The Department has a vibrant doctoral programme with around 100 students pursuing research in all fields of economics.

The MRes/PhD in Economics offers structured research training and supervision by faculty prominent in their fields. Specifically, it is grounded in a rigorous 2-year coursework component and strong research element.

Faculty and PhD students work in all major areas within economics and the programme includes a comprehensive range of advanced field seminars. We offer an environment with an excellent research infrastructure and ample opportunities for informal interaction, in which students are integrated into research groups formed across the Department and associated Research Centres.

The LSE also has a strong record of placing its PhD students in academic positions in the United States, as well as in the best research universities in Europe.

The LSE Economics PhD Programme is affiliated with the European Doctoral Programme (EDP).

You can also find further information about the individual research courses offered through our programmes.

Programme Requirements

Follow the links below to access information about the PhD routes and coursework.


Further information

How to apply

Guidelines for submitting Research Statement

An application for 2018 entry to the MRes/PhD Economics should include a Research Statement, along with other required information  (Note: A separate sample of Written Work is not required as part of the MRes/PHD Economics application).

Your Research Statement should be submitted in place of the Outline Research Proposal, along with your application form and other required supporting documents, via the LSE online application system (see the MRes/PhD Economics Admissions FAQs).


What should my Research Statement contain?

Please answer the following questions clearly and concisely. Max 200 words per question.

  1. Why do you want to do research in economics?
  2. Can you explain how your studies and experience make you suitable to do research in economics?
  3. Which aspect of the PhD do you think you will like the most? Which will you dislike the most? Why?
  4. Tell us about your favourite paper in economics. What do you like about it? How would you improve it?
  5. Write a comment for a general audience on ONE of the following topics
    (i) Is inequality good for growth? 
    (ii) Do immigrants take the jobs of native workers? 
    (iii) Is CEO compensation excessive?
    (iv) Is universal minimum income a good idea?
    (v) Overall, has central banks' move to inflation targeting has been a success?
    (vi) Is culture an important determinant of differences in income per capita across countries?
    (vii) Markets function well as information is aggregated efficiently through prices.
    (viii) Elections are effective at disciplining politicians who do not have the public interest as their main goal.

How can I demonstrate research potential?

If you have served as research assistant for an economist please ask that person to write a letter focussing on your research skills and describe your experience – reference point 2 (above) of the research statement.

If not, please list any evidence you think would be valuable. Examples include but are not restricted to: experience working autonomously under stress without any guidance, demonstration of creativity in any form, experience of writing original research.

Financial information

Job opportunities

Class Teaching Opportunities

Class teaching opportunities are available during the course of research degrees. They represent useful professional training and can be a valuable and important experience. For more information, click here.  

PhD Job Market

Towards the completion of a research degree the Department organises an orientation meeting for prospective job market candidates and offers advice as well as a platform for candidates to present their experience and research. Have a look at the page with our current job market candidates.

Current students


You can find more information about the profiles of Faculty and Teaching Fellows or Graduate Teaching Assistants, in the People section.

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