Ph D in Agricultural Economics


Agricultural Economics deals with exploring the link between Agriculture and the Economy. It describes how societies use available resources to meet the complex needs of people. Agricultural economists study agriculture from a business context with multiple goals and social welfare in mind which involves where and how products are being produced, consumed, financed, marketed, processed, regulated, researched, taxed and exported wherever and whenever possible and interrelation ship among these.

Why this programme?

Study Programme

The Doctoral programme in Agricultural Economics has been designed following ICAR guidelines.

The major courses offered are Advanced Microeconomics, Advanced Macroeconomics, Agricultural Production Economics, Advanced Econometrics, , Natural Resource Economics, Environmental Economics, Institutional Economics, International Trade and Advanced Agricultural Marketing. The curriculum includes a comprehensive treatment of modern theory and advanced sophisticated empirical techniques as well as courses taught by well experienced teachers in each of the subfields of the discipline.

Colleges offering

The doctoral programme in Agricultural Economics is offered at the following TNAU campuses.

Application and Admission

Interested in taking part in the programme of Ph D in Agricultural Economics? Find out more about the specific Admission requirements and the application procedures. If you doubt whether admission is possible, feel free  to apply online. The Admission Committee will check your admissibility.

Future Career

Students of the Department of Agricultural Economics in the past excelled in diverse professional areas such as research, civil service, university faculty, entrepreneurship, financial / economic analysis and consulting.

Master’s in Agricultural Economics

Doctoral Course Work

After admission, the students undergo a set of courses that help them understand the advanced topics of Agricultural Economics as per the Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) with a total credit load of 30 credits. Courses will be offered for two semesters in the first year of the degree programme.


Doctoral  thesis research

After completing the courses in the first year, the students start their thesis research. Each student is assigned to an experienced faculty to be the Chair person of the advisory committee, approved by the Dean of School of Post-Graduate Studies. The committee would guide the student on his/ her choice of research topic to complete 75 credits. At the end of the degree programme the students is expected to submit a dissertation report highlighting the research problems addressed, methodology followed and results obtained.


Research internship

The students are exposed to several scientific events like symposia and conferences showing the means to get financial assistance for their study. Many are encouraged to have internship training at other institutes for a couple of months, either in India or abroad.

Student Experiences

I am Aishwarya parthipan pursuing my Ph. D in Agricultural Economics from Department of Agricultural Economics, Centre for Agricultural and Rural Development Studies, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore,during the academic year 2020-23.PG and PH. D courses (syllabus) offered in our department were updated every year based on the current scenario expected (Data analysis-training on R, Python, STATA, GIS, Power BI, Tableau) to meet public and private sector organizations and students are prepared to stay top in grabbing the chance in future.All major and minor courses are taught practically with proper subject theoretical knowledge, which assists students in understanding and implementing during their research work.Even during the COVID pandemic, faculty members worked hard to ensure that each and every one of the students understood the practical classes clearly.Faculties in our department are open and accessible to students for clarifying doubts, motivating and guiding the research students to think innovatively in addressing the current and future agricultural economics research issues. Department of Agricultural Economics provide easy access to secondary data sources from NSSO recent survey data, cost of cultivation data report from CCPC at various level to all PG and Ph. D research students. Students are encouraged to attend and present their research works on national and international seminars and conferences such as ISAE, AERA, GRC, AGSC, CEDECON in both online and offline. As young researchers, feedback and suggestions from experts assisted us in gaining insights on the latest trends in order to develop the work further for publication in peer-reviewed journals. Our department also provides several opportunities for students to pursue future research overseas and work as interns with prestigious institutions. I feel thankful to all the faculty members and research guide for providing the opportunity to sharpen my knowledge on the subject and research work.

I am Bharathi.P currently pursuing III Ph.D. in the department of Agricultural Economics, Centre for Agricultural and Rural Development Studies, Tamil Nadu Agricultural University during the academic year 2020-2023.In the department of agricultural economics, they offered courses from different domains which includes micro and macroeconomics, econometrics, international economics, agricultural marketing and production, natural resource economics, etc. These courses are very helpful for the preparation of Bank Exams like NABARD, RBI, etc. where the majority of the portions are covered by these courses. This will also help to clear UGC NET exams. They also offered PGS courses (Non credit courses) which will be conducive to learn other than the major courses. The faculties in this department are well experienced, student friendly and encourage the students to learn more about the subjects. The Professors in this department give greatest effort to invigorate the students in doing the research in their interesting fields. The mentor will also encourage the students to do the research in the current issues. This will inspire them to do more valuable research. In addition, they cheer up the students to do the research work in collaborating with other international institutions and to tie up with diversified enterprises and stakeholders. This will spark them to learn and earn concomitantly. The Professors also encourage the students to publish their research paper in highly NAAS rated journals. This will also add credit to their research profile. They also arranged guest lectures on statistical software’s like MATLAB during the course work which would be useful for me to do the statistical analysis. They conducted workshops, seminars on statistical tools and software’s like R, SPSS, Python which would help me to gain the knowledge on how to handle the data and how to do the research analysis. This will also help me in the future to work as a data analyst. They, in addition motivate the students to participate in the national as well as the international conferences, seminars and workshops, etc. in offline as well as online mode. This will help the students to get more contacts in the relevant field. At long last, I am very thankful to all the Professors who help me to learn and well versed in the field of economics.

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