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Research overview

Our PhD Economics programme offers high-quality doctoral training in research skills along with providing knowledge in specialised fields. Current areas of research at the School of Economics include behavioural economics, development economics, experimental economics, international economics, microeconomics, and macroeconomics. Throughout the course our postgraduate students will gain a solid grounding in all areas of economics as well as learning the tools, techniques and literature necessary for writing a PhD dissertation.


Why choose this programme?

As a research student, you will have the guidance of a supervisor to assist you in your research and thesis design. By registering for your postgraduate research degree at the Malaysia Campus you will benefit from dual project supervision by academics based in Malaysia and the UK. This programme is part of a 1+2 split scheme where you will spend all, or a substantial part of your first year at the UK Campus to take advantage of the taught PhD-level modules offered. The rest of the programme will then be completed at the Malaysia Campus. 


How to apply for PhD

If you are interested in applying, we would recommend that you familiarise yourself with our research areas and staff expertise and then contact us to discuss your research project proposal with the relevant supervisor in the first instance. You can then visit our applications pages to find out how to apply.

Course content

Our current areas of research include:

  • Advanced Macroeconomics
  • Advanced Microeconomic Theory
  • Advanced Applied Econometrics
  • Econometrics Methods
  • Macroeconomics Methods
  • Microeconomics Methods

Entry requirements

All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements below apply to 2024 entry.

A Master of Science in Economics with a merit grade (or international equivalent). Non-UK qualifications will be assessed against this standard.

If deemed necessary, applicants may also be required to attend an interview.

Applicants must have graduated from an approved university. Other equivalent qualifications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Entry requirements in the prospectus and website may not always apply and individual offers may vary.

IELTS (Academic):

7.0 (with no less than 6.0 in each element)


100 (minimum 20 in Speaking and 19 in all other elements)

PTE (Academic):

76 (with no less than 65 in each element)
MUET: Band 5

IELTS, TOEFL and PTE (Academic) test results must be less than two years old and all IELTS must be the academic version of the test. MUET results are valid for five years from the date of the release of results.


Malaysian studentsRM39,900 per year
International studentsRM45,900 per year


Find out about scholarships, financial assistance and specific research funding available to all malaysian and international students.

Scholarship funding

Where you will learn

Malaysia Campus

Semenyih Campus is 48km from Kuala Lumpur International Airport and just 45 minutes’ drive from the famous city centre with its iconic Petronas Twin Towers. On arrival, you are immersed in the green jungle backdrop that Malaysia provides with wildlife, sunshine and campus lake.

The campus is home to our business, education, science and engineering schools, which sit alongside a sports centre, library and student accommodation. The University has everything a modern day student could wish for with the added bonus of being located in central Asia allowing you to travel further afield in your free time.

Public transport is plentiful with free shuttle services operating on some routes. Taxi/Grab services in Malaysia are very reasonable and used widely by the student community.


A PhD in Economics will give you invaluable skills and excellent career credentials. You could apply your economic skills and knowledge in roles such as researchers, academics, economists, and economic consultants. These roles often value many skills acquired and developed from a postgraduate qualification. In broader contexts, other options related to economics include, among others, financial risk analysts, investment analysts, and quantitative analysts. You could work in banks, hedge funds and investment banks that use models and analyses to assess financial risks. Besides, some management consultancies and larger financial firms also employ specific economic consultants for helping organisations to solve problems and improve business performance.

The University’s Career Advisory Services (CAS) support students with the necessary skills and career opportunities using its strong relationship with various employers and industries. The CAS will provide students with essential resources and guidance for career choices offering many opportunities to develop the skills needed to plan and manage your future. Our Careers Advisory Service will work with you to improve and maximise your employability skills as well as providing essential resources and guidance that will assist you with job/course applications. They will facilitate searches for appropriate work experience placements and connect you to a wide range of prospective employers and training opportunities.

PhD Economics graduates have enviable job flexibility in a wide range of careers.

These range from high impact jobs shaping policy within think-tanks, government agencies, Central Banks, Ministries of Finance and Economic Planning Units along with international policy institutions such as The World Bank, IMF, United Nations etc.

Numerous opportunities present themselves in the business world including corporate enterprises, consulting firms and banks all looking for experts in specialised economic fields.

This content was last updated on 20 March 2024. Every effort has been made to ensure that this information is accurate, but changes are likely to occur between the date of publishing and course start date. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply.