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2: MRes Course

Induction and enrolment

Your induction timetable is available here.

You are required to enrol as a student at the start of the academic year, and you can do this online before arriving on campus. Please follow the University's guidance by visiting the student enrolment pages.

Although the Advanced Mathematics for Economics course takes place in the two weeks before term starts (Monday 20 September – Friday 1 October 2021 inclusive), lectures for your other Autumn Term modules start on the Tuesday of Week 1 (Tuesday 5 October). Details of other important dates are given below.

Important dates


Mon 20 Sept - Fri 1 Oct (inclusive)

 EC9A0 Advanced Mathematics for Economists

To be delivered online and face to face (S2.79)

Autumn Term starts 4 October 2021
Tuesday 4 Oct 2021 Teaching begins, see MRes Teaching Timetable
Friday 8 Oct 2021 Deadline for signing into Tabula
Mon 2 May - Fri 13 May 2022 Exam Period (MRes Year 1)

Online module registration

When you arrive at the University in September you will need to register your module/exam choices for the 2021/2022 academic year using the eVision Module Registration (eMR) system. The system will be open from Friday 1 October to Monday 18 October 2021 and will be available via . You will need your ITS username and password to log on. Once you have logged on you will then be able to see a personalised page where you will see those modules that are core for your course (for year 1 MRes all modules are core). For year 2 MRes students, you will be asked to make your optional module choices at the appropriate time.

Reading lists, lecture handouts and exam papers

Module Reading lists are available centrally through the Talis Aspire system. Copies of reading lists and other module lecture notes and handouts are normally supplied for lectures and classes via Moodle.

Exam papers for the last three years are available on the University Exam Paper Archive.

NB: We do not supply solutions to past papers.

Course regulations

The MRes/PhD is a ‘2+4’ year programme, with two years of taught courses (at the end of which, successful students will be awarded the MRes Economics). Students who achieve the required progression criteria, proceed to four years of research leading to award of PhD.

The table below shows the modular structure of the programme and forms the course regulations for the programme. Please see the MRes Assessment and Examination Scheme (included in Section 3 of this handbook). This includes the credit weighting (by year of study) for the calculation of the degree. In brief, the total credit weighting (of 240 CATs) is equally distributed between years 1 and 2 of the MRes.

There is also a course specification for this degree course. Each course specification sets out the aims of the course, the skills and knowledge a graduate from that course will possess and how it is taught and assessed. The course specification for MRes can be found on the course specification section of the University website.

In the first year of the MRes, you will follow four core modules: Advanced Microeconomic Theory (EC9A1), Advanced Macroeconomic Analysis (EC9A2) and Advanced Econometric Theory (EC9A3), followed by The Practice of Economics Research (EC9AA). The latter is a core module taught in term three of the first year (after the conclusion of the examination period), but assessed at the beginning of the second year. For module EC9AA, you will be required to undertake up to 80 hours of research work over the summer vacation on which you will base your assessment. You have the option of doing this in the Department or outside the Department, but in all cases you will require a supervisor based at Warwick, who will mark your work. You will not receive additional payment from the Department for this research work, other than your MRes Studentship (where applicable), which is paid monthly over the duration of the programme.

Year One: Core Modules Only*

Autumn (Term 1) Spring (Term 2) Summer (Term 3)
EC9A1 Advanced Microeconomic Theory
45 hours of lectures and seminars
EC9A1 Advanced
Microeconomic Theory

45 hours of lectures and seminars

EC9A2 Advanced
Macroeconomic Analysis
(35 CATs)
45 hours of lectures and seminars
EC9A2 Advanced
Macroeconomic Analysis

45 hours of lectures and seminars

EC9A3 Advanced Econometric Theory
(35 CATs)
45 hours of lectures and seminars
EC9A3 Advanced Econometric Theory

45 hours of lectures and seminars

    EC9AA The Practice of Economics Research
(15 CATs)
30 hours of lectures

Year Two: Option Modules and Dissertation*

Autumn (Term 1) Spring (Term 2) Summer (Term 3)

Option modules

(2 or 3 per term)

Option modules

(2 or 3 per term)

EC9B4 - Dissertation
(60 CATs) submission early September

*NOTE: Students take five option modules amounting to a total of 60 CATs in year two. Each of the Economics modules offered is 10 weeks long and has 30 hours of teaching. Please note that the structure of the programme may be subject to change. 'Classes' refers to teaching in small groups.

In the second year, you will choose five field options (weighted at 12 CATs each) to be attended over autumn or spring term, and complete the dissertation. The balance of modules between autumn and spring term should be taken into account when students make their choices. The final list of options is not yet available as this will depend on a number of factors including the module choices of students (at least three students must register for an option module to run) but an indicative list of MRes field options is available on the programme web page.

You should regard your degree course regulations as largely static throughout your time in the Department. However, you should also be aware that the Department does sometimes have occasion to amend these regulations. We do this for positive reasons: we want to keep the content of your degree course up to date and reflective of developments and trends in the field; we may have new academic staff joining us with new perspectives and ideas for the modules. Sometimes, we may need to adjust the CATS weighting of a module or revisit which students should be able to take it and in which term it is taught. On other occasions we may feel it necessary to suspend or discontinue a module, perhaps because of staffing changes or in order to keep the curriculum fresh and dynamic. Whatever the reason for such change, the Department is committed to consulting with our students prior to major changes to our degree programmes. The consultation may happen via the Graduate Student Staff Liaison Committee (GSSLC) or wider means. If you are affected by any changes to course regulations, you will be informed in a timely manner.

Concerning the availability of modules, we cannot guarantee that all modules listed in this Handbook will be available every year or that the same lecturers will continue to deliver the modules. There are reasons why at times the Department may have to remove or make changes to a module, for example: a lecturer going on study leave or leaving Warwick or a new module becoming available, so another module is removed to avoid overlap.

Please note in all situations, the Regulations as set out by the University in the Calendar, course regulations and examination conventions have ultimate authority.

Progression requirements

First year: In order to proceed to the second year you must pass the three core modules: EC9A1 (Advanced Microeconomic Theory); EC9A2 (Advanced Macroeconomic Analysis); and EC9A3 (Advanced Econometric Theory). The pass mark is 50% for each of the modules.

Second year: In the second year you must pass the core module EC9AA and all field option modules in order to proceed to the dissertation. The pass mark is 50%. In order to automatically progress to the PhD, students must achieve an average of 65% (over all taught modules in year 1 and 2) and demonstrate strong performance in the core modules (i.e. an average of not less than 60%) and achieve a mark of at least 65% in the dissertation. Calculation of the averages for both taught and core will be weighted by the number of CATs for each module.

These are the normal progression rules. However, the final Exam Board is permitted to exercise discretion with regard to progression requirements where appropriate (for example where there are mitigating circumstances).

The research part of the degree (the PhD programme, is in years 3 to 6) is not necessarily, but can be, up to four years long. You are expected to defend your thesis at some point in either the fifth or sixth years. Extension beyond the sixth year is only granted in truly exceptional circumstances.

Years 3-6: We expect you to be ready to submit after three years of research (at the end of year 5) and to use the fourth year (year 6) to polish the job market paper and go on the job market. At the end of the first year of research (year 3), you will present your first paper to a formal academic panel. You will be required to present your second paper at the end of the second year (year 4).

PhD students must give workshop presentations on their work (a minimum of one per year) and are required to attend at least one research seminar series and one internal workshop series in their field. If relevant, students will carry out teaching assistantship duties from their third year onward, including training sessions. Some limited teaching opportunities are also available for students in year 2 of the MRes.

The final year: You are required to submit your thesis via the Doctoral College, prompting your supervisor to arrange examiners. You will be required to attend an oral examination and make any subsequent changes deemed necessary. For further information on submission and examination of theses, visit the Doctoral College web page or come and talk to the Programme Office (PGR).

Award of MRes Economics

If you successfully complete all of the requirements for the MRes, the final Exam Board (in September of your second year), will recommend the award of the MRes Economics degree and you will be invited to the next graduation ceremony, which normally takes place the following January. Further information on graduation, your degree certificate and official transcript is available on the Graduation Office web page.