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Economics, MPhil / PhD

  • Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #20 (QS) ,
The Economics programme offered by The University of Edinburgh enables you to pursue your academic interests, and learn the latest methods in research, while providing you with thorough training in modern economics.


The Economics programme offered by The University of Edinburgh has an impressive history of high rankings for our postgraduate research. In the most recent Research Assessment Exercise, 25% of our research was judged world-leading in its originality, significance and rigour, while a further 45% was judged internationally excellent.

There are 34 staff members and around 30 PhD students. 

Career Opportunities

While many of our PhD graduates choose to remain in academia as lecturers and researchers, some pursue careers in other sectors. Recent PhD graduates have found employment as researchers and analysts with the World Bank, the Bank of England and The Economist, as well as other private and public organisations.


The University of Edinburgh

Detailed Programme Facts

  • More details: We encourage you to apply at least one month prior to entry so that we have enough time to process your application.
  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
    • Duration description
      PhD - 3 years
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Training and Support
  • All of our PhD students are fully supervised and supported throughout their studies. Each student is supervised by two faculty members in the School, typically a senior and junior member of staff.
  • The PhD programme is principally a research degree, but modern economics requires substantial training that exceeds the level of an MSc or other masters study.
  • As a postgraduate at the School of Economics you will be immersed in a rich academic environment and supportive community of staff and students, with all the practical facilities to ensure success in your chosen programme of learning or research.

English Language Requirements

  • 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:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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General Requirements

A UK masters degree with distinction, or its international equivalent, in economics.

If you do not hold a masters, or if your masters is in another subject, you will not normally be admitted directly to the PhD.

The criteria we will use to decide upon admission will include:

  • the quality and rigour of your training in core economics areas.
  • your performance at undergraduate and postgraduate level
  • our ability to offer supervision in your chosen area of research
  • the quality of your research summary and the strength of the match to the research priorities of the School
  • our assessment of any previous independent work (such as your masters dissertation or extended project)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    19000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 19000 GBP per year and a duration of 24 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

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PhD full-time fees

  • Overseas: £19,000

Living costs for Edinburgh

  • 725 - 1170 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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