PhD Economics

The MRes/PhD is the normal route to a PhD in economics at Nottingham. It is an integrated one-year Masters in Research, from which you progress to the PhD in economics.

The programme includes:

If you wish to apply for a PhD in economics, you are normally expected to apply to our MRes/PhD programme. In exceptional circumstances (for example, having already completed an MRes or having substantial research experience), you may ask to be admitted directly to the first year of the PhD without completing the preliminary MRes year. The school's Admissions Officer, Maria Garcia de la Vega, can provide advice on your eligibility for this route. However, please note that these applicants would normally not be considered for school scholarships.

During your MRes year, you will complete advanced-level taught modules, coursework and a research dissertation designed to ensure you acquire the necessary skills and knowledge for research in economics. All elements of the programme are examined and you must pass them all in order to progress to our four-year PhD programme.

Once admitted onto the PhD, you will focus in more detail on your research while continuing to have access to research and generic skills training provided by the School of Economics and the Researcher Academy. Training is provided for the preparation of articles for submission to academic journals and for applying for jobs in the international market for research economists.

Core MRes modules taught in the first term are in:

In the second term, you will be expected to take three from a selection of advanced MRes modules, for example:

You will be encouraged to present papers at external conferences, and funds are available to support you with this. There is also an annual conference where you will present your work to academic staff and fellow students. There are also many opportunities to attend conferences, workshop and seminar events within the school.

Teaching is an important part of your training as a future researcher/academic and is strongly encouraged in the PhD part of the course. Students who have been offered a school scholarship will normally be asked to engage in teaching during their PhD studies.

The school provides an exciting environment where you will be exposed to a rich variety of innovative research. Our seminar series attracts internationally acclaimed academics from top economics departments and many run on a weekly basis during term-time. These include seminars in:

In addition, the school runs a number of generalist seminars, including:

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£20,500 Per Year

International student tuition fee

4 Years


Oct 2024

Start Month

Sep 2024

Application Deadline

Upcoming Intakes

  • October 2024
  • October 2025

Mode of Study

  • Full Time