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1: Introduction

The Economics Department

The Department of Economics was one of the founding departments of the University of Warwick when it was opened in 1965. Since then we have become one of the largest departments in the discipline and are now widely regarded as one of the top Economics departments in the UK. We have an academic staff of around 75, including 25 professors, with approximately 1,200 undergraduate students and 300 postgraduates. The Department is international in terms of both the staff and student body.

Both economics research and teaching emphasise modern economic analysis and quantitative methods. These have been key underpinnings of our work. We design and deliver top-quality courses which will enable you to achieve high levels of learning through suitable teaching methods; excellent learning resources; appropriate monitoring of your progress; assessment and providing effective feedback. These elements are combined to promote your academic development.

Teaching is at the core of the work we do. We are proud of our teaching record and our student's achievements. The design and teaching of our courses benefit greatly from the input of leading scholars with international reputations who are based in the Department. Drawing on the expertise of our staff, the teaching is research-led and amongst the highest standards in the field. We actively encourage you to engage fully with the learning process to enhance your educational experiences.

The Department hosts prominent research centres, such as CAGE and CRETA. These centres focus on how people, businesses and nations can compete effectively in the global economy; on enhancing the understanding of economic theories that address our real-world dilemmas and on analysing the decision making which lies at the heart of all economic pursuits.

Mission statement

One of our key objectives is to provide a research-informed and research-led teaching environment. We seek to equip you with key research skills and understanding. Key aspects include:

  • Economics as a discipline – to provide you with a structured, cumulative and rigorous foundation in economic concepts, analysis, techniques and knowledge including, as appropriate, access to the outcomes of current economic research
  • Economics with other disciplines – to encourage links between economics and cognate disciplines in order to equip you with the ability to take different perspectives and draw on a range of knowledge when tackling issues. In particular, our programmes link with mathematics, finance, business studies, history, political science, international relations, philosophy and psychology
  • Problem-solving and policy implications – to promote understanding of national and international economic problems, policies and decision making set within an appreciation of their political, social and historical contexts
  • Responding to employability needs – to meet national and international demands for high-quality graduates:
    • in particular fields of employment, research and further study for which specialised training in economics is required
    • in broader fields of employment that require generic and subject-specific skills, including analysis, critical thinking and quantitative skills
  • Responding to your aspirations in terms of:
    • studying in a supportive and intellectually challenging environment
    • developing your capacity to learn
    • acquiring both subject-specific and generic skills
    • training for employment or further study as specialised economists or in wider fields in which skilled analysis and critical thinking are required.

What we expect of you

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, seminars, 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
  • in completing formative and summative assessment task
  • 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).

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

Departmental contacts

Departmental Contacts

Professor Jeremy Smith, Head of Department

Room: S2.124
Telephone: +44 (0) 24 7652 3336

Professor Sascha Becker, Deputy Head of Department

Room: S0.071
Telephone: +44 (0) 24 7652 3032

Dr Thijs van Rens, Director MRes/PhD

Room: S2.105
Telephone: +44 (0) 24 7615 1423

Professor Sharun Mukand, Director MRes

Room: S1.124
Telephone: +44 (0) 24 761 50586

Professor Bhaskar Dutta, Director PhD

Room: S1.112
Telephone: +44 (0) 24 7652 3478

Key administrative staff

Ms Maryanne Heafey, Postgraduate Teaching and Learning Manager (Research)

Room: S0.91
Telephone: +44 (0) 24 765 28172

Mrs Natalie Deven, Postgraduate Coordinator (Research)

Room: S0.91
Telephone: +44 (0) 24 765 73452

View the full staff list for the Department.

Meetings and seminars

The Graduate Student-Staff Liaison Committee (GSSLC) is an important forum within the Department where postgraduate students get together with Departmental staff to discuss issues that concern the learning experience. The Committee meets four times per year and further details about GSSLC are included in the Student Support section.

The Graduate Management Committee determines academic policy for all postgraduate matters within the Department of Economics and makes recommendations to the Graduate Studies Committee of the Board of the Faculty of Social Sciences. The Chair of the GSSLC is a member of this Committee.

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, including political economy, macro, econometrics and public policy. Research seminars and lunchtime workshops are the key regular events around which the research life of the Department revolves.

In addition to formal modules, you are expected to attend at least one research seminar series and at least one internal workshop series in your field. Find out more about our Department events.

Economics Society

Established in 1981, the Warwick Economics Society is one of the longest standing academic societies on campus. With more than 1700 current members, the Society welcomes undergraduate and postgraduate students from all disciplines, all ages and all interests. Further details are at


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. Uncountable long-lasting partnerships and friendships have been formed during the PhD years discussing research and ideas. To facilitate this, MRes/PhD students have the exclusive use of a common space in room S2.127. This room is equipped with some comfortable chairs and coffee tables for relaxing. Daily newspapers and some periodicals are supplied. This room is opposite a small kitchen (S2.127B) with facilities provided during normal office hours including microwave, fridge and access to filtered and tap water.

Access out of hours is by keypad, the code for which can be obtained from the MRes/PhD office. 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. 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 S2.134 and S2.136. You can access this room by swiping your student card. MRes students can use the lockers available in this room. Since space is limited, however, so if you have a room on campus then it would be helpful if you do not take advantage of this.

Printer and photocopier facilities are also available in room S2.80. You may also use the printers and copiers in room S2.130 by swiping your student card.

How we communicate

Our preferred way of keeping in touch with you is by email, so please make sure you check your Warwick email account daily and don’t let your inbox become full.

On the postgraduate website, you will find your teaching timetable, links to module information and teaching material. We do not include the teaching timetable in the handbook because it is subject to change at short notice. If lectures or seminars are cancelled at short notice we will contact you via email.

We also have a secure web-based portal to support our postgraduate programmes, called Tabula. This system is accessible from our website and will allow you to receive important announcements, check assessment marks, sign up for support classes, give course and module feedback, contact your lecturers and supervisors, access forms, and change your contact details. Tabula is accessible both on and off-campus. Further details and instructions are available upon login. You will prompted by email to login to the system soon after enrolling.

You will have enrolled for your course online and submitted various personal and contact details. These include the contact details we would use in the event that we needed to contact you urgently. Therefore, if any of your contact details change, especially your mobile telephone number, it is vital that you inform the University (by contacting Student Records). Through enrolling you also confirm that you have read the University's policy on the use of your personal data (data protection and copyright).

All MRes/ PhD students have a pigeon-hole (i.e. mailbox) in the PhD common room S2.127. Please make sure that you check your pigeon-hole regularly.

Any registered letter or parcel that arrives for you will be kept in the MRes/PhD office (room S0.91) and an email will be sent advising you to collect it. Stamped outgoing mail or internal mail may be left with the PG Office for posting. The MRes/ PhD noticeboard, where you can find information on graduate modules and careers, is located in Room S2.127.

The Warwick Economics Facebook page is a great way to connect with other new students. You may also wish to follow us on twitter.

Absence during term time

It is essential that you inform the staff in the MRes/PhD Office in Room S0.91 if you intend to be away from the University for more than two weeks. In this event, you must supply your new contact address details in case we need to contact you urgently. This is particularly important for students with Tier 4 student visa status, as the University is required to inform the UKVI if you are planning to be away from Warwick for more than four weeks.

How to contact us

The Department is located in the Social Sciences Building on the corner of Library Road and Gibbet Hill Road. You will find the interactive campus map, showing the location of all University building and car parks here.

All academic staff have feedback hours during term time when they are able to see students. These hours will be posted outside their rooms and on their staff webpages.

Sending an email can be a good way to answer straightforward questions or make an appointment. If you are having problems contacting a member of the academic staff, please let the MRes/PhD Office know by emailing or calling Natalie Deven [].

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.

Teaching and term dates

Our system differs from most continental universities in that the 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 cover the main teaching weeks during the year. After the two week pre-sessional Mathematics course, week one of the autumn term starts on Monday 2nd October and runs for 10 weeks. The spring term runs from week 15–24 and summer term is from weeks 30–39. An explanation of the academic weeks system is available online. All term dates are published on the University web page.

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.

Student attendance and engagement

You are expected to attend all lectures and required to attend all of your allocated classes/seminars. 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.

Engaging with your programme: contact points

As a student, you have some responsibilities to the Department, just as we have responsibilities to you. We want to be sure that you are coping with your work and not falling behind and so we ask that you meet THIRTEEN monitoring points throughout the academic year. These are laid out in detail on the following pages.

As you progress through the academic year you will be able to see on your Tabula page how many Contact Points you have successfully met and how many you have missed. Please inform the MRes/PhD Office should you believe a mistake has been made in your Contact Points record.

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

International Students should be particularly aware of the consequences of missing Contact 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.

1. After three Contact 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

2. After four Contact Points are missed we may refer you to the relevant professional within the University welfare system who could help you, such as the Senior Tutor, the Disability Co-ordinator or Mental Health Co-ordinator, as appropriate

3. After five Contact Points are missed you will be contacted to make you aware that you are at serious risk of being recommended for termination of your registration at the University.

4. After six Contact Points are missed the Department is able to invoke Regulation 36 to begin termination of registration proceedings and your case is handed over to the Academic Office. ( Regulations Governing Student Registration).

MRes Economics (L1PL Year 1)

Autumn term

Contact Point Description Timing
1 Attendance at Departmental enrolment
(start of pre-sessional maths course)
Monday 18 September
2 Meeting with Director of MRes Week 1
3 Attendance at class for EC9A1 Week 4
4 Attendance at class for EC9A2 Week 6
5 Attendance at class for EC9A3 Week 8
6 Complete module evaluation for term one Week 10

Spring term

Contact Point Description Timing
7 Attendance at class EC9A1 Week 15
8 Attendance at class EC982 Week 19
9 Attendance at class EC9A3 Week 21
10 Complete module evaluation for term two Week 24

Summer term

Contact Point Description Timing
11 Attendance at the Summer examinations Weeks 32-33
12 Sign attendance sheet in the MRes/PhD Office Week 38

Summer vacation

Contact Point Description Timing
13 Contact with the MRes/PhD Office (Email) Week 42
14 Contact with the MRes/PhD Office (Email) Week 46

MRes L1PL Year 2

Autumn term

Contact Point Description Timing
1 All MRes students meeting with Director of MRes Week 1
2 Attendance at option module Week 2
3 Sign attendance sheet in MRes/PhD Office Week 4
4 Attendance at option module Week 6
5 Sign attendance sheet in MRes/PhD Office
Week 8
6 Complete module evaluation for Term One Week 10

Spring term

Contact Point Description Timing
7 Sign attendance sheet in MRes/PhD office Week 15
8 Attendance at option module
Week 19
9 Sign attendance sheet in MRes/PhD office Week 21
10 Complete module evaluation for Term Two Week 24

Summer term

Contact Point Description Timing
11 Meeting with dissertation supervisor Week 32
12 Meeting with dissertation supervisor Week 36

Summer vacation

Contact Point Description Timing
13 Contact with the MRes/PhD office (via email) Week 42
14 Contact with the MRes/PhD office (via email) Week 46

Contact points for PhD students

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

PhD Economics (L1P2)

Autumn term

Contact Point Description Timing
1 Attendance at Meeting with Director of Research Students Week 1
2 Meeting with supervisor Week 4
3 Submission of six monthly progress report (year two onwards)
Contact with PG Office (year one)
Week 8
4 Meeting with supervisor Week 10

Spring term

Contact Point Description Timing
5 Meeting with supervisor Week 15
6 Meeting with supervisor Week 19
7 Meeting with supervisor Week 24

Summer term

Contact Point Description Timing
8 Meeting with supervisor Week 30

Submission of six monthly progress report (all years)

Week 35
10 Meeting with supervisor Week 39

Summer vacation

Contact Point Description Timing
11 Contact with the MRes/PhD Office Week 42
12 Contact with the MRes/PhD Office Week 46


1. Students studying away from the University (e.g. as a visiting research student) will be expected to fulfil contact points in the same way as other students, in terms of maintaining contact with their supervisor. This will be done via email and at each point the supervisor will be emailed to ascertain what contact they have had with their research student and to give a brief progress report.

2. PhD students in extension will continue to be expected to fulfil contact points through monthly monitoring meetings.

3. After submission of their theses, Tier 4 PhD students will have attendance at their viva voce examination and any result/submissions/second viva voce examinations, monitored as contact points.

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 rapidly climbing the international league tables of world class universities. The mission of the University is:

  • To be a world leader in research and teaching
  • Through research of international excellence, to increase significantly the range of human knowledge and understanding
  • To produce graduates who are global citizens, equipped to make an important contribution to the economy and to society in our inter-connected world
  • To serve our local region – academically, culturally and economically
  • To continue to make a Warwick education available to all those able to benefit from it, regardless of economic or social circumstances.

Academic Office

At the University level the Academic Office manages the main administrative functions relevant to you: Awards and Ceremonies, Exams, Student Finance and Funding, Student Records, Teaching Quality and the Graduate School. If you wish to talk to someone in the Academic Office then you can visit Student Reception located within Senate House, which is open from 9am–5pm Monday to Thursday, and 9am–4pm on Fridays.

Graduate School

The Graduate School aims to ensure an appropriate fit between institutional mission and the facilities and services provided for postgraduate students. The Board of Graduate Studies implements the regulatory framework that enables students to enrol, progress and be awarded their degrees, and develops new concepts and best practice in postgraduate education.

To meet the needs of the University’s postgraduate students, the Graduate School:

  • provides information and support to students applying for internal and external bursaries and scholarships
  • offers impartial advice on the University’s regulatory framework
  • works in conjunction with colleagues in the Centre for Student Careers and Skills to deliver bespoke careers guidance, opportunities for employer contact and training and development opportunities for postgraduate students
  • administers student feedback mechanisms, for example, research students’ Annual Reports and the Postgraduate Research and Taught Student Experience Surveys
  • works to ensure that postgraduate students are provided with appropriate facilities in which to undertake their research and take advantage of the wider student experience offered by the University environment, for example the Wolfson Research Exchange and the Lakeside social facility
  • supports the conduct of formal appeals and complaints processes and other investigations.

Find out further information on the Graduate School web page.