The School of Economics has a leading reputation in research and teaching. In the REF 2014, the School was ranked 6th nationally in research intensity, 10th in research output and 12th overall.
Many of our academics publish in top academic journals and act as economic advisers to governments and prestigious international organisations.
Economics research at Surrey is relevant to both theory and policy. 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.
Our four-year PhD in Economics aims at producing first rate scholars who are sought-after by leading economics departments and business schools, as well as research institutions around the world.
Your first year will be spent studying core modules in microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics, and modules in real analysis offered by the Department of Mathematics. The content and the level of our courses is comparable to those offered by other top UK and international institutions.
Your second year will be spent on specialised training in several areas of economics and econometrics, both from theoretical and empirical perspectives.
The final two years of your PhD will be dedicated to independent research, under the guidance of a supervisor and a co-supervisor. At the end of the programme, you will submit a PhD dissertation that is examined by a viva examination and should generally result in the publication of papers in highly rated economics or econometrics journals.
Throughout your PhD, you’ll have the opportunity to contribute to the teaching and research activity of the School and to participate in seminars and present your own work in the field workshops. You will also be encouraged to submit your paper to presentation at conferences, which we can support you to attend.
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We take your development as a well-rounded PhD student seriously and have put together a package of development opportunities that we believe will develop your research and teaching skills and put you in the best position to secure employment at the end of the programme.
In addition to the Researcher Development Programme, which is provided centrally to all PhD students at the University of Surrey, we offer a number of other learning opportunities.
During the first two years, we will give you the opportunity to work alongside your research supervisor and other academic colleagues as a research assistant. You will be involved in activities such as conducting literature reviews, helping with data analysis and interpretation for current research projects and will play an active role in the research community of the School. These activities will typically be more intensive during the summer months.
In the January of the second year of your programme, we offer you the opportunity to enrol on the Graduate Certificate of Higher Education programme offered at the University by our own highly regarded Department of Higher Education. You will learn about pedagogy, practice your teaching skills and receive a recognised teaching qualification that would allow you to become a member of the Higher Education Academy, which is recognised internationally.
During the last two years of your study, and on successful completion of your teacher training, you will be offered the opportunity to take on a range of teaching activities, fully supported by your academic colleagues. These teaching opportunities will further reinforce your personal and academic skills and help to enhance your understanding of your subject area as well as adding significantly to your curriculum vitae.
There are additional costs that you can expect to incur when studying at Surrey. Find out more.
Surrey’s postgraduate research code of practice sets out the University's policy and procedural framework relating to research degrees.
The code defines a set of standard procedures and specific responsibilities covering the academic supervision, administration and assessment of research degrees for all faculties within the University.
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