What will happen in the next three years?

Our PhD programme is designed to appeal to both employers and academic institutions, so that, on its completion, you will have the skills and knowledge necessary either to have a successful career in the private or public sector, or alternatively follow an academic career either in the UK or abroad.

You can find and browse previous theses of our graduates from the University's online research repository.

The typical PhD roadmap has the following checkpoints:

Year 1

  • Training

    During this year you will usually take some modules to complete your training. The specific modules you take will depend on your individual background and will be decided by your potential supervisor and the Director of Postgraduate Research Students. Please see the Training section for more information on modules.

  • Research

    You will be meeting regularly with your supervisor and will start work on your research. You will contribute to and present your work at the Research Students’ PhD Workshop in May.

    Before the end of your first nine months in the programme, you will have a Progress Review. This review should be based on research completed to date and should include a plan of your work for the remainder of your first year, and for your second and third years. After submission of your written work, you will have a meeting with two reviewers (from the School) which will complete your review process.

Year 2

  • Training

    You may have the opportunity to take part in Masterclasses or short training courses on topics or software in other universities, depending on funding. This will increase your knowledge of these topics and allow you to interact with other scholars working in your areas at other universities.

    The Royal Economic Society provides financial support to enable training schools devoted to some aspect(s) of macro and micro economics for 23 years. The Easter Training School is intended primarily for advanced postgraduate students doing doctoral research.

  • Teaching

    You might be asked to take part in Sub-Honours (1st and 2nd year students) tutorial teaching, which will give you experience and increase your skill set for future employability.

  • Research

    You will be in a more intensive stage of your course, carrying out the necessary research, modelling and empirical studies required for the second and third parts of your thesis. You will be expected to send drafts of your papers to be considered for presentation at PhD student workshops and other conferences.

    You will contribute to and present your work at the Research Students’ PhD Workshop in May.

    End of Second Year Review: this will be similar to your first year Progress Review.

Year 3

This year will be spent trying to complete your research for your thesis and ultimately be geared towards submitting the final draft and having your viva defense.

  • Teaching

    You may continue to carry out undergraduate tutorial teaching and increase your experience as a tutor.

  • Research

    You will be in an intensive stage of your course, carrying out the necessary research, modelling and empirical studies required for the final parts of your thesis. You will be expected to send drafts of your papers to be considered for presentation at PhD student workshops and other conferences. It would also be good to try and complete a draft of a journal article for submission to a reputable refereed journal. All of these are opportunities for valuable feedback on your work before your final submission.

Year 4 (if needed)

You will complete and submit a final draft of your thesis and have your viva defense. During the year you will continue working on publications, conferences and even applications for funding, as you will now be ready to enter the job market.