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Structure of Doctoral Programme in Economics

At the EUI, we offer well-structured doctoral programmes that both provide rigorous foundations for doctoral research and ensure that our researchers have the academic freedom to explore their chosen subject, with support and close supervision from our research community.

At the beginning of your second year, you will have been assigned a supervisor to offer guidance and help you develop your ideas. Throughout your time at the EUI, you will be able to participate in research activities offered across the institution. This includes the weekly seminars and the many conferences within our Department, as well as those organised by other EUI departments, the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies and the Max Weber Programme for Post-doctoral Studies. Such events are led by faculty members and guest speakers, who regularly visit the EUI, meaning you learn to present and discuss your research through interaction with these high profile experts.

During your first and second years, you take courses that build your knowledge and understanding of key topics within economics. Lunch-time working groups allow you to discuss your ideas in a more informal setting with staff, post-doctoral scholars and fellow researchers. In your second year, you also present a developed piece of your research as part of our Second Year Forum.

Our Department offers extensive support and preparation for the job market, including practice at presenting a piece of your research as part of our Pre-defense Year Forum. The paper you present here must be of the quality expected in a Ph.D. thesis chapter and is intended to be the first version of your job market paper.

In your third and fourth years, there are opportunities for you to develop the teaching and academic literacy skills that prepare you for post-doctoral and professional jobs, both within and outside of academia. In addition, the EUI also offers exchanges with top North American and European institutions.

Our culturally diverse academic community allows you to study alongside more than 900 scholars from over 60 countries. Our researchers work predominantly in English, enjoying life as part of this dynamic multi-lingual community. Graduate teaching and doctoral supervision are core activities for our faculty so standards are high, with 89.4% of Ph.D. researchers either very satisfied or satisfied with the supervision given*.

* Supervision Assessment Survey 2014-15

Page last updated on 17 October 2016