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  • Qualification

    PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

  • Location

    Royal Holloway, University of London

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    4 years

Course summary

About us

The Department of Economics at Royal Holloway is one of the top economics departments in the country with a wide range of expertise, including labour economics, development economics, microeconomic theory, and experimental economics. In the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF2014), we were ranked 9th in the UK in terms of world-leading and internationally excellent research.

The Department is home to about 30 research active staff and 30 PhD students from over 20 countries. We offer a stimulating research environment and a vibrant PhD programme with advanced economics training in the first year and a great placement record.

The PhD student community is relatively small, thereby ensuring a consistently high level of interaction between the students and academics. Our students benefit from advanced economics training in their first year and have an opportunity to present their ongoing research and receive feedback in our PhD seminar series.

Research facilities and environment

The Department of Economics at Royal Holloway has strength across all main fields of the discipline, and so supervision can be offered in most areas of research. Our staff members are renowned for their work in theoretical and applied microeconomics, labour economics, development economics, and experimental economics. The faculty also pursues multidisciplinary topics and benefits from interaction with the Computer Science and Psychology departments, among others.

Being a PhD student at the Department of Economics, you become an integral part of our research community. Research students are encouraged to sign up for meetings with external seminar speakers, to attend conferences and to start building their academic networks. Every Spring, the Department organises an Annual PhD Conference with invited speakers and students from other universities.


You will begin on the MPhil degree for the first two years and will need to meet certain requirements to progress - to upgrade - to the PhD student status.

Your future career

The department actively supports the placement of PhD graduates in positions at universities, research institutes, government agencies, and private corporations. Examples of recent placements include:

  • Bristol University
  • London School of Economics
  • University of Stirling
  • Cardiff Metropolitan University
  • Max Planck Institute, Germany
  • European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
  • Institute for Employment Studies.

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 17,400per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

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Royal Holloway, University of London

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  • Campus address

    Royal Holloway, University of London, Egham, Surrey, TW20 0EX, England

International students will find themselves in a diverse community: students from more than 130 countries live and study at Royal Holloway.
The university welcomes and supports international students. Its dedicated team can help with any questions students may have about studying in the UK.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    30th out of 78 3

  • Entry standards

    / Max 233
    123 55%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    87 87%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.98 80%



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