• Research excellence in all the core areas of economics
  • Ranked seventh among UK Economics departments for research power
  • Four-year PhD/MRes programme
  • Dedicated postgraduate research courses
  • 75% of research rated as world leading or internationally excellent in REF 2014

Economics at Manchester is a leading centre for economics research and research-led teaching. The international reach and significance of our research was confirmed by the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise, placing us in the top ten of all UK economics departments. Many famous names in economics have worked in Manchester, including three Nobel prize-winners: Sir John Hicks, Sir Arthur Lewis and Professor Joseph Stiglitz.

Graduate students from around the world come to study economics here, attracted by our first-class postgraduate training and supervision in the core and specialist areas of economics. In any one year, we have around 200 postgraduate students taking one of our MA or MSc courses, or undertaking research for a PhD. Many students on the MA or MSc progress to a PhD, either in Manchester or elsewhere. Others find jobs with high profile employers.

Our research excellence encompasses all the core areas of:

  • Microeconomics and Mathematical Economics
  • Macroeconomics, Growth and Development
  • Econometrics and Applied Economics

and expands into specialised areas of:

  • Behavioural Economics
  • Environmental and Resource Economics
  • Development Economics and Policy
  • Financial Economics
  • Health Economics

You will be automatically involved in our specialist research areas through the dissertation component of the MA and MSc, or through your PhD research.

Our Economics doctoral programme is a four-year ‘2+2’ model with possibility of direct entry into Year 2. The first year is a Manchester MSc or equivalent, followed by a further year of taught course units. You complete the programme with two years of full-time research that may be extended by a further 'writing-up' year. Our PhD students are provided with desk space in the heart of the Economics department. We usually fund up to ten new PhD students each year through studentships.


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