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Run by Faculty of Social Sciences and Law
Awards available PhD
Programme length Four years full-time;
seven years part-time
Part-time study available Yes
Open to international students Yes
Number of places Not fixed
Start date Most students will start in October 2016, however other dates can be considered. Please contact the Graduate Studies Admissions team to discuss the available options.

Programme overview

The Department of Economics carries out research into most of the major fields of economics. It has a distinctive focus and reputation, combining high-level advances in economic theory, structural modelling and econometrics with innovative research in public policy. The quality of the department's research has been evident in the most recent research assessments. In REF2014, the Department of Economics was ranked sixth in the UK, with a high proportion of its activity in the top category.

The department hosts a successful research centre, the Centre for Market and Public Organisation (CMPO), which was established in 1998 to study the impact of incentives on organisations, with a focus on the public sector. Its research agenda has since broadened to cover the wider impact of policy on the users and beneficiaries of public services.

Fees for 2016/17

Full time fees


Part time fees


Fees quoted are provisional, per annum and subject to annual increase.

Funding for 2016/17

The Faculty of Social Sciences and Law has a quota allocation of 1+3 and +3 ESRC scholarships.

Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.

Entry requirements

An upper second-class or first-class honours degree (or equivalent) in a related subject, and/or a Masters qualification in a related subject.

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

Application method Online application form
English language requirements Profile C
Further information about English language requirements
Admissions statement Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.

Research groups

Most research is carried out within five main research areas:

  • Econometrics
  • Economic Theory
  • Labour Economics
  • Macroeconomics, Growth and Development
  • Public Organisation and Applied Microeconomics

Further details of the current research and supervision interests of individual members of staff are available on the School website.


The programme will provide you with a sound basis for your future career not only in economics, but also in a wide range of fields including finance, business management, public service, or teaching. Another popular route for graduates is to pursue specific research interests or academia.

Staff profiles

Professor Simon Burgess, (Professor), Empirical analysis in education; empirical labour economics.

Dr Edmund Cannon, (Reader), Empirical analysis of development, especially historical development; finance and growth; pension provision.

Dr Francesco Giovannoni, (Reader), Constitutional issues; microeconomics with particular emphasis on auctions and signalling games; politicians and bureaucrats; theoretical political economics: special interests.

Professor Paul Grout, (Professor), Competition law; privatisation and regulation; public-private partnerships; the public-private interface.

Dr Majia Halonen-Akatwijuka, (Senior Lecturer), Foreign aid; public sector institutions and reforms; the property rights theory of the firm and its applications.

Dr Timo Hiller, (Lecturer), Microeconomic theory; networks.

Dr Gregory Jolivet, (Reader), Labour economics and microeconometrics.

Dr Leandro Magalhaes, (Lecturer), Public economics and applied econometrics.

Dr David Pacini, (Lecturer), Theoretical and applied econometrics.

Professor In-Uck Park, (Leverhulme Professor of Industrial Organisation), Contract theory; game theory; industrial organisation (theory); information economics; intellectual property; network economics.

Dr Helen Simpson, (Professor), Empirical analysis of firm location decisions; productivity, innovation and the effects of foreign direct investment.

Professor Sarah Smith, (Professor, Head of Department), Economics of charities and charitable giving; empirical analysis of public policy.

Dr Senay Sokullu, (Lecturer), Econometrics; empirical industrial organisation; nonparametric econometrics.

Professor Jonathan Temple, (Professor), Empirical studies of economic growth; foreign aid; regional growth; two-sector growth models and structural transformation.

Dr Hélène Turon, (Reader), Labour economics.

Dr Christine Valente, (Senior Lecturer), Empirical analysis of education and health in developing countries.

Dr Deborah Wilson, (Reader), Public service delivery and performance.

Professor Frank Windmeijer, (Professor), Causal inference; dynamic panel data models; health econometrics; microeconometrics, theory and applications.

Dr Erlend Berg, (Lecturer), Development economics; household finance and insurance; public services; randomised-controlled trials.

Dr Jon Eguia, (Reader), Applied microeconomic theory; game theory; theoretical political economy.

Mr Sami Stouli, (Lecturer), Theoretical and applied econometrics.

How to apply
Application deadline:

Not fixed but early application is advised. The deadline for funded applications will be mid-February 2016 (ESRC and UoB funding application deadline to be confirmed).

International students

Find out more about becoming a student at Bristol, and the support we offer to international students.

I chose Bristol because of its outstanding academic reputation. It's reassuring to be taught by people who truly love their subject - their passion becomes contagious.


REF 2014 results

  • 30% of research is world-leading (4 star)
  • 55% of research is internationally excellent (3 star)
  • 15% of research is recognised internationally (2 star)
  • 0% of research is recognised nationally (1 star)

Results are from the most recent UK-wide assessment of research quality, conducted by HEFCE. More about REF 2014 results.

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Get in touch

Graduate Studies Admissions Team Phone: +44 (0) 117 394 1519 Email:

Graduate Studies Office
School of Economics, Finance and Management
University of Bristol
8 Woodland Road
Bristol BS8 1TN


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