PhD Economics

Year of entry: 2022

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Overview

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

Streams : The 1+3 stream consists one year of PhD level teaching followed by 3 years of research. The 1+1+3 stream consists of one year of MSc teaching followed by the 1+3 stream.

High level of performance: Achieving an average of 65% in coursework with no unit marks below 55% for both UG and PG degrees as well as 65% mark for dissertation. Normally, offer holders tend to achieve much higher standards than this.

Degree Requirement : Economics degree training should be equivalent to the training given at the University of Manchester. Applicants with degree in quantitative fields other than economics will be considered on a case by case basis. We will not normally consider applicants whose previous studies have been in non-quantitative fields. Our criteria are:

  • 1+1+3 Stream: High level performance in degree equivalent to BSc or MA in Economics from the University of Manchester.
  • 1+3 Stream: High level performance in degree equivalent to the training in the MSc phase of our PhD programme .

Full entry requirements

How to apply
Apply online

Programme options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning
PhD Y N N N

Programme overview

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

Open days

The University holds an annual PGR open day, where you will have the opportunity to find out more about our facilities and programmes.

On this day, you will find out more about the School of Social Sciences, our Economics department, and our resources.

You'll also be able to meet academic and admissions staff who will be able to answer any questions you have.

See open days for more information and to book your place.

Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2022, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • PhD (full-time)
    UK students (per annum): TBA
    International, including EU, students (per annum): £20,500

Further information for EU students can be found on our dedicated EU page.

Scholarships/sponsorships

We receive money from a range of sources to help you fund your research and have a variety of awards on offer, covering tuition fees and a generous stipend, including school and departmental studentships and the President's Doctoral Scholar award .

Application deadlines for internal funding opportunities are often at the beginning of February for programmes starting the following September, and many external funders have earlier application deadlines.

The Research Council funding deadline is normally the beginning of February, so, to ensure that we have sufficient time to consider your application, you must have submitted your application by mid-January at the very latest.

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 funding database search tool .

Please note that you are required to contact your referees (the School does not contact referees directly).

References may be uploaded with your other supporting documents during the application process or emailed directly to research.soss@manchester.ac.uk

Contact details

School/Faculty
School of Social Sciences
Contact name
Daniel Davies
Telephone
Email
Website
http://www.manchester.ac.uk/economics
School/Faculty

Programmes in related subject areas

Use the links below to view lists of programmes in related subject areas.

Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

Streams : The 1+3 stream consists one year of PhD level teaching followed by 3 years of research. The 1+1+3 stream consists of one year of MSc teaching followed by the 1+3 stream.

High level of performance: Achieving an average of 65% in coursework with no unit marks below 55% for both UG and PG degrees as well as 65% mark for dissertation. Normally, offer holders tend to achieve much higher standards than this.

Degree Requirement : Economics degree training should be equivalent to the training given at the University of Manchester. Applicants with degree in quantitative fields other than economics will be considered on a case by case basis. We will not normally consider applicants whose previous studies have been in non-quantitative fields. Our criteria are:

  • 1+1+3 Stream: High level performance in degree equivalent to BSc or MA in Economics from the University of Manchester.
  • 1+3 Stream: High level performance in degree equivalent to the training in the MSc phase of our PhD programme .

English language

Candidates whose first language is not English require one of the following certificates:

  • IELTS 7, including 7 in writing and with no further score below 6.5;
  • TOEFL IBT 103 with 28 in writing and no further score below 25 in each section.

Please note:

  • all non-native English speaking students are required to do the English language assessment when they register in September;
  • any non-native English speaking student going away for fieldwork in an overseas, non-English speaking country required to re-take the English assessment when they come back to Manchester;
  • if you are eligible to do a pre-sessional English course, you will be required to successfully complete the course at the required level before you are permitted to register on your academic course.
  • Other tests are accepted - please contact us for further advice.

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Other international entry requirements

We accept a range of qualifications from different countries. For these and general requirements including English language see entry requirements from your country .

Application and selection

How to apply

Advice to applicants

Required supporting documents 

Your completed online application should include:

  • two academic references (including one from your most recent institution);
  • degree transcripts and certificates;
  • CV; PLEASE RECORD YOUR GRE SCORE WITHIN YOUR CV
  • research proposal;
  • GRE;
  • English language evidence (eg IELTS) if you are not from a majority English language speaking country
  • a brief description of any econometrics/macro/micro/mathematics and statistics courses taken on your undergraduate degree/postgraduate degree, detailing core texts used. This does not have to be an official document. A paragraph for each course unit taken will be sufficient. 

Please note there is no application fee.

Admission to studying for a PhD is highly competitive, so please allow as much time as possible to prepare your application, browse our research pages and academics' profiles, and familiarise yourself with the application process and any important deadlines.

https://www.socialsciences.manchester.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-research/how-to-apply/

Finding a supervisor  

Your supervisor will be an important part of your PhD programme. It's a close relationship over many years, through which you develop your ideas, skills, thinking and research. Your supervisor's research interests should therefore closely align to yours.

If you aren't applying for a specific project, you'll need to find potential supervisors who will support your research. Details on recent publications, ongoing projects and particular research interests are all available on our academics' profiles.

Your potential supervisor should be able to give you advice on developing your research proposal as well as critical feedback to help make your proposal strong and competitive when it comes to applying for funding. 

If you'd like us to match you to a suitable supervisor, providing clear details of your research area within your application will make it easier for us to identify suitable opportunities for you. Include any details in section six of your application form under `Proposed programme of study'.

Although guarantees cannot be made, we'll do our best to match your area of research to the most suitable supervisors.

How your application is considered

Applications are considered on a monthly basis once all documents have been received.

Interview requirements

As part of the offer making process applicants will be required to undertake an interview assessment. This may be in the form of a face-to-face interview, video call or telephone. 

Re-applications

If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry. In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved. We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.

Programme details

Programme description

Our 5-year PhD programme consists of: 

  • Two years of formal training
  • Three years of independent research (with the possibility of a 6th year, for writing up)

The first year of the new programme is equivalent to an MSc in Economics and candidates that have already gained a similar qualification at 2:1 level or above, can be considered for entry directly into the second year.

In Year 2, you will take advanced PhD level courses and work on your research proposal, which will represent the basis of the subsequent three years of research. 

The new programme structure aligns to that of top institutions in the US and the UK, providing you with rigorous advanced training and sufficient time for producing independent research, giving you a competitive edge in the job market. 

We admit around 8-10 students per year, and 5-year scholarships from the department/school are available, there is also the possibility to compete for ESRC funding.

Find out more on our dedicated webpages .

Teaching and learning

When you become a postgraduate researcher, you'll join a diverse and vibrant community of doctoral students from nearly 100 different countries, all studying within the Faculty of Humanities.

You'll be assigned to a specific research area that complements your research interests and have access to a variety of interdisciplinary research institutes.

Our working environments are often spacious and open-plan, giving you plenty of opportunities to communicate with colleagues and staff within the School. You will have your own desk space as well as access to our fantastic range of libraries on campus.

All of our academic supervisors are research active and will support you to work on challenging research problems and develop rigorous, creative and original research.

You can expect to meet with your supervisor at least once a month to discuss progress on your project.

You will have access to a large and diverse community of internationally recognised academic experts offering an environment that will stimulate intellectual debate and development.

We provide additional financial support for a number of activities related to your PhD, including:

  • presenting at international conferences;
  • attending workshops that provide relevant professional opportunities;
  • conducting fieldwork in the UK and overseas;
  • hands-on, paid teaching experience as a Graduate Teaching Assistant.

Graduate Teaching Assistants are valued members of the teaching team. As such, we take pride in the opportunities provided for the professional development of graduate teaching assistants.

Our training includes preparation for application to the Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy. This brings a range of benefits:

  • consolidates your personal development and emphasises your professional practice in HE;
  • entitlement to use post-nominal letters - AFHEA;
  • provides a valuable measure of success and is increasingly sought by employers across the education sector as a condition of appointment and promotion;
  • recognised and valued by a growing number of international institutions.

See the Associate Fellowship  for more information.

Programme unit list

The programme unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this programme of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Sociology Postgraduate Research Workshop SOCY60510 0 Mandatory

The Department of Economics is recognised as a leading centre for economics research, and research-led teaching, with particular strengths in economic theory, macroeconomics and econometrics, which support strong applied work in labour economics and environmental economics.

Building on these core areas, recent professorial appointments are leading international research agendas in Financial Economics/Mathematical Finance, game theory with economic applications, and development macroecomics, with the latter's emphasis on poverty-reduction and growth informing the future research direction of the Growth and Business Cycles Research Group, co-directed by George Bratsiotis and Akos Valentinyi. Further information can be found at https://www.socialsciences.manchester.ac.uk/gbcr/

Whilst supporting all aspects of intellectual enquiry through high-quality research, our strategy is to underpin this with foundations in the core of the discipline in order to maintain a profile which addresses key economics research questions of the day. To facilitate this, and to provide an academically stimulating environment of discourse and debate research is organised principally through our research areas .

Members of the Economic Studies have had papers published by many leading journals, including: American Economic Review, Econometrica, Review of Economic Studies, Journal of Political Economy, Journal of Economic Theory, Journal of Mathematical Economics, International Economic Review, European Economic Review, Journal of Public Economics, Economic Journal, International Journal of Game Theory, Games and Economic Behaviour, Journal of Monetary Economics, Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, Journal of Econometrics, Econometric Theory, Biometrika, Review of Economics and Statistics, Econometric Reviews, Journal of the American Statistical Association, Journal of Labour Economics, Journal of Applied Econometrics.

Scholarships and bursaries

We have funding from a range of sources to help support your research and have a variety of awards on offer, covering tuition fees and a generous stipend.

Within the University we offer a large number of school and departmental studentships as well as the President's Doctoral Scholar award . Many of our research students also receive funding externally from places such as research councils, foundations and international government funding bodies.

Application deadlines for internal funding opportunities are often early in the year for programmes starting the following September, and many external funders have earlier deadlines. 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 funding database search tool

Doctoral loans may be available through the UK government for those studying PhDs and equivalent doctoral programmes including professional doctorates. 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.

If you wish to be considered for funding available via the Research Council and the School Studentships you will need to contact the admissions team for up-to-date information.

Please note that you are required to contact your referees (the School does not contact referees directly).

What our students say

See profiles of our current cohort of PhD students in Economics.

Facilities

The School of Social Sciences is based in a purpose-built building which allows 24/7 access.

There are shared workspaces available for research students within the Department, as well as a dedicated area in the atrium with computer terminals.

Disability support

Practical support and advice for current students and applicants is available from the Disability Advisory and Support Service. Email: dass@manchester.ac.uk

Careers

Career opportunities

The department provides resources to support students going on the job market. This includes practice interview sessions, as well as introductory talks on the European and American academic job markets. These talks are aimed towards year-5 PhD candidates, but are open to all students.

In recent years, our PhD candidates have obtained research positions at universities, central banks and policy institutions. Please see a list of our recent placements

The University has its own dedicated Careers Service that you would have full access to as a student and for two years after you graduate. At Manchester you will have access to a number of opportunities to help support you with your goals for the future.

As a postgraduate researcher, you'll have access to a dedicated Researcher Development Team who will support your professional development throughout your PhD journey and beyond.

Our researcher development programme will enable you to become more aware of your developing researcher identity, equipping you with the skills you need during your PhD and prepare you to integrate into the researcher community.

We offer training sessions to build your skills and confidence in writing and presenting, with specific sessions on viva preparation, thesis submission, and preparing for your Review Panel.

You'll also have access to a range of workshops, covering areas such as:

  • increasing research impact through blog posts;
  • making the most of social media;
  • publishing in journals;
  • applying for fellowships;
  • designing academic posters;
  • improving time and self-management.

In addition, our Humanities training hub ProGRess@humanities , gives you additional training opportunities in public engagement, wellbeing, language training and teaching, alongside more specialist courses in tools and software such as Python, R and NVivo.

methods@manchester , meanwhile, is an initiative that gives you the chance to learn from the very best in research methods expertise at Manchester and beyond. Regular talks, workshops and other methods-related events are organised throughout the academic year.

Taking a placement provides a great opportunity to engage in knowledge exchange and to develop professional networking opportunities for your future career development.

We have established Postgraduate Researcher Exchange programmes with a small number of institutions around the world, offering you the opportunity to visit another institution, access research resources and experience another academic culture as well as build professional networks.

Successful applicants will receive some funding towards travel expenses, accommodation, subsistence, education materials and/or other education-related costs.

For more information, see training and development .