PhD 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 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 around the world.


Application deadlines

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 Student-led Studentships: deadline 24 January 2024


Tuition Fees

The studentship covers tuition fees irrespective of UK vs International status.


Project Proposals

Studentships are 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:


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Current postgraduate research opportunities in Economics