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MRes/PhD Handbook

The Department

Welcome from the Director of MRes/PhD

Welcome to our MRes/PhD Programme in Economics at Warwick. We hope that you find your study with us to be interesting and rewarding and that your time here will be enjoyable and worthwhile. This Handbook describes the structure of the MRes/PhD programme and outlines what you can expect from your time spent in the Department. It contains most of the information that you will need to get started, and it can be a useful reference in the future. You should read it carefully and refer to it if you have any questions.

The MRes/PhD programme formally consists of two separate degree programmes. The first two years of taught coursework lead to the award of the MRes degree (for candidates satisfying all of the requirements). If you pass the MRes at a sufficiently high level of performance, you will then proceed to the PhD programme. You have a maximum of four years to complete the PhD. You are expected to be ready to go on the job market at the beginning of your fourth year and to be ready to submit your thesis in the following spring. You should complete the examination process before the end of your fourth year. We aim to provide you with a professional training in modern economics, including tools and techniques of analysis as well as knowledge, and an opportunity to apply this in extended research. Our objective is to produce doctoral students who are able to pursue research driven careers at the highest level in academia, government agencies or private institutions.

With regards to the PhD programme, as you know, the primary activity of a research student is to complete a thesis that provides an original and relevant academic contribution. However, other activities are also important, since they expand expertise and increase human capital. This handbook sets out what the Department expects of its research students and what they can expect from us. If, after reading it, you have any queries, then please feel free to drop me an email.

We wish you all an enjoyable and successful time studying in the Department.

Professor Manuel Bagues
Director MRes/PhD Economics
University of Warwick