Economics, Ph. D.

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    Application Deadline
  • 36 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Year)
    Tuition (Year)
  • English (take IELTS)
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For our PhD Economics within ISER, we offer supervision in applied microeconomics and microeconometrics, which should interest you if you plan to use socio-economic survey data in your research.


We offer supervision in: economics of the family; education; migration; labour markets; retirement and pension; health economics; inequality, poverty and income distribution; public policy; and ethnicity. As we have extensive experience in the analysis of cross-sectional and longitudinal surveys, we also welcome those interested in researching panel data and survival analysis, missing data, measurement error, endogeneity, and other estimation issues. You will be supervised by some of the world’s leading experts in their field.

Why study PhD Economics at Essex?

Our Institute for Social and Economic Research enjoys an outstanding reputation at both a national and international level for cutting-edge and high profile research, which is reflected in our publications in top-ranked journals, in our contribution to our University’s outstanding Research Assessment Exercise ratings for economics and sociology, and in our consistently high level of support from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

Our research focuses primarily on the life course of the individual and the changing nature of society, so our work to date has examined the family, labour markets, income and poverty, social disadvantage and public policy. This means our research is used by academics and researchers around the world, by policy makers, by politicians and by journalists involved in ongoing debates about society.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Deadline and start date Application deadline and start date were not specified by the programme.
  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Duration 36 months
    • Average duration 72 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

As a research student at Essex, you’ll work at the heart of our internationally-acknowledged and well-connected research community. We offer world class supervision and training opportunities, and encourage you to engage with other researchers, professionals, practitioners and research users, where possible. Our research is supported by a wide spectrum of UK research councils, EU framework programmes, public-sector organisations and departments, charities, and private-sector industry and businesses. Engagement with these external funders and stakeholders enriches the quality and relevance of your experience and training.

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

For research study within our Institute for Social and Economic Research, we normally require a good Masters degree, or equivalent, in a relevant discipline. 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.

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • GBP 13350 International
  • GBP 4200 National


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