Research course

Applied Economics

University of Aberdeen · Graduate Business School

Entry requirements

Applicants must hold a degree at upper second level (UK Honours level) or equivalent and for the MPhil or PhD must provide a detailed research proposal and two academic references from their most recent academic institution.

Months of entry


Course content

The Department has a long established reputation for excellence in research and teaching. It has developed an international reputation for excellence in labour market research, and in economics of energy and natural resources. Labour market research has, since 2000, been instituted through the Centre for European Labour Market Research, which is located in the Department.

Members of the Department also benefit from close collaborative relations in research with colleagues in the University's Health Economics Research Unit, and with colleagues in cognate disciplines elsewhere in the University of Aberdeen Business School, especially Finance.

A number of research projects are currently being undertaken, supported by prestigious funding bodies. Research on devolved government and public sector pay is supported by the Economic & Social Research Council; three research projects, on economic sustainability of coastal communities, quality of life and labour markets, and the effects of ageing and health inequality in labour markets, are being undertaken within major European Union funded programmes, and research projects in the upstream oil and gas industry are funded by major oil corporations and by the UK Government's Cabinet Office.

Members of the Department are also undertaking research in:

  • rural and regional economics,
  • macroeconomics and finance,
  • institutional economics,
  • economic history and business economics.

Members of the Department of Economics undertake collaborative research with members of cognate disciplines, presently including PhD projects involving the Health Economics Research Unit, History, Law and Management Studies. The world leading research in Economics is evidenced by the outcome of the Research Assessment Exercise of 2008. 100% of Economics research was judged to be of international quality.

Information for international students

Details of our English language entry requirements can be found on our English Language Requirements webpages. This programme requires that you meet the Business School Postgraduate Standard level of English proficiency.

Fees and funding

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months


full time
24 months

Course contact details

Julia Ritchie
01224 273592