Qualifications and durations
- Full-time MRes Economics (1 year)
- Part-time MRes Economics (2 years, allowing three months for the final dissertation*).
*At the discretion of the Director of Studies, part time students may be able to have an extension of three months (giving a total of six months for the dissertation and an overall total registration period of 27 months). Students extending into their 3rd academic year may be liable for a pro-rated continuation fee.
Staff and students discuss the MRes course.
The MRes Economics is an intensive one-year taught course which provides advanced training in economics, econometrics and research skills.
In recent years, PhD candidates have been encouraged to take an MRes-type qualification prior to commencing their PhDs so as to be able to develop a broad range of qualitative and quantitative research methods as well as starting to develop a more in-depth research proposal before embarking on their PhD - this course is designed to provide high quality training to potential doctoral students.
Also, we have increasingly seen the greater need to collect, collate and analyse performance data in a variety of public- and private-sector organisations - this course is also designed to be taken as a stand-alone qualification to provide social science research training.
This course is therefore designed to suit those wishing to progress to PhD but also those needing research skills in their current profession.
Specifically the course provides:
- a combination of the academic study of key theoretical and quantitative economics with the development of research and writing skills
- a critical evaluation of current and applied economics research
- an ability to evaluate and contribute to economic debates
- an ideal preparation for would-be researchers in economics in general and for those wishing to proceed to a PhD in economics
- the opportunity to mix with other social science researchers from other disciplines (taking associated MRes courses) – recognising the increasing importance of interdisciplinary research
Course intake is limited to foster a friendly and supportive learning environment.
You can find our more about this course by viewing our webinar.
Core units (subject to validation)
- Econometric Theory
- Microeconomic Theory
- Macroeconomic Theory
- Research Methods
- Quantitative Methods for Economics
- Advanced Economic Theory
- Short Research Apprenticeship Project
- Long Research Apprenticeship Project
- Economics Masters Dissertation
As well as the final dissertation, research skills are developed through the Small and Large Research Apprenticeship Projects.
- Growth Theory
- Financial Economics
- Econometric Methods
- International Monetary Policy & Institutions
- Financial Econometrics
See also the Programme & Unit Catalogue for further information (this is the current structure of the course).
Typically, a 1st or 2:1 Honours degree (or its international equivalent) in either economics or an appropriate quantitative subject (such as engineering, computer science, mathematics or physics).
You are expected to have obtained marks in the range of a 1st or 2:1 (or equivalent) in at least five units/modules, comprising microeconomics and econometrics (or statistics), and three other quantitative units such as macroeconomics, calculus, matrix algebra, data analysis, game theory, operational research, probability, or financial engineering. These modules should preferably have been taken in your final two years of study.
English Language requirements
- IELTS 6.5 (with no less than 6.0 in each of the four components)
- PTE Academic of 62 with no less than 59 in any component
Certificates must be dated to within two years of the start of the course of study.
If you wish to improve your English proficiency before commencing your studies, pre-sessional language training can be arranged through the Academic Skills Centre.
You may be eligible for a combined offer to include both pre-sessional English 5 (PS5) and the master’s degree.
Two references are required. At least one of these must be an academic reference.
How to apply
You must apply to study through the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences Graduate School.
- Application Fee of £60 payable during the application process.
- Tuition Fees (2017/18 fees will be available early November 2016)
- Estimated Living Expenses including a Sample Budget Guide
Potential sources of funding
- Studentships and scholarships
- Postgraduate bursaries
- This course is recognised as being part of the Interdisciplinary Pathway, in the ESRC-funded South West Doctoral Training Partnership (SWDTP). Details of funding opportunities to follow in October 2016.
We suggest you apply before the following dates:
- 30 June 2017 for International Students (who need to apply for a UK Visa)
- 31 August 2017 for Home/EU students
- funding deadlines for studentships and scholarships
Tel: +44 (0)1225 38 3144
Department of Economics research
Our research activities cover all the mainstream fields of Economics. A combination of active strategy and natural evolution has led to the development of these groups:
- Economic Theory
- Labour, Education and Health Economics
- Macroeconomics and Finance
- Public and Environmental Economics
In addition to these Research Clusters, we have also been involved with Health Economics, Contemporary Global Politics, and History of Economic Thought research.
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.
We are ranked 8th for Economics in the Complete University Guide 2017.