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PhD track in Economics

PhD track in Economics
Program

PhD track in Economics

ECTS Credits

120 (first two years)

Language

English

Orientation

Research

Location

Palaiseau Campus

Course duration

two years (coursework period), followed by a three-year dissertation phase

Course start

September

Degree awarded

Master’s degree (after the first two years), PhD (on completion of the dissertation)

WHY ENROLL IN THIS PROGRAM?

Asset n° 1 

Get ready for a PhD by starting research at an early stage

Asset n°2

Be closely associated with the research activities carried out in a world-renowned innovation cluster

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Benefit from individual and personalized supervision by a faculty member

The program heavily relies on advanced quantitative methods for both theoretical and empirical analysis. During the first year, students take advanced core courses in microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics. They also engage in research projects under the supervision of faculty and acquire a first hands-on contact with research. During the second year, students will follow advanced methodological courses, and specialize in subfields of economics. They will regularly spend time within the research centers (office space and IT facilities will be provided at CREST, students may also have the opportunity to work closely with faculty members as research assistants) and will be allocated an individual advisor among the program faculty. They will also regularly attend CREST research seminars, conduct a research project and write a master’s dissertation under the supervision of a faculty member.

At the end of the second year, students who have achieved sufficiently good grades, have written a research proposal and found a potential PhD supervisor within CREST may progress to the dissertation period (three years) of the PhD program. Progress is conditional on securing funding and IP Paris and CREST will do their best to help candidates to obtain such funding (e.g., IP Paris but also Ecole polytechnique and ENSAE Paris provide a limited number of three-year doctoral fellowships).

Fields of excellence at our CREST research center (and HEC Paris research group), and potential areas of specialization, include:

  • Econometric theory
  • Environmental and development economics
  • Game and decision theory
  • Industrial organization and digital economics
  • International economics
  • Labor economics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Public economics

Objectives

  • Provide an advanced training in economics at the highest international level with a strong emphasis on advanced quantitative methods for both theoretical and empirical analyses
  • Acquire the most important tools in microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics through a complete core course training
  • Specialize by selecting field and specialization courses in a variety of sub-areas of economics
  • Conduct research in a stimulating environment

Institutional Partner

  • HEC Paris

The five-year curriculum of the PhD track trains students in cutting-edge research for them to pursue international careers in prestigious universities or leading companies in their domain. 

Although the program is mainly designed as the coursework period of the PhD program, some students may decide, at the end of the two years, to look for job opportunities. Given the wide variety of courses, seminars, projects and internships proposed during the master; there are many job opportunities available, for instance in government agencies, international organizations, consulting, finance.

Every year, the program of every student has to be discussed and validated by his/her tutor, who is a member of the IP Paris faculty. According to the student’s specialization wishes, the course program will be individualized as much as possible.

The first two years of the PhD track in Economics are based on the Master in Economics. 

During these two years, other Educational Units will be proposed: French as a Foreign Language, English, Research Seminars for instance.. 
In particular instances, students may be allowed to follow courses in Statistics at ENSAE Paris during the second year of the PhD track.

16-week research internship during the third period of the first year (starting in April), master thesis (can be joined with a research internship) during the second year. Research internship(s) and master thesis supervision within the associated research units (under exceptional circumstances at HEC Paris). 

Students progressing to the research component of the PhD program (i.e., years 3 to 5) have the opportunity to visit international universities (3 to 6-month visits).

Admission requirements

Academic prerequisites

Completion of a Bachelor in economics, mathematics or social sciences, at Institut Polytechnique de Paris or equivalent in France or abroad.
Evidence of research potential is essential as the main goal of such a PhD program is to train first class researchers.
A GRE certificate is strongly recommended. This allows students to demonstrate the strength of their quantitative skills.

Students who have completed the first year of an equivalent program may exceptionally be directly admitted to the second year (4-year PhD program).

Language prerequisites

A certificate of proficiency in English (level B2) is required (TOEIC, IELTS, TOEFL, Cambridge ESOL), except for native speakers and students who previously studied in English.

How to apply

Applications are exclusively online. You will be required to provide the following documents:

  • Transcript
  • Two academic references (added online directly by your referees)
  • CV/resume
  • Statement of purpose

You will receive an answer in your candidate space within 2 months following the closing date of the application session. 

Fees and scholarships

  • Regular fees: 243€
  • Engineer students enrolled in one of the five member schools of Institut Polytechnique de Paris (Ecole polytechnique, ENSTA Paris, ENSAE Paris, Télécom Paris and Télécom SudParis): 159€
  • Special cases: please refer to the "Cost of studies" section of the FAQs

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Description

The program heavily relies on advanced quantitative methods for both theoretical and empirical analysis. During the first year, students take advanced core courses in microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics. They also engage in research projects under the supervision of faculty and acquire a first hands-on contact with research. During the second year, students will follow advanced methodological courses, and specialize in subfields of economics. They will regularly spend time within the research centers (office space and IT facilities will be provided at CREST, students may also have the opportunity to work closely with faculty members as research assistants) and will be allocated an individual advisor among the program faculty. They will also regularly attend CREST research seminars, conduct a research project and write a master’s dissertation under the supervision of a faculty member.

At the end of the second year, students who have achieved sufficiently good grades, have written a research proposal and found a potential PhD supervisor within CREST may progress to the dissertation period (three years) of the PhD program. Progress is conditional on securing funding and IP Paris and CREST will do their best to help candidates to obtain such funding (e.g., IP Paris but also Ecole polytechnique and ENSAE Paris provide a limited number of three-year doctoral fellowships).

Fields of excellence at our CREST research center (and HEC Paris research group), and potential areas of specialization, include:

  • Econometric theory
  • Environmental and development economics
  • Game and decision theory
  • Industrial organization and digital economics
  • International economics
  • Labor economics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Public economics

Objectives

  • Provide an advanced training in economics at the highest international level with a strong emphasis on advanced quantitative methods for both theoretical and empirical analyses
  • Acquire the most important tools in microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics through a complete core course training
  • Specialize by selecting field and specialization courses in a variety of sub-areas of economics
  • Conduct research in a stimulating environment

Institutional Partner

  • HEC Paris

The five-year curriculum of the PhD track trains students in cutting-edge research for them to pursue international careers in prestigious universities or leading companies in their domain. 

Although the program is mainly designed as the coursework period of the PhD program, some students may decide, at the end of the two years, to look for job opportunities. Given the wide variety of courses, seminars, projects and internships proposed during the master; there are many job opportunities available, for instance in government agencies, international organizations, consulting, finance.

Every year, the program of every student has to be discussed and validated by his/her tutor, who is a member of the IP Paris faculty. According to the student’s specialization wishes, the course program will be individualized as much as possible.

The first two years of the PhD track in Economics are based on the Master in Economics. 

During these two years, other Educational Units will be proposed: French as a Foreign Language, English, Research Seminars for instance.. 
In particular instances, students may be allowed to follow courses in Statistics at ENSAE Paris during the second year of the PhD track.

16-week research internship during the third period of the first year (starting in April), master thesis (can be joined with a research internship) during the second year. Research internship(s) and master thesis supervision within the associated research units (under exceptional circumstances at HEC Paris). 

Students progressing to the research component of the PhD program (i.e., years 3 to 5) have the opportunity to visit international universities (3 to 6-month visits).

Admission requirements

Academic prerequisites

Completion of a Bachelor in economics, mathematics or social sciences, at Institut Polytechnique de Paris or equivalent in France or abroad.
Evidence of research potential is essential as the main goal of such a PhD program is to train first class researchers.
A GRE certificate is strongly recommended. This allows students to demonstrate the strength of their quantitative skills.

Students who have completed the first year of an equivalent program may exceptionally be directly admitted to the second year (4-year PhD program).

Language prerequisites

A certificate of proficiency in English (level B2) is required (TOEIC, IELTS, TOEFL, Cambridge ESOL), except for native speakers and students who previously studied in English.

How to apply

Applications are exclusively online. You will be required to provide the following documents:

  • Transcript
  • Two academic references (added online directly by your referees)
  • CV/resume
  • Statement of purpose

You will receive an answer in your candidate space within 2 months following the closing date of the application session. 

Fees and scholarships

  • Regular fees: 243€
  • Engineer students enrolled in one of the five member schools of Institut Polytechnique de Paris (Ecole polytechnique, ENSTA Paris, ENSAE Paris, Télécom Paris and Télécom SudParis): 159€
  • Special cases: please refer to the "Cost of studies" section of the FAQs

Find out more about scholarships

Admission dates

Coordinator

General enquiry