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Doctoral Programme in Economics and Finance

Brunel University invites qualified candidates to apply to the Doctoral Programme. We are looking for creative people with a passion for research and commitment to become an outstanding scholar within their field. Working alongside internationally-renowned academics you will conduct research that will make a significant impact on both academia and practice.

Research at the Department of Economics and Finance

Our disciplines regularly score well in research assessment exercises and all provide excellent examples of social and economic impact – producing research that advances scholarly endeavour, with clear and tangible benefits for wider society. Our research is also responsible for much of our collaborative work with business, industry and the public sector, and demonstrates our commitment to producing professionally-minded graduates that employers want to recruit.

We are particularly proud of our PhD student community, which includes a strong international student contingent drawn from many countries. The Department currently has a growing research student community that is attracted by the excellence of our research staff. There is a strong culture of participation in the Department’s research activities and seminar programmes. All students are encouraged to be actively involved in the University’s Research Centres and you have the opportunity to make a real contribution to the Brunel community and to wider society.

Doctoral Programme Overview

Students are admitted to an environment which provides support for doing and learning about research and where excellent research is occurring. Examples of recognition of this include the University holding a European Commission HR Excellence in Research award for its commitment to supporting researchers, and the Athena SWAN Bronze Award for its efforts to promote the equal representation of women in science-related subjects:

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Research Training

During the first year of the doctoral programme students will be asked to attend modules and masterclasses in quantitative research methods and subject-specific theory. These are complemented with courses in general research methods.

Graduate Teaching Assistant Training

Each year the Department aims to make available a certain amount of undergraduate teaching to enable research students to gain teaching experience in higher education. Appropriate remuneration is made except for students in receipt of a bursary where the conditions include the requirement to teach. This teaching will normally take the form of assisting full-time staff by leading seminars or workshops on Level 1 or Level 2 undergraduate modules.

All students undertaking teaching and learning duties are offered training programme during the first period under contract.

Research impact 

Doctoral students are expected to actively participate to the Department research and give presentations of their work during the Department weekly seminars. This provide with the opportunity of getting early feedback in a friendly and supportive environment. During their last year Doctoral students are also encouraged to participate and deliver external talk in major conferences. The Department has funding available to help cover expenses associated with presenting at conferences.

Graduate destinations

Our Doctoral graduates are now working for a wide range of organisations and institutionsall over the World, including, among others (Brunel Alumni Office):

The University of Hull, The University of Glasgow, The Southwestern University of Finance and Economics (Chengdu, China), The Institute of Public Administration (Riyadh , Saudi Arabia), The European Central Bank (Germany), The University of Surrey, Lagos State University (Nigeria), Heidelberg University (Germany), Jinan University (China).