Research degrees in economics at the University of Sheffield

PhD and MPhil postgraduate research in economics gives you the opportunity to deepen your interest in the subject by studying in an area of your choice. You will develop a broad range of research skills relevant to your subject area and this will equip you for a career in academic research or as a practising economist in the public or private sector.

These pages provide information on the opportunities available for postgraduate research in economics at the University of Sheffield, including the research interests of our staff. They also describe the general arrangements for research in the department and explain how you can make an application.     

The Department of Economics

The Department of Economics is one of only two remaining independent economics departments in the North of England and we have a well-established and successful postgraduate research programme.

Currently there are around 30 students studying for MPhil or PhD degrees in a wide range of topics. If you choose to study at Sheffield you will become part of this lively community and play a key role in the academic life of the department.

View the staff research areas for details on the research in the Department of Economics

Find out more about our current research students 

The White Rose Doctoral Training Centre (WRDTC) in Social Sciences

The White Rose Doctoral Training Centre in Social Sciences comprises the universities of Sheffield, Leeds and York and was established in January 2011 with an investment from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) to provide a national training centre for postgraduate researchers in social sciences.

For more information visit the WRDTC website 


For more information please email our Research Support Officer, Chloe Davies