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We've put together a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) below relating to our Undergradate, MSc and MRes/PhD courses, entry requirements, accommodation and life on campus at the University of Warwick.

FAQs relating to Undergraduate Study

      For A-level it is A*AA (if you have more than 3 A-levels we will take the best 2 plus Maths for L100/L112 and for EPAIS the best 3). AS-levels will not be included in offers. For International Baccalaureate (IB), 38 (a 6 in Higher Level (HL) Maths is required for L100/L112). We have equivalent offers for most other possible qualifications, refer to the appendix at the end of this handout. PPE, Economics and Global Sustainable Development, Mathematics and Economics and Modern Languages and Economics are all handled by other Departments and prospective applicants can refer to the website or prospectus for information on entry requirements.

      Maths (A at A-level or 6 at HL Maths for the IB) for L100/L112. For EPAIS, A* at GCSE (4 in HL Maths or 5 in Standard Level (SL) Maths or Maths Studies) or equivalent.

        Due to the competitive nature of the course, the answer is no. Each year applicants are turned down who are predicted (or even exceed) the offer due to the high volume of applications we receive. We suggest that applicants spend time on their personal statement. A successful application requires the application to be strong in ALL areas: predicted/current grades, past academic record, personal statement and academic reference. All applicants are expected to meet or exceed the predicted offer, therefore, the personal statement, past academic record and academic reference all have to be strong. It is unlikely personal statements are very similar (otherwise we have a problem). The strength of the personal statement does not depend on achievement. It depends on how well you show critical engagement in economics, which can be shown in many ways. (We don’t want to give examples here as students may follow it as a best case.)

          Personal statement is essential – most of our applicants are predicted to meet / exceed the offer and therefore great emphasis is placed on the personal statement.

            We need to stress that a successful statement will be strong in ALL areas, including: predicted/current grades, past academic record, personal statement and academic reference. You stand out if you’re consistently strong in all areas. We are looking for high effort/ability (high predicted grades/past grades), highly motivated and engaged in economics (strong personal statement and academic reference) and socially interactive within the university environment (personal statement and academic reference). Given the level of competition, in order for an application to stand out all these factors need to be strong. Yes, we read all applications in detail, including the personal statement

              It depends on how far they are from the offer and how many students miss their offer. Our advice is to contact our Admissions hotline for advice.

                At Warwick the Economics degree is incredibly flexible, allowing you to choose optional modules from a wide range of departments, not just Economics. However, clearly the bulk of the options will come from within the economics department. However, the size of the department means we offer very diverse courses, from financial economics, to development, to behavioural economics. Currently we have students taking Computer Science modules, Business modules, Languages etc, meaning you can tailor their degree to your interests and future aspirations, whilst also gaining the core Economics knowledge from compulsory modules. Warwick also has a great student experience with extra-curricular activities such as a guest lecture series, student socials where Economics students can get to know their peers as well as their tutors in a more relaxed setting, a personal development module for first year students based on the skills employers have told us they want, a mentor scheme for first years, an Economic Briefings Project where students get hands on experience of data analysis, and access to the Economics Society and Economics Summit.

                  We would suggest you take a look at where you can see pictures, details and current prices of everything that is available for undergraduates. If you can’t find the information you are looking for there you can email and they will be happy to help you.

                      FAQs relating to MSc Study

                      We don't have an official deadline for applications but places on our courses are limited so you should submit your application as early as possible to avoid disappointment.
                          We have a very small number of scholarships each year. You can read further details about the available schemes on our scholarships pages.

                          The University has lots of information and guidance regarding Visas. You can also find details on obtaining your Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS).

                            This step-by-step guide by the university will help you know what to do once you have received an offer.

                              MSc courses start on Monday 16 September 2019 and it is vital that you are in attendance from this date. Your first subject is Introductory Maths and Statistics, which is known as the pre-sessional course because it begins two weeks before the rest of your MSc programme.

                                Assessment is through formal examinations, coursework and an individually supervised research dissertation for MSc students. Feedback is a vital part of the assessment process, as it helps you reach your full potential, by identifying the strengths and weaknesses of your work and the actions that are needed to develop your understanding and enhance your performance. Feedback is provided in a variety of ways, including: grades and comments on marked work, solutions to problem sets, verbal feedback from tutors and peers in classes, Advice and Feedback hours with academic staff and personal tutor meetings.

                                  Detailed reading lists are given on each module website. The MSc induction website features a reading list for the course.

                                    You can find an overview of accommodation available, details on how to apply and other useful information on the University's accommodation FAQs.

                                        FAQs relating to MRes/PhD Study

                                            Entry to the MRes/PhD is very competitive. We are looking for individuals with a distinction at MSc or first class honours at UG and a strong performance across both Macro and Micro, if you have taken these.
                                                You’ll be able to view your personalised timetable on our virtual learning environment, Tabula, when you start your course. Here you will be able to see your core lectures.

                                                The majority of students offered a place on the programme will also be offered financial support consisting of a fee waiver and a maintenance award. You can read further about details about available scholarships and funding on our webpages.

                                                  For those considering applying for the PhD, you can submit an application for MRes/PhD usually in autumn each year for an October entry in the following year. We do not have direct entry to the PhD, unless you have completed an MRes either at Warwick or another institution.

                                                    There are active seminar programmes for each of the research centres in the department which are open to students of the department. Members of the research centres are also available to supervise MRes/PhD students and occasionally members of faculty will offer research assistant work.

                                                      We only admit 15 MRes/PhD students each year.

                                                        The admissions process for MRes/PhD is very different to that for the MSc, in that applications are open for three months only, after which all applicants are ranked and places offered to the top 15 students until all places are filled. You can apply for both programmes of course but you cannot transfer your application from MSc to the MRes, after MRes applications have closed.

                                                          The first year of the programme is very intense but there are opportunities to invigilate and to undertake exam script marking and checking in the summer term. Other than this we would not recommend that you work outside of the department.

                                                              If you have completed a two year taught MRes Economics qualification elsewhere, which you believe to be equivalent to the training offered at Warwick, and you wish to be considered for direct entry to the PhD at Warwick, you should send a CV and a copy of your most recent transcript to and we will consider your request. If we believe that the course you have followed may be equivalent and that you have achieved a sufficiently high standard, we will ask for further information including academic references. Please do not write to faculty members directly regarding PhD supervision, as we do not recruit PhD students in this way.