MRes Economics

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.


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The MRes Economics programme is an intensive one-year taught programme 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 programme 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 programme is also designed to be taken as a stand-alone qualification to provide social science research training.

This programme is therefore designed to suit those wishing to progress to PhD but also those needing research skills in their current profession.

Specifically the programme 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 programmes) – recognising the increasing importance of interdisciplinary research

Programme 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.

Optional units

  • Growth Theory
  • Financial Economics
  • Econometric Methods
  • International Monetary Policy & Institutions
  • Financial Econometrics

See also the Programme & Unit Catalogue for further information. (Please note that this is the structure of the programme as it currently exists - the structure for the next academic year will not go live until July preceding the start of the academic year.)

Entry requirements

Academic requirements

  • A first or good 2:1 honours degree (or equivalent) in economics or an appropriate quantitative subject (such as engineering, computer science or maths), which includes modules in microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics.
  • You are expected to have obtained marks consistently in the range of a 2.1 or first (or equivalent) in at least five quantitative units such as: calculus, linear algebra, data analysis, game theory, operational research, probability, statistics, microeconomics, econometrics or financial engineering. Some of these modules should have been taken in your final two years of study.

English Language requirements

Certificates must be dated to within two years of the start of the programme of study.

  • IELTS 7.0 (with no less than 6.5 in each of the four components)
  • PTE Academic of 69 with no less than 62 in any component

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 programme. The advantage of this offer is that overseas students can apply for a Visa for the full duration of the programme rather than re-applying for a Visa at the end of the pre-sessional course.


  • Two references are required. At least one of these must be an academic reference.

How to apply

You can must apply to study through the Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences Graduate School.

Financial information


Potential sources of funding


We suggest you apply before the following dates if you wish to study this programme:

  • 30 June 2016 for International Students (who need to apply for a UK Visa)
  • 31 August 2016 for Home/EU students
  • Funding deadlines for Studentships and Scholarships


Admissions Officer: Ms Anny Colgan / Miss Sophie Martin
Tel: +44 (0)1225 38 3144

Related links


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:

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.