The MRes Finance and Econometrics is a research-oriented postgraduate programme for students who already hold an MSc in economics or a related field and who may wish to progress to doctoral study at Queen Mary (or elsewhere). Students build on their postgraduate training by completing two PhD-level module sequences in macroeconomics, microeconomics, econometrics, or financial economics (required for MRes Finance); covering core theories and methods as well as areas of active research in the School. Students also conduct original research to fulfil the substantial dissertation component of the degree, which can form the basis of later doctoral work. The MRes can be pursued as a stand-alone degree or as the first year of a planned PhD, and when appropriate a conditional offer of admission to the doctoral programme will be made.
Alongside the substantive modules offered in conjunction with the School's MRes Economics, the programme includes a core module in research design and qualitative methods taken jointly with social science students from a range of disciplines across QMUL, Kings College London, and Imperial College as part of the training offered by the ESRC funded London Interdisciplinary Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership (LISS DTP). The MRes Finance and Econometrics is an approved pathway for ESRC funding, enabling students to apply for ESRC 1+3 funding to cover both the MRes and a PhD, and successful MRes graduates to apply subsequently for ESRC +3 PhD funding.
Why join the MRes programme in the School of Economics and Finance at Queen Mary?
The School of Economics and Finance is one of the UK's leading departments, ranked 10th in the UK for research power in the latest Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014). The breadth and depth of our expertise enables us to offer courses and supervision in virtually all major areas of economics and finance. The School has more than 30 research-active staff working in a wide range of research areas, including macroeconomics, microeconomic theory and game theory, applied microeconomics, econometric theory, time series analysis, theoretical and empirical finance, and financial econometrics. Staff members typically publish in the leading economics and finance journals, with publications over the 2014 Research Excellence Framework period in journals including Econometrica, the American Economic Review, the Review of Economic Studies, the Journal of Political Economy, the Journal of Econometrics, the Journal of Finance, and many others. Individual members of staff also have active collaborations with various governmental and non-governmental agencies, including the UK Treasury, the Bank of England, the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, OECD, and ILO.
MRes students have access to office space (hot-desking) and to extensive computing resource with mathematical, statistical and real-time trading software (Eviews, Stata, Matlab, Gauss, Reuters, Bloomberg, TWS, FXCM), and a full range of economic and financial data services (DataStream, Macrobond, Bankscope, CRSP).
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The School’s MRes degrees are managed by the Research and Joint Programmes Manager:
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 7298
The MRes Finance and Econometrics requires one year of full-time study.
Students must complete the following compulsory modules:
- ECOM128 Topics in Financial Economics A [Sem 1, 15 credits]
- ECOM129 Topics in Financial Economics B [Sem 1, 15 credits]
- BUSM081 Introduction to Social Science Research 1: Epistemology, Research Design, and Qualitative Methods [Sem 1-2, 30 credits]
- ECOM111 Advanced Topics in Financial Economics [Sem 2, 15 credits]
Semester B & C:
- ECOM093 MRes Short Dissertation [Sem 2 and Summer, 60 credits]
Students can also choose from the following electives:
List 1 [15-30 credits]:
Students must take at least one, and a maximum two from the following list:
- ECOM130 Topics in Macroeconomics A [Sem 1; 15 credits]
- ECOM131 Topics in Macroeconomics B [Sem 1; 15 credits]
- ECOM132 Topics in Microeconomics A [Sem 1; 15 credits]
- ECOM133 Topics in Microeconomics B [Sem 1; 15 credits]
List 2 (0-15 credits):
Students should take at most one of:
- ECOM126 Topics in Econometrics A [Sem 1; 15 credits]
- ECOM127 Topics in Econometrics B [Sem 1; 15 credits]
List 1 (15 credits):
Students must take one of the following module (Semester B electives must follow on from Semester A choices):
- ECOM110 Advanced Topics in Econometrics [Sem 2; 15 credits]
- ECOM112 Advanced Topics in Macroeconomics [Sem 2; 15 credits]
- ECOM113 Advanced Topics in Microeconomics [Sem 2; 15 credits]
The 60-credit dissertation (approximately 15,000 words) is written under the supervision of a member of academic staff. The dissertation is submitted in August of the year following entry to the programme, and can form the basis of later doctoral work.
In total students earn 180 credits to complete the MRes programme.
Students admitted to the MRes Finance and Econometrics programme will normally have achieved high marks on a postgraduate degree in economics or a related field comparable to the School's own MSc Economics in terms of content and quality. In particular, they should have a thorough knowledge of MSc-level macroeconomics, microeconomics, and econometrics. A good knowledge of topics in mathematics and statistical theory relevant to economics is essential.
Please note that applicants to the PhD programme are automatically re-routed to the MRes Economics, MRes Finance, MRes Economics and Econometrics, or MRes Finance and Econometrics (as appropriate) unless they already hold a comparable post-MSc qualification.
Applications for admission should include an application form, full transcripts (showing marks for individual courses) from all undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, at least one letter from a referee who can assess your academic potential, a research proposal of no more than 1500 words, proof that you meet the School’s English language requirements, applicants are also strongly recommended to submit GRE scores obtained in last five years (please upload in the qualifications section of the online application).
No additional application material is needed to be considered for financial support, but explicit reference should be made on the application if financial support is sought.
Students from outside of the UK help form a global community here at Queen Mary. For detailed country-specific entry requirements, please visit the International section of our website. If your first language is not English, you must provide evidence of your English language proficiency. You can find details on our English language entry requirements here.
If you are unable to find the information you require, please contact the Admissions Office for assistance.
Learning and teaching
Learning and teaching
Teaching is by a combination of lectures and seminar-style instruction that may involve student presentations or open discussion. For the dissertation component of the programme, you will be assigned an individual supervisor who will guide your progress and provide feedback.
To complement your studies, there is a range of seminars and reading groups organised by the School that MRes and PhD students are strongly encouraged to attend.
For every hour spent in classes you will be expected to devote additional hours to independent study. Your individual study time could be spent preparing for or following up on formal study sessions, reading, producing written work, or revising for examinations. We expect you to take an active role in your own learning by reading widely and expanding your own knowledge and abilities.
Taught modules are assessed through a combination of coursework and examinations, which take place either during term or in the designated examination period at the end of the academic year.
The dissertation is assessed by the supervisor, together with a second reader.
Tuition fees for Home and EU students2019/20 Academic Year
Full time £12,000
Part-time study is not available for this course
Tuition fees for International students2019/20 Academic Year
Full time £18,350
Part-time study is not available for this course
There are a number of sources of funding available for Masters students.
These include a significant package of competitive Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) bursaries and scholarships in a range of subject areas, as well as external sources of funding.
Queen Mary bursaries and scholarships
We offer a range of bursaries and scholarships for Masters students including competitive scholarships, bursaries and awards, some of which are for applicants studying specific subjects.
Find out more about QMUL bursaries and scholarships.
Alternative sources of funding
Home/EU students can apply for a range of other funding, such as Professional and Career Development Loans, and Employer Sponsorship, depending on their circumstances and the specific programme of study.
Overseas students may be eligible to apply for a range of external scholarships and we also provide information about relevant funding providers in your home country on our country web pages.
Download our Postgraduate Funding Guide for detailed information about postgraduate funding options for Home/EU students.
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 5079
Other financial help on offer at Queen Mary
We offer one to one specialist support on all financial and welfare issues through our Advice and Counselling Service, which you can access as soon as you have applied for a place at Queen Mary.
Our Advice and Counselling Service also has lots of Student Advice Guides on all aspects of finance including:
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 8717
Excellent career opportunities are open to our MRes students. Successful candidates will be eligible to progress to doctoral study and will also be qualified for research careers in both the private and the public sector.