Economics Postgraduate Research - PhDs and Studentships

Full Time/ Part Time
PhD by Research, MPhil (Res)

The School of Economics at UEA has a reputation as a centre of research excellence and our research has been published in most of the world’s leading economics journals. We are ranked eighth among economics departments for research outputs (Times Higher Education REF2014). Our research-inspired approach to teaching means our students benefit from the world-class research undertaken by our academic staff. 92% of the School’s research is scored as either world-leading or internationally excellent, compared with an average score of 77% across all other economics departments.


Research in the School of Economics is organised into five groups: Applied Econometrics and Finance, Behavioural Economics, Environment Resources and Conflict, Economic Theory, Industrial Economics. For further details about our research environment see: 

The School is a lively, friendly, research-oriented department, committed to excellence. We view our PhD students as junior academics and invest in them accordingly. We offer a stimulating research environment, seminar series with first class speakers, outstanding training opportunities and provide financial support in the form of studentships and research support to outstanding home and international students. During the PhD program, the students attend a number of compulsory courses and have the opportunity to take further optional courses, attend summer schools, and benefit from a variety of Personal and Professional Development courses. Our goal is to help our PhD students develop their full potential and realize their ambitions. Historically, just over half of our PhD students have chosen careers in academia, while the remainder have opted for careers elsewhere, mostly in government or international agencies and competition authorities around the world, or in industry. For further details about our PhD program see:

Sponsorship information 

Research studentships from the School and the University are offered each year. Our PGR programme complies with the Economics Pathway of the SENSS consortium providing access to further external funding that is allocated among all participating universities on a competitive basis each academic year.   

Take a look at our current PhD and studentship opportunities

Course Modules 2019/0

As a postgraduate research student, your research degree will not contain modules. 


Whilst the University will make every effort to offer the modules listed, changes may sometimes be made arising from the annual monitoring, review and update of modules and regular (five-yearly) review of course programmes. Where this activity leads to significant (but not minor) changes to programmes and their constituent modules, there will normally be prior consultation of students and others. It is also possible that the University may not be able to offer a module for reasons outside of its control, such as the illness of a member of staff or sabbatical leave. In some cases optional modules can have limited places available and so you may be asked to make additional module choices in the event you do not gain a place on your first choice. Where this is the case, the University will endeavour to inform students.

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirement

To be accepted onto a doctoral degree, the standard minimum academic entry requirement is either at least a 2:1 from a UK undergraduate degree, a Master’s degree, or equivalent. Some research programmes might have higher requirements and the possibility of more specific requirements. Please take a look at our current PhD opportunities or our Faculty Graduate School and School pages to find out more.    

How to Apply

Please take a look at our information on how to apply.

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