Research course


University of Surrey · Department of Economics

Entry requirements

Applicants are expected to hold an undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline, normally with a first class honours (or equivalent). We do not require a GRE score but it is recommended that applicants take the GRE exam. It will greatly strengthen an application. A minimum of two letters of recommendation should be provided with your application.

Months of entry


Course content

The Department of Economics enjoys a strong international reputation for the stimulating and friendly environment which it provides for postgraduate research students. Over the past decade success has been achieved in attracting research students, and at any one time about 20 students are registered on the Department's PhD programme.

The Department's Postgraduate Research Committee regularly reviews the progress of all students. As a result, the Department has an impressive completion rate, with almost all full-time PhD students finishing the programme within four years.

Research students have contributed to the research output in terms of the Department's discussion papers, publications in refereed journals, presentations at conferences and contributed chapters to books. Many overseas students have gone on to outstanding careers in their home countries.

The Department is able to offer supervision in most areas of economics. Areas of particular strength are:
* Energy economics
* Health economics
* Applied microeconometrics
* The economics of regulation
* International finance
* Macroeconomics

Department specialisms

Development Economics; International Finance; Macroeconomics; Labour Economics; Economic Thought; International Finance; Energy and Regulation; Health Economics; Applied Econometrics; European Integration.

Information for international students

Non-native speakers of English will normally require IELTS 7.0 or above with a minimum of 6.5 in each component (or equivalent).

Fees and funding

UK students
International students
All students offered a studentship for the programme receive full funding, which includes a tuition fee waiver (UK/EU and International) and a competitive stipend (£17,000 pa). We will also consider applicants who are able to self-fund or bring external funding.
Students who are funded by the Faculty/University contribute to the School activity as a Teaching Assistant and/or Research Assistant. This provides valuable experience which is highly considered in the job market.
Students will also get limited funds to present their work at conferences, such as the Royal Economics Society or the European Econometric society yearly conferences.
The scholarships cover only 4 years but the School of Economics will fund an extra year, in exchange of teaching and/or research assistantships to the best PhD candidates.

Qualification and course duration


full time
48 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions
01483 686 380