EconomicsFind a programme
|Run by||Faculty of Social Sciences and Law|
Four years full-time (minimum period of study three years);
seven years part-time.
|Location of programme||Clifton campus|
|Part-time study available||Yes|
|Start date||Most students will start in October 2020, however other dates can be considered.|
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 the Times Higher Education analysis of the latest Research Excellence Framework (2014), the Department of Economics was ranked sixth in the UK, with a high proportion of its research activity rated in the top category.
Fees for 2020/21
We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2020/21 are as follows:
- UK/EU: full-time
- UK/EU: part-time
- Overseas: full-time
- Channel Islands/Isle of Man: full-time
Fees are subject to an annual review. For programmes that last longer than one year, please budget for up to a five per cent increase in fees each year. Find out more about tuition fees.
University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a ten per cent reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study. Check your eligibility for an alumni scholarship.
Funding for 2020/21
The Faculty of Social Sciences and Law has an allocation of 1+3 and +3 ESRC scholarships. Please visit the school website for more information.
Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.
The standard entry route into the PhD is from the MRes Economics programme, conditional on academic results and the availability of supervision. Candidates with an MRes or MPhil Economics degree from another institution, or a very strong MSc Economics or equivalent degree, can also be considered for direct entry into the PhD programme. Applicants whose master's-level studies have been outside Europe, the US and Canada are strongly recommended to provide GRE scores.
See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.
English language requirements
If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.
Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.
Most research is carried out within five main research areas:
- 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.
Many of our PhD graduates pursue careers in research, in academia or elsewhere. The programme also provides you with a sound basis for careers in finance, business management, public service or teaching. More information on graduate destinations can be found on the school website.
Arpad Abraham, (Professor), Macroeconomics, macroeconomic models of the earnings and wealth distribution, dynamic contracts, incomplete asset markets, limited commitment and optimal taxation
Dr Patrick Arni, (Lecturer), Applied microeconometrics Programme evaluation; Empirical analysis of behavioural data; Empirical analysis of social insurance (unemployment insurance, welfare, etc); Labour economics
Dr Erlend Berg, (Senior Lecturer), Development economics; Household finance and insurance; Public services; Randomised-controlled trials
Dr Annette Bergemann, (Reader), Empirical Health Economics; Gender Economics; Labour Economics
Professor Simon Burgess, (Professor), Empirical analysis in education; Empirical labour economics.
Professor Edmund Cannon, (Professor), Economic history, typically quantitative but not exclusively so, with an emphasis on economic growth, agriculture, banking or insurance ; Economics of pensions, particularly involving life insurance and annuity markets
Dr Sekyu Choi, (Senior Lecturer), Income and wealth inequality ; Labour markets and macroeconomics
Dr Battal Dogan, (Senior Lecturer), Market design; mechanism design; choice theory; game theory
Dr Pawel Doligalski, (Lecturer), Optimal taxation; Optimal taxation Dynamic contract theory; Theoretical and quantitative macroeconomics
Dr Jon Eguia, (Reader), Applied microeconomic theory; Game theory; Theoretical political economy.
Dr Francesco Giovannoni, (Professor), Auctions and mechanism design; Constitutional issues; Economic History; Microeconomics Theory; Political Economy; Politicians and bureaucrats; Signalling games; Special interests and corruption; Theoretical political economics
Professor Paul Grout, (Professor), Competition law; Privatisation and regulation; Public-private partnerships; The public-private interface.
Dr Majia Halonen-Akatwijuka, (Senior Lecturer), Contract theory and organisational economics
Professor Tai-Wei Hu, (Professor)
Dr Alessandro Iaria, (Lecturer), Empirical Industrial Organization, Structural Econometrics, Economics of Science and Innovation
Dr Gregory Jolivet, (Professor), Labour economics and microeconometrics.
Dr Christoph Koenig, (Lecturer),
Applied Microeconomics, Political Economy, Economic History, Behavioural
Dr Leandro De Magalhaes, (Lecturer), Development Economics and Growth using household survey data. Institutional aspects of development using electoral data.
Dr Jeremy McCauley, (Lecturer), Applied microeconomics; Public economics; Health economics
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 Arnaud Philippe, (Lecturer), Applied micro-economics, crime, media, discrimination
Dr Matthew Polisson, (Senior Lecturer), Applied Microeconometrics, Microeconomic Theory
Dr Alireza Sepahsalari, (Lecturer), Firm Dynamics; Macroeconomics, with a focus on labour and financial markets, search and matching; Optimal Unemployment Insurance
Dr Hans Sievertsen, (Lecturer), Applied microeconometrics, Education, Health, Labour, Inequality
Professor Helen Simpson, (Professor), Empirical urban economics; Productivity and innovation
Professor Sarah Smith, (Professor, Head of Department), Applied micro (public economics, labour economics, pro-social behaviour)
Dr Senay Sokullu, (Senior Lecturer), Econometrics; Empirical industrial organisation; Nonparametric econometrics.
Dr Sami Stouli, (Lecturer), Theoretical and applied econometrics
Dr Hélène Turon, (Reader), Labour economics.
Dr Christine Valente, (Reader), Empirical analysis of fertility and human capital in developing countries
Professor Gerard Van Den Berg, (Professor), Applied econometrics; Health economics; Labour economics
Dr Stephanie von Hinke, (Professor), Applied microeconometrics; Health economics; Genoeconomics
Professor Deborah Wilson, (Reader), Public service delivery and performance.
Dr Julia Wirtz, (Lecturer), Applied microeconomic theory, information economics, feedback and incentive schemes, tournaments, theoretical economics of education.
Dr Yanos Zylberberg, (Senior Lecturer), Development economics; Labour economics; Urban economics; Economic History; Macroeconomics
We welcome applications for admission at any time of year, though early application is advised.
There may be deadlines related to particular sources of funding. For further information on funding opportunities and deadlines, visit the School of Economics, Finance and Management website.
The closing date for ESRC studentship applications is 12 noon on Tuesday 21 January 2020. For further details on applying for ESRC funding, please visit the SWDTP website.
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REF 2014 results
- Economics and Econometrics:
- 44% of research is world-leading (4*)
- 44% of research is internationally excellent (3*)
- 12% of research is recognised internationally (2*)
Results are from the most recent UK-wide assessment of research quality, conducted by HEFCE. More about REF 2014 results.