MRes Economics


We are no longer accepting applications from international students. This is due to high demand. Places are still available for UK and EU students.

If you are an international applicant and you would like to apply to study in 2018/19, you will be able to from September 2017. We recommend that you apply early because of the high level of competition for places.


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 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.

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 (this is the current structure of the course).

Entry requirements

Academic requirements

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.

There is further information about meeting the English requirements.

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.

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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.

Financial information


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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.