Meet the Course Director: Dr Peter Phelps

Dr Peter Phelps is Lecturer in Applied Economics at Leeds University Business School. He is also Programme Director for MSc Economics and MSc Economics and Finance.

An image of Dr Peter Phelps, Director of Postgraduate Economics Programmes

Tell us briefly about your background and how you came to teach at Leeds University Business School? 

I joined Leeds University Business School in 2013 having completed my PhD at Cambridge on the topic of regional business cycles and monetary integration. 

My current research agenda includes applied macroeconomics and econometrics, which is complementary to divisional research interests and fits in well with the expertise in the Business School.

What do you think makes economics teaching at Leeds University Business School distinctive?

The pluralistic approach to economics in the division has proved very effective for teaching our students, who come not only from the UK and Europe, but also from many different countries around the world. 

Furthermore, the collegiate culture at Leeds manifests itself in our teaching, through engagement and interaction among staff and students. This provides opportunities for student insight into contemporary and wide-ranging issues. 

This approach makes student learning both challenging and rewarding in equal measure, while fostering a unique understanding between staff and students.

Econometrics is a key area of study on both MSc programmes. What skills and knowledge can students expect to gain from this?

The module aims to develop students’ knowledge and understanding of econometric theory, including relevant estimation and inferential methods. Students will explore a variety of econometric issues and gain an understanding and confidence to apply appropriate solution methodologies. Upon completion of this module students will take with them a foundation for conducting high quality research in economics and related areas.

Students appreciate the mix of teaching methods on this module; lectures are supplemented with interactive classes and computer workshops, designed to enhance the learning experience and shed light on some interesting “real world” issues. Students also complete an individual assignment, which they value because it provides an opportunity for reflection and critical evaluation of the econometric methodology.