Economics (2016 entry)

Subject overview

  • The Economics Department’s research has a strong policy orientation and in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), Economics is ranked 10th in the UK for research impact.
  • Economics at Sussex offers postgraduatelevel teaching and research in applied economics. Our faculty are engaged in research across a range of applied areas, including international economics, development, labour, macroeconomics, social policy and climate change.
  • While much of our research is policy oriented, and therefore responsive to external events (such as European economic integration and the economic crisis), the highest importance is attached to basing applied work on sound theoretical foundations, as well as using bestpractice quantitative techniques in estimating and testing models.
  • We interpret applied economics to include not only empirical research but also theory and numerical modelling.
  • Members of faculty have attracted project funding from the Ford Foundation, the ESRC, the Nuffield Foundation, the Department for International Development, the Department of Trade and Industry, the European Commission, and the Commonwealth Secretariat.
Specialist facilities

Postgraduate students have access to specialist software such as STATA.

Academic activities
Economics faculty organise regular seminars at which external speakers present papers, faculty report on current activities, and research students present their thesis proposals. Seminars also provide a forum for discussing results when a thesis is close to completion. 

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Interdisciplinary research conducted at Sussex is often of particular significance to economics students. There is close academic collaboration between specialist centres and the relevant departments at Sussex.

Programmes

  • PhD in Economics
  • MPhil in Economics

Coursework 

There are two modes of entry for research students. First is traditional entry to an MPhil or PhD. Second is the MSc plus PhD pathway, which is the 1+3 route required by the ESRC for its studentship support.

All new research students are required to participate in a programme of research training modules and to take other modules that may be recommended by the supervisor of their research (exemption from research training modules can be granted to those who have already taken such modules at postgraduate level).

Recent thesis titles

Enterprise development and informality: case studies from Mozambique

Essays on firm-level responses to globalisation: evidence from Mexican producers

Essays on human capital formation of youth in the Middle East: the roles of migrant remittances in Jordan and armed conflict in Lebanon

Exchange-rate expectations, uncertainty and output in the Southern Cone

Poverty within tropical forest: assets and activities to develop pro-poor forest conservation

The impact of development interventions in Ethiopia: foreign aid, aid for trade and agricultural technology

The role of market imperfections in shaping rural household livelihoods: evidence from South Africa

Entry requirements

MPhil in Economics

UK entrance requirements

A Masters degree in economics.

Overseas entrance requirements

If you are an international student and wish to find out if you have the necessary qualifications for this degree, please refer to Overseas qualifications.

PhD in Economics

UK entrance requirements

A Masters degree in economics.

Overseas entrance requirements

If you are an international student and wish to find out if you have the necessary qualifications for this degree, please refer to Overseas qualifications.

English language requirements

IELTS 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each section.

For more information, refer to What qualifications do I need?

Visas and immigration

Find out more about Visas and immigration.

For more information about the admissions process at Sussex

For pre-application enquiries:

Student Recruitment Services
T +44 (0)1273 876787
E pg.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk

For post-application enquiries:

Postgraduate Admissions,
University of Sussex,
Sussex House, Falmer,
Brighton BN1 9RH, UK
T +44 (0)1273 877773
F +44 (0)1273 678545
E pg.applicants@sussex.ac.uk 

Fees and funding

Fees

MPhil in Economics fees

Home UK/EU students: £4,1211
Channel Island and Isle of Man students: £4,1212
Overseas students: £14,8003

1 The fee shown is for the academic year 2016.
2 The fee shown is for the academic year 2016.
3 The fee shown is for the academic year 2016.

PhD in Economics fees

Home UK/EU students: £4,1211
Channel Island and Isle of Man students: £4,1212
Overseas students: £14,8003

1 The fee shown is for the academic year 2016.
2 The fee shown is for the academic year 2016.
3 The fee shown is for the academic year 2016.

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Scholarships

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We are in the process of updating funding sources for postgraduate study in the academic year 2016/17. For general information, visit Postgraduate research scholarships 2016.

For more information on scholarships go to the Scholarships web pages.

Faculty interests

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Mr Michael Barrow
Senior Lecturer in Economics
M.M.Barrow@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Applied Economics, Economics, Education, efficiency measurement, local government, public policy, value for money

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Dr Sambit Bhattacharyya
Reader in Economics
S.Bhattacharyya@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Comparative development, Development Economics, Economic And Social History, Natural resources, Political economy

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Dr Ingo Borchert
Senior Lecturer in Economics
I.Borchert@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Brexit, Foreign direct investment, International Trade, Service sector integration, Trade in services, Trade liberalization, Trade policy

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Dr Amalavoyal Chari
Reader in Economics
A.Chari@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Economic Growth, Global health, Labour economics

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Prof Richard Dickens
Professor of Economics
R.F.Dickens@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Inequality, Low Pay, Minimum Wage, Poverty, Unemployment

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Prof Peter Dolton
Professor of Economics
Peter.Dolton@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Education Economics, Health economics, Labour economics

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Mr Robert Eastwood
Tutorial Fellow
R.K.Eastwood@sussex.ac.uk

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Dr Sonja Fagernas
Senior Lecturer in Economics
S.A.E.Fagernas@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Development Economics, Economics of Education, Law and economics, public policy

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Dr Michael Gasiorek
Senior Lecturer in Economics
M.Gasiorek@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Brexit, European Trade, gravity modelling, International Trade, Regional integration, Rules of origin, Trade, Trade and development, Trade policy, TradeSift, Training

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Dr Peter Holmes
Reader in Economics
P.Holmes@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Anti-dumping, Brexit, EU trade policy, Free Trade Agreements, Post Brexit Trade Policy, Trade policy, World trading system

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Dr Iftikhar Hussain
Lecturer in Economics
Iftikhar.Hussain@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Applied microeconomics, Development Economics, Economics of Education, Labour economics

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Prof Michael Lipton
Emeritus Professor
qdfb0@sussex.ac.uk

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Dr Julie Litchfield
Senior Lecturer in Economics
J.A.Litchfield@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Applied Economics, Conflict and violence, Development Economics, Migration, Poverty

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Prof Gordon Mackerron
Professor Of Science And Technology Policy
Gordon.Mackerron@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Nuclear power

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Dr Annemie Maertens
Senior Lecturer in Economics
A.Maertens@sussex.ac.uk

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Dr Paolo Masella
Reader in Economics
pm295@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Development Economics, Labour economics, Political economy

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Prof Andy Mckay
Professor of Development Economics
A.Mckay@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Africa, Inequality, labour, Poverty, Structural change and economic growth, vietnam

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Dr Alexander Moradi
Senior Lecturer in Economics
A.Moradi@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: African Economic HIstory, Applied Economics, Development Economics

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Prof Andrew Newell
Professor Of Economics
A.T.Newell@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Demographic transition, global inequality, Poverty

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Dr Vikram Pathania
Senior Lecturer in Economics
V.Pathania@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Applied microeconomics, Behavioural economics, Development Economics, Health economics, Public health, public policy

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Dr Panu Pelkonen
Lecturer in Economics
P.O.Pelkonen@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Economics of Education, Labour economics

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Dr Dimitra Petropoulou
Visiting Senior Research Fellow
D.Petropoulou@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Industrial organisation, International Trade, Political economy

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Prof Barry Reilly
Professor of Econometrics
B.M.Reilly@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Applied Econometrics, Development Economics, Economics of Sport, Labour economics

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Mr Pedro Rosa Dias
Visiting Reader
P.Rosa-Dias@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Health systems

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Dr Sanchari Roy
Senior Lecturer in Economics
Sanchari.Roy@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Applied microeconomics, Development Economics, gender and development

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Dr Shqiponja Telhaj
Senior Lecturer in Economics
S.Telhaj@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Applied microeconomics, Economics of Education, Labour economics

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Prof Richard Tol
Professor of Economics
R.Tol@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Climate change, Climate economics, Economics, Energy, Energy economics, Environment, Environmental economics, Scientometrics, tourism

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Prof L. Alan Winters
Professor of Economics
L.A.Winters@sussex.ac.uk

Research interests: Developing Countries, Economics, International Trade, Migration

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Careers and perspectives

Our graduates have gone on to careers in quantitative economics and consultancy, and also hold posts such as economist for the World Bank.

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Research training

The University’s Doctoral School runs a wide range of training courses covering the needs of students throughout all phases of their studies.

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School and contacts

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School of Business, Management and Economics, 
Department of Economics, 
University of Sussex, Falmer, 
Brighton BN1 9SL, UK 
T +44 (0)1273 872717 
E pgbmec@sussex.ac.uk

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