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The University of Southampton
EconomicsPart of Economic, Social and Political SciencePostgraduate study

Research Degrees

As one of the leading economics programmes in the UK, we are highly respected and recognised internationally in many fields. Our interests span a very wide range of applied and policy-oriented fields (Behavioural Economics, Development Economics, Finance and Investments, Health Economics, Labour Economics) as well as more theoretical domains (Econometrics, Game Theory, Quantitative Macroeconomics). We offer an active and stimulating research environment, in which our postgraduate research students play a crucial part. As a PhD student in Southampton, you will be taught and supervised by academics who are internationally renowned experts in their fields.

We have approximately 30 full-time academic staff. Our PhD programme is small enough (between three and seven new students admitted each year) to provide detailed PhD supervision but large enough to offer expertise in many fields. Supervision is offered in all the main areas of economics and econometrics.

Our programme provides a clearly structured research-based training. Students entering the PhD programme may choose to benefit from advanced training in economics and econometrics modules in the first year, often taught by internationally renowned experts visiting the department on a regular basis.

Our programme structure is motivated by the need to produce well-rounded experts, who have both a broad understanding of fundamental economic theory, as well as a more narrowly focused expertise in their particular area of interest. This ensures that our graduates are able to gain excellent positions either in academia or in international organisations, government agencies, policy think tanks, financial institutions and the wider private sector.

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