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What will I learn?

The PhD programme is aimed at attracting the top students from Asia and beyond, and training them to engage in frontier research in economics.

The discipline of Economics is the key to an understanding and analysis of economies and their constituent components. In recent decades, this role has been strengthened by the infusion of mathematical, statistical and computational methods in the subject matter of Economics. Rigour of analysis, empirical validation of economic hypotheses and contributions to business and public policy have been the main pillars on which the discipline's reputation has been built.

The undergraduate curriculum offered by the Department of Economics builds on a strong core of theoretical analysis and empirical methods of economics and covers in depth a wide range of specialized sub-fields of the discipline. The Department emphasizes the importance of a strong curriculum and good teaching. A primary mission of the Department is to produce graduates that will meet the diverse needs and demands of all sectors of the national economy and beyond. It aims to impart to students important transferable skills for lifelong learning and employability.

Career Prospects

Graduates of the Department have little difficulty in securing good jobs in both the public and private sectors. The discipline of Economics is the key to understanding the role and the making of incentives in the behaviour of man in society. The study of economics thus equips the student with useful transferable skills such as problem solving, effective writing, basic empirical skills and knowledge of the key economic institutions.

There is a high demand for economists in the public and private sector and our graduates are usually employed in banks, financial and security houses, business enterprises, the media and various other commercial organizations.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

Study options

Full Time (60 months)

Tuition fees
SG$20,350.00 (11,49,068) per year
Start date

Expected August 2022


Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

The Shaw Foundation Building, Block AS7, Level 5,

5 Arts Link,

117570, Singapore

Entry requirements

For students from United States

PhD programme requires a good Master’s degree in a relevant discipline, or at least a Second Class Upper Honours degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline. English Language Requirements: TOEFL scores for Internet Based Test (IBT) is 90; or IELTS score of 6.0. 

For international students

Applicants must have completed A good Masters or honors degree (first class or second upper) in Economics is required for admission to the PhD programme directly. Students with a strong honors degree (first class or second upper) in other fields with strong quantitative background, such as mathematics, statistics, physics, engineering, operations research, etc, may be considered for direct entry to the PhD programme as well.

English Language Requirements: Minimum TOEFL score: 85 for the internet-based test (with a minimum score of 22 for the writing section); or 580 for the paper-based test; or 237 for the computer-based test; IELTS result of 6.0 is required.


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