PhD in Economics
Our PhD programme allows you to pursue rigorous academic research that makes an original contribution to knowledge and is of a standard appropriate for publication.
The School welcomes applications from students who would like to conduct research in any of our research areas. However, we are also interested in hearing about other areas broadly in line with the School’s research interests.
Our PhD is offered full-time, part-time or on a collaborative basis. During the first year you may be required to follow some postgraduate modules, as recommended by your supervisor and the Postgraduate Research Committee (PGRC), and attend our Research Methods module, as well as the research seminars that are run exclusively for research students. Your progress will be monitored at various stages, and at a suitable point you will be asked to give a presentation based on your research up to that time. You will be interviewed by a research assessment panel to confirm that your progress has been satisfactory, and to offer advice to help you complete the programme.
Some potential research students live overseas or are in full-time employment. The collaborative programme is designed specifically for such people. Under this scheme you need to spend only a limited amount of time each year at Surrey, in order to attend courses and receive close supervision from your supervisor. For the remainder of the time you will have a co-supervisor, either in your own institution or in a local university, who will be responsible for day-to-day issues that may arise (although they will remain in contact with your lead supervisor at Surrey throughout). This scheme has proved very attractive to students who wish to acquire a Surrey PhD but find it impossible to commit themselves to physically attending the University for a lengthy period of time.
Students will normally hold a Masters degree in Economics with a distinction from a UK university, or an equivalent qualification.
English language requirements
IELTS minimum overall: 7.0
IELTS minimum by component:
- Reading: 6.5
- Writing: 6.5
- Speaking: 6.5
- Listening: 6.5
We offer intensive English language pre-sessional courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.
Fees and Funding
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The School is a member of the South East Doctoral Training Centre (DTC), which is accredited by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). UK and EU students are eligible to apply for DTC studentships. There are currently two students in the faculty supported by the DTC.