- Combines the academic study of key theoretical and quantitative economics with the development of research and writing skills
- Critical evaluation of current and applied economics research
- Comprehensive awareness and understanding of current economic debates in chosen applied areas of study, specifically Environmental Economics, Development Economics and Public Sector Economics
- Ideal preparation for would-be researchers in economics in general and for those wishing to proceed to a PhD in economics
- Programme intake limited to 15 students per year, fostering a friendly and supportive learning environment
The programme comprises a mix of Faculty-wide research-based units and Departmental disciplinary-based specialisations.
- Economic Theory & Applications 1
- Econometrics for Economics & Finance
- Economic Theory & Applications 2
- Applied Econometrics
- Principles and Skills of Social Research
- Qualitative Methods
As well as the final dissertation, research skills are developed through the Small and Large Research Apprenticeship Projects.
- Welfare Economics & Distributive Justice
- International Monetary Economics
- Development Economics
- Transition Economics
- Environmental Regulation
- Growth Theory
- Public Economics
- Environmental Valuation & Resource Economics
- First or 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in economics or an appropriate subject, from a recognised university
English Language requirements
Certificates must be dated to within two years of the start of the programme of study.
- IELTS 6.5 (with not less than 6.0 in each of the four components)
- TOEFL 580 (paper-based test) or 237 (computer-based test) with a score of not less than 4 in TWE or 92 (internet-based test) with not less than 24 in each of the components.
If you wish to improve your English proficiency before commencing your studies, pre-sessional language training can be arranged through the English Language Centre.
- Two references are required. At least one of these must be an academic reference.
Read details for how to apply to study.
Potential sources of funding
We suggest you apply before the following dates if you wish to study this programme:
- 30 June 2013 for International Students (who need to apply for a UK Visa).
- 31 August 2013 for Home/EU students.
- Funding deadlines for Studentships and Scholarships
Admissions Officer: Ms Anny Colgan / Miss Sophie Martin
Tel: +44 (0)1225 38 3144
Economics has four research clusters
- Incentives & Governance – This represents the largest research cluster within the department encompassing Economic Theory; Institutional Economics; Labour Economics; Public Economics; Sports Economics and Development Economics. The broad range of interests in this cluster lends itself to overlapping research that aids the research ethic within the department.
- Environmental Economics – The department has an internationally renowned team of environmental economists who publish regularly and have attracted a number of research grants from the European Commission. Professor Anil Markandya was a lead author for the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007.
- Money and Macro-finance – Research focuses on time series analysis of macroeconomic variables and the construction of small scale macroeconomic models. The cluster has produced high quality peer reviewed articles in macroeconomic-behavioural models, the relationship between stock market prices and exchange rates, and inflation rate targeting. Other areas of interest:- Credit default swaps, yield curves.
- Development Economics - Development economics is the field of economics dedicated to understanding long-term structural change of economies and their effect on human wellbeing. It is concerned particularly with the persistence of global poverty and inequality, and what can be done to reduce it, both within countries and through changes to the global economic system. Also concerned with aid effectiveness and corruption.
About the Department
Economics at Bath
The Department of Economics has a strong international research reputation in mainstream economics. The department has attracted substantial funding for its work on, for example, Environmental Economics. Other quality indicators include: