Economics PhD Programme

University of Edinburgh - School of Economics

Fully funded Economics studentships available at the University of Edinburgh

The School of Economics at the University of Edinburgh is looking for outstanding candidates to take up fully funded PhD opportunities.

We offer supervision on a wide range of topics, with particular strengths in:

  • Economic Theory (contract theory, game theory, micro and macro)
  • Labour Economics (micro and macro)
  • Applied Econometrics (micro, macro, health and education)
  • Behavioural and Experimental Economics

Our doctoral programme

Our doctoral programme is structured to ensure that you receive training throughout your first year including in the following areas: microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics. You will also begin to develop your research. After first year, you will focus on your research and the development of your thesis.

Our research community

You will join an active research community and participate in regular seminars hosted by academics of international reputation, workshops and discussion groups.

Entrance requirements

The normal requirement for entry to the programme is a distinction in a masters in economics from a UK University or its international equivalent. If English is not your first language, you will need to demonstrate proficiency in English. (

In addition, all applicants’ research interests must match with our own. Applicants are encouraged to visit our website to see areas in which we can offer supervision. (

Applicants will be asked to write a short research summary (up to 1500 words) explaining how their research interests match our own and briefly demonstrating their understanding of the topic, primary literature and how they might approach their given topic.


Our studentships offer full funding, which covers your tuition fees in full and provides an annual stipend of approximately £17,000. In return you will be required to undertake some tutorial teaching.

How to apply

For more information about our programme you can visit the Economics prospective website (

Interested candidates can also contact Fiona Ross at for further information.

You can submit an application, along with your transcript, degree certificate and research summary, by visiting the Economics degree page (

* The University of Edinburgh is consistently ranked within the world’s top 50 universities.

Closing date

Early applications are encouraged. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis but with an absolute deadline of 30th June 2017.

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