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1: Introduction

Protecting all staff and students

In the 2022-23 academic year, it will be important for everyone to follow guidance and instructions so that we can continue to protect the health and wellbeing of all staff and students. The University has issued guidance regarding Covid-19Link opens in a new window in line with UK Government guidance that all staff and students are required to follow.

In particular, all members of the university are strongly encouraged to take up the offer of Covid-19 vaccinations and booster jabs and anyone suffering symptoms of Covid-19 infections is strongly encouraged to stay away from the University and comply with the current NHS guidanceLink opens in a new window.

Please respect your peers and lecturers, being aware that individuals may face personal circumstances such that they require you to wear a face covering.

Communication and Information Sources


TabulaLink opens in a new window is the University's secure web-based portal to support teaching and learning activities and is a key mechanism through which we will communicate with you. It is here you will find information on your timetable, assessment marks and feedback, your progress on meeting your Monitoring Points and attending Support and Feedback classes, and the names of your class tutors, personal tutor and supervisor. Tabula is accessible on and off campus and further details and instructions are available when you login. You will be prompted by email to login to the system soon after enrolling.


MoodleLink opens in a new window is the University's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE); a web platform designed specifically to support the delivery of teaching and learning materials and activities. Every module has a Moodle page, where you can view lecture notes, recordings (if available) and coursework. You can use your student log in to access information personalised to you (for both Moodle and Tabula).

Current Student Webpages

The Current Students webpages Link opens in a new windowcontains all essential information about your course and other important information and resources to enhance your student experience, including links to the timetable and to module information and teaching material. This page is personalised, and you will need to use your student log-in to browse through the different areas.

Please visit this page regularly:


Every member of the University has a central email address, usually in the form This is the address that we will use to contact you and you should use it to email members of staff.

Please check your email every day as it is our primary method of contacting you.

MyWarwick Mobile App

In the MyWarwickLink opens in a new window app students can access key links and contact information, detailed travel information, links to careers information and advice and regular news updates and announcements. The app can be downloaded onto mobiles and tablets and customised to your needs and preferences. It can also be used to view teaching timetables, coursework deadlines, check emails and create alerts. If we need to communicate with you urgently about important things to do with your study here (e.g. about Support and Feedback class cancellations or specific deadlines) we use My Warwick alerts which will appear on your mobile device.

Please do not disable this feature as you may miss important communications.

Social Media

Social Media

We use social media to keep current students up to date with departmental news and events via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram: opens in a new window opens in a new window opens in a new window

We also engage with former students of the Department via a LinkedIn group, which you are welcome to join: Economics :

Warwick Economics AlumniLink opens in a new window

Keeping Your Personal Details Up To Date

When you enrolled for your course online, you will have submitted various personal and contact details; these include the contact details we will use in the event that we need to contact you urgently. If any of your contact details change, especially your mobile phone number it is vital that you inform us via Student Records onlineLink opens in a new window.

Student Privacy Notice

The University is committed to protecting the privacy and security of your personal data. Through enrolling you must confirm that you have read the Student Privacy NoticeLink opens in a new window. The purpose of the Notice is to explain how the University will collect and use (process) your personal data, what rights you have in relation to that data and to provide transparency regarding the data we collect about you.

Administration of the MRes/ PhD Course

The department is located in the Social Sciences Building on the corner of Library Road and Gibbet Hill Road. You will find the interactive map showing the location of all University buildings and car parks hereLink opens in a new window. The key committees responsible for administration of the MRes/PhD programme are:

  • The Graduate Student-Staff Liaison CommitteeLink opens in a new window (GSSLC MRes/PhD): an important forum within the department where MRes and PhD students meet with departmental staff to discuss issues relating the learning experience. (Please see also the Student Voice section).
  • The Graduate Management Committee (GMC): monitors the quality of all postgraduate programmes in the department and reports to the Department's Teaching and Learning Committee, which oversees the strategy of all aspects of teaching and learning in the Department (in the context of University Education Strategy). The student Chairperson of the GSSLC attends both committees.

The key academic staff in the department with responsibility for the MRes/PhD programme are:

Professor Ben Lockwood, Head of Department

Room: S1.119
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Professor Carlo Perroni, Deputy Head of Department (Research)

Room: S1.117

Professor Manuel Bagues, Director MRes/PhD

Room: S2.122
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Dr Pablo Beker, Deputy Director MRes/PhD

Room: S2.93
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Professor Caroline Elliott, Deputy Head of Department (Teaching and Learning)
Room S2.109

Senior Tutor (MRes)
Dr Mahnaz Nazneen

Room S2.140
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Professor Wiji Arulampalam, Wellbeing Officer (PhD)

Room: S2.118
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The key administrative staff in the department with responsibility for the MRes programme are:

Ms Carolyn Andrews, Programmes Manager (PGT)

Room: S1.130
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Mrs Chau Ho, Programmes Coordinator (PGT)

Room: S1.132

The key administrative staff in the department with responsibility for the PhD programme are:

Mrs Natalie Deven, Programme Officer (PGR)

Room: S2.138

View the full staff list for the Department.

How to contact us

The Postgraduate Office

The Postgraduate Office team, which is your point of contact as a MRes student, has a small daily presence on campus, in room S1.132. Please bear in mind that, if you do visit the PG Office, the person with expertise for your particular query may not be in the office on that day, and so we may need to refer to a colleague working remotely.

Wherever possible, please contact us using one of our online services. See the MRes/PhD Get in TouchLink opens in a new window page, where you can :

  1. Access contact details and profiles of members of the MRes/PhD programme team.
  2. Consult the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).
  3. Make an appointment to meet online with one of the PG Office staff via MS Teams.
  4. Email us on opens in a new window.

Finding Rooms

The Postgraduate Office is located in room S1.132 (where the letter 'S' denotes the Social Sciences building; '1' denotes the first floor; and '132' denotes the room number.


Sending an email can be a good way to answer straightforward questions or make an appointment and all members of academic staff have a Warwick email account. Please do not send the same email to multiple people as this can cause confusion and results in a waste of staff time and always use your Warwick email address, to avoid your email going into a junk folder. Please do not use a gmail account to communicate with us and do not set up an auto forward from your Warwick account into any private email account.

If you are having problems contacting a member of the academic staff, please let the Postgraduate Office know by emailing opens in a new window.


You can also contact staff members by telephone. Internal numbers are available through the People Search tool on Insite. You can also speak to teachers at the end of lectures and seminars.

Advice and Feedback Hours

All academic members of staff (including Support and Feedback Class Tutors) have two hours allocated for advice and feedback, whereby students can meet with them on an individual basis for guidance or clarification on aspects of a particular module. These hours will be posted on staff web pages and on the Advice and Feedback HoursLink opens in a new window page. You should make every effort to see staff during these times. If you are unable to meet a member of staff during the stated Advice and Feedback hours, you should make an appointment to meet at a different time. Appointments should be made by email.

What you can expect from us

We want you to have an enjoyable and productive time at Warwick and as part of this we aim to ensure that you have all of the information you need about your modules and required assessments in good time and in sufficient detail to enable you to perform at your best.

Below are the key elements that you should expect from every economics module that you take:

  • A module outline, detailing the module aims and objectives, the learning outcomes and an indication of the material that will be covered, the exam rubric, all of which can be found on the module webpage;
  • Details of core texts and further readings to give you the best opportunity to prepare for lectures and Support and Feedback classes;
  • Lecture notes may be made available for some modules, but this will depend on the individual lecturer;
  • A well-prepared lecture, which has the aim of engaging you and encouraging participation in discussion beyond the lecture;
  • An outline of how different learning components (e.g., pre-recorded videos, synchronous interactions) will be delivered should be provided on Moodle.

For any assessments you should expect:

  • Assessment details to be outlined, including the format of the assignment, assessment rules, the submission dates and the expectations of the module lecturer;
  • To receive your marked work with feedback and/or annotations within 20 working days of the submission date, unless extenuating circumstances prevent this. If the date for returning work is missed, you will be notified.

You should expect your lecturers and tutors to have time to discuss any concerns or questions you have about the module material. To this end, you should expect:

  • All lecturers to have two Advice and Feedback hours per week in term time, in which they are available to see you to offer advice on all matters relating to the relevant module;
  • All tutors to be available for a minimum of two hours per week in term time to meet you online to offer advice and feedback.

There will be times when we have to make changes to the timetable and we will alert you to these as soon as possible through the MyWarwick App and Tabula.

Diversity and values within the Department

We have a commitment within the Department of Economics to embed our key principles into our work and study environment. We aim to foster an environment of respect and inclusion in which all staff perform to the highest standard and students are able to enjoy a world-class learning experience.

Our key principles are:

  • Respect: everyone within our community has the right to be treated with dignity and respect, regardless of any protected characteristics
  • Integrity: we are guided by the principles of integrity, fostering an open and positive environment that is inclusive to all.
  • Accountability: we have a personal responsibility to commit to these values and hold ourselves accountable to our words and actions.

For more information about our diverse and inclusive community and to watch a video produced by our staff and students explaining our set of values, please visit our webpage

Diversity and ValuesLink opens in a new window

University community values and expectations

At Warwick, we believe that every individual in our University community should be treated with dignity and respect and be part of a working and learning environment that is free from barriers, regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage or civil partnership and pregnancy or maternity status.

We value our diverse and international community, the pursuit and dissemination of knowledge and research with real impact.

We want to support our students and each other to become critical thinkers and collaborative yet independent learners – individuals with a global and sustainable outlook, who are able to make an active and positive contribution to society. At the same time, we are committed to working towards a supportive, accessible and inclusive environment.

We uphold the importance not only of freedom of thought and expression, but also the significance of academic and personal integrity, equality and diversity, and mutual respect and consideration for the rights, safety and dignity of all.

We place great importance on the responsible behaviour of both our students and staff at Warwick. It is important for you, as a student, to have an idea of Warwick’s core values and an understanding of the primary expectations of student members of the Warwick community. Take a look at the following to help you understand what this means for you:

Our ValuesLink opens in a new window, which sets out our expectations of how we behave as a University community, both as individuals and as an institution.

Dignity at Warwick PolicyLink opens in a new window, setting out how our differences are respected and valued and how we aim to prevent and address harassment and bullying.

Social Inclusion StrategyLink opens in a new window, which aspires to remove economic, social and cultural barriers that have prevented people from working, studying and succeeding at Warwick.

University StrategyLink opens in a new window, which sets our vision as a world-class university and our values.

Warwick Student Community StatementLink opens in a new window, which sets out aims for the University as well as for students.

University CalendarLink opens in a new window, the main ‘rule book’ and includes ordinances and regulations which you need to be aware of, including examinations, cheating, use of computing facilities and behaviour.

Student Rights and ResponsibilitiesLink opens in a new window, which provides quick and easy links to University regulations, policies and guidelines that govern what you can expect from the University and what you need to adhere to as a student.

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Everyone at the University of Warwick, whether studying, working, or visiting, has the right to feel safe. Harassment of any kind is completely unacceptable, and our community is an environment where prejudice and socially unacceptable behaviour are never tolerated.

What we expect of you

You are expected to attend all lectures and required to attend all of your allocated classes. At each class meeting your class tutor will record your attendance or absence and input this data to Tabula. If you have been marked ‘absent’ you will see an ‘Absent’ flag appear on your Tabula page next to the class in question. Students who are regularly absent will be contacted by the Postgraduate Office and asked to provide medical evidence or evidence of mitigating circumstances, where this is appropriate.

You are an autonomous learner and active participant in your education. You should take responsibility for managing your learning, and your engagement is demonstrated in many ways:

  • in attending all prescribed lectures, classes, and meetings with your Personal Tutors/Supervisor(s);
  • in preparing for and participating in classes or carrying out your own research;
  • in directing your own learning beyond that specified by your teachers;
  • meeting your monitoring points;
  • in completing formative and summative assessment tasks;
  • in monitoring and reflecting on your own progress;
  • in taking the initiative in seeking support when necessary from the Department and the wider University (e.g. Director of MRes/PhD, Centre for Student Careers and Skills, Students’ Union, Senior Tutor, Disability Coordinator);
  • adhering to University and Departmental regulations and seeking guidance when unclear.

Your rights and responsibilities at the University of Warwick can be viewed here.

University Regulation 36Link opens in a new window formally sets out the expectations of students with regard to registration, attendance and progress.

Student Visa Holders

The above expectations apply to all students, but for Student Visa holders it is important that you can demonstrate engagement with your course to meet the conditions of your visa. Please make sure you are aware of your responsibilities whilst studying in the UK; you can refer to the Warwick Immigration website.

Engaging with your programme: MRes and PhD monitoring points

As a student, you have some responsibilities to the Department, just as we have responsibilities to you. We expect you to attend all your lectures and all your allocated module Support and Feedback classes (MRes) or meet at least monthly with your supervisor (PhD). We want to be sure that you are coping with your work and not falling behind, so we ask that you meet set ‘Monitoring Points’ throughout the academic year. Meeting your monitoring points is crucial and the consequences of missing three or more (MRes) or two or more (PhD)* of these monitoring points can be significant.

* For information regarding PhD monitoring points, please see the PhD Monitoring Points section. This differs to the MRes specific information below.

As you progress through the academic year you will be able to see on your Tabula page how many Monitoring Points you have successfully made and how many you have missed. Please inform the Postgraduate Office should you believe a mistake to have been made in your Monitoring Points record. You can contact your Personal Tutor or the Director MRes/PhD if you have concerns about your academic progress and engagement with your course.

Please be aware that you will be contacted should we become concerned about you having missed Monitoring Points.

  • After three Monitoring Points are missed we will contact you to investigate whether you are having any problems that are preventing you from fully engaging with your course. Where the missed monitoring points are consecutive, and there is no alternative evidence of engagement, you will be invited to meet with the Director MRes/PhD and a support plan will be put in place.
  •  After four Monitoring Points are missed you will be invited to meet with the Director MRes/PhD to discuss your academic progress (unless you have already met after three missed monitoring points in the circumstances explained above). We may refer you to the relevant professional within the University welfare system who could help you, such as the Senior Tutor, Dean of Students, the Disability Coordinator or Mental Health Coordinator, as appropriate.
  • After six Monitoring Points are missed you will be invited to a second meeting with the Director MRes/PhD, and a report will be made by the Department to Student Records regarding your non-engagement with your studies. You are now at serious risk of your registration being terminated.
  • If you are absent from classes for a period of at least five weeks, or you miss eight departmental monitoring points, the Department and University is likely to invoke Regulation 36Link opens in a new window to begin termination of registration proceedings and your case is handed over to the Academic Office.

International Students should be particularly aware of the consequences of missing Monitoring Points: the University is obliged to report to UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) of the Home Office if any students have been found not to be engaging with and attending their degree course. This has serious implications for your visa status.

MRes Economics (L1PL Year 1)

Autumn term

Monitoring PointDescriptionTiming

Attendance at MRes Welcome and Introduction Session

Week 51

Attendance at class for EC9A1

Week 1

Attendance at class for EC9A2

Week 3

Attendance at class for EC9A3 

Week 5

Attendance at class for EC9A1

Week 7

Submission of Economics module evaluation (online)

Weeks 9-10

Spring term

Monitoring PointDescriptionTiming

Attendance at class EC9A2

Week 15

Attendance at class EC9A3

Week 18

Attendance at class EC9A1

Week 21

Attendance at class EC9A2

Week 24

Summer term

Monitoring PointDescriptionTiming
11Attendance at the Summer examinationsWeek 32
12Attendance at an EC9AA lectureWeek 35

Summer vacation

Monitoring PointDescriptionTiming
13Contact with the PG Office (Email)Week 42
14Contact with the PG Office (Email)Week 46

MRes Economics (L1PL Year 2)

Autumn term

Monitoring PointDescriptionTiming

Welcome Meeting for Year 2 MRes

Week 1

Attendance at option module lecture

Week 2

Attendance at option module lecture

Week 4

Attendance at option module lecture

Week 6

Attendance at dissertation workshop

Week 8
6Submission of Economics module evaluation (online) Weeks 9-10

Spring term

Monitoring PointDescriptionTiming

Attendance at option module lecture

Week 15

Attendance at option module lecture

Week 18

Attendance at option module lecture

Week 21

Attendance at option module lecture

Week 24

Summer term

Monitoring PointDescriptionTiming

Submission of proposed supervisor form

Week 30
12Submission of EC9B4 dissertation proposalWeek 38

Summer vacation


13 Contact with the PG Office (Email)

Week 43

14 Submission of dissertation

Week 48

Monitoring points for PhD students

All PhD students are expected to meet with their supervisors at least once a month and to submit a report of the meeting on Tabula. This forms a record of your progress but also serves as your monitoring point. Details of monitoring points you must meet are listed below.

Your meeting should be recorded on Tabula on the day of the meeting wherever possible. The last day of each month will be classed as the deadline to record a meeting for that month. Please record your meeting within the specified month to avoid being marked as 'missed'.

Departments are required to instigate an 'early intervention' process at the point where two consecutive monitoring points have been missed. If there is no subsequent engagement and three monitoring points are missed, the Compliance Team will instigate a process to withdraw the student (Student Visa holders). Departments will be given 10 working days to establish re-engagement and request a stop to the withdrawal. If not, the student will be withdrawn and visa sponsorship stopped.

PhD Economics (L1P2)


Monitoring PointDescriptionTiming
1Attendance at PhD Induction/Welcome Back/PhD Forum (in person)Week 1
2Meeting with supervisor (in person)October
3Submission of six monthly progress report (Yr 2 onwards)
Meeting with supervisor (Yr1 & visiting students, in person)
Week 7
4Meeting with supervisor (in person)December


Monitoring PointDescriptionTiming
5Meeting with supervisor (in person)January
6Meeting with supervisor (in person)February
7Meeting with supervisor (in person)March


Monitoring PointDescriptionTiming
8Meeting with supervisor (in person or online)April

Submission of six monthly progress report (all years)

Week 34
10Meeting with supervisor (in person or online)June

Summer vacation period

Monitoring PointDescriptionTiming
11Meeting with supervisor (in person or online)July
12Meeting with supervisor (in person or online)August


  1. The University requires in-person monitoring points in Terms 1 and 2 for Student Visa students. Supervisors should be present during term time, however, a system will be in place to 'check-in' within the Department to evidence your presence on campus. A supervisor meeting should still take place and be recorded.
  2. Supervisor meetings, to be counted as meeting a monitoring point for consecutive months, should be at least a week apart.
  3. Students studying away from the University (eg. as a visiting research student, fieldwork etc) will be expected to fulfil monitoring points in the same way as other students, in terms of maintaining contact with their Warwick supervisor. This will be done online or via email and recorded in Tabula as usual.
  4. PhD students in extension will continue to be expected to fulfil monitoring points through monthly supervisor meetings.
  5. After submission of the thesis, PhD students on a Student Visa will have attendance at their viva voce examination and any resubmissions/second viva voce examinations as monitoring points. If corrections are required, monthly supervisor meetings should continue as monitoring points until final submission and examiner approval.
  6. Visiting research students are expected to fulfil the monitoring points above in the same way as a regular PhD student, for the time they are in the department. Where a 6 monthly progress report is listed, visiting students should record a supervisor meeting that has taken place in that month (MP3: May/MP9: November).


Completing a PhD (and doing research at the highest level more broadly) is an extremely rewarding, yet challenging and at times very frustrating, activity. Throughout the programme your main asset will be your peer group. An uncountable number of long-lasting partnerships and friendships have been formed during the PhD years discussing research and ideas. To facilitate this, MRes/PhD students can use the common space in rooms S2.127 or S2.132. Both rooms are equipped with some comfortable chairs and coffee tables for relaxing. S2.127 is opposite a small kitchen (S2.127B) with facilities provided during normal office hours including microwave, fridge and access to filtered and tap water.

Please do not take up space in the fridge overnight as it is intended for the storage of lunch boxes or similar only. For good health and safety standards to be maintained, it is not possible for this area to remain permanently open (card access is available out of hours). Out-of-hours kitchen facilities are located on the first floor, opposite the lift.

Work space in the Department is made available for first year and second year MRes students in room S0.56 and S0.58. You can access this room by swiping your student card. MRes students can use the lockers available in this room. However space is limited, so please do not take locker space if you have a room on campus.

PhD students will each be allocated a work space within the Department.

Printer and photocopier facilities are available in room S2.130 and S0.72 (use by swiping your student card).

Room S0.55 contains Bloomberg terminals which can be booked for half hourly sessions from Monday to Friday (9.00am- 4.30pm, 3pm on Fridays).

The University provides dedicated study space and facilities for postgraduate students, including the PG Hub and the Research Exchange (further details of which are included in the Resources section of this handbook).

We seek to provide regular exposure to the latest world-class research by inviting external speakers to regular weekly seminars covering all areas of economics. Research seminars and lunchtime workshops are the key regular events around which the research life of the Department revolves. You can review our Seminar ScheduleLink opens in a new window to find out about all upcoming seminars in the Department. You are required to attend at least one research seminar series and at least one internal workshop series in your field.  

Student Visa holders

Please make sure you are aware of your responsibilities as a Student Visa holder for study in the UKLink opens in a new window.

It is essential that you inform the Department if you intend to change your study location. MRes students must seek permission by completing the Change of Study Location FormLink opens in a new window. PhD students should inform the Programme Officer (PGR). For students with Student Visa status, the University is required to inform the UKVI if you are planning to be away from Warwick for more than 12 weeks. This applies both term time and vacation (i.e. the summer vacation period). You must still be engaging with your studies during this time and we will continue to monitor your attendance and progress.

There are also restrictions on the amount of work you can do as a Student Visa holder in that you may not work more than 20 hours per week until after your course end date and this applies to both term time and vacation.

Teaching and term dates

The academic year is split into three ten-week terms. Most of the teaching takes place in the first two terms, with examinations taking place in May. The exception is module EC9AA, which is taught in the third term (Year 1 MRes).

We use a numbering system to refer to the academic weeks during the year. After the two week pre-sessional mathematics course, week one of the Autumn Term (Term 1) starts on Monday 3rd October and runs for ten weeks. Weeks 11- 14 refer to the period over the Christmas vacation. The Spring Term (Term 2) runs from week 15–24, there are then 5 weeks over the Easter period, and Summer Term (Term 3) is from weeks 30–39. An explanation of the academic weeks system is available online. All term datesLink opens in a new window are published on the University website.

In practice, teaching sessions normally begin at five minutes past the hour and end at five minutes to the hour in order to allow people to enter and vacate the room. You should make every effort to be there on the hour so that teaching can begin promptly.

The University

The Department of Economics is based within the Faculty of Social Sciences, which is one of four faculties in the University. The University has become one of the UK’s best universities, consistently at the top of UK league tables, and climbing the international league tables of world class universities.

Research priorities:

  • Undertake world-leading and purposeful disciplinary and interdisciplinary research which can lead to positive transformation in our world;
  • Champion and develop state-of-the-art research infrastructure and ethical research practice, while enabling sustainable research leadership and inspiring innovation;
  • Communicate the purpose, relevance and impact of our research locally, nationally and globally to enrich knowledge and awareness.

Education priorities:

  • Provide our students with an internationally outstanding teaching and learning experience across the entire lifecycle from applicant, to student, to alumni, supported by an institutional culture and systems, making for continuous enhancement of quality;
  • Ensure students can progress into their choice of high quality employment through skills development, work experience, employer and alumni relations;
  • Develop and enhance alternative and sector-leading pathways to a Warwick education.

Student Administrative Services

Student Administrative Services (SAS) is part of the Education Group. We deliver services and support to students at all levels of study from the point of enrolment to graduation. This includes managing central student records, centrally scheduled examinations, oversight of module registration, and production of award certificates, official transcripts, as well as the Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR). We work closely with academic departments and other professional service teams to support and enable students' to succeed in their studies at Warwick .

If you wish to talk to someone in Student Administrative Services then you can find out the Student Reception's contact details and opening hours hereLink opens in a new window.

Doctoral College

As a Doctoral College we focus almost exclusively on postgraduate research students (including master’s students on a research degree).

Our aims are that:

  • Warwick should be able to recruit and retain the best PGR students in the world;
  • Warwick research students consistently say that the University meets (if not exceeds) their expectations;
  • the Doctoral College is accessible and available when needed, and proactively intervening when appropriate;
  • the University recognises the strategic importance of research students to both education and research.

Find out further information on the Doctoral College web page.Link opens in a new window