Kurdistan Business School


Economics and Finance

PhD in Economics

Overview

The PhD in Economics is an academic programme mainly designed for masters’ holders already working in higher education. This programme is a five-year programme with a minimum period of three years. The first year consists of one semester teaching of 60 credits, followed by 2-3 years of thesis writing worth 180 credits (80000 words). The student will take four advanced modules within subject matter areas of economics. In the second year of the programme and upon the successful completion of the modules, the student will work on publishing two papers in a reputable journal (UKH standards) after being assigned to a supervisor. One of the two papers can be published jointly with the supervisor. Based on the student’s achievement in the second year accompanied with an extensive report by the supervisor regarding the student’s progress, the student will start writing the thesis after presenting it in a seminar.


Assessment

The student needs to score no less than 70% in each of the eight modules in order to successfully pass the first year. Each module will consist of diversified assessment modes of mainly 60% coursework, and 40% final exam. The 60% course work will normally comprise of a 20% book summary and presentation, 20% latest subject matter papers, and 20% mini empirical project.


Admission Criteria

1.     A candidate seeking admission to the programme of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Economics at UKH must have MPhil/MA/MSc with a minimum score of 70% or an equivalent GPA and BA/BSc with a minimum score of 60% or an equivalent GPA from any recognised institution, in a field of study relating to the respective subject for which s/he is seeking admission provided that a competent supervisory committee can be made in accordance with the UKH rules.

2.       A score of at least 60 in a Pearson Test of English (Academic), or the equivalent in IELTS or TOFEL examination.

3.       Candidates seeking admission to a PhD programme in Economics are expected to submit a Research Proposal of three to four A4 pages in length in a font size of 12 following the specific form provided by UKH under the title of “Outlines of the Proposed Research Topic".

4.       Candidates seeking admission to a PhD programme in Economics shall have to appear for an interview.

5.       A written entrance exam worth over 30% (15% generic in the major + 15% specific in the MA/MSc area). Passing mark is 15% in order to move to the next stage.

6.       70% will be decided within the schools’ requirements.

7.       The applicant must score 50% and above in the total of 30% and 70% in order to be qualified to enter the PhD program in Economics, and start as a full time researcher. 










***Notice: For AY 2018-19 applications, please email [email protected] or visit UKH's Registry Office.


Tuition Fee

$6,000 USD per academic year.\


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