field of economics should check the individual pages of the School’s Academic Staff and their publications in order to identify potential supervisors for their projects. Members of faculty are pleased to be approached by prospective PhD candidates about the kinds of research they can supervise.