Loughborough University
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Loughborough University

School of Business and Economics


Economics PhD profile

Economics PhD profile

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PhD / MPhil in Economics

PhD in Economics: 3 years full-time; 5 years part-time
MPhil in Economics: 2 years full-time; 3 years part-time

  • About the Programme
  • Programme structure
  • Entry criteria
  • Next steps

About the programme

Beginning a research degree is perhaps the most exciting and demanding phase in any academic career. As the pinnacle of academic qualifications it marks the transition from being largely taught by others to becoming an independent academic, conducting your own research and developing your own ideas. Our goal is to guide you through that process of becoming a fully-fledged academic or researcher.

As a doctoral student you will join a lively community of research students and staff, becoming an integral part of the School’s research culture. Conference and symposia attendance is encouraged as is the development of joint publications with your supervisor. These activities are partially supported by a dedicated fund, open to all research students on a year-by-year basis.

Each research student works under the supervision of one or more supervisors, who belong to one of School's Research Discipline Groups, Research Interest Groups or (trans-disciplinary) Research Centres.

All research students are provided with:

  • supervisor(s) with appropriate expertise and a Director of Research Degree Programme to provide additional guidance and pastoral support as well as opportunities to consult any other academic staff if appropriate
  • access to funds to support conference travel and subsistence
  • access to photocopying, printing, and inter-library loan facilities
  • access to a hot-desk / computer facility in a purposely refurbished, high quality, open-plan space

All research students:

  • are expected to attend regular meetings with their supervisor(s)
  • are expected to attend specified training courses and seminars throughout their PhD study to support their research
  • may have the opportunity to support undergraduate teaching through employment as tutorial / laboratory assistants

Programme structure

The postgraduate research programme leading to the degree of PhD is based on individual research in all three years of the full-time programme (equivalent to five years part-time). The MPhil programme is based on individual research for 2 years full time (3 years part time).

These programmes are co-ordinated by Tracey Preston and taught within the School of Business and Economics.

During the first year, students are strongly advised (and in some cases required) to study one or more MSc modules within Economics. This is designed to enable the student to acquire further expertise in relevant areas that may not have been covered in their undergraduate and Masters degrees.

The School and the University also offer courses specifically designed for PhD students and to provide additional training in research strategies and methods. In addition, there is a weekly research seminar for PhD students who are required to make presentations on their research.

Entry criteria

Honours degree equivalent of British 2:1 minimum, with a preference for masters’ degree (with average programme mark of no less than 65%) or first-class honours equivalent, IELTS score 7.0 or above with not less than 7.0 in each component. You must provide a research proposal that fits with the research interests of staff in the School, and two satisfactory academic references.

Next steps

We encourage prospective students to first look through our Research Discipline Groups, Research Interest Groups and Research Centres to view our current research activities and find a suitable match before applying.

To apply, you must also upload your research proposal, copies of your transcripts/certificates and two academic references at the time of applying. If you do not supply the information listed above with your application then it is unlikely that it will be considered.

There are four commencement dates per year: October, January, April and July. It takes 6-8 weeks for decisions to be made therefore please allow plenty of time between submitting your application and your chosen commencement date.

Useful links:

Apply Online - application portal
Fees and funding - find out how much your programme will cost and funding opportunities
Student experience - find out about our award-winning student experience
Student Profiles -  read profiles and watch videos from our students and alumni
Accommodation - find out about postgraduate accommodation in Loughborough
International students - extra information for international students


For any queries about the programme or the application process please contact Tracey Preston on the contact numbers below.

Email: sbe.pgr@lboro.ac.uk 
Tel: +44 (0)1509 228276 or +44 (0)1509 223081


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