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MRes/PhD in Economics

Standard duration: Full-time: 2+4 years, Part-time (PhD): up to 7 years

Min. entry requirements (for MRes): First Class undergraduate degree (or equivalent) and/or MSc with distinction

English Language: IELTS 6.5, Band A

The two-year MRes programme will equip you with advanced skills in the core areas of Economics and is excellent preparation for a research career. You will study core modules in advanced Microeconomics, Macroeconomics and Econometrics in the first year along with a core module in The Practice of Economic Research. In your second year you will specialise with a choice of two field modules and the completion of a dissertation (of up to 20,000 words). If you achieve the required progression criteria, you can progress to PhD Economics.

Direct entry to the PhD is permitted. However, you must have completed an equivalent MRes at Warwick or another top institution. Departmental Scholarships are available for the best students on the MRes and a number of ESRC Studentships are available for the PhD stage.

Research Interests

We have active research groups in: Applied Economics; Economic History; Economic Theory; Econometrics; Education; Industrial Economics; Labour Economics; Macroeconomics; Political
Economy; and Public Economics.

We host five separate seminar series, inviting international speakers to present their latest work. We are also home to the Warwick Policy Lab and four major research centres: the Centre for Competitive Advantage in the Global Economy (CAGE), funded by the Economic and Social Research Council; the Centre for Research in Economic Theory and its Applications (CRETA); the Warwick Economics Research Institute (WERI); and Decision Research at Warwick (DR@W).

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Application Fact File

Entry Requirements

MRes/PhD in Economics: First class undergraduate degree (or equivalent) and/or MSc with distinction, as well as GRE General Test quantitative section scores of 800/166

English Language Requirements

Band A, IELTS 6.5


If you are a visiting PhD student, you should apply via the online form.

Tuition Fees
(2016/17 rates)

Full-time £4,109, Part-time £2,465

Overseas (band 1):
Full-time £15,460, Part-time £9,276

Overseas (band 2):
Full-time £19,740, Part-time £11,844

Please note: These are the standard course fees. Check the fees page for a list of courses with non-standard fees.


Information about scholarships can be found on the Economics website. Further information about funding opportunities can be found via The Gaduate School.