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.

Studying for a research degree: programme structure


The department

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.

Staff research areas

Current research students


The Social Sciences DTC

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.

Various funding streams are available for new entrants to the PhD programme beginning their studies in September 2014:

  • We invite applications for ESRC PhD Scholarships as part of the White Rose Doctoral Training Centre. We have one scholarship to award for entry in September 2014, which can be on the basis of +3 (PhD only, for candidates with or expected to receive a good MSc in Economics) or 1+3 (MSc plus PhD, for candidates with or expected to receive a good undergraduate degree in economics).
  • We can also put forward a candidate to compete for one of the White Rose Doctoral Training Centre's four Advanced Quantitative Methods scholarships.
  • We also have one of the university's faculty scholarships for PhD study to award.

Scholarships offer a full stipend for living expenses (in 2014-15 this was £13,863) plus fees at the appropriate rate.

There is a single application form for all of these scholarships. If you'd like to apply, please check your eligibility and indicate on the form which scholarship(s) you want to be considered for.

More about these postgraduate research scholarships

The closing date for all scholarship applications is 12 noon on 3 February 2014.

All applicants must have applied for a place as a PhD student in the department first, before they can apply for a scholarship. So if you'd like to apply for a scholarship, allow plenty of time to apply for a place on the PhD programme beforehand.

Applying for a place as a PhD student in the Department of Economics



For more information please email our Postgraduate Officer, Charlotte Hobson: