Postgraduate research (PhD Economics)

We offer a wide range of PhD opportunities within the Department of Economics. Our established ESRC-recognised PhD programme is home to high calibre doctoral students from all over the world.

Our PhD programme develops a critical understanding of the core fields within economics, whilst focusing on a chosen area of specialisation. You will be studying at a world-ranked university (The Times), also rated among the UK's most research intensive institutions.

Following the completion of a PhD in Economics, our graduates have taken on a wide range of roles - as senior executives and managers, economists, and as policy makers and academics - working for leading international universities, governments and across the public and private sectors. 

Funding for PhD Economics students 

We provide an excellent level of funding support to our PhD Economics students, including full scholarships for applicants holding a distinction at masters level. Other University-wide and external sources of funding are also available.

Candidates who require funding MUST apply by February 10th of the academic year preceding studies, in order to be considered for a University Studentship, Department Scholarship or external funding where you require a nomination from us.

Candidates who are self-funded or have already obtained external funding/sponsorship must apply by 30 May of the academic year preceding studies. We strongly recommend that PhD studies in Economics at the University of Reading commence in the Autumn term (early October) of the academic year.

Research expertise in Economics

We are home to a team of internationally-renowned, widely published academic experts, working across all major areas within Economics, and provide an outstanding environment, conducive to production of leading research. Our activities and our PhD Economics programme are underpinned by our six leading research centres.

Our wide-ranging expertise spans areas including:

  • Economic development
  • Economic theory
  • Econometrics
  • Emerging markets
  • Energy economics
  • Institutions
  • International business
  • International economics and finance
  • Monetary and macroeconomics
  • Microeconomics
  • Urban and regional economics

We encourage you to contact an academic member of staff in your area of interest directly, to discuss any questions you might have and to help you formulate a strong research proposal. Please then see further information on how to apply for a PhD in the Department of Economics.

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