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PhD Economics
Gain economics research skills from the North-West Doctoral Training Centre.

PhD Economics / Overview

Year of entry: 2019

Degree awarded
PhD (configuration of programme to be confirmed)
4 or 5 years (FT) depending on point of entry
Entry requirements

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

  • Direct entry into year 2 of the 5 year programme, 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 & Econometrics, MSc Financial Economics.
  • For year 1 entry of the 5 year programme, you will normally be expected to have achieved a high level performance in an undergraduate and/or a postgraduate programme 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.
  • Applicants with a high level of performance in any of the following Manchester PG programmes would normally be accepted to enter Year 1, although 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/MRes 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

Number of places/applicants

Expert supervision is key to research degree programmes. We cannot provide supervision across all areas and we are therefore sometimes unable to offer admission to excellent applicants.

How to apply

Apply online

Please provide details of a proposed supervisor.  This information must be included on the on-line application form.  Please see the Economics web page for details on the current research areas in Economics.

Useful information:

  • There is NO application fee.
  • Supporting documents which MUST be provided along with an on-line application are: two academic reference letters, Degree transcripts and certificates, CV, Research Proposal, English language evidence (eg IELTS) if candidate is not from a majority English language speaking country. Please note that the English language evidence may be submitted after application.
  • GRE score is required for all applicants who have NOT previously studied at a UK University.
  • GRE® is a standardised admissions test which is used by the world's leading Universities. The test score provides us with additional information to compare applications from around the world reasonably objectively. Please note, we only accept test scores that have been taken less than five years prior to the start date of the PhD/MRes programme. 

Programme options

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

Programme description

Our PhD/MRes programme has been introduced in 2010 as a response to the Economics and Social Research Council (ESRC) sponsored Benchmarking Review of UK Economics.   Building on our successful ESRC-recognised PhD/MPhil we have developed a new 2+2 American-style structure for our programme to meet the international standard demanded for a PhD-training in Economics.

In the first year a MSc-equivalent training is provided, that is, year 1 will entail one of our well-established MSc courses (MSc Economics, MSc Econometrics, MSc Economics & Econometrics, MSc Financial Economics).

Year 2 consists of advanced PhD level coursework and preparation of a detailed research proposal; direct entry into year 2 requires a prior Master degree of appropriate standard and content, such as at least a merit from one of the Manchester degrees mentioned above, or equivalent from elsewhere.

Research is full-time in years 3 and 4, leading to submission of the thesis at the end of year 4 (although extensions to a 5th year for writing up are possible).  Upon successful completion of the programme (whether entering in year 1 or 2), degrees of PhD and MRes will be awarded.

Our training programme is part of the ESRC's newly accredited North-West Doctoral Training Centre (NWDTC) where Economics PGR training is provided jointly by us and our partner institutions from Lancaster and Liverpool.

The Areas of Research Training (ARTs) that we offer at Manchester are;

  • Financial Economics
  • Behavioural Economics
  • Environmental Economics
  • Development Economics
  • Econometrics and Applied Economics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Microeconomics and Mathematical Economics

Open days

For details of the next University Postgraduate open day, visit 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): TBA
    International students (per annum): £18,500
  • PhD (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): TBA
    International students (per annum): £9,250


The School of Social Sciences and the Economics Discipline Area have up to 10 studentships for 2019-2020.

Economics operate three deadlines for receiving complete on-line applications:-

Round 1: 8 January 2019

Round 2: 5 March 2019

Round 3: 15 June 2019

Candidates wishing to be considered for funding MUST apply before the 8 January 2019 deadline. 

Please see the School's funding page for further information (please note that the School's funding web page is not yet fully updated).  Any queries, please email

Contact details

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