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MRes/PhD in Economics (2022 Entry)

About this research graduate course

Course overview

You will receive exceptionally high-quality training in advanced economics, giving you outstanding opportunities to understand, appreciate and contribute to frontier research.

You will gain a thorough understanding of research techniques and an in-depth appreciation of the principal areas of concern for researchers in economics. Our PhD graduates are placed in pre-eminent university departments including Oxford, Cambridge, Toronto, Bocconi and Tilburg.


Teaching and learning

You will have 9 hours of lectures per week in year one and 4-5 hours of seminars. In year two, teaching is mainly on a seminar basis (6-9 hours per week) with seminar groups of between 3 and 15 students maximum. Assessment is a mixture of class tests, exams, presentations and referee reports.

You will also be heavily involved in developing your own research with one of our leading academics in the form of your MRes dissertation (max of 20,000 words).


Application guidance

A research proposal is not necessary at the stage of application; all successful applicants enrol in the MRes degree first, but you can upload a statement of purpose if you wish.

Further information on application guidance is available on the Economics Department website.

This course is open for applications from 1st December 2021.


General entry requirements

Minimum requirements

First Class undergraduate degree (or equivalent) and/or MSc with distinction, as well as GRE General Test quantitative section scores of 800/166.


English language requirements

You can find out more about our English language requirements. This course requires the following:

  • Band B
  • IELTS overall score of 7.0, minimum component scores of two at 6.0/6.5 and the rest at 7.0 or above.

International qualifications

We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications.

For more information, please visit the international entry requirements page.


Additional requirements

There are no additional entry requirements for this course.

Our research

96% of our research was deemed to be world leading in the most recent REF (2014). We have five separate seminar series running on a weekly basis (term time), with invited eminent speakers from around the world. MRes and PhD students are welcome and encouraged to attend. 

Areas for PhD supervision 

We have active research groups in:

  • Applied Economics
  • Economic History
  • Development Economics
  • Economic Theory
  • Econometrics
  • Education
  • Industrial Economics
  • International Economics
  • Labour Economics
  • Macroeconomics
  • Political Economy
  • Public Economics
  • Experimental and Behavioural Economics

Find a supervisor

Please do not write to members of faculty regarding supervision or entry to the PhD, as we do not recruit PhD students in this way.

All of our PhD students must either complete the MRes Economics at Warwick or demonstrate they have completed a two-year MRes at another institution (with a syllabus closely matching that taught at Warwick) and achieved excellent results.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees are payable for each year of your course at the start of the academic year, or at the start of your course, if later. Academic fees cover the cost of tuition, examinations and registration and some student amenities.

Taught course fees  Research course fees


Fee Status Guidance

The University carries out an initial fee status assessment based on information provided in the application and according to the guidance published by UKCISA. Students are classified as either Home or Overseas Fee status and this can determine the tuition fee and eligibility of certain scholarships and financial support.

If you receive an offer, your fee status will be stated with the tuition fee information, however we are awaiting guidance from the UK government regarding fee status for EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals and their family members living in the UK for academic year 2021/22 onwards. We are not able to confirm the fee status for these students until the relevant eligibility criteria have been confirmed. Once we have received further information from the UK government, we will provide you with an update on your fee status and let you know if any additional information is required. If you believe your fee status has been incorrectly classified you can complete a fee status assessment questionnaire (follow the instructions in your offer) and provide the required documentation for this to be reassessed.

The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) provides guidance to UK universities on fees status criteria, you can find the latest guidance on the impact of Brexit on fees and student support on the UKCISA website.


Additional course costs

As well as tuition fees and living expenses, some courses may require you to cover the cost of field trips or costs associated with travel abroad. Information about department specific costs should be considered in conjunction with the more general costs below, such as:

  • Core text books
  • Printer credits
  • Dissertation binding
  • Robe hire for your degree ceremony

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