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Run by Faculty of Social Sciences and Law
Awards available PhD
Programme length Four years full-time;
seven years part-time
Location of programme Clifton campus
Part-time study available Yes
Start date Most students will start in October 2018, however other dates can be considered.

Programme overview

The Department of Economics carries out research into most of the major fields of economics. It has a distinctive focus and reputation, combining high-level advances in economic theory, structural modelling and econometrics with innovative research in public policy. The quality of the department's research has been evident in the most recent research assessments. In the Research Excellence Framework 2014, the Department of Economics was ranked sixth in the UK, with a high proportion of its research activity rated in the top category.

Fees for 2018/19

We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2018/19 are as follows:

UK/EU: full-time
UK/EU: part-time
Overseas: full-time
Channel Islands/Isle of Man: full-time

Fees are subject to an annual review. For programmes that last longer than one year, please budget for up to a five per cent increase in fees each year. Find out more about tuition fees.

Alumni scholarship

University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a ten per cent reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study. Check your eligibility for an alumni scholarship.

Funding for 2018/19

The Faculty of Social Sciences and Law has a quota of 1+3 and +3 ESRC scholarships. Please visit the school website for more information.

Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.

Entry requirements

A master's degree or equivalent, with good results in economics or a related quantitative subject.

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Profile C
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.

Admissions statement

Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.

Admissions statement

Research groups

Most research is carried out within five main research areas:

  • Econometrics
  • Economic Theory
  • Labour Economics
  • Macroeconomics, Growth and Development
  • Public Organisation and Applied Microeconomics

Further details of the current research and supervision interests of individual members of staff are available on the school website.


Many of our PhD graduates pursue careers in research, in academia or elsewhere. The programme also provides you with a sound basis for your careers in finance, business management, public service or teaching. More information on graduate destinations can be found on the school website.

Staff profiles

Alireza Sepahsalari, (Lecturer), Firm Dynamics; Macroeconomics, with a focus on labour and financial markets, search and matching; Optimal Unemployment Insurance

Helen Simpson, (Professor), Empirical urban economics; Productivity and innovation

Christoph Koenig, (Lecturer)

Francesco Giovannoni, (Reader), Auctions and mechanism design; Constitutional issues; Economic History; Microeconomics Theory; Political Economy; Politicians and bureaucrats; Signalling games; Special interests and corruption; Theoretical political economics

Pawel Doligalski, (Lecturer), Optimal taxation; Optimal taxation Dynamic contract theory; Theoretical and quantitative macroeconomics

Annette Bergemann, (Reader), Empirical Health Economics; Gender Economics; Labour Economics

Erlend Berg, (Lecturer), Development economics; Household finance and insurance; Public services; Randomised-controlled trials

Simon Burgess, (Professor), Empirical analysis in education; Empirical labour economics.

Edmund Cannon, (Professor), Economic history, typically quantitative but not exclusively so, with an emphasis on economic growth, agriculture, banking or insurance ; Economics of pensions, particularly involving life insurance and annuity markets

Sek-yu Choi, (Lecturer), Income and wealth inequality ; Labour markets and macroeconomics

Jon Eguia, (Reader), Applied microeconomic theory; Game theory; Theoretical political economy.

Paul Grout, (Professor), Competition law; Privatisation and regulation; Public-private partnerships; The public-private interface.

Majia Halonen-Akatwijuka, (Senior Lecturer), Foreign aid; Public sector institutions and reforms; The property rights theory of the firm and its applications.

Stephan Heblich, (Reader), Applied microeconometrics; Economic history; Economics of innovation; Political economy; Urban economics

Timo Hiller, (Lecturer), Microeconomic theory; Networks

Gregory Jolivet, (Reader), Labour economics and microeconometrics.

Yanos Zylberberg, (Lecturer), Development economics; Labour economics; Macroeconomics

Leandro Magalhaes, (Lecturer), Public economics and applied econometrics.

David Pacini, (Lecturer), Theoretical and applied econometrics.

In-Uck Park, (Leverhulme Professor of Industrial Organisation), Contract theory; Game theory; Industrial organisation (theory); Information economics; Intellectual property; Network economics.

Sarah Smith, (Professor, Head of Department), Economics of charities and charitable giving; Empirical analysis of public policy.

Senay Sokullu, (Lecturer), Econometrics; Empirical industrial organisation; Nonparametric econometrics.

Sam Stouli, (Lecturer), Theoretical and applied econometrics

Jonathan Temple, (Professor), Empirical studies of economic growth; Foreign aid; Regional growth; Two-sector growth models and structural transformation.

Aleksey Tetenov, (Lecturer), Applications of machine learning methods; Games involving statistical evidence; Microeconometrics

Hélène Turon, (Reader), Labour economics.

Christine Valente, (Senior Lecturer), Empirical analysis of education and health in developing countries.

Siyang Xiong, (Professor), Microeconomic theory

Frank Windmeijer, (Professor), Causal inference; Dynamic panel data models; Health econometrics; Microeconometrics, theory and applications.

Deborah Wilson, (Reader), Public service delivery and performance.

Gerard Van Den Berg, (Professor), Applied econometrics; Health economics; Labour economics

Stephanie von Hinke, (Senior Lecturer), Applied microeconometrics; Health economics

Leandro de Magalhaes, (Lecturer), Empirical research in Political Economics and Development

How to apply
Application deadline:

We welcome applications for admission at any time of year, though early application is advised. The closing date for ESRC studentship funding applications for 2018/19 is midday on Tuesday 30 January 2018.

International students

Find out more about becoming a student at Bristol, applying for a visa and the support we offer to international students.

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REF 2014 results

  • 44% of research is world-leading (4 star)
  • 44% of research is internationally excellent (3 star)
  • 12% of research is recognised internationally (2 star)

Results are from the most recent UK-wide assessment of research quality, conducted by HEFCE. More about REF 2014 results.

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Graduate Studies Office
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