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  Economics PhD at the University of Bristol

  Department of Economics

 Funded PhD Programme (Students Worldwide)

About the Programme

The University of Bristol's School of Economics is a thriving centre for teaching and research. We have an active and successful PhD programme, and over 50 research-active staff publishing in top international journals.

A strong research environment is a major contributing factor for successful PhD study. In the most recent UK-wide research assessment, REF 2021, over 97% of our economics and econometrics research was rated either ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’.

Our PhD programme develops well-rounded, innovative researchers who can advance to high-level careers in academia, research, finance, business management, public service or elsewhere. More information about our research and the PhD programme is available on our website.

We have been ranked as one of the top 80 universities in the world (THE World University Rankings 2023), while the city of Bristol is frequently voted one of the best UK cities to live in, including by The Sunday Times (March 2022).

About the PhD programme

We offer both full-time (four years) and part-time (eight years) PhD study. The usual entry route into the Economics PhD is through the University’s Economics MRes programme, but applicants who have an equivalent qualification from another institution can apply directly to the PhD programme.

For successful PhD study, a good match between your research interests and those of your supervisors is vital. Our supervisors are active in research and often experts in their fields. You can see a list of potential supervisors and their interests on our website.

Full-time PhD students will have access to a study space and a computer, excellent libraries and a range of drop-in study spaces around the university. IT provision is flexible and allows scope for remote working when convenient.

We offer financial support to our PhD students for the costs of conference and workshop attendance, while the Bristol Doctoral College (BDC) offers research training to support PhD students at various stages of their work. Opportunities to access training are also available through the South West Doctoral Training Centre (SWDTC).

The SWDTC and BDC also allow students to network with a wide range of staff and students. There may also be opportunities to undertake teaching within the School, with relevant training available.

As well as supporting PhD study within the School's main disciplines, we also have a strong track record in supervising interdisciplinary research across a wider range of areas.

Funding opportunities

Funding opportunities within the School and the wider university are advertised on our website.

How to apply

Potential applicants should first consult the information on our website.

Formal applications should be made using our online application system.

Funding Notes

Some of the PhD opportunities in this programme have funding attached. Applications for this programme are welcome from suitably qualified candidates worldwide.

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