School of Economics

Postgraduate Research Degrees

Postgraduate Research Degrees

The postgraduate research programme offers students the opportunity to study economics to PhD level with expert supervision and additional research training. Our alumni have gone on to a wide range of careers.

The programme consists of a combination of taught courses and supervised independent research, leading to the completion of a PhD thesis.

Because academic staff conduct world-leading research across a wide range of subjects, the school can offer supervision in most areas of the discipline. However, applicants are advised to consult staff profile pages for information on current research interests. 

Students are allocated two supervisors - at least one of whom is identified prior to admission. While we make every effort to match applicants to staff on the basis of their research interests, it is not always possible for us to offer supervision if staff face capacity constraints in supervision.

Research degree opportunities

View our course entry pages on the University prospectus:


PhD students have the following modules available:

Autumn semester

The following are compulsory: 

  • PhD Economic Research Methods - Microeconomics 
  • PhD Economic Research Methods - Macroeconomics 
  • PhD Economic Research Methods - Econometrics 

Spring semester

You choose one option from the following: 

  • PhD Economic Research Methods - International Trade 
  • PhD Economic Research Methods - Microeconomic Theory 
  • PhD Economic Research Methods - Applied Economics

In addition, all students attend a course on 'Presenting Economics Research' in the first and second years of their PhD. 

The first year of the course has two parts. The first concerns generic presentation skills; the second concerns marketing economics' research. The first part consists of a meeting to explain presentation skills; a recording of each student's presentation of their own research at the school's annual PhD Students' Presentation Events; and then discussion of the recordings in small groups. 

The second part of the course involves team presentations of existing research, designed to market the work to other economists. Second year students also take a short course on presentation to small groups, such as tutorial groups. 

Throughout the three years of the PhD, all students are required to attend short courses on research and career methods in economics.

The Graduate School

The Graduate School is a unique facility that focuses on postgraduate education and represent the needs of postgraduate students within the University. It provides a world class research training and development environment for postgraduates and early career researchers.

Visit the postgraduate prospectus to apply

PhD student Steven Trypsteen explains why he is passionate about economics and why he chose The University of Nottingham

School of Economics postgraduate brochure

Download the Economics postgraduate study brochure

Doctoral Training Centre

The Nottingham Economic and Social Research Council Doctoral Training Centre (ESRC DTC) is one of just 21 centres to receive accreditation by the Economic and Social Research Council and supports students to undertake cutting-edge interdisciplinary research.


Postgraduate students can take advantage of our accommodation guarantee which guarantees you a room in self-catered University-arranged accommodation for your first year, providing you meet our accommodation guarantee criteria.

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