Postgraduate research (MRes and PhD)
The School of Economics has an innovative research community, a welcoming atmosphere and excellent research facilities.
Why choose Bristol for your PhD study in Economics?
- Study at a top 5 UK university for research (THE analysis of REF 2014)
- Receive excellent support within a vibrant PhD community
- Make use of comprehensive research facilities including the extensive provision of networked software and databases, and online access to all leading journals.
Our research students are strongly encouraged to interact with other members of the Faculty and to attend the term-time seminar series, including external and internal speakers. PhD students also present their work once a year in a dedicated, internal seminar series which is attended by both students and faculty.
MRes and PhD programmes
The MRes in Economics is a freestanding, 12-month master’s degree designed for students with a potential interest in future study at PhD level in Bristol or elsewhere. It emphasizes the knowledge and skills needed for PhD research. The programme is suitable for those planning to work as an economist outside academia, but seeking a good technical training for their later career.
Visit our programme catalogue for more details about the course structure and units available.
Candidates with a good MSc degree (or equivalent qualification) in economics are encouraged to apply. Consideration will also be given to students with exceptional academic performance in undergraduate economics.
While the MRes Economics is a freestanding master’s degree, an increasing proportion of our PhD students are recruited from this programme.
If you would like to be considered for 1+3 funding, then a brief research proposal (around half a page) will need to be included with the online MRes application.
The PhD in Economics is a research qualification based on preparation of a dissertation. The doctoral programme is offered on a full or part-time basis.
The standard entry route into the PhD is the MRes Economics programme. However, candidates with a MRes or MPhil degree from another institution, or a very strong MSc degree, will also be considered for direct entry into the PhD programme.
Candidates entering the PhD programme without an MRes degree are required to take 60 credit points of taught units in their first year.
Most research is carried out within five main research areas:
- economic theory
- labour economics
- macroeconomics, growth and development
- public organisation and applied microeconomics
Applying for PhD study at Bristol
How to apply
Look at our advice on what to include in your research proposal.
Details of the required academic qualifications, and English language requirements.
Look at our country-specific pages for information about equivalent qualifications for specific countries.
Fees and funding
If you are seeking funding, please see our postgraduate funding opportunities and advice.
There are also some potential sources of funding for Postgraduate Research programmes and your PhD supervisor may be able to provide advice on what options are available.
After you apply
Full details on what happens after you apply.
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