Royal Holloway, University of London

Royal Holloway, University of London


Students get the opportunity to pursue independent research under the guidance of academic staff recruited from pre-eminent Economics departments in the UK and internationally. Research covers the application of high level economics and econometric analysis to practical problems in policy-making and in the financial and business sectors of the economy; there are a number of research groupings in the department: economic theory; financial and industrial economics; labour economics; experimental economics; public economics; and political economy; the course welcome applications from highly-qualified research students in these and other areas.

Entry requirements

MSc in Economics. Postgraduate degrees in quantitative subjects may be considered on a case by case basis.

IELTS: 6.5 overall with 6.5 in Writing and 6 in other sections.

Applicants must also submit a high quality research proposal and personal statement. Applicants are advised to contact the department first to see if a relevant supervisor would be prepared to supervise their research.

Course modules

All doctoral candidates are automatically registered as MPhil students during their first year: they are expected to produce a detailed literature review and formal research design to a good standard before they can upgrade to PhD status. Full-time students will be working on these aspects in Year 1 with a view to upgrading in Year 2. Students are also expected to acquire the additional research skills they will need to conduct research in their chosen area. Consequently, they will attend two compulsory research methods courses within the School in their first year, as well as choosing from a range of other courses available at College level and within the SE Doctoral Training Centre.

Assessment methods

First year students complete assessments at the end of their compulsory research methods training. As well as regular meetings with their Principal and Second Supervisors, all students attend semi-annual review meetings with PhD Directors, Principal and Second Supervisors throughout the three years of their registration. At these meetings, progress is discussed and advice for further work given.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
PhD Full-time September 2017 GBP 4,121 per Year 1 (England) 3 years
PhD Full-time September 2017 GBP 13,800 per Year 1 (International) 3 years
PhD Full-time September 2017 GBP 4,121 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 3 years
PhD Full-time September 2017 GBP 4,121 per Year 1 (Scotland) 3 years
PhD Full-time September 2017 GBP 4,121 per Year 1 (Wales) 3 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Royal Holloway Egham TW20 0EX South East

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