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About the Programme

Change lives and shape futures with a PhD in Economics.

Our rich history in economics research and lively postgraduate research community makes Manchester the ideal place for your PhD.

Our new 5-year programme will give you the rigorous training and independent research experience to be competitive on the economics job market or for your academic career, and to make a real impact with your research.

We invest in the best ideas and brightest minds you'll receive a comprehensive portfolio of support and training to help you reach your aspirations and develop as an intellectual leader.

Our research areas

We have a wide range of research specialisms and potential supervisors within Economics.

Explore our research area groups:

  • Macroeconomics, growth and development
  • Economic theory
  • Econometrics and applied economics
  • Environmental and resource economics
  • Development economics and policy


Find out more about our research groups

You can also find out more our Economics PhD programme on our course profile:

  • PhD Economics

Funding your research

We offer a number of funding opportunities for talented individuals to undertake doctoral training with us, including School studentships and the President's Doctoral Scholar Award. All successful applicants who apply for their programme before 6 January 2020 are automatically considered for this funding. We also have a number of Economics studentships available (deadline TBC).

If you're from the UK or EU you can also apply for funding with the ESRC or EPSRC. Please check these studentship pages for details on deadlines and links to the application form.

Explore current funding opportunities

Developing intellectual leaders

We're not here simply to ‘supervise' – we seek to discover and co-produce new knowledge with students as our partners.

To enable you to integrate and thrive with us, you'll be supported by a dedicated Researcher Development Team throughout your PhD and beyond.

You'll benefit from world-class professional training opportunities:

  • Developing Intellectual Leaders Programme – for all the skills you need to succeed
  • ProGRess@humanities – our training hub that offers specialist courses
  • methods@manchester – an initiative giving you the chance to learn from the very best via talks, workshops and other events

We provide support for several activities related to your PhD, including:

  • Presenting at international conferences
  • Attending workshops that provide relevant professional opportunities
  • Conducting fieldwork in the UK and overseas
  • Exchanges and placements at partnering institutions

You'll also be encouraged to publish in high quality outlets and we have strategies to help you achieve this goal.

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Funding Notes

Some or all of the PhD opportunities in this programme have funding attached. Applications for this programme are welcome from suitably qualified candidates worldwide. Funding may only be available to a limited set of nationalities and you should read the full programme details for further information.

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