Economics research degrees

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Our programmes

The Hull University Business School offers MPhil and PhD research degrees in a number of research groups, including Economics. The MPhil requires two years full-time study. By the end of the programme you will have undertaken 360 credits worth of research, including both research specialist training and thesis preparation. At Hull, a credit is equivalent to 10 hours of study time. Our PhD is a three year full-time degree which requires a student to complete the equivalent of 540 credits worth of research, including both research specialist modules and research thesis preparation. PhD students have the opportunity to add to the sum of knowledge in their chosen field by producing an original piece of research. They are closely supported and given opportunities to travel and attend conferences.

Economics has a strong research culture and an established reputation in several fields, notably applied microeconomics, international economics, economic development, macroeconomics, and environmental economics. Our active internal and external seminar programmes foster the overall research effort of staff. We are committed to raising the level and ambition of our research to world leading and international standards of excellence. The business school has a dedicated work room with cutting-edge facilities. PhD students have exclusive access to the Postgraduate Lounge in the newly refurbished Brynmor Jones Library, while all our postgraduate students can make us of facilities in the University's Graduate School. HUBS subscribes to a full range of professional business information services including Reuters Datastream, Reuters Thomson One, Bloomberg, Wharton Research Data Services, Bankscope and FAME.

The Business School's full list of PhD titles include:

  • PhD Accounting
  • PhD Economics
  • PhD Finance
  • PhD Human Resource Management
  • PhD Management
  • PhD Marketing
  • PhD Systems Science 


Our experts in the Economics research group welcome applications for postgraduate study across a broad range of topics. Please click on the links below for help with being matched up with a potential supervisor.

Key research areas include:

  • Analysing impacts of micro and macro economic policies on growth, poverty, redistribution, trade and efficiency and environment in allocation of resources; applied dynamic general equilibrium models and applied econometric techniques - Dr Keshab Bhattarai
  • Agricultural economics, environmental economics, and development economics - Prof Jonathan Atkins
  • Microeconomics, applied economics, and the economics of sport - Prof Stephen Dobson
  • Labour economics and applied microeconometrics, including absenteeism from the workplace, duration modelling of labour market states, and the economics of earnings, employment and self-employment - Dr Mike Nolan
  • International trade, development economics, as well as topics in political economy related to developing countries - Dr Zheng Wang
  • Financial economics, international and EU economics, macroeconomics, economics for business, monetary policy, economic environment - Dr Raymond Swaray

Admissions status

Open for admission in 2018/19

Research options

MPhil: 2 years (full-time) / 3 years (part-time)

PhD: 4 years (full-time) / 7 years (part-time)


Home/EU: £4,195 (full-time) / £2,098 (part-time)

Overseas: £12,800 (full-time)

*Please note, the fees shown are for 2017/18 entry. The fees for 2018/19 have not yet been confirmed, and may increase.

These fees are for all Economics research degrees research programmes on this page. For courses lasting more than one year, small annual increases may apply. For more information, please visit

The Postgraduate Training Scheme

It is now widely recognised by employers, professional bodies and research funding agencies that specialist expertise alone is not sufficient preparation either for research or a subsequent career. With this in mind, the University of Hull requires all its postgraduate research students to follow a research training programme relating both to their particular field of study and to generic skills; for example, information technology and communication skills.

Postgraduate Training Scheme

Next steps


For information about bursaries and how to fund your studies see our money page, or take a look at our PhD scholarships page for specific funded PhD opportunities.

Entry requirements

For entry to either the MPhil or PhD programmes, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • A Masters degree with a sufficient research training element; or
  • An excellent Honours degree with a significant research training element; or
  • Significant other research credentials

Applicants must submit a research proposal, which is a key element of the application.

You are also required to provide the following:

  • Transcripts and certificates for all academic qualifications
  • Two good references, preferably academic
  • A personal statement
  • A CV or resume
International students (language requirements)

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University’s required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.


Economics is studied at the Hull University Business School (HUBS), a leading UK business school dedicated to the development of responsible leadership for a complex world.

We are committed to achieving the very highest standards, highlighted in our multiple industry accreditations as well as our independent international accreditations such as AACSB, held by less than 5% of the world’s 13,000 business programmes.