Economics, Accounting or Finance

MPhil or PhD

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Key facts

Start dates

January 2024 / June 2024

Application deadline

Applications for international candidates must be received in full by:

  • 31 May 2024 (for September 2024 entry)
  • 30 September 2024 (for January 2025 entry)
  • 31 January 2025 (for June 2025 entry)

Applications for home and distance learning candidates must be received in full by:

  • 30 June 2024 (for September 2024 entry) - only entry for Doctor of Coaching & Mentoring
  • 31 September 2024 (for January 2025 entry)
  • 28 February 2025 (for June 2025 entry)

Course length

Full time: minimum 3 years

Part time: minimum 4 years

Funding status



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 an 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.

Doctoral student

Research expertise

Our team of doctoral supervisors includes experts in the following research areas: Behavioural
Economics, Experimental Economics, Environmental Economics, Economics of Sustainable
Development, Macroeconomics, Applied Econometrics, Financial Economics, Financial Markets and
Institutions, Corporate Governance, Corporate Social Responsibility, Responsible Accounting

If you study for a PhD in Economics, Accounting and Finance you will normally be linked to one of
the four OBBS research centres depending on your chosen topic within Economics, Accounting or
Finance. For example, the Centre of Business Society and Global Challenges (BSGC) or Oxford
Regions Innovation, Enterprise Lab (ORIEL)

For further information about how your proposed topic might fit please explore the research centre pages.

Degree routes

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.

Why Oxford Brookes University?

You will benefit from:

  • a supervisory team of two to three supervisors who can provide the best combination of expertise to support your work
  • training courses in research methods provided by the Business School and wider University
  • regular seminars and learning activities at department, school and university level
  • experience of presenting work to different audiences
  • opportunities to network and discuss your work with staff and fellow students.
  • engage with our entrepreneurs in residence and visiting entrepreneurs
  • Work with local businesses
  • collaborative opportunities, including receiving industrial funding and sponsorship.

You will be supported in developing and sharing your expertise through:

  • opportunities to present at internal seminars and conferences
  • dupport in attending, and ultimately presenting at external conferences (some financial assistance is available)
  • training as an Associate Lecturer and the opportunity to engage in teaching activity on appropriate modules offered by the Business School.

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.

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Learning and teaching

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How to apply

Entry requirements

Applicants should have a good honours degree and a good master's degree at merit level or above that includes a thesis component.

Applicants with equivalent experience will be considered.

Application process

  1. Complete your research proposal
  2. Gather your supporting documents (listed below)
  3. Make a direct application.

If you have any difficulty completing your application, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Supporting documents

When applying for this programme of study please upload all of the required supporting documents listed below to the online application portal.

We suggest merging your supporting documents into a single PDF file. Please note there are two specifically designated options for you to upload your two references to.

  • copies of your previous degree transcripts and certificates (both undergraduate and postgraduate)
  • a scan of your passport
  • two academic references
  • a 2,000-word Research Topic Proposal
  • evidence of funding (we require evidence of personal funds or letter from funder if being sponsored)
  • international students must also provide an English Language Certificate with an IELTS score of at least 7.0.

Tuition fees

Home (UK) full time

Home (UK) part time

International full time

International part time

Home (UK) full time

Home (UK) part time

Tuition fees

2023 / 24
Home (UK) full time

Home (UK) part time

International full time

International part time

2024 / 25
Home (UK) full time

Home (UK) part time

Fees quoted are for the first year only. If you are studying a course that lasts longer than one year, your fees will increase each year.

For International fees the following factors will be taken into account by the University when it is setting the annual fees: inflationary measures such as the retail price indices, projected increases in University costs, changes in the level of funding received from Government sources, admissions statistics and access considerations including the availability of student support. 

Home fees are set by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and are released approximately five months before the start of each academic year.

If you have any questions about fees, get in touch with the Research Degrees Team at

How and when to pay

Tuition fee instalments for the semester are due by the Monday of week 1 of each semester. Students are not liable for full fees for that semester if they leave before week 4. If the leaving date is after week 4, full fees for the semester are payable.

  • For information on payment methods please see our Make a Payment page.
  • For information about refunds please visit our Refund policy page

Funding your studies

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