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The Economics section of Cardiff Business School is responsible for the teaching and research in economics at Cardiff University.

This 4-year programme includes 2 years of research training (MSc Economics and MRes in Advanced Economics).

We offer a full range of expertise, but the following areas are of particular strength:

  • Labour Economics
  • Macroeconomic Theory and Applications
  • Regional Economics (especially Wales)
  • International Trade and Finance
  • Econometrics, Theory and Forecasting
  • Finance
  • Economic History

Distinctive features

  • The department has an impressive record in obtaining research grants.
  • A large number of prominent academics outside the Business School undertake collaborative research with those within.
  • There is great strength and diversity of research within the department.

Key facts

Mode of study Full-time
Qualification PhD
Full-time duration PhD 4 years
Start dates October

The PhD in Economics is a four-year research programme which has received ESRC recognition, with the route currently receiving  ESRC studentship awards via the ESRC Wales Doctoral Training Partnership (these awards are available to UK/EU students only).

Both nationally and globally, additional training beyond the first year of postgraduate study is considered vital for research students in Economics. Thus, our programme involves two years of advanced course work, the first at MSc Economics level in core subjects.

In the second year, students must complete the MRes Advanced Economics, while beginning to think seriously about their PhD research topic. The second year includes advanced study in the core areas of advanced macro, micro and econometrics, plus a variety of fields including finance, labour, public finance, monetary, applied macroeconometrics, international trade and international macroeconomics.

Years three and four comprise the PhD phase.


A list of academic staff that can provide supervision can be found on the Cardiff Business School website.


Student will be assessed on a dissertation of 20,000 words and a presentation for the MSc Economics, and MRes in Advanced Economics.

Students will be assessed on a thesis of 80,000 words and a Viva Voce Examination for the PhD component of the programme.

Research environment

Throughout their candidature, students are active in presenting their work in their own weekly PhD student workshop, which is supervised by faculty, and also in the weekly Economics Section internal workshop. They also attend a third weekly workshop, which is reserved mostly for visiting academics.

The PhD programme will prepare you either for a career as a leading academic scholar or to excel in business practitioning or senior public policy decision making.

UK government postgraduate doctoral loans

Candidates for the Professional Doctorate programme may be eligible to apply for a UK government postgraduate doctoral loan.

Find out more about UK government postgraduate doctoral loans


Each year a range of funded PhD studentships are available via the ESRC Wales Doctoral Training Partnership (UK/EU students only), and Cardiff Business School.

You can search our studentships or find out more about funding.

Tuition fees

UK and EU students

Get the latest information on postgraduate fees.

Students from outside the EU

Get the latest information on postgraduate fees.

Applicants are required to include a research proposal of 3 to 4 pages.

The deadline for applications is June 30, 2017.

Students applying to pursue a specialist PhD in Economics must have a masters’ degree in Economics (or its equivalent) and an interest in pursuing in-depth research in an appropriate area.

English language requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English are normally expected to have reached a minimum IELTS score of 7.0 (writing scored 7.0, with no subscore less than 6.5). Copies of appropriate English language certificates must be supplied with your application.

Please read our English language requirements for more details.


Administrative contact(s)

PhD Programme Office, Cardiff Business School

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