The School 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. 97% of our Economics and Econometrics research is rated either 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent' (REF 2021).

Entry requirements

The standard entry route into the PhD is from the MRes Economics programme, dependent on academic results and the availability of supervision. We will also consider you for direct entry into the PhD programme if you have an MRes or MPhil Economics degree from another institution. If your master's-level studies took place outside Europe, the US or Canada, you are strongly recommended to provide GRE scores in your application.

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.

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If English is not your first language, you will need to reach the requirements outlined in our profile level B.

Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.

Fees and funding

UK: full-time
£4,758 per year
UK: part-time
£2,379 per year
Overseas: full-time
£20,700 per year

Fees are subject to an annual review. For programmes that last longer than one year, please budget for up to an 8% increase in fees each year.

More about tuition fees, living costs and financial support.

Alumni discount

University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a 25% reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study. Check your eligibility for an alumni discount.

Funding for 2024/25

The School of Economics has an allocation of 1+3 and +3 scholarships. Please visit the school website for more information.

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

Career prospects

Many of our PhD graduates pursue careers in research, in academia or elsewhere. The programme also provides you with the skills for a career in finance, business management, public service or teaching.

Meet our supervisors

The following list shows potential supervisors for this programme. Visit their profiles for details of their research and expertise.


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 of Economics webpage.

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