Specialising in applied economics, particularly labour and energy economics and with significant expertise in macroeconomics, economics of health and wellbeing and experimental economics.

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The Department of Economics is one of five disciplines that make up the Business School. It organises research activity in Economics and coordinates teaching in Economics. There are over 20 faculty members in Economics, together with a number of research fellows, emeritus and honorary staff. The Department has a well-established tradition of research in applied economics, particularly in the areas of labour economics and energy and environmental economics. There are also research interests in:

  • macroeconomics
  • international economics
  • industrial organisation
  • the economics of health and wellbeing
  • behavioural and experimental economics

There are especially strong links between the Economics Department and Health Economics Research Unit, one of the leading centres in health economics in Europe.

Economics has 1+3 (+CASE) ESRC recognition for doctoral research through collaboration with the Scottish Graduate Programme in Economics (SGPE).

Our Research

Economics research is integrated across several research themes in our Business School. These themes are carried through our Research Centres and current research projects. 

Find out more about our staff research interests on our departmental pages.

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Entry Requirements

    Normally, the minimum entrance requirement for admission to the PhD is a degree with Second Class Honours (Upper Division) in an appropriate field, or equivalent. It is preferable that you hold a Masters in the chosen area of study as well.

    Alongside your application form, you will need to upload the following supporting documents online:

    • Copies of your undergraduate and graduate degree certificates
    • Academic transcripts for your undergraduate and graduate degrees
    • Two academic references
    • A research proposal
    • If English is not your first language and you have not studied previously at an institution in the UK, you will need to demonstrate your proficiency in English

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    Recent Doctoral graduates of the Department of Economics have been appointed to academic positions in the UK and abroad both in the fields of Economics and Health Economics, as well as as applied economists in governments and international organisations. They have also been appointed as Lecturers in the Departments of Economics at the University of Stirling and University College Cork, and as researchers at the Health Economics Research Unit, University of Aberdeen and the Macaulay Land Use Institute in Aberdeen.

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