Research course


The University of Manchester · Economics

Entry requirements

Entry into the programme requires both the prior attainment of certain academic qualifications and also the submission of a satisfactory research proposal at time of application. For further information please see:

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

The doctoral programme in Economics will be a four-year programme, with the possibility of direct entry into year two of the four. Year one will entail one of our well-established Masters courses (MSc Economics, MSc Econometrics, MSc Economics &Econometrics, MSc Financial Economics). Year two consists of advanced PhD level coursework and preparation of a detailed research proposal; direct entry into year two requires a prior Masters degree of appropriate standard and content, such as at least a merit from one of the Manchester degrees mentioned above, or equivalent from elsewhere. Research is full-time in years three and four, leading to submission of the thesis at the end of year four (although extensions into a fifth year for "writing up" are possible). Upon successful completion of the programme (whether entering in year one or two), degrees of PhD and MRes will be awarded.

Department specialisms

Economics; Econometrics; Development Economics; Agricultural Economics

Information for international students

IELTS - Overall 7, writing score 7 TOEFL - Overall 623, TWE 5 (PBT) TOEFL - Overall 263, TWE 5 (CBT). This test is no longer available but results less than 2 years old can be submitted. TOEFL - Overall 100, with 25 in each of the 4 sections (IBT)

Fees and funding

School of Social Sciences ESRC Studentships (Quota and Open Competition Awards) - 2011
School of Social Sciences - Discipline Area Graduate Teaching PhD Studentships - 2011
School of Social Sciences - International Research Student Awards Scheme 2011
School of Social Sciences - Economics Discipline Area Studentships 2011

Qualification and course duration


part time
72 months
full time
36 months


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions office
+44 (0)161 275 4743
+44 (0)161 275 2450