MPhil and PhD Research Degrees

2016 PhD

Overview

MPhil and PhD Research Degrees

The most advanced research degree offered by the Department is the PhD in Economics and there are two programmes leading to it:

  • The 3 year PhD programme. Students who already hold or expect to obtain an MSc in Economics can apply directly for a PhD in Economics, whose standard length is three years.
  • The 1+3 programme. Students, who do not hold an MSc in Economics but have a Bachelor degree in Economics with a very high average mark and a research proposal of outstanding quality,  can be enrolled first on the MSc (for the Year 0) and then in a PhD programme in Years 1, 2 and 3.

We also offer a less advanced programme i.e. the MPhil programme, whose standard length is two years.

If you are a prospective student you should: (i) check the entry requirements; (ii) write a research proposal of 1,000-2,000 words; (iii) check that your proposal fits with the research interests of our academic staff.

If you meet all entry requirements and you are able to name at least one potential supervisor that can fit with your research proposal, then you can proceed with the application on line.

A description of research interests of the academic staff can be found at http://www.york.ac.uk/economics/our-people/academic-staff/

The Department's research faculty is very large in size with more than 50 academic staff involved in supervision, many of whom are leading researchers in their area. We also provide a comprehensive postgraduate taught programme at PhD and advanced MSc level.

PhD students in York benefit from close integration into research activities through the research clusters in

and close cooperation with a number of research centres

http://www.york.ac.uk/economics/research/centres/

Many former graduates from York are now senior academics in various countries around the world; while many others have gone on to secure high-level positions in business, finance and government.

For each academic year we have a number of PhD studentships available for outstanding applicants.

Application

All PhD and MPhil applications are made through the on line application system of the University of York - APPLY NOW.

Entry requirements

  1. PhD applicants are usually required to hold a Bachelor degree in Economics with a 2:1 or 1st class honours (or overseas equivalent) and an MSc in Economics or in a closely related discipline with a high average mark. MSc programmes providing little or no background in Economics and Econometrics or without formal examinations at post-graduate level in Economics and Econometrics do not meet the entry requirement.  
  2. English language entry requirements are described at http://www.york.ac.uk/economics/postgrad/language/
  3. Students wishing to apply for an MPhil or PhD research degree must write a research proposal.

Research Proposal Guidance

Your research proposal should provide details on (i) your main research question, (ii) the relevant literature and your planned contribution to the current research in the area, (iii) the econometric and/or theoretical modelling methods that you plan to use, (iv) the data source (only if you envisage empirical work). The proposal should be of about 1,000 to 2,000 words. Before drafting the proposal you should make sure that your research interests are aligned with the Department of Economics and Related Studies. The Department has 5 main areas of research (clusters) (1) Microeconomic Theory, (2) Macroeconomics/Finance, (3) Econometrics, (4) Applied Microeconometrics, (5) Health Economics and (6) Economic History. For each of these clusters details are available at

http://www.york.ac.uk/economics/research/

We usually admit only students with a research proposal that fits with the research programme of the Department and the research interests of its academic staff. We advise you to check that your research proposal fits with the research interests of our academic staff and to suggest a potential supervisor in your application.

A description of research interests of the academic staff can be found at

http://www.york.ac.uk/economics/our-people/academic-staff/

Details on the application procedure and submission methods are provided in

http://www.york.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/apply/

Information on fees can be found at

http://www.york.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/fees-funding/

Studentships

There are different types of studentships you can apply for:

Other details on fees and studentships can be found at https://www.york.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/fees-funding/research/

All PhD students can also apply to become a "Teaching Scholar" (previously called Teaching Fellow). For more details on Teaching Scholarships please click here.

  • Applications for ESRC studentships are made through the on line application system of the University of York ESRC Studentships:  Applying (click on Applying box).
  • Applications for Departmental studentships are made directly to the Department of Economics and Related Studies. Please see details for Departmental studentships.

For other studentships see https://www.york.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/fees-funding/research/

Teaching

Teaching Scholarships

All PhD students can apply to become a "Teaching Scholar" (previously called Teaching Fellow). Teaching Scholarships provide financial support towards the completion of the degree in exchange for undertaking a limited amount of teaching in the Department (for which Scholars will be trained). Scholars may be held by Home, EU and Overseas students. Teaching Scholars can be given up to 55 hours per year of undergraduate seminar teaching and for this they will receive a scholarship of up to £3,500 per year. Teaching scholarships are divided into three tiers

  • Tier A, 25 teaching hours, £1,500 per year,
  • Tier B, 40 teaching hours, £2,500 per year,
  • Tier C, 55 teaching hours, £3,500 per year.

Vacancies for teaching scholars are usually advertised internally. All current and prospective PhD students whose application has already been accepted are informed about Teaching Scholarships by e-mail.

Training

We provide a comprehensive postgraduate taught programme at PhD and MSc advanced level. PhD students must take 30 credits of assessed PhD or MSc advanced modules, 20 credits during the first year and 10 credits during the second year. At least 20 out of the cumulative total of 30 credits are to be done in the core modules (see below).

Assessed core modules for PhD students

Other assessed modules for PhD students

MSc modules

A list of MSc level modules provided by the Department is available at

https://www.york.ac.uk/economics/current-students/gsp/taught-masters/module-list/

Besides the 30 credits of assessed PhD or MSc advanced modules, students are also expected to attend the Research Student Workshops and other training and specialist lectures organised for PhD students, to actively participate in seminars and workshops organised by the Department of Economics and to play an active role in the Department research clusters by participating in their meetings, seminars and workshops on a regular basis.

Transferable skills

We also provide a set of transferable skills lectures for PhD students. The main lectures usually include:

  • PhD exams/viva, for 1st year students (organised by Peter Simmons)
  • Conferences, for 1st year students (organised by Andrew Jones)
  • Publishing in economics journals, for all years PGR students (organised by Karl Claxton and Zaifu Yang)
  • The PhD job market, for 2nd year and later students (organised by Emma Tominey)
  • Academic Writing: Some Suggestions for PhD Students, for all years PGR students (organised by Cheti Nicoletti)

Specialist lectures

Each academic year extra lectures and seminars are organised for PhD students and presented by distinguished visitors or academic members of the Department.

Supervision

PhD students are usually supervised by one or two of our academic staff and receive support by a Thesis Advisory Panel which includes three academic members.

We do our best to select for each PhD student a supervisor that fits with his/her research interests. For this reason, we usually admit only students with a research proposal that fits with the research programme of the Department and the research interests of our academic staff and we recommend prospective PhD students to name a supervisor in their PhD application. 

A list of potential supervisors and of their research interests can be found at http://www.york.ac.uk/economics/our-people/academic-staff/

Research in the Department is organised into clusters, consisting of academic staff and research students, and focusing upon six research areas, see http://www.york.ac.uk/economics/research/

New PhD students are asked to choose at least one of the research clusters and become a student associate.

All PhD and MPhil applications are made through the on line application system of the University of York - APPLY NOW.