Postgraduate Research Studentships for PhD study in Economics

The specific project objectives will be determined by the area of research that is agreed between the successful candidate and the School of Economics. We are looking to recruit exceptional doctoral (PhD) students whose research interest complement our areas of research strength.

The School of Economics at the University of Surrey is offering full-time doctoral (postgraduate research) studentships in Economics starting in October 2016. The studentships will cover tuition fees, and provide maintenance for a total of up to £17,000 pa*. Both EU and non EU applicants are eligible.

Our new premium doctoral programme comprises two years of high quality training and two years that focus on independent research. During this four year doctoral programme you will undertake a structured, supervised programme of scholarly research leading to a thesis that makes an original contribution to knowledge and is of a standard appropriate for publication in high-quality refereed journals.

We aim to provide a PhD programme which provides training to students whether in preparation for an academic career or for a career at the research unit of Central Banks, Government and International bodies.

The first two years are focused on course work with the first year providing fundamental training in Microeconomics, Macroeconomics and Econometrics. The second year offers several advanced and topic-specific courses which allow specialisation. The last two years are dedicated to research work, leading to a dissertation, under the guidance of a chosen supervisor and co-supervisor.

Admissions criteria

Successful candidates will normally have or expect to be awarded a first class (1st) Bachelors degree. We will also consider students holding a Master degree in Economics, or a related subject.

Applicants should also take the GRE exam. Only the ‘Quantitative Reasoning’ part of the GRE test is compulsory. Applications without evidence of GRE (Quantitative reasoning) will not be considered.

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How to apply

There is no separate application form for the scholarship. In order to participate in the competition for the scholarships you need to apply for the PhD in Economics by 15 March 2016 and make sure that your application is complete and includes your GRE results.

Further details

Application Process

  1. Apply to study on our PhD programme at
  2. In your application state clearly that you also wish to be considered for the Studentship for the four year Economics PhD
  3. Strong Studentship candidates will be invited to interview.

To be considered for a Studentship you must be offered a place on the Economics PhD Programme.

Closing date for submissions wishing to be considered is 15 March, 2016. Interviews will take place in early April.

Contacts for enquiries

 Further details of our research interests and the expertise of our academic staff are available at:

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