Research course


Heriot-Watt University · School of Mathematical and Computer Sciences

Entry requirements

We welcome applications from suitably qualified candidates. Please note that it is not necessary to have identified a potential supervisor before submitting your application.

Students successful in obtaining a place on our PhD programme normally commence their research studies at the start of the academic year in September. However, it is possible to join the PhD programme at an agreed date during the academic year.

Months of entry


Course content

Economics research at Heriot-Watt is focused around our two research centres:

We also have expertise in the area of Development Economics right from household behaviour through to wider demographic issues, as well as Macro and Monetary Economics, notably monetary policy.

Information for international students

If you have not already studied a degree programme that was taught and examined in the medium of English we require evidence of language proficiency:

For IELTS: the minimum overall IELTS score is 6.5 with no score lower than 6.0 in Reading, Writing, speaking and Listening.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    full time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

SoSS Research and Knowledge Exchange Office
+44(0) 131 451 4454