PhD in Economics (Four-Year)

Last Updated: 
Mar 13, 2017
Last Updated: 
Mar 13, 2017

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United Kingdom

PhD Studentship Opportunities in Economics

The School of Economics at the University of Surrey is offering full-time doctoral (postgraduate research) studentships in Economics starting in October 2017. The studentships will cover tuition fees, and provide maintenance for a total of up to £17,000 pa*. Both EU and non EU applicants are eligible.

Our new premium doctoral programme comprises two years of high quality training and two years that focus on independent research. During this four-year doctoral programme you will undertake a structured, supervised programme of scholarly research leading to a thesis that makes an original contribution to knowledge and is of a standard appropriate for publication in high-quality refereed journals.

We aim to provide a PhD programme which provides training to students whether in preparation for an academic career or for a career at the research unit of Central Banks, Government and International bodies.

The first two years are focused on course work with the first year providing fundamental training in Microeconomics, Macroeconomics and Econometrics. The second year offers several advanced and topic-specific courses which allow specialisation. The last two years are dedicated to research work, leading to a dissertation, under the guidance of a chosen supervisor and co-supervisor.

Areas of Study

The specific project objectives will be determined by the area of research that is agreed between the successful candidate and the School of Economics. We are looking to recruit exceptional doctoral (PhD) students whose research interest complement our areas of research strength.

Entry Requirements

Successful candidates will normally have or expect to be awarded a first class (1st) Bachelors degree. We will also consider students holding a Master degree in Economics, or a related subject. 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.

How to Apply for a Studentship:

  1. To be considered for a studentship, you first need to apply for a PhD at the University of Surrey:
  2. The latest you can apply and be considered for an ESRC SeNSS studentship is 4pm 18 December 2016. Applications for internal studentships are open until 4pm 22March 2017.
  3. Invited for interview.
  4. If accepted, you will be invited to complete a studentship application if applying to the ESRC scheme.

Deadline for PhD application 4pm 18 December 2016

  • ESRC SeNSS Doctoral Training Partnership studentships: As a member of the South East Network for Social Sciences (SeNSS) Doctoral Training Partnership, the University of Surrey invites applications for Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) studentships (stipend and fee waiver). Overseas students are not eligible for SeNSS Scholarships, and EU students from outside the UK are eligible for fees but not maintenance. All applications for this ESRC studentship scheme will also be considered for the internal studentships.


Deadline for PhD application 4pm 22 March 2017

  • Internal studentships: these university-funded studentships are available for top-quality Home or International students, covering tuition fees at the Home/EU rate and maintenance at current research-council rates for a full-time or part-time PhD. Overseas candidates are welcome to apply for the internal studentship.


Contact for further details

For full programme information and information on how to apply, please email:

Application Requirements:

  • Undergraduate degree in related discipline
  • Graduate records examination (GRE)
  • Personal data/curriculum vitae
  • Motivation letter
  • Reference letters

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

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