When I’m asked why people should study at the School of Economics, I always highlight the quality of the supervision.
The School of Economics has a leading reputation in research and teaching, with many staff members publishing in top academic journals and acting as economic advisors to governments and prestigious international organisations such as the IMF, the European Central Bank, the Bank of England and HM Treasury.
Economics research at Surrey has both theoretical and policy-related relevance. The School has expertise in a wide range of areas, including macroeconomics, microeconomics, energy economics, health economics and econometrics.
We pride ourselves on the levels of supervision we provide and on our friendly, 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 a shared office and computer access for all full-time postgraduate research students. There are also opportunities to gain valuable teaching experience by contributing to the teaching of undergraduate classes.
Our PhD programme allows you to pursue rigorous academic research that makes an original contribution to knowledge.
During your first year, you are normally required to take and pass some postgraduate research modules in microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics, in addition to preparing and presenting a research proposal.
By the beginning of July in your first year, you will be allocated a provisional supervisor and will then 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 your final thesis ready for examination. Your progress will be monitored at various stages and it is anticipated that you will produce at least two substantive pieces of research.
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).
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.
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 applying, please download our research proposal guidance document for information on submitting a suitable research proposal.
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||To be confirmed||£13,300|
|Part-time||To be confirmed||£6,700|
Please note these fees are for the academic year 2015/16 only. All fees are subject to annual review.
Our researcher development programme provides a range of workshops and support mechanisms for our postgraduate researchers.
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