Ph. D. On Campus


University College London (UCL)

36 months
21220 GBP/year
21220 GBP/year
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This Economics programme offered at University College London (UCL) is a world-class academic department with a commitment to research excellence. 


The Economics MRes + MPhil/PhD from University College London (UCL) aims to attract, educate and develop students of the highest academic calibre. The graduates are employed by the world’s foremost academic, international and governmental institutions.

UCL Economics has an outstanding international reputation in the areas of game theory, fiscal policy, econometrics, applied microeconomics, development and labour economics. The department is a global leader in policy-oriented research, with members directing and holding senior positions in research centres involved in policy design and evaluation. 

UCL Economics was the top-ranked department in the UK for Economics and Econometrics in the Research Excellence Framework 2014, as well as the top-ranked department in any field in any UK university, according to the grade point average on the overall score. This reflects the high quality of policy-relevant academic research being undertaken by staff, and the excellent research and teaching environment for graduate students.


In recent years, our PhD students have obtained posts in leading universities and research centres such as University of Chicago, University of Arizona, Carlos III University, Edinburgh University, University of Manchester, NYU Stern School of Business, Pompeu Fabra University, Princeton University, Singapore Management University, Sogang University, Stanford University, Stockholm University, UBC, UCLA, University of British Columbia, University of Essex, University of Mannheim, University of Oxford, University of Rochester, University of Texas at Austin and University of Wisconsin. They have also done very well in policy institutions, such us the Bank of England, EBRD, IFS, McKinsey, RAND Corporation and the World Bank.

Programme Structure

Research areas:

UCL Economics is host to, and affiliated with, numerous research centres conducting cutting-edge research of national and international importance. These include:

  • Centre for Microdata, Methods and Practice (Cemmap)
  • Centre for Research and Analysis on Migration (CReAM)
  • Centre for Microeconomic Analysis of Fiscal Policy, Institute for Fiscal Studies
  • Centre for the Evaluation of Development Policies (EDePo), Institute for Fiscal Studies
  • New Opportunities for Research Funding Agency Co-operation in Europe (NORFACE)
  • The Institute for Fiscal Studies
  • Centre for Macroeconomics

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months
  • Part-time
    • 60 months

Start dates & application deadlines


360 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Applicants must have a Master’s degree in Economics or closely related subject with distinction-level performance. Applicants must demonstrate that they are qualified to proceed to research work. 
  • The GRE General Test is a required part of the application, except for applicants with an Economics MSc from UCL or those currently enrolled on the UCL Economics MSc programme.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    21220 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 21220 GBP per year during 36 months.
  • National

    21220 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 21220 GBP per year during 36 months.

Part-time tuition fee:

  • UK: £10,770/year
  • Overseas: £10,770/year

Living costs for London

1137 - 2157 GBP /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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