How to apply
To be admitted to the PhD programme in economics, you:
- identify, and secure the agreement of, an academic supervisor in economics at NUI Galway
- submit a research proposal to the Director of the PhD programme in economics
- submit an application through the online Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC)
- explore funding options
Note that only applicants who have a relevant Masters degree may normally be admitted to the structured PhD prgramme in Economics. Overseas applicants may be required to submit the results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
Step by step
We need to ensure that your coursework and research proposal form an appropriate basis for research, and that a suitable supervisor is available. Students are therefore advised to:
1. Contact a supervisor to discuss a potential topic
We can only accept students for a PhD if an appropriate member of academic staff is available to supervise them. Initial informal enquiries can be made to individual staff directly, or to the director of the PhD programme in economics, Dr Thomas van Rensburg.
Prospective students must have identified a supervisor before they apply through the Postgraduate Applications Centre (PAC). Students can have one or more supervisors, with joint supervision involving staff from other university departments.
2. Develop a research proposal
Prospective students should develop a proposal with their supervisor. The proposal must be submitted to the director of PhD programme in economics (not to PAC).
Please follow the format outlined in this proposal form:
Here are some previous completed proposals (the form differs somewhat from the current version, but the essentials are much the same):
3. Explore funding
Fees are set annually by the Governing Body of the University and therefore, vary from year to year. See University information on fees and funding.
There are a number of sources of funding for PhD studies, including NUI Galway studentships, and fellowships from external agencies. Academic staff in economics at NUI Galway have an excellent record in sourcing competitive funding, from a range of sources, to support research. Your supervisor will be of help in preparing a proposal to a funding agency. The PhD research proposal is often used as the basis as a submission for funding.
4. Complete a PhD application
Apply formally through:
Further information from:
Your application will be formally considered by the Economics PhD Programme Committee and by the J.E. Cairnes School of Business & Economics for final approval.
Head of Economics
t:+353 91 492501/492177