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Students enrolled in the MRes in Economics at the University of Surrey will automatically receive a conditional offer on application to the PhD during their MRes studies. The condition to progress into the PhD will be to pass the MRes at least with merit (60%).
Applicants from other institutions are expected to hold an MRes degree in a relevant discipline, normally with a first class honours (or equivalent). A minimum of two referees 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.
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 2019. 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. Please also select the University of Surrey as an official score recipient. You can also find instructions on how to have your scores sent to an institution. The Surrey institution code for the GRE is 3495; no department code is required as the scores are processed centrally. For more information about the test please see the GRE website or the ETS website.
Months of entry
The School of Economics has a leading reputation in research and teaching. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, our School was ranked 6th in the UK for research intensity, 10th in research output and 12th overall. We are also ranked in the top 10 for business and economics in the United Kingdom by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020 by subject.
Our Economics PhD is seen as the second stage of a four-year programme. The first step is the MRes Economics programme lasting one year, and the PhD follows on from this, lasting three years (with the added possibility of extensions).
During your PhD programme, you’ll learn from dedicated research-active academics with expertise in a wide range of areas, including:
- energy economics
- health economics
Our PhD programme produces graduates who are sought-after by leading economics departments, business schools, and research institutions around the world.
Your first year will be spent studying core modules in microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics, while working on your research. The final two years of your PhD will be entirely dedicated to independent research, leading to a PhD dissertation.
You’ll also have the opportunity to contribute to the teaching and research activity of the School.
Qualification, course duration and attendance options
- full time36 months
- Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
Course contact details
- Postgraduate Admissions
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