The MPhil and PhD programme provides an opportunity to undertake original research into a wide variety of areas. The department has a strong international research reputation, covering all mainstream fields of economics. Many of our academics are acknowledged as leading the field in their disciplines. The department has a lively PhD community and team of academic staff, with their own individual research topic areas. The emphasis is on involving PhD students in our areas of expertise, providing them with a strong environment in which to pursue their research, and encouraging and helping with publication. Students are also encouraged to present their work both within the department and at international conferences.
Most students are registered in the first instance for the degree of MPhil. The MPhil may include some taught units in year one. Students are expected to carry out supervised research at the leading edge of their chosen subject, which must then be written-up as a substantial thesis. The transfer from MPhil to PhD is subject to students passing an assessment process, which involves submission of a substantial portion of written work and an oral examination.
The final stage of the PhD degree is the viva voce examination, in which students are required to defend their thesis to a Board of Examiners.
A strong academic background in a field relevant to the proposed research - specifically, a 2.1 or higher Bachelor degree (or equivalent). Applicants should also have, or expect to have by the beginning of the course, a 2.1 or higher Masters degree (or equivalent) in economics or in a related area.
A strong performance at the Masters level may compensate for a weaker one at the Bachelor's level. Students may apply to one of the department's Masters programmes prior to commencing a research degree.
English Language requirements
Certificates must be dated to within two years of the start of the programme of study.
IELTS 7.0 (with not less than 6.5 in each of the four components)
TOEFL 600 (paper-based test) or 250 (computer-based test) with a score of not less than 4 in TWE or 100 (internet-based test) with not less than 24 in each of the components.
If you wish to improve your English proficiency before commencing your studies, pre-sessional language training can be arranged through the English Language Centre. (See: http://www.bath.ac.uk/elc/ )
How to apply
Applications must be made through the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences Graduate School. (See: http://www.bath.ac.uk/hss/graduate-school/how-to-apply/research-programmes/)
This programme is waiting to hear about funding for the next session, or external funding will be applied for once a suitable candidate is selected. Applications are welcome - please see programme details for further information.