School of Economics and Finance

MRes Programmes


The MRes is a research-oriented postgraduate programme for students who already hold an MSc in economics, finance or a related field and who wish to progress to a PhD at Queen Mary or elsewhere.

The School of Economics and Finance offers four MRes programmes:

The MRes is considered the first year of our PhD programme. 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.

Please note for September 2020 entry we are no longer accepting MRes applications.  Applications for 2021 entry will open in late 2020.  

Entry & Funding

Entry requirements

Students admitted to the MRes programmes will normally have achieved distinction or equivalent on a postgraduate degree in economics, financial economics, or a related field comparable to the School of Economics and Finance's 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.

Applications for admission should include an application form, full transcripts (showing marks for individual courses) from all undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, a 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).


The School offers generous financial support to accepted candidates on a competitive basis, in addition, there are a number of other funding streams available to MRes/PhD applicants.  For more information please click here.

Any applicant not eligible for these scholarship schemes should select "I am a QM studentship applicant" during the application process (page 6 of the electronic application form) in order to maximise the chances of obtaining financial support.


The application deadlines for applicants to the MRes programmes are:

  • 13th December 2019 internal deadline for applicants who wish to be considered for ESRC scholarships
  • 31st January 2020 for all other funding stream applicants.

Regardless of these deadlines, we encourage all applicants to apply as early as possible to maximise the chances of securing financial support.

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