Training pathways for research students Training pathways for research students

Applicants from October 2015 onwards will be registered directly onto the PhD programme, the first year of which will be considered a probationary period. Probation must be confirmed within the first twelve months of full-time study (twenty-four months for part-time students) by a School review panel composed of members and non-members of your supervisory team. The degree of PhD is awarded on the basis of a written thesis and oral examination.

All research students in the School are assigned a main supervisor and a support supervisor. Initially, you will receive considerable guidance in locating a precise research topic and in developing research techniques. You will then be encouraged to pursue your research with increasing independence. Many research students write joint papers with their supervisors, and this is something we encourage.

Research students are actively encouraged to become integrated into the lively research culture within the School.  Research students present their work in the internal workshop, and also attend the weekly faculty seminars in which members of staff and invited external speakers present their research. The Centre for Behavioural and Experimental Social Science (CBESS) and Centre for Competition Policy (CCP) also run regular workshops.

Research Training

The School provides advanced training to help our research students acquire appropriate research skills and equip them for the job market.

There are 4 training pathways: Behavioural and Experimental Economics, Economics and Finance, Markets and Regulation and Economics of Public Policy. Besides general modules that focus on development of broad research skills that are relevant to all research students, there are also path specific modules, which aim to further the students' expertise in their chosen research field. While the training pathways below provide a general overview, training can also be tailored to students' own research backgrounds.

Year Core Pathway Training Behavioural & Experimental Economics Economics and Finance Markets and Regulation Economics of Public Policy

1

Advanced Modelling

Autumn – theory

Spring – empirical

1

 

Experimental Economics I (Autumn term) and Experimental Economics II (Spring term), plus additional subject-specific training, as appropriate

Financial Econometrics and Applied Econometrics, plus additional subject-specific training, as appropriate

Industrial Economics I and II, plus additional subject-specific training, as appropriate.

Training depending on policy context (e.g., Micro/Macro of Development, Environment, Health), possibly from other Schools pathways as appropriate,  plus additional subject-specific training, as appropriate

1/2/3

Research seminars, including student presentations years 2 and 3

ECO Internal: Tuesdays 13.10-14.00, CBESS: Tuesdays 16.10-17.25, ECO External: Thursdays 13.30-15.00, CCP: Fridays 13.00 – 13.50

 

It has been agreed within the School that 12 seminars per semester are obligatory for each PhD student. This may include seminars from the School of Economics or associated research centres but also from the School of International Development, the Norwich Business School, the Norwich Medical School, the School of Psychology or other Schools as appropriate.

Summer

1/2/3

Summer Schools

 

Experimetrics,
21 - 22 June 2016

Behavioural Game Theory,
25 and 26 June 2016 

Quantitative Finance,
27 - 28 April 2016

Industrial Organisation: Topics & Identification,
16 - 17 May 2016 

Discrete Choice Methods in Demand Estimation,
6 - 7 June 2016

Industrial Organisation: Demand for Automobiles and Pollution Control, 
18 - 19 May 2016 

Industrial Organisation: Empirical Merger and Competition Analysis,
17 - 18 May 2016

 

Experimetrics,
21 - 22 June 2016 

Industrial Organisation: Topics & Identification,
16 - 17 May 2016 

Discrete Choice Methods in Demand Estimation,
6 - 7 June 2016

Industrial Organisation: Demand for Automobiles and Pollution Control,
18 - 19 May 2016 

Industrial Organisation: Empirical Merger and Competition Analysis,
17 - 18 May 2016

Behavioural Game Theory,
25 and 26 June 2016

 

Experimetrics,
21 - 22 June 2016

Industrial Organisation: Topics & Identification,
16 - 17 May 2016 

Discrete Choice Methods in Demand Estimation,
6 - 7 June 2016

Industrial Organisation: Demand for Automobiles and Pollution Control,
18 - 19 May 2016 

Industrial Organisation: Empirical Merger and Competition Analysis,
17 - 18 May 2016

Behavioural Game Theory,
25 and 26 June 2016 

 

 

Summer

1/2/3

 

Ph.D. workshop on Experimental Development Economics, London, TBC

One day course in experimetrics, TBC

   

Ph.D. workshop on Experimental Development Economics, London, TBC

 

Summer

1/2/3

 

CCC (CBESS-CEDEX-CREED) Ph.D. Meeting, TBC

Mini-conference

TBC

 

CCP Ph.D. Workshop,

CCP and CLEEN summer conferences
(June 2016)

Mini-conference

TBC

 

2

Advanced Econometric Topics, it is also covered by Advanced Modelling II.

3

Impact: Making Research in Economics Count

3

Economics Job Market Workshop

Facilities

In addition to the facilities provided centrally by the University, we aim to provide research students with a good working environment and effective support. To this end, every research student has their own working area in one of the research student offices in the main building.

The School offers a wide variety of software packages for Faculty and research students (such as Scientific Word, STATA and SPSS), and there is good financial support that allows research students to participate in external workshops and conferences and to buy data sets.