You can study MPhil, PhD in the Centre for European Labour Market Research. Research in the Centre generally falls in one of four primary themes, Education, Skills and Labour Mobility; Inequality in the Labour Market; Health and Work; The Public Sector and Wage Determination, though researchers also investigate many other areas of labour market research.

The Centre for European Labour Market Research (CELMR) became an official "Research Centre" in January 2000, and was formally launched in November 2000 with Professor Theodossiou appointed as the Centre's Director. With a membership of 17 out of the School's 55 full-time staff, CELMR has emerged as one of the strong disciplinary research groups in the School; it also has strong links with the Medical School through collaboration with the Health Economics Research Unit (HERU). The Centre's activities include seminar series and the publication of its own discussion paper series. It also supports graduate student research and sponsors visiting scholars.

Aims and Objectives of the Centre:

  • To provide a focus for the identification and implementation of high quality research projects in labour market economics
  • To make a substantive contribution both to academic understanding and to policy debate on labour market issues within the UK and the European Union
  • To develop and evolve a coherent research agenda and create a framework for the acquisition of funding to undertake and expand the research agenda
  • To provide a structure within which interested individuals and groups can provide mutual support in advancing their research and create a structure within which young researchers can obtain help and advice
  • To create a structure conducive to postgraduate study
  • To provide a link with other scholars, commercial interests and governments in both the UK and European Union
  • To develop European and international links of the highest possible quality with a view to collaborative research and the exchange of personnel in order to establish a major focus of activity on a European scale
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Key Programme Information

At a Glance

Degree Qualification
MPhil or PhD

Our Research

The research programme that has evolved reflects both the interests of the contributors and the issues that have motivated scholars in labour economics. The work that has been undertaken and published in recent years, and the programme of work proposed for the future, can generally be grouped along four separate themes. ·

  • Education, Skills and Labour Mobility
  • Inequality in the Labour Market
  • Health and Work
  • The Public Sector and Wage Determination

Each of the above is under the supervision of a scientific director. However, there are overlaps between several of these programmes, and several of the scholars involved appear in more than one programme. This is a source of considerable strength, in that it brings a strong element of coherence to the whole programme and also adds to its flexibility.

Our Experts

Details of current staff and their research interests can be found here.

Entry Requirements

Applicants to the MPhil or PhD typically will have an undergraduate degree in Economics (upper second class or above. Applicants to PhD will also typically have an MSc in Economics. Applications must include a detailed research proposal and two academic references from the applicants’ most recent academic institution. The quality of the proposal is very important for the final outcome.

Alternatively you can contact our Postgraduate Admissions and request an application pack.

Importantly, admission to the PhD programme may be through entry in our MRes programme with the possibility of upgrading to a PhD. Progression to the second year of the PhD would be based on a satisfactory performance on the courses of economics and econometrics plus some evaluation of perhaps a survey chapter for the dissertation.

If you think a member of staff would be suited to your proposed research, you may find it useful to contact that person directly to discuss your research proposal.


The information below is provided as a guide only and does not guarantee entry to the University of Aberdeen.

Fees and Funding

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Our Funding Database

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Recent Doctoral graduates under the auspices of the CELMR have been appointed to academic positions in the UK and abroad both in the fields of Economics and Health Economics, as well as applied economists in governments and international organisations.

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Contact Details

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University of Aberdeen
Edward Wright Building
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AB24 3QY