In line with our Public Value ethos, our PhD in Economics is a 4-year full-time programme designed for highly qualified and motivated students who wish to research current and important problems and phenomena facing our economy and society.
Our PhD in Economics programme offers structured research training and supervision by subject experts. It begins with two years of rigorous coursework (MSc Economics (PhD Route) and MRes Advanced Economics), equipping you with the theoretical knowledge and analytical tools necessary to proceed to the research stage. Subject experts will guide and supervise you during your PhD programme.
Students applying to pursue a specialist PhD in Economics must have a first class or strong upper second-class honours degree, and a masters’ degree in Economics (or equivalent) with an average mark of at least 65%. Applications can also be considered from holders of a first-class undergraduate degree in Economics or similar subject with significant economic content.
As part of your application process you will have to submit a research proposal demonstrating an interest in pursuing in-depth research in an appropriate area.
It is also possible for suitably qualified students to join the PhD in Economics programme at the MRes stage, though they will be required to follow a slightly different programme to those students progressing directly from the MSc Economics (PhD Route).
For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.
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Both nationally and globally, additional training beyond the first year of postgraduate study is considered vital for research students in Economics. Thus, our programme involves two years of advanced course work, the first at MSc Economics (PhD Route) level in core modules, which cover a broad coverage of the main areas of economics and open up a wide range of research areas for potential study in subsequent stages of the programme.
In the second year, students complete the MRes Advanced Economics, which familiarises students with research questions and methods from the most recent advances of economic theory and applications, aiming to prepare them to carry out research independently. The taught component of the MRes Advanced Economics requires advanced study in the core areas of advanced macro, micro and econometrics, plus a variety of fields including finance, labour, development, political economy, monetary, applied macroeconometrics, international trade and applied microeconomics.
Years three and four comprise the research (PhD) phase.
Full-Time tuition fees
- UK and EU students: £4,407
- Students from outside the EU: £17,450
Part-Time tuition fees
- UK and EU students: £2,204
- Students from outside the EU: £8,725
Scholarships & funding
For more information about scholarships, please visit the university website.
About this institute
Founded in 1883, Cardiff University combines a prestigious heritage with impressive modern facilities, on one of the most beautiful campuses in the UK. As part of the Russell Group, our students benefit from our outstanding research quality and reputation, while...
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