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Economics PhD

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Phd programs

If you plan to start your PhD application this autumn, download our free guide "How to successfully apply to a PhD in Economics".

The School of Business offers supervision for the degree of:

  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Economics - full-time campus based study

Please refer to the How to Apply section below before submitting your application.

Supervision and research areas

We offer PhD supervision in Economics in areas compatible with the research interests of our academic staff including:

  • Microeconomic Theory
  • Applied Microeconomics
  • Macroeconomic Theory
  • Applied Macroeconomics
  • Financial Economies
  • Experimental and Behavioural Economics

PhD description

PhD students complete an independent research project under the guidance of a supervisory team. The maximum period of registration permitted before thesis submission is 4 years full time .

Active research (including all experimental work, laboratory work, field work, and data collection) will typically take 3 to 3.5 years full time. On completion of active research students may request approval to register for a writing-up period of up to 12 months. The period of active research and writing-up together must not exceed the maximum registration period.

The thesis should not normally exceed 80,000 words and must make an original contribution to knowledge and contain work of publishable quality. The thesis must then be defended in a viva voce (oral) examination before a degree can be awarded.

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