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MRes/PhD Handbook

The Department

Welcome from the Director 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, but 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 consultancies.

With regards to the PhD programme, as you know, the primary activity of a research student is to complete a thesis that contains original and interesting analysis. 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.

Given the current circumstances, our teaching and learning delivery on the MRes for 2020/21 will be mainly based on a 'blended learning' approach, which combines in person and online interactions. Our aim is to provide an equivalence of experience to place-based delivery. To this end, we will use a combination of both in-person and online lectures to deliver core and optional modules. In addition, if a module has classes to support learning, these will be delivered either in person (where possible) or remotely (where in person interactions are not possible).

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

Professor Manuel Bagues
Director MRes/PhD Economics
University of Warwick