Why choose this course

We’re still open for 2019 applications. If you would like to be considered for 2019 entry, please apply for 2020 entry and email Admissions with your URN to advise you would like to join us in 2019.

Our MRes Economics is designed to be your first step towards doctoral research, leading either to our three-year PhD, or to a stand-alone MRes degree.

You’ll learn from academics at the frontier of their research fields, allowing you to develop specialist skills and techniques, in a vibrant research-focused department.

We offer generous studentships for the duration of the MRes/PhD course for those with strong research potential, covering international fees, a stipend (for 2019 entry, up to £17,469) and a research allowance.

Our School of Economics produces graduates sought-after by leading economics departments, central banks and research institutions around the world.

What you will study

The MRes Economics course is designed to lead on to our three-year PhD Economics course, providing the foundation towards doctoral research. Alternatively, you can also graduate with a stand-alone degree after one year.

You will study research-oriented modules in microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics at an advanced level, and complete a research project with an MRes dissertation. You’ll gain an advanced understanding of research methods and techniques, enabling you to apply your knowledge to a range of economics problems.

Our MRes course will provide you with the transferable skills and knowledge to pursue doctoral research in economics and employment as professional economist in a research environment.

Key information

Start date: October 2020

Full-time: 1 year

Additional course information

Our MRes Economics course is research-oriented and designed for students with an interest in doctoral research in Economics. Typically, applicants hold a masters degree (or equivalent qualifications, see entry requirements) in a relevant discipline. Through the taught modules, dissertation, and interaction with peers and academics in the School of Economics, the MRes Economics strengthens your research skills and prepares you for successful subsequent doctoral research.

Programme leader

PAREY M Prof (Economics)

Terms and conditions

When you accept an offer of a place at the University of Surrey, you are agreeing to comply with our policies and regulations, and our terms and conditions. These terms and conditions are provided in two stages: first when we make an offer and second when students who have accepted their offers register to study at the University. View our offer terms and conditions and our generic registration terms and conditions (PDF) as a guide as to what to expect.
 
Please note: our offer terms and conditions will be available in the September of the calendar year prior to the year in which you begin your studies. Our registration terms and conditions will vary to take into account specifics of your course.

Disclaimer

This online prospectus has been prepared and published in advance of the academic year to which it applies. The University of Surrey has used its reasonable efforts to ensure that the information is accurate at the time of publishing, but changes (for example to course content or additional costs) may occur given the interval between publishing and commencement of the course. It is therefore very important to check this website for any updates before you apply for a course with us. Read more.

Academic year structure

The MRes dissertation can form the basis for subsequent research towards a PhD Economics course. Writing the MRes dissertation is supported by two focused modules on research methods, Research Methods I and II, and supervised by academics in the School of Economics.

The MRes Economics course is designed to provide the foundation for a subsequent PhD Economics course, during which students take advanced field modules in microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics. For further details see our PhD Economics course page.

Modules

Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability, student demand and/or class size caps. 

The University operates a credit framework for all taught programmes based on a 15-credit tariff. Modules can be either 15, 30, 45 or 60 credits, and additionally for some masters dissertations, 90 credits.

The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specifications which include further details such as the learning outcomes:

Timetable

Course timetables are normally available one month before the start of the semester. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week (Monday–Friday). Wednesday afternoons are normally reserved for sports and cultural activities. Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week, details of which can be obtained from the course administrators. View our Timetabling Policy (PDF).

Learning and disability

We have two services, Academic Skills and Development and the Disability and Neurodiversity Service which can help develop your learning.

Academic Skills and Development

Academic Skills and Development is a learning space in the Library where our learning development team is based. It comprises dedicated Student Learning Advisers and Information Skills Librarians who can help you develop your academic and research skills, including writing, presenting, revision and critical thinking.

Find out more about the study support available.

Disability and Neurodiversity Service

The University’s Disability and Neurodiversity Service supports students with disabilities, long-term health conditions, specific learning differences (such as dyslexia and dyspraxia) and other neurodiverse conditions (including autism spectrum and attention deficit disorder).

If you tell us about any conditions and register with us, we can give you appropriate support during your studies.

We can arrange exam and learning support adjustments, give advice on applications for the Disabled Students' Allowance, and test you for dyslexia and dyspraxia. We can also offer regular study skills and mentoring support.

Find out more about the support available or contact the team directly for further information.

English language support

Our English Language Support Programme (ELSP) provides tailored English language support during your studies. It is particularly valuable to students who speak English as a second or additional language, but native speakers are also welcome.

Entry requirements

Typically, applicants are expected to hold an undergraduate degree with first class honours in a relevant discipline and a masters degree in a relevant discipline (or equivalent qualifications).

A minimum of two referees should be provided with your application. Applicants are also requested to submit a cover letter specifying their motivation to pursue a PhD in Economics at the University of Surrey and highlighting their broad research interests.

GRE criteria

Applicants should also take the GRE exam. Only the Quantitative Reasoning part of the GRE test is compulsory. Applications without evidence of GRE (Quantitative Reasoning) will not be considered.

Please note your GRE exam statement should be less than five years old on 1 October 2019. You should arrange for an official certificate of your score to be sent to Admissions Services of the University from the Educational Testing Service (ETS), as well as entering your scores in the relevant section of the application form. Please also select the University of Surrey as an official score recipient. The Surrey institution code for the GRE is 3495; no department code is required as the scores are processed centrally. For more information about the test please see the GRE website or the ETS website.

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English language requirements

IELTS Academic: 6.5 or above with a minimum of 6.0 in each component (or equivalent).

View the other English language qualifications that we accept.

If you do not currently meet the level required for your programme, we offer intensive pre-sessional English language courses, designed to take you to the level of English ability and skill required for your studies here.

Credit transfer

The University of Surrey recognises that many students enter their higher education course with valuable knowledge and skills developed through a range of professional, vocational and community contexts. If this applies to you, a process called recognition of prior learning (RPL) may allow you to enter your course at a point appropriate to your previous learning and experience, or to join the start of a course without the formal entry requirements. This means that you may be exempt from certain elements of study in the course for which you have applied and be awarded credit based on your previous qualifications/experience. There are restrictions on RPL for some courses and fees may be payable for certain claims. 

Please see the code of practice for recognition of prior learning and prior credit: taught programmes (PDF) for further information. Please email Admissions with any queries.

Fees

Start date: October 2020

Full-time

UK/EU £7,700

Overseas £18,000

Please note:

  • These fees apply to students commencing study in the academic year 2019-20 only. Fees for new starters are reviewed annually.
  • If you are on a two-year or three-year part-time structured masters course, the annual fee is payable in Year 1 and Year 2 of the course.

View the list of fees for all postgraduate taught courses.

Funding

We offer a range of generous studentships to support those who show strong potential for a successful research career. This can make a big difference in your education, enabling you to make the most of your student experience and move towards your career goals.

How to apply

We’re still open for 2019 applications. If you would like to be considered for 2019 entry, please apply for 2020 entry and email Admissions with your URN to advise you would like to join us in 2019.

Admission information

Our postgraduate admissions policy provides the basis for admissions practice across the University and gives a framework for how we encourage, consider applications and admit students. You can also read our postgraduate applicant guidance.

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