Postgraduate research courses in Economics and Finance

The School's main research degree is the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), a three or four-year degree in which you focus on completing a PhD thesis.

Research environment

The School offers a first-class research environment, providing students with what they need to concentrate on their research. Each student is assigned a desk and computing facilities in an office with other research students. Additional support for postgraduate students is available from St Leonard's Postgraduate College at St Andrews.

The School runs regular School seminars with external speakers as well as weekly staff seminars (known as the Brown bag series). The School also runs reading groups where staff and PhD students present preliminary work. These forums are ideal for exchanging research ideas and allows students to get feedback on their work from members of staff in a friendly and informal setting.

Each year, the School runs the PhD Conference, a doctoral seminar (compulsory for all students), where students present their research progress to the whole School.

For ideas about research interests in the School, you can view the latest published research output of the School’s staff on the St Andrews research portal.


Doctoral study within the School of Economics and Finance will prepare you for careers in different fields. Previous alumni have gone on to find successful careers in:

  • academia
  • industry
  • finance
  • public sector institutions
  • central banks and international organisations such as the United Nations, International Monetary Fund and the World Bank.