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PhD Economics

Location: Colchester
Duration: 3 Years
Tuition fee: Find out using our fee pages
Funding available: Find out using our scholarship finder
Department: Economics
Further information: For more information, please e-mail us or see for yourself by booking a place at one of our open days

About PhD Economics

Our PhDs give you the chance ask difficult questions, break intellectual boundaries and create new solutions to issues of global concern. You work closely with our creative and committed academics - researchers who are pioneering new solutions to these issues, inspiring your own research.

We are renowned for our expertise in the areas of development economics, econometric theory, economics of the family, economic theory, finance, game theory and applications, industrial organisation, international trade, labour economics, macroeconomics, monetary economics, networks and public economics.

Throughout your time with us, you receive advanced research training and expert supervision to reach your full potential, as well as access to top quality research facilities, We also guarantee office space for you in our PhD Research Centre, giving you the space and tools to work.

We work with you to teach you how to look at the world through an economist's lense, taking a critical approach to dismantle a proposition, working with big data and robust methodologies to build an argument based on sound empirical evidence.

Our interdisciplinary PhD includes advanced economic methods and data analysis, with links to research programmes in our Institute for Economic and Social and Economic Research and other social science departments at Essex.

Please note, part-time research study is also available.

Why study PhD Economics at Essex?

You’ll be a member of a department ranked among the top 150 on the planet according to the QS World University Rankings 2016, and ranked 5th in the UK for research excellence.

With over 90% of our research rated 'world leading' or 'internationally excellent', we are also one of the top economics departments in Europe.

As one of our PhD students, you can be part of our regular lively debates in seminars, workshops and conferences, and be the first to read cutting-edge papers published by our academics, in leading journals.

Our expert staff

Essex economists are engaged in a variety of research networks and collaborate with economists at other universities in the UK and overseas. Much of our research is related to policy and we often provide advice to government and non-government organisations.

The top quality of our work is reflected in our stream of publications in high profile academic journals like American Economic Review, Econometrica and Review of Economic Studies.

Our facilities

As well as access to all University facilities at our Colchester Campus, such as our well-equipped Albert Sloman Library and extensive open access computer laboratories, we also guarantee office space for you in our PhD Research Centre, giving you the space and tools to work. Extensive software for quantitative analysis is available in all computer labs across the university.

Location: Colchester
Duration: 3 Years
Tuition fee: Find out using our fee pages
Funding available: Find out using our scholarship finder
Department: Economics
Further information: For more information, please e-mail us or see for yourself by booking a place at one of our open days

Introduction

Your research degree gives you the chance to investigate your chosen topic in real depth and reach a profound understanding. In communicating that understanding, through a thesis or other means, you have a rare opportunity to generate knowledge.

You develop new high-level skills, enhance your professional development and build new networks. A PhD can open doors to many careers.

Your supervisor

The support provided by your supervisor is a key feature of your experience as a research student. Your supervisor – or, in some cases, co-supervisors – guides you through the different stages of your research degree. Initially they help you to develop your research topic and plan, and then you participate in regular one-to-one meetings to comment on drafts, resolve problems and to maintain progress on your research.

Twice a year you have a supervisory board meeting which provides a more formal opportunity to discuss your progress and agree your plans for the next six months.

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How you will study

Our department maintains a lively, friendly, and supportive atmosphere for research. We also provide a number of training opportunities and support services to aid your studies and to help prepare you for employment:

  • Skills training: The Essex ESRC Doctoral Training Centre offers training courses for doctoral students, including both advanced subject-specific training and a transferable skills programme. The Department also offer PhD modules in the first year of the PhD.
  • Teaching Opportunities: Our department offers paid opportunities for both Graduate Teaching Assistants and Research Assistants.

Finalising your PhD

In your completion year you should be revising and rewriting chapters. You submit your approved thesis to an internal reader for comments, and then submit your final thesis before the end of the academic year.

We expect our PhD students to complete their PhD within four years of entering, so you are monitored regularly to ensure you are progressing.

Seminars and conferences

Seminars and conferences are organised by our department and are a great way to meet people and share your research.

You can take part in our weekly Research Strategy Seminars where you present your work and discuss ongoing or completed research of your fellow students. We also have a weekly Wednesday Workshop to present your work, and a weekly Departmental Seminar with academic speakers from outside the University. Additionally there are specific workshops throughout the year in more specialised subjects.

Location: Colchester
Duration: 3 Years
Tuition fee: Find out using our fee pages
Funding available: Find out using our scholarship finder
Department: Economics
Further information: For more information, please e-mail us or see for yourself by booking a place at one of our open days

Career destination

In recent years, completing graduates have been appointed to lectureships and research posts at a range of universities including Chicago, the London School of Economics, Leicester, Loughborough, St Andrews and East Anglia, among others

With the skills and knowledge you acquire from studying within our Department of Economics, you will be in demand from a wide range of employers. We have excellent links with the research community, both in the UK and worldwide, and strong ties with the business and consultancy world, especially in London and other major financial centres.

Holders of Essex PhDs often obtain appointments in government or international organisations, and many embark upon academic careers in UK universities and around the world.

Graduate profile

"The Department of Economics is an excellent place to get involved in research, and the senior faculty were always receptive to discussing ideas. Students can be assured of access to some of the finest research minds in the country. Since graduating, I have held several teaching positions within the Department, and will soon be moving to the University of Warwick."

Pedro David Matos Serôdio, PhD Economics 2013

Support for postgraduates

Our Department forms part of our University’s accredited Doctoral Training Centre of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), meaning a number of ESRC studentships are available for new postgraduates.

Location: Colchester
Duration: 3 Years
Tuition fee: Find out using our fee pages
Funding available: Find out using our scholarship finder
Department: Economics
Further information: For more information, please e-mail us or see for yourself by booking a place at one of our open days

For research study within our Department of Economics, we normally require a good honours degree and a Masters degree, normally with an overall mark of 65 (or equivalent) in a relevant social science. A well-developed research proposal is also essential.

If English is not your first language, then we will require you to have IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

Location: Colchester
Duration: 3 Years
Tuition fee: Find out using our fee pages
Funding available: Find out using our scholarship finder
Department: Economics
Further information: For more information, please e-mail us or see for yourself by booking a place at one of our open days

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