MRes Economics


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Program Description

Why choose this course

Our MRes Economics is designed to be your first step towards doctoral research, leading either to our three-year PhD or to a stand-alone MRes degree.

You’ll learn from academics at the frontier of their research fields, allowing you to develop specialist skills and techniques, in a vibrant research-focused department.

We offer generous studentships for the duration of the MRes/PhD course for those with strong research potential, covering international fees, a stipend (for 2019 entry, up to £17,469) and a research allowance.

Our School of Economics produces graduates sought-after by leading economics departments, central banks and research institutions around the world.

What you will study

The MRes Economics course is designed to lead on to our three-year PhD Economics course, providing the foundation towards doctoral research. Alternatively, you can also graduate with a stand-alone degree after one year.

You will study research-oriented modules in microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics at an advanced level, and complete a research project with an MRes dissertation. You’ll gain an advanced understanding of research methods and techniques, enabling you to apply your knowledge to a range of economics problems.

Our MRes course will provide you with transferable skills and knowledge to pursue doctoral research in economics and employment as a professional economist in a research environment.

Additional course information

Our MRes Economics course is research-oriented and designed for students with an interest in doctoral research in Economics. Typically, applicants hold a masters degree (or equivalent qualifications, see entry requirements) in a relevant discipline. Through the taught modules, dissertation, and interaction with peers and academics in the School of Economics, the MRes Economics strengthens your research skills and prepares you for successful subsequent doctoral research.

Academic year structure

The MRes dissertation can form the basis for subsequent research towards a PhD Economics course. Writing the MRes dissertation is supported by two focused modules on research methods, Research Methods I and II, and supervised by academics in the School of Economics.

The MRes Economics course is designed to provide the foundation for a subsequent PhD Economics course, during which students take advanced field modules in microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics. For further details see our PhD Economics course page.


Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability, student demand and/or class size caps.

The University operates a credit framework for all taught programmes based on a 15-credit tariff. Modules can be either 15, 30, 45 or 60 credits, and additionally for some masters dissertations, 90 credits.

Year 1 (full-time)

Module Title Status Semester
Advanced Research Project Compulsory Year-long
Advanced Econometrics 1 Compulsory 1
Advanced Macroeconomics 1 Compulsory 1
Advanced Microeconomics 1 Compulsory 1
Research Methods 1 Compulsory 1
Advanced Econometrics 2 Compulsory 2
Advanced Macroeconomics 2 Compulsory 2
Advanced Microeconomics 2 Compulsory 2
Research Methods 2 Compulsory 2

Entry requirements

  • Typically, applicants are expected to hold an undergraduate degree with first-class honours in a relevant discipline and a masters degree in a relevant discipline (or equivalent qualifications).
  • A minimum of two referees should be provided with your application. Applicants are also requested to submit a cover letter specifying their motivation to pursue a PhD in Economics at the University of Surrey and highlighting their broad research interests.

GRE criteria

Applicants should also take the GRE exam. Only the Quantitative Reasoning part of the GRE test is compulsory. Applications without evidence of GRE (Quantitative Reasoning) will not be considered.

Please note your GRE exam statement should be less than five years old on 1 October 2019. You should arrange for an official certificate of your score to be sent to Admissions Services of the University from the Educational Testing Service (ETS), as well as entering your scores in the relevant section of the application form. Please also select the University of Surrey as an official score recipient. The Surrey institution code for the GRE is 3495; no department code is required as the scores are processed centrally.

Last updated Sep 2020

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