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PhD/MRes Economics
Gain economics research skills from the North-West Doctoral Training Centre.

PhD/MRes Economics / Application and selection

Year of entry: 2018

How to apply

Apply online

Please provide details of a proposed supervisor.  This information must be included on the on-line application form.  Please see the Economics web page for details on the current research areas in Economics.

Useful information:

  • There is NO application fee.
  • Supporting documents which MUST be provided along with an on-line application are: two academic reference letters, Degree transcripts and certificates, CV, Research Proposal, English language evidence (eg IELTS) if candidate is not from a majority English language speaking country. Please note that the English language evidence may be submitted after application.
  • GRE score is required for all applicants applying after Monday 13 November 2017.  Applicants who submitted prior to this date or who already have an offer for 2018 are exempt.
  • All PhD/MRes applicants, regardless of nationality, education and professional background, are required to take the GRE test. GRE® is a standardised admissions test which is used by the world's leading Universities. The test score provides us with additional information to compare applications from around the world reasonably objectively. Please note, we only accept test scores that have been taken less than five years prior to the start date of the PhD/MRes programme. 

Advice to applicants

For students who require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK please refer to our specialist advice pages.

Research Proposal Advice

Please refer to our Economics web page for detailed guidance on what we expect in a research proposal .

Interview requirements

As part of the offer making process applicants will be required to undertake an interview assessment.  This may be in the form of a face-to-face interview, Skype or telephone. 


If you applied in the previous year and your application was not successful you may apply again. Your application will be considered against the standard course entry criteria for that year of entry. In your new application you should demonstrate how your application has improved. We may draw upon all information from your previous applications or any previous registrations at the University as a student when assessing your suitability for your chosen course.