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Information for new PhD students

We look forward to welcoming you to the Adam Smith Business School and the wider University of Glasgow community.  This web page has been prepared for PhD students who hold offers and are making preparations for coming to Glasgow.  


If you have accepted an unconditional offer you will shortly receive an email from the University asking you to register as a student. Please refer to the support available on the registration webpage 



The University's PhD Induction week will take place in January. As part of this the Adam Smith Business School will schedule an event to welcome our new PhD researchers; this event will allow you to find out about the PhD programme and meet your fellow students, PhD conveners and other academic staff.

The induction event will be held 26th January in the Hothouse (Room 282) at 2.30pm in the New Business School Building.

You will be welcomed by our Associate Director of Postgraduate Research, Dr Noemi Sinkovics who will provide an introduction to the PhD programme.  This will be followed by a subject meeting with your PGR subject conveners. There will be a drinks reception afterwards where you can meet the PGR team, as well as chat to staff from throughout the school and existing PhD students from all subject areas.

Economics training possibilities

There are a number of different sources of training.

Economics MSc (Level 5) courses - Economics PhD researchers may be able to attend relevant Economics MSc courses. This is subject to the course convener's agreement.

Economics MRes (level 5) courses- Some of the level 5 courses listed on the course catalogue are MRes in Economics courses. Economics PhD researchers may be able to attend the second year optional courses shown below (final list to be decided). Again this is subject to the course convener's agreement 

  • Topics in Macroeconomic Theory 2 ECON5098, 
  • Topics in Microeconomic Theory 1 ECON5095, 
  • Advanced Mathematical Methods in Economics ECON5085, 
  • Industrial Organisation ECON5089,
  • Topics in Applied Microeconomics ECON5094, 
  • Topics in Computational Macroeconomics ECON5086 

In addition a researcher may be able to attend one of the MRes in Economics first year courses below. This is subject to the course convener and MRes programme convener's agreement.  

  • Econometrics ECON5079 
  • Macroeconomic Theory 1 and 2 ECON5080 
  • Microeconomics Theory 1 and 2 ECON5081 
  • Research Methods and Research Design ECON5082 

Scottish Graduate Programme in Economics (SGPE) - you may be able to become an affiliate of the SGPE who provide a number of training opportunities.

In addition to the above possibilities, the Economics subject area may offer intensive courses or workshops in different areas of economics and finance.  

You must discuss the training you wish to undertake with your supervisor and have their agreement.

Other training

PhD training is also provided by the College of Social Sciences and the University centrally.

The College Graduate school has a Research Training Programme.

Courses on generic research skills and professional skills are provided by the university centrally and more information can be found on the Researcher Development webpages

You should discuss with your supervisor whether or not you should attend any of these courses. 



Finding accommodation in Glasgow can be challenging. You are encouraged to secure accommodation in advance of travelling to Glasgow. If you are experiencing difficulties please contact your PhD administrator and we will try and offer advice for the commencement of your studies.

There is an online booking system for University Accommodation; however, if you haven't already arranged University accommodation then there is limited availability. Accommodation Services have an Accommodation Enquiry Line on +44 (0) 141 330 7157 Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm. You can also find further information on their Accomodation Guidance page.

The Student Representative Council is another source of advice. You may find their fearless-flathunting guide helpful.



For international students

There is information for international students on the International student support and visas website.  This also has information about living in the UK, opening a bank account, health services and other topics which will be helpful to those coming here for the first time. 


If you have a question...

If you have any queries you are welcome to contact the PGR admin team at 

Your dedicated administrator is Miss Rhiannon Darlow, you can also contact her at 

You can also connect with the business school via Social Media