Economics and Finance

PhD

Our investment in an excellent research environment and a flourishing cohort of PhD researchers coupled with our refreshingly interdisciplinary focus put the Management School at the forefront of academic research, making a difference to our many local, national and international partners.

The Management School’s 160 international experts shape world-class academic thought

The University of Liverpool Management School offers you the chance to explore your own ideas through our postgraduate research programmes. We provide a stimulating student experience combined with thought provoking advice from our academic staff and believe that postgraduate students are a vital part of the research environment of the School.

Personalised training programme, diversified academic events and international communication platform. The Economics and Finance PhD experience can help candidates discover individualised research interests, master academia required research skills, as well as enhance their career competitiveness.

Yueting Cui - Economics and Finance PhD student
  • 160

    international experts shape world-class academic thought.

  • 2002

    REF 2014 confirmed that the Management School, since its formation in 2002, has emerged rapidly to enter the high echelons of UK Schools of Business.

  • 90.4%

    of all our postgraduates are employed or in further study within 6 months of graduation (DLHE 2007).

Research at Liverpool

The Economics and Finance PhD places much emphasis on the area of mathematics and has been designed particularly for those students who wish to study within the fields of Economics, Financial Economics, or Finance potentially pursuing a career in academia. The programme is also an excellent opportunity for students who may wish to pursue a more professional mode of career development, for instance working within international organisations or research institutes.

Research themes

Our academic staff not only publish in leading scholarly journals but also conduct research programmes for companies and governments worldwide. From the distribution of pharmaceuticals in Africa, through the development of micro-enterprise in India, to the regeneration of Merseyside, our research projects address key issues affecting the world. As a postgraduate student, you can be involved. Our research focuses on growing enterprises, growing innovation and growing communities, around the world and most importantly, in our own region.

Research interests

We particularly welcome research proposals that match those of our researchers, including:

  • Accounting and Finance
  • Economics.

Facilities

At your Management School Induction you will be shown the ‘Hot Desk’ working environment, exclusively for use by postgraduate research students.  As you progress through the programme, you will be allocated a space in a shared Postgraduate Student Office within the ULMS Doctoral Suite or Mulberry Court. 

ULMS has two dedicated computer suites located on the Ground floor of the building (Management School: Grove):

  • The McKenzie Trading Room offers 40 PC’s with Bloomberg access.  Each PC has a dual monitor and a Bloomberg keyboard
  • The Grove Wing Computer Room has 28 PC’s running the standard University of Liverpool Network. 
  • DataStream is available on one PC in the PGR Hot Desk Room, and on three PC’s within the Grove Wing Computer Room.
  • Local printing/photocopying/scanning facilities.

Research groups

Research Clusters

  • Consumption and Experiential Marketing
  • Econometrics
  • History, Society and Institutions
  • International Business
  • People and Employment

Research Centres and Institutions

  • Centre for Entrepreneurship
  • Centre for Operations and Supply Chain
  • Heseltine Institute for Public Policy and Practice
  • Institute for Risk and Uncertainty

Knowledge Exchange

  • Development Research Initiative (DRIVE)
  • Liverpool Health Economics
  • Centre for Sports Business

Study options and fees

MPhil

The Master of Philosophy (MPhil) can be thought of as a shorter version of the PhD. It requires the same research skills, training, planning, and project management. It can be a way to assess whether you wish to undertake doctoral research - or it can be taken for its own sake.

Duration Fees: Home and EU Students Fees: International Students
Full time 2-4 years £4,260 £19,850 (Lab based programmes) £16,150 (Non Lab based programmes)
Part time 4-6 years £2,130 £9,925 (Lab based programmes) £8,075 (Non Lab based programmes)
PhD

A doctoral degree is awarded to students that have demonstrated the ability to conceptualise, design, and implement a substantial research project that results in new knowledge, applications, or understanding in their field of study. During your research, you can expect to draw on direct clinical and observational experience to produce an original thesis of 80,000-100,000 words. You'll be part of a research group which matches your research interests. Research groups offer opportunities for cross-disciplinary research collaboration, as well as support and expertise for your research.

Duration Fees: Home and EU Students Fees: International Students
Full time 2-4 years £4,260 £19,850 (Lab based programmes) £16,150 (Non Lab based programmes)
Part time 4-6 years £2,130 £9,925 (Lab based programmes) £8,075 (Non Lab based programmes)
MD

The Doctor of Medicine (MD) is a doctoral degree open to medical practitioners (technically, anyone holding a medical qualification registrable with the General Medical Council). It is equivalent in requirements and format to the PhD.

Duration Fees: Home and EU Students Fees: International Students
Full time 2-4 years £4,260 £19,850 (Lab based programmes) £16,150 (Non Lab based programmes)
Part time 2-6 years £2,130 £9,925 (Lab based programmes) £8,075 (Non Lab based programmes)

Entry requirements

Eligibility and entry qualifications

Applications are welcomed from well qualified graduates who wish to undertake research programmes leading to a PhD on either a full- or part-time basis. For research we expect candidates to normally hold a UK first degree or equivalent in the first or 2:1 class, or 2:2 class degree plus a Masters degree, in a relevant subject.

English language requirements

To apply for this research degree, you must have reached a minimum standard of English. You need to be able to provide evidence of this.  See our English language requirements for international students for guidance on the different English language qualifications and evidence that you can provide. 

International qualifications

We welcome applications from within the EU and from around the world. You should ensure that your qualifications are equivalent to those which are required to study for this research degree.  See our guidance on international qualifications.

Additional requirements

How to apply

Research degree applications can be made online.  Before you apply, we recommend that you identify a supervisor and develop a research proposal.  You'll also need to ensure that you have funding to cover all fees.

Applications are open all year round.

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