Entry requirements

ESRC-recognised masters (or international equivalent) in economics, with an average of 63% or above.

Months of entry


Course content

With expert supervision and additional research training, the School of Economics offers an excellent PhD programme.

A PhD is the most advanced form of postgraduate study. It is awarded on the successful completion of supervised research, verbal examination and final thesis.

Our academic staff conduct world-leading research across a wide range of subjects, so we can offer expert supervision in most areas of the discipline. You will be assigned two supervisors who will help ensure smooth progress of your research work.

During your first year, you will complete taught courses in order to acquire the necessary skills and background knowledge for your research. Some are compulsory and some will be recommended by your supervisors. You will also undertake research and generic skills training, provided by the School of Economics and the Graduate School, and start work on your research.

From your second year, you will focus in more detail on your research. Training is provided for the preparation of articles for submission to academic journals and for applying for jobs in academia.

Economics research areas include:

  • Behavioural economics
  • Development economics
  • Economic policy
  • Econometrics
  • Environmental/resource economics
  • Experimental economics
  • Financial economics
  • International economics/finance/trade
  • Macro/microeconomics
  • Political economy
  • Public economics

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiries
+44 (0)115 951 5250