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  • Qualification

    PhD/DPhil - Doctor of Philosophy

  • Location

    Colchester Campus

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    06-OCT-22

  • Duration

    4 years

Course summary

Our three-year pathway in the Department of Economics for the PhD economics degree gives you the chance to ask difficult questions, break intellectual boundaries and create new solutions to issues of global concern. You work closely with our creative and committed academics - researchers who are pioneering new solutions to these issues, inspiring your own research.

We are renowned for our research expertise in a number of areas of economics, including the following:

  • Behavioural economics
  • Experimental economics
  • Industrial organisation, market structure and firm behaviour
  • Political economy
  • Social networks
  • Economic theory
  • Financial economics and economics of banking
  • International economics
  • Macroeconomics and macroeconomic policy
  • Public finance
  • Search and matching
  • Development economics
  • Family and health economics including gender, population, and migration
  • Labour economics including inequality and the economics of crime
  • Micro econometrics
  • Spatial econometrics and cross-sectional dependence
  • Semi and nonparametric econometrics
  • Time series econometrics

The Department of Economics are top 5 in the UK for research, with over 90% of our research rated as “world-leading” or “internationally excellent” (REF 2014).

You receive advanced research training and expert supervision to reach your full potential, as well as access to top quality research facilities, we also guarantee office space for you in our PhD Research Centre, giving you the space and tools to work.

We work with you to teach you how to look at the world through an economist's lens, taking a critical approach to dismantle a proposition, working robust methodologies to build an argument based on rigorous theoretical reasoning and sound empirical evidence.

Your future

In recent years, our PhD students have obtained posts in a range of academic and non-academic institutions. These include universities such as Bath, Chicago, Dusseldorf, East Anglia, the London School of Economics, Mannheim, Oxford, Rochester, University College London, and organisations like the Office for National Statistics (UK), the Bank of England, Bank of Italy, Bank of Korea, Bank of Mexico, Central Bank of Colombia, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, European Commission JRC, the World Bank.

With the skills and knowledge, you acquire from studying within our Department of Economics, you will be in demand from a wide range of employers. We have excellent links with the research community, both in the UK and worldwide, and strong ties with the policy, business, and consultancy world, especially in London and other major financial centres.

Application deadline

01 August 2022

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 17,050per year

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

University information

University of Essex

  • University League Table

    39th

  • Campus address

    University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, Essex, CO4 3SQ, England

The careers team offer dedicated international careers advice and support throughout studies and after graduation.
Central London is easily accessible from all of the university's campuses.
The University of Essex has a student body that represents over 140 nationalities and supports over 30 different cultural societies.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    48th out of 81 9

  • Entry standards

    / Max 233
    105 48%

    65th

    7
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    64.0 64%

    50th

    1
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.84 77%

    31st

    28

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