Programme Description

Doctor of Philosophy by Research

The Doctor of Philosophy by Research aims to prepare candidates for careers in teaching and research in universities, or for positions in research institutions, government or the corporate sector.

Candidates will have a wide choice of Economic disciplines to specialize in, as there is a large faculty with diverse research interests who publish regularly in leading internationally refereed journals. A distinctive feature of the Programme is its focus on applied economic research, particularly in the Economies of East Asia, including China, Singapore and ASEAN. Candidates will also greatly benefit from the research activities of the Programme's research centre, the Economic Growth Centre. It conducts research, publishes an active working paper series and hosts distinguished researchers, postgraduate fellows and visiting scholars. The Centre also organizes seminars on key issues relevant to Singapore and the region.

Our PhD Programme 


John Maynard Keynes once wrote, "The ideas of economists and political philosophers, both when they are right and when they are wrong, are more powerful than is commonly understood. Indeed, the world is ruled by little else." Living in a world that is constantly torn by economic problems, economic ideas can definitely shape and sway people's minds, and economic inquiries can be truly exciting and rewarding.

Our programme aims to produce innovators in economics. We prepare our PhD candidates for research positions in leading academic institutions as well as private and public organisations. Candidates are required to do a number of seminar courses that are designed to provide them with solid grounding both in economic theory as well as in the analytical tools needed to do high-quality research. Candidates will also have ample opportunities to interact with faculty members in the Division of Economics when writing PhD theses and doing dissertation research.

Our faculty members are actively involved in research in many areas including Development Economics, International Economics, Behavior Economics, Internet Economics, the Chinese Economy, the Economies of South East Asia, Labour Economics and Macroeconomic Modelling. Their publications appear in top economics journals including Journal of Political Economy, Economic Journal, Journal of Economic Theory, Journal of Macroeconomics, Journal of Development Economics, Economic Development and Cultural Change, Journal of Comparative Economics, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, Games and Economic Behavior and Journal of Econometrics.