PhD Economics / Entry requirements

Year of entry: 2023

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 test minimum scores - 7 overall, 7 in writing and with no further score below 6.5;
  • TOEFL IBT minimum scores - 103 overall, 28 in writing and no further score below 25;
  • To demonstrate that you have taken an undergraduate or postgraduate degree in a majority English speaking nation

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 .