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Admission Requirements


Successful candidates will have:

  • An excellent background in economic theory and good technical skills as evidenced by their performance on a taught Master's degree programme in Economics or equivalent with a significant component of theory and quantitative methods.
  • Interest in pursuing research in an area of interest to a staff member. More specifically, in the application form you will be asked for a research proposal. The Department of Economics gives preference to students interested in pursuing research on topics in which staff members have a special interest. Staff Research Interests

All applicants whose first language is not English and who have not been educated through the medium of English must present evidence of English language competency, for further details please visit the Graduate Studies website

The Department does not accept applications for part-time PhD students except under exceptional circumstances where an applicant can make a case that a substantial amount of his or her work time would be of relevance to his or her research. Even in these cases, the Department would want evidence that an applicant can make available a number of block periods of at least three or four months at a time during the research period before an application would be considered.


Successful candidates will have:

  • A good upper second class honours primary degree in Economics. Some applicants may be invited to take some undergraduate coursework in order to bring their knowledge up to the required standard.
  • Interest in pursuing research in an area of interest to a staff member


Application procedure

Closing dates

Main closing date: 1st May 2021 for the academic year 2021/2022. Early submissions of applications before 15th April 2021, is highly recommended especially for students hoping to receive financial support.

Later applications may be considered if supervision capacity is available. 1st July 2021 is the closing date for late applications for 2021/2022.