School of Economics

PhD programme

Our programme offers you the opportunity to explore your research topic with first-rate supervision, extensive additional training together with full financial support. Studying with the School gives you the opportunity to become a part of an active research community. Find out how to apply and entry requirements below.

Key Features

  • Exceptional research community allows us to provide supervision on a broad range of topics by leading experts.
  • Vibrant community of doctoral students, studying a range of topics, regular PhD reading groups and opportunities for international exchange visits.
  • Modern training programme including research methods in microeconomics, research methods in macroeconomics, research methods in econometrics and frontiers of economics, and the option to take further advanced courses.
  • Full financial support at research council rates for up to four years through a range of scholarships and studentships.
  • Affiliation to the Scottish Graduate Programme in Economics and participation in its annual conference.
  • Opportunity of post-doctoral career development fellowships for the best PhD graduates.


What topics can I study?

There is a broad range of topics that you can study for your PhD in Economics. This page contains some examples of areas we cover. Staff Profiles also give information on research areas covered by specific members of faculty.

Research community

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You will have to opportunity to study your chosen topic with the support of an active research community.

Further training opportunities

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Our programme gives you additional training in the latest research methods.

Fees, Funding & Expenses

Funding and scholarship opportunities
Find out about tuition fees, funding opportunities and living expenses in Edinburgh.

Entry requirements

How to apply
To be accepted onto the PhD programme you will need a Distinction or near Distinction at masters level in economics or equivalent. If applicable you must be able to meet the minimum English language requirements.

Applying with us

Advice on the steps you should take before applying and the application process, including the required documentation and deadlines.

Meet our PhD students

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Find out what life's really like as a PhD student in the School of Economics.

PhD contact form

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