Economics, Ph.D.

  • N/A
    Application Deadline
  • 36 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Year)
    Tuition (Year)
  • English (take IELTS)
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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.


Officially accredited and/or recognized by the Privy Council, University of Essex is a large (uniRank enrollment range: 10,000-14,999 students) coeducational higher education institution. University of Essex offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

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

    • Duration 36 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure


Students in the first year of the 3-year programme, or the second year of the 4-year programme, must take two out of the following doctoral modules currently being offered in the Autumn Term;

  • EC991 Topics in Macroeconomics
  • EC933 Topics in Economic Theory
  • EC995 Topics in Applied Economics

Examinations for these modules take place in January/February. Where necessary, re-sit examinations will be held in May/June. Students are also required to work towards a research paper starting with identifying an acceptable topic for the paper.

Continuation in the PhD programme is conditional upon passing both modules and the research paper with a mark of 60 or above in each.

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

Entry Requirements for the first year of the 3 year PhD and the second year of the 4 year PhD are as follows:
A merit in the Mres in Economics at Essex or equivalent performance in an equivalent degree programme at Essex or elsewhere. Where applicable an English language IELTS score of 6.5 is required

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • GBP 13350 International
  • GBP 4200 EU/EEA


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