University of Essex

University of Essex


Supervision is offered for economics in the following fields: applied econometrics; development economics; econometric theory; economics of the family; economic theory; finance; game theory and applications; industrial organisation; international trade; labour economics; macroeconomics; monetary economics; networks; and public economics; our interdisciplinary PhD programme provides progression that includes advanced economic methods and data analysis, with links to research programmes in our Institute of Economic and Social and Economic Research and other social science departments at Essex; holders of Essex PhDs often obtain appointments in government or international organisations, and many embark upon academic careers in UK universities and around the world; in recent years, completing graduates have been appointed to lectureships and research posts at a range of universities including Chicago; the London School of Economics; Leicester; Loughborough; St Andrews and East Anglia; among others.

Entry requirements

For research study within our Department of Economics, we normally require a good Honours degree in economics, or equivalent, and a good performance in MA/MSc Economics, or equivalent. A well developed research proposal is also essential. However, if you do not have a Master's degree, we also offer a 4-year integrated PhD, where your 1st year is spent doing a Master's before embarking on your research. This preparatory year ensures you develop your knowledge before embarking on your independent research. If English is not your 1st language, then we will require you to have IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

Assessment methods

Assessment methods include thesis.

Sponsorship information

UK or EU students can apply for ESRC award, as the PhD programme is recognised by the ESRC for '1 + 3' research studentships funding; overseas applicants may be nominated by the Department for UK government Overseas Research Studentship; some University of Essex studentships available.


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MPhil Full-time £ 4,050 per Academic year (home fees) 2 years
MPhil Full-time £ 12,500 per Academic year (overseas fees) 2 years
PhD Full-time £ 4,050 per Academic year (home fees) 3 years
PhD Full-time £ 12,500 per Academic year (overseas fees) 3 years
MPhil Part-time £ 2,000 per Academic year (home fees) 4 years
MPhil Part-time £ 5,975 per Academic year (overseas fees) 4 years
PhD Part-time £ 2,000 per Academic year (home fees) 6 years
PhD Part-time £ 5,975 per Academic year (overseas fees) 6 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Colchester Campus Colchester CO4 3SQ South East

Key information

Graduate Administrator, Department of Economics
Telephone number: 
01206 872719