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Economics (PhD)

4 years (full-time) / n/a (part-time) / n/a (distance / e-Learning)

Note: this 4-year programme includes 2 years of research training (MSc Economics and MRes in Advanced Economics + PhD)

The Economics section of Cardiff Business School is responsible for the teaching and research in economics at Cardiff University.

Who is this Programme for?

Those who wish to pursue an academic or professional career in economics and related areas of study.

Special Features

Course Description

We offer a full range of expertise, but the following areas are of particular strength:

Course Structure

The PhD in Economics is a four year research programme which has received ESRC recognition, with the route currently receiving  ESRC studentship awards via the ESRC Wales Doctoral Training Centre (these awards are available to UK/EU students only).

Both nationally and globally, additional training beyond the first year of postgraduate study is considered vital for research students in Economics. Thus, our programme involves two years of advanced course work, the first at MSc Economics level in core subjects.

In the second year, students must complete the MRes Advanced Economics, while beginning to think seriously about their PhD research topic. The second year includes advanced study in the core areas of advanced macro, micro and econometrics, plus a variety of fields including finance, labour, public finance, monetary, applied macroeconometrics, international trade and international macroeconomics. 

Years three and four comprise the PhD phase.

Research Environment

Throughout their candidature, students are active in presenting their work in their own weekly PhD student workshop, which is supervised by faculty, and also in the weekly Economics Section internal workshop. They also attend a third weekly workshop, which is reserved mostly for visiting academics.


A list of academic staff that can provide supervision can be found on the Cardiff Business School website.

Programme Assessment

Student will be assessed on a Dissertation of 20,000 words and a presentation for the MSc Economics, and MRes in Advanced Economics.

Students will be assessed on a Thesis of 80,000 words and a Viva Voce Examination for the PhD component of the programme.

Career Prospects

The PhD programme will prepare you either for a career as a leading academic scholar or to excel in business practitioning or senior public policy decision making.

Entry Requirements

Students applying to pursue a specialist PhD in Economics must have a Masters’ degree in Economics (or its equivalent) and an interest in pursuing in-depth research in an appropriate area

Applicants whose first language is not English are normally expected to have reached a minimum IELTS score of 7.0 (writing scored 7.0, with no subscore less than 6.5). Copies of appropriate English language certificates must be supplied with your application.

How to Apply

Please complete the online application form Doctor of Philosophy (Economics - MSc/ MRes 2+2) (October Start).

Applicants are required to include a research proposal of 3 to 4 pages.

The deadline for applications is June 30, 2015.

Available Funding

Each year a range of funded PhD studentships are available via the ESRC Wales Doctoral Training Centre (UK/EU students only), and Cardiff Business School. Please visit the Cardiff Business School website for further information.

Next intake: October each year

School Contact

Name: PhD Programme Office, Cardiff Business School  

Telephone: +44 (0)29 2087 6786 

Fax: +44 (0)29 2087 4419 


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