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Postgraduate PhD

Agri-Environmental Economics

Our four-year PhD programme provides rigorous training for careers in professional and academic economics. It offers a stimulating, supportive, and structured environment in which highly-qualified graduates can develop economic research skills that will enable them to make an original contribution to economic knowledge.

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Overview

We aim to produce economists who are sought after by leading economics departments and research institutions around the world. Recent PhD students have been highly successful in securing internships and employment in academia and the private sector.

Our Economics faculty includes leading researchers in several fields, including macroeconomics, labour and development economics, microeconomic theory and agri-environmental economics. All students will receive expert supervision by a research-active member of staff. PhD students also have the opportunity to contribute to the teaching and research activity of the School and are encouraged to participate in seminars and present their own work.

About the School of Economics

The School of Economics is dedicated to excellence in both teaching and research, as demonstrated by our results in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021 and recent national student surveys. Our academic staff are active in research, and teaching and learning are informed by the School’s thriving research culture and strong cosmopolitan academic community.

We currently have 35 academic staff, with about 30-40 MSc and 40-50 PhD students, which has the benefit of a good community for interaction between students and that each student receives a good deal of individual attention in classes and workshops. It also means that we are able to offer excellent facilities for research.

Our postgraduate student community is global with many of the students originating from outside the UK and Europe. There are also a number of different nationalities represented within the academic staff. You will be able to integrate into this multicultural environment and build yourself an international professional network for the future.

Your future

A postgraduate degree in the area of economics is a particularly valuable and flexible qualification that can open the door to exciting careers in many professions. Our PhD programme provides rigorous training for careers in professional and academic economics. Our graduates have gone on to work as economists in international organisations, the financial sector, business, UK and overseas governments, and to academic careers at Kent, UK and overseas universities.

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Whether you want to get ahead in your current career, change lanes, or kickstart a new one – we are here to help you realise your ambition.

Fees and funding

The 2024/25 annual tuition fees for this course are:

  • UK
  • International
  • UK
  • International

For details of when and how to pay fees and charges, please see our Student Finance Guide.

For students continuing on this programme fees will increase year on year by no more than RPI + 3% in each academic year of study except where regulated.* If you are uncertain about your fee status please contact information@kent.ac.uk.

Your fee status

The University will assess your fee status as part of the application process. If you are uncertain about your fee status you may wish to seek advice from UKCISA before applying.

For details of when and how to pay fees and charges, please see our Student Finance Guide.

For students continuing on this programme, fees will increase year on year by no more than RPI + 3% in each academic year of study except where regulated.* 

Your fee status

The University will assess your fee status as part of the application process. If you are uncertain about your fee status you may wish to seek advice from UKCISA before applying.

General additional costs

Find out more about general additional costs that you may pay when studying at Kent. 

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Next steps

Ready to apply?

All applications should include:

  • Official transcripts of your undergraduate and postgraduate degrees: these must be certified as an original copy by the issuing institution. They must show the class of the degree for UK students, the final GPA for students in the US system or the final examination results for students in other systems.
  • References:  Either provide 2 professional/academic email addresses for referees to be contacted to provide a reference direct to your application online (not gmail/yahoo accounts).  Or, upload two letters of reference: references must be originals and they must be in English, on official letterhead, signed and dated. They can be submitted via your Kent portal. The references should normally be from teachers who are familiar with your academic achievement and suitability for postgraduate studies. In some circumstances, such as mid-career professionals, references from your line manager can also be accepted.
  • Evidence of proficiency in English, where applicable. For applicants whose English is not of a high enough standard, the University of Kent offers pre-sessional language courses.
  • An up to date CV.
  • A research proposal - an outline of approximately 1,500 words on the research project you wish to undertake.

Please note that students are not required to state a proposed supervisor as supervisors will be allocated during the PhD. The relevant question on your application can be left blank.

Learn more about the application process or begin your application by clicking on a link below.

You will be able to choose your preferred year of entry once you have started your application. You can also save and return to your application at any time.

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Kent ranked top 50 in The Complete University Guide 2024.

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Kent has risen 11 places in THE’s REF 2021 ranking, confirming us as a leading research university.

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