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Economics (Four-Year) PhD

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    Awaiting Funding Decision/Possible External Funding

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"We provide a first-rate PhD program, training students for both an academic career or for a career in the research units of central banks, governments or international bodies."

João Santos Silva
Head of the School of Economics

The School of Economics has a leading reputation in research and teaching. In the REF 2014, the School ranked sixth nationally in research intensity, tenth in research output and twelfth overall. This represented an impressive improvement on its position of 21st in the RAE 2008.

Many staff members within the School publish in top academic journals and acting as economic advisors to governments and prestigious international organisations such as the IMF, the European Central Bank, the Bank of England and HM Treasury.

Economics research at Surrey has both theoretical and policy-related relevance. The School has expertise in a wide range of areas, including macroeconomics, microeconomics, energy economics, health economics and econometrics.

We pride ourselves on the levels of supervision we provide and on our friendly, highly effective research atmosphere.


Our four-year PhD in Economics aims at producing first rate scholars who are sought-after by leading Economics Departments and Business schools, as well as research institutions around the world.

The first year is dedicated to core courses in Microeconomics, Macroeconomics and Econometrics. The content and the level of our courses are comparable to those offered by other top UK and international institutions. The second year provides specialized training in several areas of economics and econometrics, both from theoretical and empirical perspectives. The last two years are dedicated to independent research, under the guidance of a supervisor and a co-supervisor. At the end, the student will submit a dissertation that is examined by viva voce and will generally result in the publication of papers in highly rated economics/econometrics journals.

The Economics faculty includes leading researchers in several fields, including theoretical and applied microeconomics, macroeconomics, econometrics, labour, development and international economics. Most members of the School of Economics regularly publish in top economics and general journals, and their work is recognised worldwide. This ensures first rate supervision in almost all areas. In addition, the School has several visitors for shorter periods, and hosts regular seminars and field workshops. PhD students have the opportunity to contribute to the teaching and research activity of the School and are welcome to participate in seminars and present their own work in the field workshops. In addition, students are encouraged to submit their paper to presentation at conferences, and funds are available for that.

Personal and professional development
We take your development as a well-rounded PhD student seriously and have put together a package of development opportunities that we believe will develop your research and teaching skills and put you in the best position to secure employment at the end of the programme.

In addition to the Researcher Development Programme, which is provided centrally to all PhD students at the University of Surrey, we offer a number of other learning opportunities.

Applicants are expected to hold an undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline, normally with a first class honours (or equivalent).

Applicants should also take the GRE exam. Only the ‘Quantitative Reasoning' part of the GRE test is compulsory. Applications without evidence of GRE (Quantitative Reasoning) will not be considered.

A minimum of two letters of recommendation should be provided with your application. Applicants are also requested to submit a cover letter specifying their motivation to pursue a PhD in Economics at the University of Surrey and highlighting their broad research interests.

To be considered for a scholarship, the deadline for applications is 15 March 2016.

Fees and Funding
All students offered a studentship for the programme receive full funding, which includes a tuition fee waiver (UK/EU and International) and a competitive stipend (£17,000 pa). We will also consider applicants who are able to self-fund or bring external funding.

Students will also get limited funds to present their work at conferences, such as the Royal Economics Society or the European Econometric society yearly conferences.

Type of programme:

Programme length:
Full-time: 30-48 months
Start date:

Postgraduate Admissions Enquiries:
+44 (0)1483 689 380

Funding Notes

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.

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