Research course


University of Southampton · Social Sciences

Entry requirements

Masters degree at merit level in economics or econometrics, or equivalent qualification plus satisfactory performance at interview.

Months of entry


Course content

We have approximately 30 full-time academic staff. Our interests span a broad range of applied and policyoriented fields (labour economics, health economics, development economics, behavioural economics, finance and investments), as well as more theoretical domains (macroeconomic theory, econometrics, game theory).

As a PhD student at Southampton, you will be taught and supervised by academics who are renowned experts in their fields. The programme is focused enough (between five and 10 new students admitted each year) to provide detailed PhD supervision, but large enough to offer expertise in many fields. It offers clearly structured taught and research-based training in addition to specialised seminars and workshops run by internationally recognised experts.

We are motivated by the need to produce well-rounded specialists with a broad understanding of fundamental economic theory and a more focused expertise in their particular area of interest. This ensures that our graduates are able to gain excellent positions either in academia or in international organisations, government agencies, policy thinktanks, financial institutions and the wider private sector.

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Information for international students

Fees and funding

Qualification and course duration


full time
36-48 months


part time
60-84 months
full time
36-48 months

Course contact details

Social Sciences
+44 (0)23 8059 1495