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Course Structure

Students entering our 3-year MPhil/PhD programme are required during the first year to agree with their supervisor on a plan to obtain the necessary training, including -- for example -- the successful completion of taught modules from the MSc Economics and MSc Economics and Econometrics programmes. The content of some of these modules will be specifically tailored to research students.

The Economics Division is also running occasional field modules by internationally renowned experts visiting the Economics department, as well as by our internal academic staff. In addition, students entering the programme may be offered training in statistical packages (Matlab and Stata in particular). This training takes the form of tutorial sessions delivered during Semester 1 of their first year. Depending on their individual circumstances and in consultation with their supervisors, students may also be asked to attend some of the Master’s level modules in their area of interest as well as in Econometric Theory.

Beyond Year 1: An important component of the subsequent research-based training involves participating in research workshops and seminars in Economics. All MPhil/PhD students are required to present their research in one workshop per year during their second and third years of registration. The Department is also organising weekly seminars with external speakers and internal staff workshops to which PhD students are asked to attend.

Students wishing to gain further training in research methods are also able to attend the specialised training offered by the National Centre for Research Methods, housed at the University of Southampton.

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