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School of Economics and Finance

MRes Programmes

Overview

Applications for 2021 entry will open in late 2020.  

The Master of Research (MRes) in the School of Economics and Finance (SEF) is a two year research-oriented postgraduate programme for students who hold an BSc or MSc in economics or related disciplines and who may wish to progress to doctoral study. The MRes is considered a pre-requisite to our PhD programme.

In the first year, will take advanced core courses in macroeconomics, microeconomics and econometrics.  This year will equip students with a range of theories, tools and methodologies necessary for research.

In the second year, students will select field courses to familiarise with the research frontier in their chosen area(s) of specialisation and develop independent research interests.  During this year, students write a research paper in their major field, which can form the basis of later doctoral work.

The MRes can be pursued as a stand-alone degree or as training for a planned PhD. Generous studentship funding is available for candidates with demonstrated potential for a successful research career for both the MRes and PhD programmes.

The School of Economics and Finance offers four MRes pathways:

  • Masters of Research in Economics
  • Masters of Research in Finance
  • Masters of Research in Economics (ESRC LISS DTP Pathway)*
  • Masters of Research in Finance (ESRC LISS DTP Pathway)*
    *For ESRC Funding applicants only

Structure

Year One

Students will take advanced core courses in macroeconomics, microeconomics and econometrics (financial economics is also compulsory under the MRes Finance pathway).  This year will equip students with a range of theories, tools and methodologies necessary for research.

Year Two

Students will select field courses to familiarise with the research frontier in their chosen area(s) of specialisation and develop independent research interests.  During this year, students write a research paper in their major field, which can form the basis of later doctoral work.

 

For course structure specific to your MRes please see the course finder pages*:

  • Masters of Research in Economics
  • Masters of Research in Finance
  • Masters of Research in Economics (ESRC LISS DTP Pathway)
  • Masters of Research in Finance (ESRC LISS DTP Pathway)

*Links will be updated shortly

Entry & Funding

Entry requirements

Students admitted to the MRes programmes will normally have achieved a minimum of a UK Bachelor Degree with First Class Honours (or overseas equivalent) in Economics or Finance or a related subject. Subjects such as Mathematics, Physics and Engineering may also be considered.  Students with MSc degrees in Economics and related disciplines are also welcome to apply.

Applicants already enrolled on a comparable advanced postgraduate degree at other institutions will be able to request to be considered through the Queen Mary Accreditation of Prior Learning Policy to enter part-way through the MRes programme.

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.  Please also see the School’s English language requirements (please note you do not need to have met our English Language requirements before applying as this can be a condition of any offer made).

Funding

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.  Information on available funding and deadlines will be updated here shortly.

Any applicant not eligible for these scholarship schemes should select "I am a Queen Mary departmental scholarship applicant" in the Funding section of the application.

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