Currently, the groups are:
The Economics of Safety, Health, Environment and Risk (ESHER). This group brings together world leading research in health economics and economics of safety and environment. ESHER is co-led by Professor Luke Vale, Health Foundation Chair in Health Economics and Professor Sue Chilton. Its areas of research include (
Valuing benefits/quantifying preferences in health, safety and environment;
Development and application of economic evaluation;
Priority setting in health care; and
Econometric applications in studies of health, safety and the environment (especially income and health inequalities).
Quantitative Research in Economics and Finance (QREF). This includes staff from the Accounting, Finance and Economics subject areas. The general theme of the group is finance and financial services (banking, insurance, etc.), with an emphasis on risk management. It has strong expertise in quantitative modelling, whether using econometric, mathematical or statistical methods. Its areas of research include:
Retail financial services - banking and insurance;
Quantitative risk management - credit risk modelling, density forecasting and value at risk;
Financial econometrics - bootstrapping and simulation techniques forecasting, interest rate and term structure modelling, modelling contagion, time series nonlinearity, and volatility modelling;
Financial markets - behavioural finance, statistical arbitrage, stock market microstructure, and technical analysis;
Financial services industry - corporate pensions and employee benefit provision; and
Accounting - experimental approaches to the incentive properties underlying the provision of information in agency settings.
In addition to these groups, the School offers supervision across the broad range of microeconomics and macroeconomics, and has a good number of doctoral students in these other areas. This includes international economics and labour economics, where we welcome applications. The School plans to launch a new research group in applied and theoretical microeconomics. Prospective applicants are encouraged to examine the research interests of staff.
Our PhD programmes also form part of the Finance and Economics pathway of the North East Doctoral Training Centre (NEDTC), which is funded and accredited by the ESRC and run jointly by the universities of Newcastle and Durham. This is a collaborative centre for world-class postgraduate research and training in the social sciences, which offers students a wealth of opportunities to work with leading researchers across a wide range of disciplines and benefit from high-quality training and state-of-the-art resources at both universities.
Newcastle University Business School also provides PhD supervision in the following areas: Business and Management, Finance and Accounting, and Marketing.
More information about our academic staff can be found on the Schools website.
There is an extensive research training programme at both the subject-specific level and generic level. At the generic level, the University's Humanities and Social Sciences Graduate School provides a full range of research training in professional/key skills, bibliographical techniques, and quantitative and qualitative methods.
An upper second-class Honours degree and a merit-level master's degree, or international equivalent, in a relevant subject.
Applicants whose first language is not English require IELTS 7.0 (with a minimum of 6.5 in writing and speaking and a minimum 6.0 in all other sub-sections), Pearson's PTE Academic Test 69 or equivalent.
If you do not have a Master's degree there is a wide range of programmes for you to choose from in Newcastle University Business School.
Alternatively, you may apply for 1+3 funding under the Doctoral Training Centre in which you first complete the MA in Finance and Economics (Research) before proceeding to the PhD track. This master's degree is designed for applicants who have a relevant undergraduate degree but require research methods and subject-specific training in finance and/or economics.
English Language Requirements
IELTS band: 7
IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa.
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