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Postgraduate research degrees in economics

Join an internationally recognised research department advancing the field of economics through the development of new theories and methodologies, using evidence-based analysis to inform policy and shape interdisciplinary approaches to global issues.

Why research economics at York?

You’ll join a department of renowned scholars, who apply their research expertise to all core and related fields of economics. At York, our research degrees provide you with thorough training in research-focused economics. You’ll receive dedicated supervision and guidance from leading economists at the University, and biannual meetings with a Thesis Advisory Panel.

We tackle issues directly impacting British and global society, making positive real-world contributions to policy and practice. Our research in health economics has influenced international governmental policy-making regarding patient treatment, pharmaceutical procurement, and hospital waiting times. Our work in applied microeconometrics deepens our understanding of early childhood development, and develops policies designed to reduce workplace inequalities. Our research in macroeconomics and finance helps central bankers and other policymakers improve decision-making and macroeconomic policy. 

Study with us and undertake innovative, impactful research in a thriving community where academic rigour and excellence is at the heart of everything we do.

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Maigen Savory
Postgraduate Research Administrator

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Visiting postgraduate researchers

Spend up to a year in York as a visiting research student from a university outside the UK.


Our research is organised into clusters, which consist of academic staff and research students.

Scholarships and funding

Find out about scholarships and studentships that are available to students in the Department of Economics and Related Studies.

The PhD at York has been a game changer. I learnt econometrics, advanced economics... and how to deal with a multicultural environment. Today, you cannot be an economist without at least some understanding of quantitative tools.

Mario, PhD in Economics, Head of Risk Analysis Unit, European Banking Authority


Our graduates

Our PhD graduates have gone on to work at world-renowned academic institutions including the London School of Economics, Warwick University, Imperial College London, Carlos III Madrid, University of Rome, McMaster University and the University of Melbourne. They have also secured jobs in prestigious non-academic institutions including the World Bank, IMF, HM Treasury, European Central Bank and Bank of England.

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Contact us

Maigen Savory
Postgraduate Research Administrator