PhD Economics / Overview

Year of entry: 2019

Degree awarded
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
4/5 years (full-time) depending on point of entry
Entry requirements

Entry into the PhD Economics programme requires both the prior attainment of certain academic qualifications and also the submission of a satisfactory research proposal at the time of application:

  • for year 1 entry, you will normally be expected to have achieved a high level performance in an undergraduate and/or a postgraduate course in economics that provides a sound training in microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics equivalent to at least an upper second class honours in the BEconSc degree at Manchester;
  • direct entry into year 2, you will normally be expected to have achieved a high level of performance in a postgraduate programme in economics;
  • for a UK masters programme, high level performance equates to a minimum overall average of 65% on the taught component and a dissertation mark of 65% or above (with no mark below 55%). Entry from other courses is considered on a case-by-case basis;
  • your masters training is expected to offer a comparable training to one of the following programmes at Manchester; MSc Economics, MSc Econometrics, MSc Economics and Econometrics, and MSc Financial Economics;
  • applicants with a high level of performance in any of the following Manchester PG courses would normally be accepted to enter year 1, year 2 is considered on a case-by-case basis: MA Economics, MSc Finance and Economics, MSc Development Economics and Policy, MSc Economics and Management of Rural Development, MSc Environment and Development, MSc Development Finance, MSc Industrial Strategy and Trade Policy and MA Political Economy;
  • GRE. This is only one of our admission criteria - we are looking for the 'right fit' for the PhD programme and use all of the admissions criteria to make a decision. A very high score does not necessarily give a stronger chance of admission and a below average score does not automatically eliminate a candidate.

Full entry requirements

How to apply

Apply online

Programme options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning

Programme overview

  • Join a vibrant and active research hub, with weekly seminars in macroeconomics, economic theory and applied economics.
  • Benefit from permanent staff with expertise across all areas of economics.
  • We host prestigious events such as the Annual Conferences of the Royal Economic Society and the 2019 Summer Meeting of the European Economic Society and the Econometric Society.

Open days

The University holds regular open days, where you will have the opportunity to tour the campus and find out more about our facilities and courses.

On this day, you will find out more about the School of Social Sciences and our resources, and meet academic and admissions staff who will be able to answer any questions you have.

For more information, see open days and visits .


For entry in the academic year beginning September 2019, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • PhD (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): £4,327
    International students (per annum): £18,500


We receive money from a range of sources to help you fund your research and have a range of awards on offer, covering tuition fees and a generous stipend.

Application deadlines for internal funding opportunities are often at the beginning of February for programmes starting the following September. If you're planning to apply for a scholarship or award that is not attached to a particular project, you'll normally need to hold an offer of a place from the University before applying.

Search for current funding opportunities by country and research programme using our database search tool .

The UK government has confirmed that doctoral loans will be available for those studying PhDs and equivalent doctoral programmes including professional doctorates from 2018/19. The loan will be for a maximum of £25,000 over the duration of the course.

UK nationals who are ordinarily resident in England, aged 59 or under, who are not already receiving funding via a UK Research Council, are eligible.

Contact details

School of Social Sciences
Contact name
Vicky Barnes
+44 (0)161 275 4743
+44 (0)161 275 2450

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