Research course


Cardiff University · Cardiff Business School

Entry requirements

Students applying to pursue a specialist PhD in Economics must have a Masters degree in Economics (or its equivalent) and an interest in pursuing in-depth research in an appropriate area. Applicants whose first language is not English are normally expected to have reached a minimum IELTS score of 7.0 (writing scored 7.0, with no subscore less than 6.5). Copies of appropriate English language certificates must be supplied with your application.

Months of entry


Course content

Note: this 4-year programme includes 2 years of research training (a Masters in Economics and an MRes in Advanced Economics)

The Economics section of Cardiff Business School is responsible for the teaching and research in economics at Cardiff University.

Special Features
  • The Section has an impressive record in obtaining research grants.
  • A large number of prominent academics outside the Business School undertake collaborative research with those within.
  • There is great strength and diversity of research within the Section.
Programme Description

We offer a full range of expertise, but the following areas are of particular strength:

  • Labour Economics
  • Macroeconomic Theory and Applications
  • Regional Economics (especially Wales)
  • International Trade and Finance
  • Econometrics, Theory and Forecasting
  • Finance
  • Economic History

Further information on how to apply and the entry requirements can be found on our website:

Fees and funding

Each year a number of funded PhD studentships are available via the ESRC Wales Doctoral Training Centre, or Cardiff Business School. Please visit our Funding and Scholarship Search for information on current opportunities:

Qualification and course duration


full time
48 months

Course contact details

PhD Programme Office
+44 (0) 29 2087 6786
+44 (0) 29 2087 4419