Research course


Nottingham Trent University · Division of Economics

Entry requirements

  • A minimum of a first or second-class degree or a Master's degree in a relevant discipline
  • A period of pre-PhD study is required for some subjects before entry to a PhD
  • And / or evidence of motivation and ability to conduct research at higher degree level
  • English language requirements - IELTS 6.5 (with minimum sub-scores of 6.0)

Applicants who have taken a higher degree at a UK university are normally exempt from the English language requirements. Applicants who do not meet the English language proficiency requirement will normally be asked to complete an English Language course.

Months of entry


Course content

The Department of Economics offers students a challenging and vibrant environment in which to study economics. Enthusiasm is our watch-word with regard to our teaching at all levels, with an opportunity to learn from staff who are not only highly committed class facilitators but also engaged in cutting edge research in economic policy and analysis.

One of our team, Professor Rob Ackrill was awarded the Nottingham Trent Students Union Award for outstanding teaching in 2012 while Dean Garratt has held the Higher Education Academy Economics Network Outstanding Teacher’s Award.

As a Department, we can draw upon the expertise of the Economic Strategy Research Bureau (ESRB). Located within the Department, the ESRB engages in commercial research and through this expertise can impart to students how economics is used proactively by a range of organisations, both private and public sector. ESRB members contribute directly to our undergraduate and postgraduate portfolio at all levels, enabling our graduates to obtain an economic toolkit that is attractive to potential employers.

Specialist original research in Economics is conducted to internationally-recognised standards by members of our team, currently including betting and gambling, the European Union, international trade and investment, financial economics and labour economics. This expertise underpins the delivery of our compulsory and optional modules.

Fees and funding

Please take a look at our postgraduates’ guide funding page for information about sourcing grants, bursaries and scholarships, and much more.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    full time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
  • MPhil
    full time
    48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Research Administrator
+44 (0)115 848 2999