Research course


University of Bath · Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Entry requirements

A strong academic background in a field relevant to the proposed research - specifically, a 2.1 or higher Bachelor degree (or equivalent). Applicants should also have, or expect to have by the beginning of the course, a 2.1 or higher Masters degree (or equivalent) in economics or in a related area. A strong performance at the Masters level may compensate for a weaker one at the Bachelor’s level. Students may apply to one of the department’s Masters programmes prior to commencing a research degree.

Months of entry


Course content

The MPhil and PhD programme provides an opportunity to undertake original research into a wide variety of areas. The department has a strong international research reputation, covering all mainstream fields of economics. Many of our academics are acknowledged as leading the field in their disciplines. The department has a lively PhD community and team of academic staff, with their own individual research topic areas. The emphasis is on involving PhD students in our areas of expertise, providing them with a strong environment in which to pursue their research, and encouraging and helping with publication. Students are also encouraged to present their work both within the department and at international conferences.

Most students are registered in the first instance for the degree of MPhil. The MPhil may include some taught units in year one. Students are expected to carry out supervised research at the leading edge of their chosen subject, which must then be written-up as a substantial thesis. The transfer from MPhil to PhD is subject to students passing an assessment process, which involves submission of a substantial portion of written work and an oral examination.

Department specialisms

Environmental Economics Incentives & Governance Money and Macro-finance

Information for international students

English requirements: IELTS 7.0 (with not less than 6.5 in each of the four components). TOEFL 600 (paper-based test) or 250 (computer-based test) or 100 (internet-based test) with not less than 24 in each of the components.

Fees and funding

UK students
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International students
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View information on the funding opportunities: Postgraduate research funding opportunities

Qualification and course duration


full time
12-36 months
part time
48 months


full time
24-48 months
part time
72 months

Course contact details

Admissions Officer
+44 (0) 1225 386753