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.
You’ll be a member of a department ranked among the top 150 on the planet according to the QS World University Rankings 2017, 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.
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.