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Employment Research, Ph.D.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #62 (QS) ,
The University of Warwick Institute for Employment Research (IER) is a leading international social science research centre. Its research is interdisciplinary and made relevant to policy makers and practitioners. It is renowned for consistently delivering high quality research. 


The University of Warwick Institute for Employment Research (IER) team brings together a breadth of research and labour market expertise from a variety of disciplines. 

IER has built a considerable reputation for its expertise in a broad range of research fields, including:

  • Labour market assessment
  • Labour market forecasting
  • Work, welfare and public policy
  • Apprenticeships, work based learning and training
  • Guidance, learning and careers
  • Employment relations and employer behaviour
  • Labour market classification and measurement
  • Higher education and the graduate labour market


IER uses multi-method, inter-disciplinary approaches to generate and tackle substantive research questions. Our strategy has been to broaden the methodological basis of IER work in order to deal more effectively with research problems that cross the boundaries of conventional academic disciplines and the methods of analysis associated with them.

We have one of the longest track records in employment forecasting, and much of our key research is also longitudinal. As a consequence, IER brings greater depth of insight to its research and can place findings within a long-term context.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

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

    • Full-time duration 48 months
    • Average part-time duration 84 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

IER research activity is diverse, encompassing:
  • Basic and Strategic Research
  • Labour Market Assessment and Evaluation
  • Econometric Modelling
  • Forecasting and Scenario Based Research
  • Policy Analysis and Evaluation
  • Quantitative and Qualitative, and Mixed Methods
  • Surveys of Individuals, Households and Employers
  • Longitudinal Data Collection and Analysis
  • Literature and Evidence Based Reviews
  • Researcher-practitioner Collaboration

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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General Requirements

  • 2:1 undergraduate degree (or equivalent) and a postgraduate qualification in the social sciences. Previous studies should have included training in social science methodology

Tuition Fee

  • International

    17900 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 17900 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • EU/EEA

    4347 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 4347 GBP per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Part Time Fees: 

  • EU/EEA: £2,608
  • NON-EU/EEA: £10,740

Living costs for Coventry

  • 656 - 1060 GBP/month
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