Research course


University of Essex · Department of Economics

Entry requirements

A good honours degree in economics (normally an upper second or equivalent) and a good performance in MA/MSc Economics or equivalent. A well-developed research degree proposal is also essential.

PhD, MPhil.

Months of entry


Course content

We offer supervision for our PhD Economics in the following fields: applied econometrics; development economics; econometric theory; economics of the family; economic theory; finance; game theory and applications; industrial organisation; international trade; labour economics; macroeconomics; monetary economics; networks; and public economics. Our interdisciplinary PhD programme provides progression that includes advanced economic methods and data analysis, with links to research programmes in our Institute of Economic and Social and Economic Research and other social science departments at Essex.

Holders of Essex PhDs often obtain appointments in government or international organisations, and many embark upon academic careers in UK universities and around the world. In recent years, completing graduates have been appointed to lectureships and research posts at a range of universities including Chicago, the London School of Economics, Leicester, Loughborough, St Andrews and East Anglia, among others.

We also offer an MPhil in this subject.

Our Department of Economics maintains a world-class reputation for our outstanding quality research and teaching. We were ranked joint third in the UK in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE, December 2008), reflecting our well-established reputation for excellence. Many of our staff, who are world renowned experts in their fields, have been elected to leadership roles in learned societies and have been editors of leading economics journals.

Essex economists are engaged in a variety of research networks and collaborate with economists at other universities in the UK and overseas. Much of our research is related to policy and we often provide advice to government and non-government organisations. The top quality of our work is reflected in our stream of publications in high profile academic journals like Economic Journal, Journal of Econometrics, American Economic Journal and Journal of the European Economic Association.

Department specialisms

Economics theory or history; econometric theory; labour economics; game theory and applications; applied econometrics; public economics; macroeconomics and development economics; monetary economics; finance and international trade; industrial organisation.

Information for international students

IELTS 6.5.

Fees and funding

We offer many funding opportunities to support talented postgraduates, ranging from research council studentships and University scholarships to awards funded by charities and other external organisations. For more information, see:

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months
part time
72 months


full time
24 months
part time
48 months

Course contact details

Graduate Administrator
+44 (0)1206 872726