Ph.D. Programme Quantitative Economics

Information on University of Nottingham

Visits at the partner university are possible for doctoral students from the second year on. The stay is supposed to be a research visit; therefore interested candidates should have prepared a research proposal and should have started working intensively on their thesis. While it is possible to visit selected courses at the partner university this should not be the main reason for the visit. Kiel doctoral students should have completed the course programme before travelling abroad.


About University of Nottingham

The University of Nottingham (UoN) is a public research university based in Nottingham, United Kingdom. It was founded as University College Nottingham in 1881 and granted a Royal Charter in 1948. Nottingham is organised into five constituent faculties, within which there are more than 50 departments, institutes and research centres. Nottingham has around 34,000 students and 9,000 staff

Opportunities at the School of Economics at UoN

The stay can be scheduled for time frames between three to six months. Kiel students will not be enrolled at UoN, their status will be "visiting Postgraduate Research Student (PGR)". Participation in selected MSc or PhD courses at UoN is possible upon request but obviously depends on which are running during the period of the visit (modules are typically in October-December or February-March). The visiting student will be provided with a workspace, internet access and access to the libraries. A major objective of the visit is to integrate the doctoral student into the research seminars at UoN (typically 2-5 each week during term time, most associated with specific Research Centres). Every visiting student will be assigned a local professor as mentor during his or her stay.

Kiel students will have to apply by completing a brief 'Graduate Studies Application' form (, noting they propose to visit under the exchange.

Three broad areas of Economics may be of most interest to students from Kiel.

International Economics: This relates to two research centres in the School of Economics. The Centre for Globalisation and Economic Policy (GEP) has a research focus on economic analysis of the links between changes in patterns of international trade, cross-border investment and production, and labour market outcomes; there are also interests in international regulation and trade agreements.  The Centre for Research in Economic Development and International Trade (CREDIT) has a focus on globalization, trade policy and performance (especially in Africa).

Development Economics: CREDIT is a focus for research in development economics, especially in sub-Saharan Africa. The main areas of current research include: labour markets (determinants of earnings and returns to education); analysis of household survey data (especially Ghana, Tanzania and Uganda); poverty and multidimensional poverty.

Behavioural Economics: The School of Economics has a very strong research centre in experimental and behavioural economics (CeDEx) with a dedicated lab for running experiments. The focus CeDEx research is individual and interactive decision-making using a combination of theoretical and experimental methods.  On the theory side, individual choice under uncertainty, cooperative and non-cooperative game theory, and evolutionary game theory. Experimental methods have been applied in, for example, social cooperation and sanctions, individual choice under risk and uncertainty, strategic interaction, and the performance of auctions, markets and other economic institutions. 

Practical arrangements

Accommodation and travel preparation are the visiting student's own responsibility. The School of Economics can assist in finding appropriate accommodation; this often works best by pitting prospective visitors in contact with current PGRs here. The travel and accommodation costs have to be covered by the visiting students themselves, these expenses cannot be reimbursed by the doctoral programme "Quantitative Economics".

How to Apply

Doctoral students have to apply for the research stay at the administration office of the doctoral programme "Quantitative Economics". A complete application comprises:

  • a research proposal
  • a motivation letter for the research stay
  • a recommendation letter for the research stay from the first supervisor

The head of the programme decides about the application after consultation with UoN, in particular to identify an appropriate staff member of the School of Economics to act as host (or mentor) during the visit.

In a second step, the applicant is recommended to ERASMUS-office in Kiel, which will take care of the further application process.

An early planning of the research stay abroad is recommended, especially for foreign doctoral students, since application and issuing times for visa have to be considered.


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Ph.D. Program in Economics at University of Nottingham