This course combines an initial important investment in terms of learning of advanced economics and methods in mathematics and statistics, with the production of research papers at the frontier of knowledge in economics. During this journey, you will be supervised by staff enthusiastic about PhD supervision and research, and who have published papers in leading economics journals. You will participate to a vibrant research environment, attend seminars, discuss your research with other PhD students, and apply to attend additional specialised short courses or to present your own research in conferences –for which you might get financial support.
We have a wide-ranging but focused research programme, with an emphasis on rigorous economic and econometric modelling, but also a concern for practical applications in both private and public sectors. Much of our research involves collaboration, within the department and City more widely, and with outside bodies, for example NERA and the King's Fund.
Research in the Department covers a wide variety of topics. You may want to join one of our research groups in Financial Economics, Health Economics, Behavioural Economics, Macroeconomics, Competition and Regulation, or the Economics of Immigration, or alternatively develop your research in other areas of interest to you and to the Department.
Applicants should have a track record of high academic achievement, demonstrated by a good undergraduate degree with at least a second class (upper division) pass or equivalent; plus a good Masters level degree with at least a pass with merit (or equivalent).
For students whose first language is not English, the following qualifications will meet the English language requirement for entry to a postgraduate course of study:
Please note that due to changes in the UKVI's list of SELTs we are no longer able to accept TOEFL as evidence of English language for students who require a CAS as of April 2014.
If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study.
The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course. There are different rules for:
If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake any City courses on a part-time basis.
For more information see our main Visa page.
Students can study both full and part-taught programmes. Full-time students will be expected to take three taught modules in their first year, in at least two of Advanced Macroeconomics, Advanced Microeconomics, and Econometrics, with a possible choice of one module from the Cass Business School MRes programme. Progression to the second year will be conditional on passing these modules. Part-time students will be expected to pass these three modules during their first two years.
The current research interests of our staff can be found on our staff profile pages.
You can also find a list of our current research students and their projects.
In the first year, in addition to taking the three modules, you will start meeting your supervisor and co-supervisor in order to progressively develop your first paper. You will also be attending the research seminars and participating to the research life in the Department. After the end of your first year, you will make a presentation of your own research and literature review and anything else you have achieved over the previous year. The departmental Research Committee will then decide whether you may proceed to the next year of the programme. After 18 months on the programme (or earlier if your research is going well) you will make a presentation that is solely focused on your research, for the purpose of transferring from MPhil to PhD.
If you are successful, you will have a period of two and half years (although some extensions are possible) to complete your PhD dissertation. During this period, you will complete your first paper and then write two additional papers. You will get support from your supervisors, and will be expected to present your research internally and also at national and international conferences –for which you might get financial support from the Department. However, in order to be able to complete your PhD, you will need to show in an annual presentation before the Department that your progress in the dissertation in the preceding year has been sufficient.
Fees for doctoral candidates are charged annually and cover registration, supervision and examination. Fees in each subsequent year of study (where applicable) will be subject to an annual increase limited by the All Items Retail Prices Index. We will confirm any change to the annual tuition fee to you in writing prior to you commencing each subsequent year of study (where applicable).
The School of Arts and Social Sciences is pleased to announce a PhD Fee Waiver Scheme for 2017/18. Applications are sought from exceptional UK and international graduates who have the potential to produce cutting edge research that will contribute to the research excellence of our core departments.
During the first year of the three-year programme a student's panel will supervise advanced research training, part of which is generic, part in the chosen field.
Assessment of the student's progress is via term papers written under the direct supervision of one or more panel members, written examinations and coursework in three modules and, for upgrade decisions, a presentation to the Department. One term paper (generally the second) will form the basis of the student's Research Plan.
The programme includes three taught modules. Students will undertake at least two of these, and a third module may be chosen from those offered on the PhD programme at Cass Business School.
We have a vibrant research culture and a growing group of visiting scholars who are committed to help build an excellent reputation. Staff and students have access to state-of-the-art research facilities.
Our students constitute an important part of innovative empirical and theoretical research culture. We provide students with a range of academic and training support as well as regular research seminars and symposia in order to facilitate their research and develop their careers and our research environment.
In addition, training in the Department is facilitated by the availability of Masters Programmes in Research Methods. All research students may choose to take relevant Masters modules and are encouraged to develop their research skills by following specialist short courses if necessary.
Found out more about the details of our Research Methods modules.
For further details about research degree training provision please see our graduate school section.
We accept applications on an ongoing basis for entry in September. To apply, you should submit the following documents using the online application form:
Please note that we will not consider incomplete applications.