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Economics, Accounting or Finance
MPhil or PhD
Economics is a broad discipline that helps us understand historical trends by studying the past, interpret today’s major challenges and predict trends about the future. It is the study of scarcity, that examines how people can use limited resources and respond to incentives or the study of decision making. It includes the study of wealth and finance (such as inclusive finance or the role of financial markets on economic development) as well as corporate governance and responsible accounting.
Our PhD research programme will develop your knowledge of advanced economic theory and econometric methods. An essential feature of the MPhil and PhD process is the close working relationship between research students and supervisors. Specialist training courses are provided through the Southern Economics Doctoral Online Training (SEDOT) initiative that Oxford Brookes Business School (OBBS) is part of, enabling you to to produce innovative research and pioneering research papers. We provide expert academic support and supervision alongside a commitment to your economics research.
All students enrol as probationer research students. The degree for which you register will depend on your academic qualifications and research experience. During the first year you will formally register your research proposal for one of the below routes.
If you undertake an MPhil you will:
- critically investigate and evaluate an approved topic
- demonstrate understanding of research methods appropriate to the chosen field
- present and defend a substantial thesis by oral examination.
Thesis: 50,000 words
Length of study: Full-time: 2-3 years. Part-time: 3-4 years.
The criteria for a PhD are similar to those for an MPhil, with the key difference that:
- the research carried out will result in an independent and original contribution to knowledge.
Thesis: 100,000 words
Length of study: Full-time: 3-4 years. Part-time: 4-6 years.
Why Oxford Brookes University?
Learning and assessment
While every candidate’s exact experience will vary according to their particular discipline, topic and methodology, there are a number of common elements that all students will undertake:
- critically investigating and evaluating an approved topic
- undertaking an analytical review of the existing literature in your topic area to set the theoretical context for your work and help demonstrate the gap in knowledge you will address
- developing and then implementing a rigorous and appropriate methodology for researching your topic
- demonstrating that your research conforms to all relevant ethical codes of practice
- extensive primary field research, analysis and evaluation.
Your progression will be monitored through an annual process undertaken at the end of each academic year, and through two key progression points after approximately six months and eighteen months of study respectively.
How to apply
Find out more about fees and funding opportunities by visiting our finance web pages:
- Postgraduate finance for UK students »
- Postgraduate finance for EU students »
- Postgraduate finance for students outside the EU »
Fees increase by approximately 4% each year and apply to all MPhil, MPhil/PhD, PhD, MA by Research, MSc by Research and LLM by Research programmes.
If you have any questions about fees get in touch with the Research Degrees Team at email@example.com