Top PhD Programs in Economics

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Top PhD Programs in Economics

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If you're looking to choose an economics PhD program, it's important to consider options that match your research interests, career goals, and personal goals. Below is a selection of some of the best PhD programs in economics that are offered by European universities, to help you find the right postgraduate program for you.

Tor Vergata PhD in Economics and Finance

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The PhD program in Economics and Finance is a 4-year full-time program providing an advanced specialization in Economics, Finance, and Econometrics to highly qualified students  whose goal is a successful career in academia or in institutions that require financial, economic, and statistical skills.

The program offers a distinguished international faculty teaching a wide variety of graduate and doctoral courses in Economics and Finance. During the first year, students acquire a broad set of theoretical and methodological skills required in economics and finance. After choosing their field of specialization, students dedicate the second, third, and fourth years to research.

Deadline: March 30, 2024

Nova SBE PhD Programs

Nova School of Business & Economics, Carcavelos, Portugal

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PhD Positions in Management

PhD Positions in Economics and Finance

 Nova SBE has two 4-year, full-time structured PhD programs in Economics and Finance / Management, delivered in English.

The Economics and Finance PhD program provides advanced training in the fields of Economics and Finance. The first two years are dedicated to the coursework whereas the subsequent years focus on research. First-year courses are taken jointly. At the beginning of the second year, students should choose their specialization and supervisor.

The Management PhD program provides advanced training in the four key fields: Management and Organization; Marketing; Operations, Technology and Innovation Management; and Strategy and Entrepreneurship. While disciplined and rigorous in training, the program is also flexible, for students to pursue their unique research interests and most challenging careers.

Students are usually affiliated with one of our eight Knowledge Centers. They join its community and its activities. They participate in research seminars and interact with top researchers.

Application deadline: 31 January

University St Gallen - GPEF Fully Funded PhD Positions in Economics and Finance

University of St. Gallen, Switzerland

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Graduate Programme in Economics and Finance (GPEF) - Fully funded PhD positions

The Graduate Programme in Economics and Finance (GPEF) at the University of St. Gallen trains students to achieve academic excellence in the areas of Economics, Econometrics and Finance. Graduates are regularly selected for very reputable academic and non-academic positions.

The GPEF offers challenging Ph.D. courses taught by internationally established professors and a creative research environment. We offer very attractive salaries, a vibrant research community and financial support to research activities.

For full consideration, please submit your application by 31 January 2024.

Application deadline: 30 April 2024

PhD in Economics

CEMFI, Madrid

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PhD in Economics

The CEMFI PhD Program prepares students for successful careers as research economics in universities and academic centers as well as in central banks and public and private sector institutions. The program comprises two stages: stage one, coursework; and stage two, research. The coursework stage provides students with state of the art tools to successfully conduct research in an ample range of areas in Economics. The research stage fosters an international academic environment in which students grow to develop an independent and productive career. The typical duration of studies is five to six years.

Students who successfully complete the two stages are awarded the degrees Master in Economics and Finance and PhD in Economics and Government. These official degrees are awarded by the Universidad Internacional Menéndez Pelayo.

Application deadline: 31 May

Ruhr Graduate School in Economics

Ruhr Graduate School in Economics (RGS Econ), Essen, Germany

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Fully Funded PhD program in Economics

RGS Econ offers a structured doctoral program in Economics, building on the combined expertise in theoretical, empirical, and applied research of four university economics departments in the Ruhr Valley area of Germany – (Bochum, Dortmund, Essen and Duisburg) – and one of Germany’s leading economic research institutes (RWI - Leibniz Institute for Economic Research). Advanced coursework, a cooperative learning environment, and an extensive research network and infrastructure are geared to support our students in conducting first-rate research and our graduates in obtaining excellent positions in academia, public institutions, and in the private sector.

RGS Econ charges no tuition fees. Accepted students are offered financing for a minimum of three years, which may be in the form of a scholarship or in the form of research and teaching assistant positions.

Application deadline: 24 March

Collegio Carlo Alberto

Collegio Carlo Alberto, Turin, Italy

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PhD in Economics (Four-Year) - University of Torino

The Vilfredo Pareto Doctorate in Economics allows students to structure their coursework and write their doctoral dissertation in a number of different areas of economics. After a common set of core courses that take place in the first term of the program (including review courses in mathematics and statistics and advanced courses in microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics), students can further prepare for their dissertation work by choosing from a list of elective courses.

All activities take place at the Collegio Carlo Alberto in downtown Turin. Students can benefit from a vibrant and international academic environment and participate in all scientific events. On top of the yearly scholarship (17,500 Euros per year, for four years), they receive yearly research funds and have the possibility to spend part of their third or fourth year abroad as visiting students. There is also the possibility to sign cotutelle agreements with other academic institutions so to obtain a double doctoral degree. 

Application deadline: 31 May

University of Surrey

University of Surrey, Guildford, UK

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Doctoral programme in Economics (MRes+PhD)

The University of Surrey’s MRes Economics programme is designed to prepare you for a research career in academia or in international organisations around the world. The course provides the standard entry route to the PhD Economics programme, or you can graduate with a stand-alone MRes degree after one year.

The MRes provides cutting-edge training in micro, macro, econometrics and research methods and is, on successful completion, followed by the PhD programme lasting three to four years with generous studentships available.

You’ll learn from academics at the frontier of their research fields, developing specialist skills and techniques with the benefit of small cohorts and high-quality interaction with our lecturers. Generous studentships are offered for the duration of the MRes/PhD course for those with strong research potential.

Apply by 31st January 2024 to be considered for the first allocation round.

Application deadline: 1 June

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Cerdanyola del Vallès, Spain

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PhD in Entrepreneurship and Management

Are you interested in entrepreneurship and management research? Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona's PhD Program is dedicated to promoting competitive, international-level research that makes a significant contribution to science and generates new and useful knowledge. This Program has been offered since 1978 as the doctoral program of the Department of Business Economics at the UAB. Over the last forty-five years, students have come from different countries all around the world.

Application deadline: 31 March

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