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PhD (Integrated) in Economics (4 years)

This is a 4-year Programme. In the first year, students entering the Integrated PhD programme are required to complete the taught elements of one of our two MSc Programmes (MSc in Economics, MSc in Economics & Econometrics). Progression onto the research element of the programme is determined by satisfactory completion of these taught elements, with a minimum average of 60% across all modules (and a pass mark of 60% for the the Level 7 dissertation) and with no module below the University passmark for Standalone Masters programmes. The Integrated PhD offers a structured PhD pathway that includes a wide choice of formal instruction, coupled with an extensive range of specialist research topics across the breadth of the subject. There is a progression from an initial emphasis on instructional modules towards full time research, supported by high quality supervision.
The integrated PhD programme is highly flexible and student-centred.

Overview

The integrated PhD programme is highly flexible and student-centred.

Our postgraduate research programmes are conducted under expert individual or joint supervision. Supervisors are research-active members of staff with expertise in your area of interest. The MSc Programmes Director acts as Personal Academic Tutor to students during the taught component of the programme before the supervisory team for the research element is identified.

The course is particularly suitable for overseas students seeking to convert from other scientific disciplines, and also those who are awarded four-year scholarships through their government or other sources. Please note that there is no funding available for this programme through the University of Southampton, ESRC or NERC.

Year PhD Programme

Students entering the Integrated PhD programme are required to complete the taught elements of one of our two MSc Programmes (MSc in Economics, MSc in Economics & Econometrics).

In the following years, students will have the opportunity to attend different complementary field modules.  The field modules are taught by internationally renowned experts visiting the Economics department on a regular basis and internal academic staff.

View the programme specification document for this course

To Apply

Apply using the University online application form.  A full guide to this process may be downloaded from here.

Applications can be submitted at any time although we would encourage applicants to apply before the end of May. If you are seeking financial support for your postgraduate studies, we recommend that you apply before the end of January so you have time to gather the necessary documentation for your funding body/sponsor.

Prospective students are asked to draft a short research proposal within their application form. A research proposal is a project outline which students write as part of the application process. We use it to assess the quality and originality of their ideas, whether they are able to think critically and whether they have a grasp of the relevant literature. It also gives us important information about the perspectives students intend to take on the research area, and how you fit into the discipline area's research profile overall. This will helps us assign a suitable supervisor for your project.

It is normal for students to refine their original proposal in light of detailed literature reviews, further consideration of research approaches and comments received from the supervisors (and other academic staff). Note also that this research proposal can be updated and modified at completion of the Master’s dissertation after consultation with the supervisory team. At the application stage, what we are looking for is clear evidence of potential for successful PhD study and a proposal which reflects that.

At least two members of academic staff will consider the application.

Programme Structure

Unlike undergraduate study, the open-ended nature of research means it is not possible to always predict the structure of a programme of study leading to a thesis.  The following is an indicative list.  Where there is a definite requirement to undertake a certain activity this is stated.

4 Year PhD Programme

Year 1

Students entering the Integrated PhD programme are required to complete the taught elements of one of our two MSc Programmes (MSc in Economics, MSc in Economics & Econometrics). Students who satisfy the progression requirements for the iPhD proceed with PhD research.

In addition to the taught components, students entering the programme are offered training in statistical packages and Matlab and Stata in particular. During the first year of the programme students will be provided with two library skills sessions: one at the start of the academic year and one at the start of the dissertation period. The University also provides English courses for students wishing to improve their English skills. This may be particularly useful for improving writing skills. Supervisory teams will also provide timely advice to students on this matter during the master’s dissertation period.

Year 2

In the following years, students will have the opportunity to attend different complementary field modules.  The field modules are taught by internationally renowned experts visiting the Economics department on a regular basis and internal academic staff offering modules tailored to PhD students. In the past the Department has offered modules taught by international experts on Time Series Econometrics, Industrial Organization, and Economics of Migration Networks.

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 led by the University of Southampton.

Year 3

An important component of the subsequent research based training involves participating in research workshops and seminars in Economics.  All PhD students are required to present their research in one workshop per year during their third and fourth years of registration.  The Department is also running weekly external speaker seminars and internal staff workshops to which PhD students are asked to attend. During this year the department also offers specialised training and mini-courses on topics of interest to a critical mass of PhD students. In the recent past we have offered mini-courses in Quantitative Macroeconomics, Optimization problems with Matlab, Matching Mechanisms in Economics or Behavioural and Experimental Economics. Students are not formally assessed on these courses but may be required to do some coursework that can be of relevance for their own research.

Between months 30 and 33 of the start of the programme students are assessed on their performance. If students meet the requirements they will be confirmed on the PhD programme, otherwise they may be given further time to satisfy the confirmation requirements or be asked to terminate their studies without the PhD award.

Year 4

Evidence of continued progress is provided by publications and presentations in a suitable venue (e.g. an international conference). It is unlikely that further major training will be needed at this stage. The target date for submission of the PhD thesis is normally at the end of Year 4 as this may coincide with the end of any supporting studentships.

For students in full time registration, the final PhD thesis must be submitted at the latest by the end of the 60th month (excluding periods of suspension) unless special dispensation is granted by the Graduate School. The latter will only be granted rarely, in the case of exceptional and unforeseen circumstances.

Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

Batchelor’s degree

Undergraduate degree in Economics (2:1 or higher) or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University.

English Language Proficiency

Applicants whose first language is not English and who are not exempt from taking an English Language test, according to the University of Southampton’s regulations, are required to obtain a minimum of 6.5 overall in the IELTS test, with no individual elements of the test scoring below 5.5 (or an equivalent secure English Language test from band C in the University list of recognised tests).

OverallReadingWritingSpeakingListening
6.5 5.5 5.5 5.5 5.5
Mature applicants

No additional requirements

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

The University has a Recognition of Prior Learning Policy

This programme is not particularly designed to provide for admission through RPL.

Selection process

The University’s Admissions Policy applies equally to all programmes of study. The following are the typical entry criteria to be used for selecting candidates for admission into the Integrated PhD programme.

The University’s approved equivalencies for the requirements listed below will also be acceptable.

At a minimum, successful applicants must meet the admissions requirements of the University Code of Practice for Research Candidature and Supervision.

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.

Modules

Typical course content

The iPhD is typically a four year programme, if studied full-time. In year 1 students are required to complete the taught elements of one of our two MSc Programmes (MSc in Economics, MSc in Economics & Econometrics). Students who satisfy the progression requirements for the iPhD proceed with PhD research. From Year 2 onwards students will have the opportunity to attend different complementary field modules. The field modules are taught by internationally renowned experts visiting the Economics department on a regular basis and internal academic staff offering modules tailored to PhD students. In the past the Department has offered modules taught by international experts on Time Series Econometrics, Industrial Organization, and Economics of Migration Networks.

Year 1

Core
Macroeconomics
Microeconomics
Dissertation
Compulsory
Preliminary Mathematics and Statistics
Quantitative Economics
Topics in Economic Theory
Topics in Macroeconomics
Optional

Students must choose ECON6004 Quantitative Method OR ECON6024 Econometrics 1. This module will become core once chosen.

Econometrics 1
Quantitative Methods
Economic Policy in Development
Finance
Macroeconomic Policy 3
International Trade
Labour Economics
Topics in Econometrics

These modules are only indicative examples of the options available. There is a wide array of option modules to choose from, subject to availability.

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Fees & funding

Tuition fees

Fees for postgraduate taught courses vary across the University. All fees are listed for UK, EU and international full-time and part-time students alphabetically by course name. DEFAULT

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Funding

Scholarships, bursaries, sponsorships or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

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Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:

TypeDescription
StationeryYou will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationery items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc.). Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module profile.
BooksWhere a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source. Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.
OtherComputer Discs Software Licenses Hardware
OtherFieldwork: logistical costs Accommodation: Insurance Travel costs Immunisation/vaccination costs
OtherPlacements (including Study Abroad Programmes) Accommodation Insurance Medical Insurance Travel costs Immunisation/vaccination costs
OtherConference expenses Accommodation Travel

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.

Career Opportunities

Successful iPhD doctorates will be able find work taking up positions as teaching and research academics. They will also be leading economic or econometric analysts in public or private sector, including central and local governments and the institutions of the European Union, in statistical offices, central banks, financial supervision authorities, international aid organisations, commercial banks and financial institutions, etc. Finally, this programme also forms a solid basis for a career in private sector in management, or in consultancy.

Learning & Assessment

Study locations

Hartley Library

Highfield campus

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