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).

A minimum of two letters of recommendation should be provided with your application. Applicants are also requested to submit a cover letter specifying their motivation to pursue a PhD in Economics at the University of Surrey and highlighting their broad research interests.

Studentship deadline
To be considered for a studentship the deadline for applications is 22 March 2017 at midnight. Applications received after the stated deadline will be considered only for unfunded places.

GRE criteria Applicants should also take the GRE exam. Only the ‘Quantitative Reasoning’ part of the GRE test is compulsory. Applications without evidence of GRE (Quantitative Reasoning) will not be considered.

Please note your GRE exam statement should be less than five years old on 1 October 2017.

You should arrange for an official certificate of your score to be sent to Admissions Services of the University from the Educational Testing Service (ETS), as well as entering your scores in the relevant section of the application form.

Months of entry


Course content

Our four-year PhD in Economics aims at producing first rate scholars who are sought-after by leading Economics Departments and Business schools, as well as research institutions around the world.

The first year is dedicated to core courses in Microeconomics, Macroeconomics and Econometrics. The content and the level of our courses are comparable to those offered by other top UK and international institutions. The second year provides specialized training in several areas of economics and econometrics, both from theoretical and empirical perspectives.

The last two years are dedicated to independent research, under the guidance of a supervisor and a co-supervisor. At the end, the student will submit a dissertation that is examined by viva voce and will generally result in the publication of papers in highly rated economics/econometrics journals.

The Economics faculty includes leading researchers in several fields, including theoretical and applied microeconomics, macroeconomics, econometrics, labour, development and international economics. Most members of the School of Economics regularly publish in top economics and general journals, and their work is recognised worldwide. This ensures first rate supervision in almost all areas.

In addition, the School has several visitors for shorter periods, and hosts regular seminars and field workshops. PhD students have the opportunity to contribute to the teaching and research activity of the School and are welcome to participate in seminars and present their own work in the field workshops.

In addition, students are encouraged to submit their paper to presentation at conferences, and funds are available for that.

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).

Qualification and course duration


full time
48 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions
01483 68 2222