Research course

Economics (Four Year)

University of Surrey · Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Entry requirements

Applicants are expected to hold an undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline, normally with a first class honours (or equivalent).

Months of entry


Course content

The School of Economics has a leading reputation in research and teaching. In the REF 2014, the School was ranked 6th nationally in research intensity, 10th in research output and 12th overall.

Many of our academics publish in top academic journals and act as economic advisers to governments and prestigious international organisations.

Economics research at Surrey is relevant to both theory and policy. The School has expertise in a wide range of areas, including macroeconomics, microeconomics, energy economics, health economics and econometrics.

We pride ourselves on the levels of supervision we provide and on our friendly, highly effective research atmosphere.

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.

Your first year will be spent studying core modules in microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics, and modules in real analysis offered by the Department of Mathematics. The content and the level of our courses is comparable to those offered by other top UK and international institutions.

Your second year will be spent on specialised training in several areas of economics and econometrics, both from theoretical and empirical perspectives.

The final two years of your PhD will be dedicated to independent research, under the guidance of a supervisor and a co-supervisor. At the end of the programme, you will submit a PhD dissertation that is examined by a viva examination and should generally result in the publication of papers in highly rated economics or econometrics journals.

Throughout your PhD, you’ll have the opportunity to contribute to the teaching and research activity of the School and to participate in seminars and present your own work in the field workshops. You will also be encouraged to submit your paper to presentation at conferences, which we can support you to attend.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    full time
    48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions
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