Research course


UCL - University College London · Economics

Entry requirements

Applicants must have a Master’s degree in Economics or closely related subject with distinction-level performance. Applicants must demonstrate that they are qualified to proceed to research work. The GRE General Test is a required part of the application, except for applicants with an Economics MSc from UCL or those currently enrolled on the UCL Economics MSc programme.

Months of entry


Course content

The range of areas where doctoral supervision is provided reflects the extensive and diverse research expertise of the department’s faculty, comprised of over 60 leading academics. The subject areas where doctoral research might be pursued include; econometrics; econometric theory; microeconometrics; development economics; macroeconomics; labour economics; international finance; applied econometrics; health economics; international macroeconomics; game theory; consumption, microeconomic analysis and theory; microfinance; and the economics of migration.

The Department of Economics has an exceptional international reputation in key areas of current research. It is the only Department of Economics in the United Kingdom to have received the grade point average of 3.5 in the 2008 RAE, with over 90% of staff submitted. This research excellence is matched by the Department’s provision of a stimulating, intellectual and supportive research environment including state of the art facilities and a dedicated PhD research wing, complete with desk space for all MPhil and PhD candidates. Our Doctoral students often take up visiting research posts within leading Economics Departments worldwide, may participate in the ENTER exchange programme and may also gain valuable teaching experience as Departmental Teaching Assistants.

Department specialisms

The Department of Economics is host to, and affiliated with, numerous Research Centres conducting cutting edge research of national and international importance. These include: Centre for Microdata, methods and practice (Cemmap) Centre for Research and Analysis on Migration (CReAM) Centre for Microeconomic Analysis of Fiscal Policy, Institute for Fiscal Studies Centre for the Evaluation of Development Policies (EDePo), Institute for Fiscal Studies New Opportunities for Research Funding Agency Co-operation in Europe (NORFACE) The Institute for Fiscal Studies Centre for Macroeconomics

Information for international students


Fees and funding

UK students
£4,635 (FT) £2,315 (PT)
International students
£16,690 (FT) £8,500 (PT)

Research Centre funding and Departmental Teaching Assistantships are available to MPhil and PhD students, as is ESRC funding through the UCL Doctoral Training Centre. For the MRes + MPhil/PhD research degree programmes, departmental scholarships are awarded as follows: six ESRC Awards in addition to Ricardo, David Pearce and WM Gorman Research Scholarships.

Funding opportunities available for students taking research programmes are available at:

Qualification and course duration


part time
84 months
full time
48 months


full time
48 months
part time
84 months


part time
48 months
full time
24 months

Course contact details

Ms Daniella Fauvrelle
020 7679 3000
020 7679 3001