Top doctoral programs in economics

If you’re looking to choose a PhD program in Economics, it’s important to consider options that match your research interests and personal style. We include a selection of the best PhD programs in economics offered by European universities, to help you find the right postgraduate program for you.

Check out our selection below:


Ruhr Graduate School of Economics (RGS Econ), Essen, Germany

Available programs:

Fully Funded PhD Program in Economics

RGS Econ offers a structured PhD program in Economics, based on the combined experience of theoretical, experimental and applied research of four university economics departments in the Ruhr Valley region of Germany – (Bochum, Dortmund, Essen and Duisburg) – and one of Germany’s leading economics research institutes (RWI – Leibniz Research Institute economic). The advanced coursework, collaborative learning environment, comprehensive research network and infrastructure are geared towards supporting our students in undertaking first-class research and our graduates in securing excellent positions in academia, public institutions and the private sector.

RGS Econ does not charge any tuition fees. Funding is offered to accepted students for a minimum of three years, which may be in the form of a scholarship or in the form of research and teaching assistant positions.

Registration deadline: March 24, 2023


University of Surrey

University of Surrey, Guildford, UK

Available programs:

PhD Program in Economics (MA + PhD)

The University of Surrey’s MRes Economics program is designed to prepare you for a research career in academia or in international organizations around the world. The course provides the standard entry pathway into a PhD Economics programme, or you can graduate with a stand-alone MRes degree after one year.

The MRes provides cutting-edge training in micro and macro research methods, econometrics, and research and, upon successful completion, is followed by a PhD program lasting three to four years with generous scholarships available.

You’ll learn from academics at the limits of their research fields, developing specialist skills and techniques with the benefit of small cohorts and high-quality interaction with our lecturers. Generous scholarships are offered for the duration of the MSc/PhD course to those with strong research potential.

Apply by January 31, 2023 to be considered for the first allocation round.

Registration deadline: June 1, 2023


Carlos III University of Madrid

Carlos III University of Madrid, Madrid, Spain

Available programs:

MA/PhD in Accounting, Finance, Marketing and Management

The Business Department at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M Business) offers a Master of Research (MRes) and PhD program for curious-minded students interested in understanding the business world from a rigorous and interdisciplinary perspective.

The program offers majors in the major areas of business: accounting, finance, management, and marketing. The program is academically demanding as it equips students with the statistical econometric tools and theoretical knowledge needed to study business realities using analytical lenses.

The Research Master is offered by the Department of Business Administration whose distinguished faculty and commitment to first-class quality teaching and research is a guarantee for students coming from all over the world (over 80% of our students are from outside Spain).

The business department ranks first in the Spanish system of public universities and is the only AACSB-accredited business department in the Spanish public system.

Registration deadline: March 31, 2023


University of Bologna

Department of Economics – University of Bologna, Bologna, Italy

Available programs:

4-year PhD in Economics (7 scholarships)

The program aims to train a selected group of outstanding students to work as economists in academic institutions or in research units of governments, international organisations, corporations and financial institutions. The program offers scholarships for 4 years to full-time students. Six PhD positions with scholarships are intended for research projects in any field of economics. One PhD position with scholarship for a research topic related to the economic analysis of law, within the European Ph.D. in Law and Economics.

During doctoral studies, students will be under close supervision of the faculty. Faculty members are at the forefront of global research in their fields and are highly approachable. In addition to a number of compulsory courses, students are encouraged to follow a personalized curriculum by selecting courses from an extensive list of options. The program actively assists doctoral candidates who participate in the academic and non-academic job market.

Registration deadline: February 22, 2023


Autonomous University of Barcelona

Autonomous University of Barcelona, Cerdaniola del VallesSpain

Available programs:

PhD in Entrepreneurship and Management

Are you interested in entrepreneurship and management research? The PhD program at the Autonomous University of Barcelona is dedicated to promoting internationally competitive research that makes a significant contribution to science and generates new and useful knowledge. This program has been offered since 1978 as a doctoral program in the Department of Business Economics at UAB. Over the past forty-five years, students have come from different countries from all over the world.

Registration deadline: March 31, 2023


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