Economics PhD

When I’m asked why people should study at the School of Economics, I always highlight the quality of the supervision.

Diana Lima PhD Economics

Why Surrey?

Economics research at Surrey has both theoretical and policy-related relevance. We pride ourselves on the levels of supervision we provide and on our friendly but highly effective research atmosphere. As a postgraduate student you will be an integral part of the School, encouraged and expected to participate in our active seminar series and other events throughout the year.

The School of Economics provides access to a shared office, complete with computers, for all full-time postgraduate research students. There are also opportunities to gain valuable teaching experience by contributing to the teaching of undergraduate classes.

Programme overview

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 PhD is offered full-time or part-time and starts in October. During the first year you are normally required to take and pass some postgraduate research modules in addition to preparing and presenting a research proposal.

Course content

During the first year of your PhD program you are required to attend and pass modules in Microeconomics, Macroeconomics and Econometrics, as well as a PhD Research and Field Reading module. You are also required to attend and participate in the research seminars that are run in the School.

To progress to the second year you need a credit weighted average mark of 70% with no module marks below 65% in the June exams. By the beginning of July in your first year you will be allocated a provisional supervisor and will be required to make your PhD confirmation presentation in September.

After the confirmation, your actual supervisors will be appointed. You will then work under their guidance to do your research and produce the final thesis ready for examination. It is anticipated that you will produce at least two substantive pieces of research (of publishable quality). Your progress will be monitored at various stages.


You may be considered for a Faculty postgraduate research studentship to cover fees and an annual stipend. Funding is also available through the prestigious ESRC-funded South East Doctoral Training Centre (SEDTC), which currently funds five students across the Faculty.


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Programme facts

Type of programme:


Programme length:

  • Full-time: 33-48 months
  • Part-time: 45-96 months

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Postgraduate Admissions Enquiries:

+44 (0)1483 689 380

Entry Requirements

For our PhD programme, our expectation is that you will have a Masters degree in Economics with a distinction from a UK university, or an equivalent qualification.

Before you apply

Before applying, please download our research proposal guidance document for information on submitting a suitable research proposal.

English language requirements

Non-native speakers of English will normally require IELTS 7.0 or above with a minimum of 6.5 in each component (or equivalent).

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.


Study mode UK/EU fees Overseas fees
Full-time £3,996 £12,735
Part-time £1,998 £6,368

Please note these fees are for the academic year 2014/15 only. All fees are subject to annual review.

A complete list of all fees for our research programmes

Researcher Development Programme

Our researcher development programme provides a range of workshops and support mechanisms for our postgraduate researchers.

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