PhD Programmes

  • PhD Programme in Economics: Instruments of Economic Analysis

    General Information

    Number of places: 5

    Languages: Spanish and English

    • Luis Orea Sánchez

    PhD Programme in Economics: Instruments of Economic Analysis of the University of the Basque Country, the University of Cantabria and the University of Oviedo. Coordinator: University of the Basque Country.

    This PhD PRogramme is an adaptation to the Royal Decree 99/2011 of the previous programme which, with the same name and according to the guidelines established by the Royal Decree 1393/2007, dated October 29, has been in development since the 2007-2008 academic year. Since its beginning, the PhD Programme has obtained and renewed the Mention of Quality until the 2010-2011 academic year, and in 2011 it was awarded with the Mention of Excellence by the Ministry of Education. The Interuniversity PhD Programme in Economics: Instruments of Economic Analysis was started in 2007-2008 as the result of the collaboration between the Departments of Economics of the University of Cantabria, the University of Oviedo and the Departments of Foundations of Economic Analysis I, Applied Economics III (Econometry and Statistics) and the Institute of Public Economics of the University of the Basque Country UPV/EHU. It is, therefore, the heir of the following PhD Programmes: PhD Programme in Economics (Economic Analysis, Quantitative Economic Techniques and Public Economics) at the University of the Basque Country (established during the 1987-1988 academic year); the PhD Programme in Economics, offered by the Department of Economics of the University of Cantabria since 2003, and the PhD in Economics, offered by the Department of Economics of the University of Oviedo since 1999.

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    Access and Admission

    Access Profile:

    Students who have enrolled in and completed the Master's Degree in Economics: Instruments of Economic Analysis at the Universities of Oviedo, Cantabria and the Basque Country UPV/EHU, or other official Master's Degrees in Spanish or foreign universities that are equivalent to this one and have a similar thematic. Supporting those students who started their research formation under previous regulations, we consider that they are in equal standing if they have the Diploma of Advanced Studies (DEA) from our PhD Programmes or similar programmes with a similar thematic.

    Other access profiles: students with Master's Degrees (or DEA) in some modality of sciences (Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics), Engineering, MBA or others, as long as they prove their knowledge of Microeconomics, Macroeconomics and Econometrics.

    In any case, applicants to the PhD Programme in Economics: Instruments of Economic Analysis must show:

    • Consolidated capacity for reading and understanding scientific texts, with a coherent and articulate prose and redaction, and capacity for working with concepts.
    • Capacity for reading and writing in English (with a B2 level of the European Framework of Reference for Languages).
    • Capacity to compose a critical and original scientific research on economic themes and problems in general.
    • Skills for theoretical reflection and ability to understand concrete economic and social problems.
    • Usage of the statistical-econometric methods and knowledege of the sources of statistical data that validate economic theories.
    • Interest for at least one of the lines of research of the Programme.
    Criteria for Admissions:

    The Academic Committee of the PhD Programme, after reviewing the curriculum of the applicant, will decide on their acceptance into the Programme, according to the results applying the established criteria to their curriculum and academic record. The Academic Committee may also request letters of recommendation and a personal interview with the applicant to decide if they are admitted. The applications made by students who come from outside the EHEA will be forwarded to the corresponding entity at the University in order to be definitely authorised to enter the Programme. Admission of an applicant into the PhD Programme will require that they join one of the lines of research offered by the Programme and that they are assigned a tutor.

    Criteria for assessing merits

    After reviewing the Academic Record and the Curriculum of the applicant, the Academic Committee of the PhD Programme will decide on their admission, according to the following criteria:

    • Academic record in recommended Degrees (50%). For Graduates from other Degrees, the Academic Record will also make up up to 50% of their grade, but, in this case, the Academic Committee will value their knowledge on Econometrics, Microeconomics and Macroeconomics.
    • Researcher profile and interest (15%).
    • Knowledge of English (15%) 
    • Stays at national or international centers (10%).
    • Public or private funding: financial aid, grants, etc. (5%).
    • Professional experience in related fields (5%).


    Centro Internacional de Postgrado

    Plaza de Riego, s/n, 33003- Oviedo / Aulario Sur. Campus de Gijón 33203- Gijón
    985 10 49 75 / 985 10 49 76 / 985 18 22 33
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    • Luis Orea Sánchez