PhD & MPhil
We look for a strong first degree in economics, or a degree in which economics was a major part, and a Masters degree in economics that includes core classes in:
- a range of other relevant classes and a dissertation
You'll have a good MBA degree from an AMBA-accredited institution or a Masters degree containing a significant amount of Economics.
You will also have a significant amount of work experience as a manager or consultant and we expect you to continue in a senior practice role throughout the programme. Ongoing support from your employer is also required.
You'll have a Masters degree or a first or upper second-class Honours degree (or overseas equivalent) in Business & Management.
English language proficiency
If English isn't your first language, you'll need an IELTS score of 6.5.
During the application you'll be asked for the following:
- your full contact details
- transcripts and certificates of all degrees
- proof of English language proficiency if English isn't your first language
- two references, one of which must be academic
- funding or scholarship information
- research proposal of around 1500 words in length, detailing the subject area and topic to be investigated; please use our Postgraduate Research Proposal Outline and attach this with your application (not required for MRes applications)
By filling these details out as fully as possible, you'll avoid any delay to your application being processed by the University.
Before you apply
Before finalising your formal application, we can give you some help and guidance on refining your proposal.
Get in touch with a potential supervisor early in the process, preferably as soon as you've put together a draft proposal. You can find some information about our supervisors and their research interests under the 'Supervisors' tab.
Writing your research proposal
We've put together some guidance to help you write your research proposal.
Getting a reference
We've put together some guidance to help you when obtaining your references.
It's important that you find a good match between your research interest and your potential supervisor. When you've identified a potential supervisor, based on how well your research interests match theirs, send them an email to introduce yourself. Make sure you attach a draft of your research proposal along with a copy of your CV. Don't worry about how rough your research proposal may be at this stage – you'll have help from the Department to refine it.
If your chosen supervisor is available to work with you, they'll confirm this and nominate a potential second supervisor. As soon as a second supervisor is confirmed, an offer of study will be sent to you through Pegasus, our online application system.
When you accept our offer, you'll receive a full offer in writing via the email address you provide.
Accepting an offer
Once you've accepted our offer, we'll need you to fulfil any academic, administrative or financial conditions that we have notified you of in your offer letter.
UK or EU students
If you're applying as a Scottish, UK or EU student, you'll then be issued with your registration documentation.