Economics

PhD

The School of Business offers supervision for the degree of:

  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Economics - full-time campus based study

Supervision and research areas

We offer PhD supervision in Economics in areas compatible with the research interests of our academic staff including:

  • Microeconomic Theory
  • Applied Microeconomics
  • Macroeconomic Theory
  • Applied Macroeconomics
  • Financial Economies
  • Experimental and Behavioural Economics

Interested in a different research area?

It is important that the area you want to work in is broadly compatible with our research interests - otherwise we may not be able to accept your application.

However, please do not feel we will not be interested if there is not an exact match. It is sometimes possible to be flexible, so please contact us.

Entry requirements

You must hold a UK undergraduate (Bachelor's) degree with at least First-Class or Upper Second-Class honours or an equivalent qualification from a recognised overseas institution.  A Master's degree in a relevant subject is also normally required.

See academic entry requirements and the English language entry requirements.

How to apply

  1. Make sure we offer PhD supervision in the area in which you want to work - search our staff research interests above.
  2. Download and save the Research Proposal Form and prepare your proposal. Complete all sections and make sure that tells us what you want to research, how you intend to do it, and why it is worth doing. You might be interested in signing up for our 5 week online course Discovering Your PhD Potential: Writing a Research Proposal. The course is offered through FutureLearn where you can register your interest for the next available course.
  3. Prepare your supporting documents, with your application you need to include proof that you meet the academic entry requirements and the English language entry requirements:
  • include all relevant certificates/diplomas and transcripts
  • international applicants must provide official copies of their entire course transcripts including explanations of the mark schemes used
  • supporting documents not in English must be provided with a certified English translation
  • CV
  • In addition to uploading the above documents please enter contact details for two academic (not personal) referees who can comment on your suitability for the research degree programme or upload letters of reference if already available
  • Personal Statement

Submit your online application using the Apply button at the bottom of this page. Upload your supporting documents and your completed Research Proposal Form.

When to apply

We have an intake in September each year.

You should try to submit your application as far in advance of your preferred start date as possible. If you are an international applicant and require a visa to study in the UK you should submit your application at least three-to-four months before the proposed start date.

After you have submitted your application, it will take a minimum of six weeks for you to receive a decision about your application.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees vary according to your fee status (whether you live in the UK, EU, or international).  For clarification please contact pgradmissions@le.ac.uk.

UK/EU Campus-based

Full-time

  • Starting in 2020/21 academic year: £4,407 per year

International Campus-based

Full-time

  • Starting in 2020/21 academic year: £15,520 per year

The normal duration of a PhD programme is three years (full-time). PhD students may use the fourth year as a 'writing-up' year for which a reduced fee is payable if active research has been completed - currently £100. (Maximum registration permitted is 4 years full-time).

Funding 

For a list of our available scholarships/studentships, please visit our funded opportunities pages.

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