Economics, Ph.D.

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    Application Deadline
  • 36 months
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Year)
    Tuition (Year)
  • English (take IELTS)
University rank #27 ,
Our programme offers you the opportunity to explore your research topic with first-rate supervision, extensive additional training together with full financial support. Studying with the School gives you the opportunity to become a part of an active research community.


Key Features
  • Exceptional research community allows us to provide supervision on a broad range of topics by leading experts.
  • Vibrant community of doctoral students, studying a range of topics, regular PhD reading groups and opportunities for international exchange visits.
  • Modern training programme including research methods in microeconomics, research methods in macroeconomics, research methods in econometrics and frontiers of economics plus two other options such as computational methods in economics.
  • Full financial support at research council rates for up to four years through a range of scholarships and studentships.
  • Affiliation to the Scottish Graduate Programme in Economics and participation in its annual PhD Conference.
  • Opportunity of post-doctoral career development fellowships for the best PhD graduates.


The University of Edinburgh

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
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses Included:
  • Economic Theory (contract theory, game theory, micro and macro)
  • Labour Economics (micro and macro)
  • Applied Econometrics (micro, macro, health and education)
  • Behavioural and Experimental Economics

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • 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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  • Minimum required score (Grade B):


    The CAE test – or the Cambridge Advanced English – is an exam for applicants who wish to get a Certificate in Advanced English. To receive the Advanced certificate, test-takers must score between 142 and 210 on the Cambridge English: Advanced test. Read more about CAE.

    Note: degree programmes and applications may require a more specific minimum score for admission.

Academic Requirements

Admission Requirements:

To be accepted onto the PhD programme you will need a Distinction or near Distinction at masters level in economics or equivalent or have substantial relevant research experience. If applicable you must be able to meet the minimum English language requirements.

For the PhD programme, it is essential that you have thorough grounding in the concepts and approaches necessary for research at this level.

For this reason, you should have:

  • A masters degree in economics with high marks (Distinction or close to a Distinction), or its international equivalent (a Distinction is roughly similar to an A), from an internationally well ranked and recognised university.
  • Or substantial relevant research experience.

If you do not have a MSc in economics, or you have a MSc in another subject such as business or finance, you will not normally be admitted directly to the PhD programme

Tuition Fee Per Year

  • GBP 13800 International
  • GBP 4121 EU/EEA



Eligible UK and EU students will have the opportunity to apply for a scholarship. Please note the deadline for submitting a scholarship application is 1 May 2014 and to be eligible to apply, you must already have been offered a place on the programme.

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