The Economics Pathway offers a PhD-programme involving two years of advanced taught modules followed by either two (Lancaster and Liverpool) or three years of substantive research (Manchester). As part of the admission process, students are allocated an advisory team (usually of 2 people) with expertise in the area of study, that guides them through the PhD programme in terms of course selection and supervision of their research. Year 1 training is delivered through institutional MSc programmes. Year 2 training may involve courses offered at any of the three institutions. Entry into the programme is possible in Years 1 or 2 depending on qualifications.

Across the DTP, PhD students benefit from close research supervision, and are active members of their department’s research environment by attending weekly seminar series, research workshops and conferences. Final year PhD students are expected to present papers in their home institution’s seminar series and also have the opportunity to present their work at the other institutions in the DTP. The pathway has also established a popular annual NWSSDTP PhD Conference in Economics and runs an annual NWSSDTP Summer School in Economics. Upon completion of the PhD, graduates are expected to have acquired all necessary skills to pursue a research-driven career in academia, government, research organisations, or business.

Programmes eligible for NWSSDTP funding

N.B. Master’s programmes can only be funded as part of a 1+3/2+2/2+3 Studentship

Lancaster University

University of Liverpool

University of Manchester

For information on how to apply for funding, please visit our How to Apply page.

Pathway Representatives

Contact details for Economics Pathway Representatives at each institution can be found here

Current Economics DTP Students 


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