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About the Programme

Economics PhD studentships at a leading university

The School of Economics at UEA is one of the top-ranked economics departments in the UK, proudly combining an internationally-leading reputation for research (Top 10 for Research Outputs in Economics and Econometrics, REF 2014) with the highest standards in teaching and academic support for our students. In the 2019 Postgraduate Research Experience Survey, the PhD programme in Economics received excellent scores for satisfaction in all areas, including 99% for “Supervision”. The School is known worldwide for ground-breaking research in behavioural and experimental economics, and for the expertise in competition policy: work that leads the field, informs policymakers and makes headlines. We also have a global reputation for research excellence in economic theory, applied econometrics, finance, and in policy areas of environment, resources, conflict and migration.

Our PhD programme in Economics offers PGR students the opportunity to conduct independent research and receive advanced training in accordance with the Doctoral Training Pathway in Economics. The School is a lively, friendly department committed to provide PGR students with dedicated supervision and regular feedback throughout the four years of study. We view our PhD students as junior researchers and invest in them accordingly. We offer a stimulating environment and provide financial support in the form of scholarships and research support to outstanding home and international students.

Fully funded studentships for students applying for the 2022/23 Academic Year will be competitively allocated to applicants that clearly demonstrate academic excellence in economics. Research proposals in any of the School's Research Areas are welcome, but this year we are particularly keen to receive proposals in Behavioural Economics and Applied Econometrics and Finance (see below). The schemes under which you can apply for studentships have identical academic requirements – a strong research proposal in any of the School's fields of interest and an excellent performance in a relevant Masters degree or equivalent.

Studentship Schemes and deadlines for Application

The School of Economics accepts research students to start on 1 October.

Deadlines for application are listed on our information pages, where you will also find details of fees and funding .

Research Areas

The School of Economics research areas include Big data methods, Collective decision making and group formation, Competition in digital markets, Development and environmental economics, Dynamic macroeconomics and growth, Economics of networks, Empirical evaluation of competition/competition policy, Experimetrics, Financial economics and econometrics, Heuristics and biases in decision making, Industrial organisation, Origins and consequences of conflict, Strategic reasoning and identity in groups and teams.

For the 2022/23 intake, research projects on Behavioural Economics and Applied Econometrics and Finance are particularly welcome. For these fields, the School of Economics offers project outlines on the following themes:

  • Biased Beliefs, Social Norms, and Disadvantaged Groups; 
  • Using Behavioural Economics to Understand Clinical Trial Result Generalisability;
  • Econometric Advances in the analysis of Sports Betting Data; 
  • Consumer Attitudes to Environmental Degradation; 
  • Post Covid Monetary Policy.

Project outlines for these themes can be consulted on our dedicated webpage.

Further information and contact details

Further information about the PhD programme is available on the UEA School of Economics website. If you have specific questions about supervision possibilities at the School of Economics, please contact the Postgraduate Research Admissions Director, Dr. Sheheryar Banuri - .

To discuss the application process, please contact the UEA Postgraduate Research Office -  - tel: (01603) 591709.

Candidates will be interviewed, usually via Skype, as part of the selection process. EU and International applicants may be required to provide evidence of competence in the English Language.

Please complete the application form to apply for a PhD.

Funding Notes

Candidates should typically hold, or expect to hold, a first degree with a minimum of 2:1 and a good Master’s degree with research methods training appropriate to the discipline, with a dissertation mark of at least 65%. Candidates applying for a 1+3 studentship should hold, or expect to hold, a relevant undergraduate degree. Candidates who have studied outside of the UK should typically hold, or expect to hold, qualifications equivalent to those above.

The Studentships cover tuition fees (UK/EU rates), a tax-free maintenance grant (currently £15,609 per year), and a research training support grant. International students are welcome to apply.

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