Kent's School of Economics is highly ranked in the UK for student satisfaction and teaching quality. Our passion for the subject and research-led approach helps provide students with a first-class academic experience, as well as building personal skills and enhancing career prospects. Our cosmopolitan academic and student community, coupled with a thriving research culture, creates an inspiring and challenging environment to study economics.
Our four-year PhD programmes provide a stimulating, supportive and structured environment in which highly-qualified graduates can develop economic research skills that will enable them to make an original contribution to economic knowledge. We aim to produce economists who are sought-after by leading economics departments and research institutions around the world.
We offer two PhD programmes:
• Agri-Environmental Economics
PhD-specific Training Courses
The first year of our PhDs is dedicated to PhD-specific training courses across microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics. The content, structure and level of these courses provide the skills needed for independent economic research. By the summer term, students will have developed a set of detailed research questions and written a comprehensive literature review.
The final three years of the PhD are devoted to independent research, under the guidance of a supervisory panel. Throughout the academic year, there are regular reading groups, workshops and seminars in which students are encouraged to attend and participate. In the summer term, PhD workshops are held in which all students must present their work. At the end of four years, students submit a thesis that is examined by viva voce. Research generated during the PhD can result in the publication of papers in top economics journals.
Our Economics faculty comprises leading researchers in many fields, including macroeconomics, labour and development economics, microeconomic theory and agri-environmental economics. All students will receive expert supervision by a research-active member of staff. PhD students also contribute to the teaching and research activity of the School, participate in seminars, present their own work and become members of our research centres and groups: the Macroeconomics, Growth and History Centre (MaGHiC)
, the Centre for Agri-Environmental Studies (CEAS)
and the Microeconomics Research Group.
For details of the funding and scholarships we offer, please see the School of Economics website
. We welcome applications from suitably qualified candidates worldwide.