PhD in Economics

Our PhD programme is designed for students interested in conducting original research in Economics. Under the expert supervision of our academic staff, students specialize in various fields of research within economics. We offer additional research training through a Doctoral Training Programme at the Doctoral Schools. You will complete five specialist courses in order to acquire the necessary background knowledge and methodological skills relevant for your field of research. Some are compulsory and some will be recommended by your doctoral advisory committee. You will also follow three transferable skills trainings organized or acknowledged by the Doctoral School, chosen from the following clusters: ‘Communication skills’, ‘Research & Valorization’, ‘Leadership & Personal efficiency’ and ‘Career management’. The PhD degree is awarded after the successful defense of the final thesis.


Job Placement

We take pride in our small-scaled PhD program, which allows us to focus on individual student mentorship. Our PhD students receive a rigorous theoretical and/or econometric training, which opens up excellent employment opportunities. Job placements of recent graduates include the Bank of Canada, Erasmus University Rotterdam, European Central Bank, European Commission, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, Roland Berger Strategy Consultants, University of Münster and VU University Amsterdam.

Hauke VierkeHauke Vierke

Joint PhD in Economics at Ghent University and University of Göttingen, Germany (2015)
Economic Analyst at the European Commission, Brussels

"I initially started my PhD studies in Germany and joined Ghent University as part of a joint PhD agreement. Coming to Ghent was clearly one of the best decisions during my PhD years. The Faculty of Economics and Business Administration offers an excellent environment where young researchers are encouraged to develop and pursue their own academic interests. I have greatly benefited from discussing ideas with senior researchers, but also with other motivated PhD students. Most importantly, people at the faculty made me feel welcome from the first moment on. The administrative staff are very friendly and eager to help international students. Finally, it is easy to fall in love with the beautiful city of Ghent. I highly recommend coming here as an international PhD student."

Andrea AlbaneseAndrea Albanese

Joint PhD in Economics at Ghent University and University of Milan-Bicocca, Italy (2015)
Researcher at Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research, Esch-sur-Alzette 

"After beginning my doctoral studies in Italy, I started a joint PhD programme at Ghent University thanks to a scholarship funded by the Special Research Fund (BOF). In the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, I found an outstanding research environment and I immensely learned from its leading professors and senior researchers in the different fields of Economics. Besides the impressive research infrastructures, I greatly benefitted from the extended research network of the Faculty’s researchers, which extends well beyond the Belgian border. Studying at UGent was also fun, thanks to a friendly team of international and local PhD students ready to welcome you. My period at Ghent has been a corner pillar for my career development and, without doubts, I would definitely recommend doing a PhD at UGent."