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

PhD/MRes Economics

Year of entry: 2018

Overview

Degree awarded
PhD/MRes
Duration
36 or 48 months (FT) depending on point of entry
Entry requirements

Entry into the programme requires both the prior attainment of certain academic qualifications and also the submission of a satisfactory research proposal at time of application;

  • Direct entry into year 2 of the 4 year programme, you will normally be expected to have achieved a high level of performance in a postgraduate programme in economics.  For a UK masters programme, high level performance equates to a minimum overall average of 65% on the taught component and a dissertation mark of 65% or above (with no mark below 55%).  Entry from other courses is considered on a case-by-case basis.  Your masters' training is expected to offer a comparable training to one of the following programmes at Manchester; MSc Economics, MSc Econometrics, MSc Economics & Econometrics, MSc Financial Economics.
  • For year 1 entry of the 4 year programme, you will normally be expected to have achieved a high level performance in an undergraduate and/or a postgraduate programme in economics that provides a sound training in microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics equivalent to at least an Upper Second Class Honours in the BEconSc degree at Manchester.
  • Applicants with a high level of performance in any of the following Manchester PG programmes would normally be accepted to enter Year 1, although Year 2 is considered on a case-by-case basis: MA Economics, MSc Finance and Economics, MSc Development Economics and Policy, MSc Economics and Management of Rural Development, MSc Environment and Development, MSc Development Finance, MSc Industrial Strategy and Trade Policy and MA Political Economy.
  • GRE.  This is only one of our admission criteria - we are looking for the 'right fit' for the PhD/MRes programme and use all of the admissions criteria to make a decision. A very high score does not necessarily give a stronger chance of admission and a below average score does not automatically eliminate a candidate.

Full entry requirements

Number of places/applicants

Expert supervision is key to research degree programmes. We cannot provide supervision across all areas and we are therefore sometimes unable to offer admission to excellent applicants.

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. 

Programme options

Full-time Part-time Full-time distance learning Part-time distance learning
PhD Y Y N N

Programme description

Our PhD/MRes programme has been introduced in 2010 as a response to the Economics and Social Research Council (ESRC) sponsored Benchmarking Review of UK Economics.   Building on our successful ESRC-recognised PhD/MPhil we have developed a new 2+2 American-style structure for our programme to meet the international standard demanded for a PhD-training in Economics.

In the first year a MSc-equivalent training is provided, that is, year 1 will entail one of our well-established MSc courses (MSc Economics, MSc Econometrics, MSc Economics & Econometrics, MSc Financial Economics).

Year 2 consists of advanced PhD level coursework and preparation of a detailed research proposal; direct entry into year 2 requires a prior Master degree of appropriate standard and content, such as at least a merit from one of the Manchester degrees mentioned above, or equivalent from elsewhere.

Research is full-time in years 3 and 4, leading to submission of the thesis at the end of year 4 (although extensions to a 5th year for writing up are possible).  Upon successful completion of the programme (whether entering in year 1 or 2), degrees of PhD and MRes will be awarded.

Our training programme is part of the ESRC's newly accredited North-West Doctoral Training Centre (NWDTC) where Economics PGR training is provided jointly by us and our partner institutions from Lancaster and Liverpool.

The Areas of Research Training (ARTs) that we offer at Manchester are;

  • Financial Economics
  • Behavioural Economics
  • Environmental Economics
  • Development Economics
  • Econometrics and Applied Economics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Microeconomics and Mathematical Economics

Open days

For details of the next University Postgraduate open day, visit open days and visits

Fees

For entry in the academic year beginning September 2018, the tuition fees are as follows:

  • PhD (full-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): TBA
    International students (per annum): £18,000
  • PhD (part-time)
    UK/EU students (per annum): TBA
    International students (per annum): £9,000

Scholarships/sponsorships

The School of Social Sciences and the Economics Discipline Area have up to 10 studentships for 2018/2019.

Economics operate three deadlines for receiving complete on-line applications:

Round 1: 8 January 2018

Round 2: 5 March 2018

Round 3: 15 June 2018

Candidates wishing to be considered for funding MUST apply before the 8 January 2018 deadline. 

Please see the School's funding page for further information (please note that the School's funding web page is not yet fully updated).  Any queries, please email vicky.barnes@manchester.ac.uk

Contact details

Academic department
School of Social Sciences
Contact name
Vicky Barnes
Telephone
+44 (0)161 275 4743
Facsimile
+44 (0)161 275 2450
Email
Website
http://www.manchester.ac.uk/economics
Academic department overview

Entry requirements

Academic entry qualification overview

Entry into the programme requires both the prior attainment of certain academic qualifications and also the submission of a satisfactory research proposal at time of application;

  • Direct entry into year 2 of the 4 year programme, you will normally be expected to have achieved a high level of performance in a postgraduate programme in economics.  For a UK masters programme, high level performance equates to a minimum overall average of 65% on the taught component and a dissertation mark of 65% or above (with no mark below 55%).  Entry from other courses is considered on a case-by-case basis.  Your masters' training is expected to offer a comparable training to one of the following programmes at Manchester; MSc Economics, MSc Econometrics, MSc Economics & Econometrics, MSc Financial Economics.
  • For year 1 entry of the 4 year programme, you will normally be expected to have achieved a high level performance in an undergraduate and/or a postgraduate programme in economics that provides a sound training in microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics equivalent to at least an Upper Second Class Honours in the BEconSc degree at Manchester.
  • Applicants with a high level of performance in any of the following Manchester PG programmes would normally be accepted to enter Year 1, although Year 2 is considered on a case-by-case basis: MA Economics, MSc Finance and Economics, MSc Development Economics and Policy, MSc Economics and Management of Rural Development, MSc Environment and Development, MSc Development Finance, MSc Industrial Strategy and Trade Policy and MA Political Economy.
  • GRE.  This is only one of our admission criteria - we are looking for the 'right fit' for the PhD/MRes programme and use all of the admissions criteria to make a decision. A very high score does not necessarily give a stronger chance of admission and a below average score does not automatically eliminate a candidate.

English language

  • IELTS 7, including 7 in writing and with no further score below 6.5
  • TOEFL IBT 103 with 28 in writing and no further score below 25 in each section.
  • ALL non-native English speaking students are required to do the English language assessment when they register in September.
  • Any non-native English speaking student going away for fieldwork in an overseas, non-English speaking country required to re-take the English assessment when they come back to Manchester.
  • All non UK/EU, non-native English speaking applicants must have obtained the minimum IELTS or TOEFL score in order to obtain a CAS for their visa.

Scores are valid for 2 years.

For students who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK, your test score is valid for 2 years preceding the course start date.

For example;

Test taken on or after 17 September 2016 - CAS issued June 2018 = Score is VALID

Test taken before 17 September 2016 = Score is INVALID

Please note that CAS statements are issued only when all conditions of the offer have been satisfied, PDF copy of passport received and the offer accepted.

Applicants from certain countries MAY be exempt from having to provide an IELTS or TOEFL score.  For further advice please email pg-soss@manchester.ac.uk

Pre-Sessional English Courses:

If you eligible to do a pre-sessional English course (either 6 weeks or 10 weeks, depending on your English score), you will be required to successfully complete the course at the required level before you are permitted to register on your academic course).

The dates and fees for next summer (2018) are now available on the English Language Centre's website.

English language test validity

Some English Language test results are only valid for two years. Your English Language test report must be valid on the start date of the course.

Other international entry requirements

We accept a range of qualifications from different countries. For these and general requirements including English language see entry requirements from your country .

Other entry requirements

In addition to the normal supporting documents, applicants for PhD/MRes must also supply the following:

- A brief description of any econometrics/macro/micro economics/mathematics and statistics courses taken on their undergraduate degree/postgraduate degree, detailing core texts used. This does not have to be an official document. A paragraph for each course unit taken will be sufficient.  Go to the Files to Download tab for an example of what is required.

PLEASE NOTE THAT YOUR APPLICATION WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED UNTIL WE RECEIVE THE ABOVE INFORMATION .

Application and selection

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. 

Re-applications

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.

Programme details

Programme description

Our PhD/MRes programme has been introduced in 2010 as a response to the Economics and Social Research Council (ESRC) sponsored Benchmarking Review of UK Economics.   Building on our successful ESRC-recognised PhD/MPhil we have developed a new 2+2 American-style structure for our programme to meet the international standard demanded for a PhD-training in Economics.

In the first year a MSc-equivalent training is provided, that is, year 1 will entail one of our well-established MSc courses (MSc Economics, MSc Econometrics, MSc Economics & Econometrics, MSc Financial Economics).

Year 2 consists of advanced PhD level coursework and preparation of a detailed research proposal; direct entry into year 2 requires a prior Master degree of appropriate standard and content, such as at least a merit from one of the Manchester degrees mentioned above, or equivalent from elsewhere.

Research is full-time in years 3 and 4, leading to submission of the thesis at the end of year 4 (although extensions to a 5th year for writing up are possible).  Upon successful completion of the programme (whether entering in year 1 or 2), degrees of PhD and MRes will be awarded.

Our training programme is part of the ESRC's newly accredited North-West Doctoral Training Centre (NWDTC) where Economics PGR training is provided jointly by us and our partner institutions from Lancaster and Liverpool.

The Areas of Research Training (ARTs) that we offer at Manchester are;

  • Financial Economics
  • Behavioural Economics
  • Environmental Economics
  • Development Economics
  • Econometrics and Applied Economics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Microeconomics and Mathematical Economics

Teaching and learning

Graduate Teaching Assistants in the School of Social Sciences are considered to be valued members of the teaching team. As such, we take pride in the opportunities provided for the professional development of graduate teaching assistants. Our training includes preparation for application to the Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy. This brings a range of benefits as follows:

  • consolidates your personal development and emphasises your professional practice in HE
  • entitlement to use post-nominal letters - AFHEA
  • provides a valuable measure of success and is increasingly sought by employers across the education sector as a condition of appointment and promotion
  • recognised and valued by a growing number of international institutions

More information on the Associate Fellowship HEA

Or, contact Gillian Evans (Gillian.Evans@manchester.ac.uk), our School of Social Sciences Graduate Teaching Assistant Coordinator. 

Details on how to apply for a TA position will be available here in due course.

Programme unit list

The programme unit details given below are subject to change, and are the latest example of the curriculum available on this programme of study.

TitleCodeCredit ratingMandatory/optional
Sociology Postgraduate Research Workshop SOCY60510 0 Mandatory

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