On the MRes/PhD in Economics you will be taught and guided by top class researchers, at the forefront of their field and will receive comprehensive support for your entry to the job market. Ranked 4th in the UK (The Complete University Guide 2021) and 25th the World (The QS World University Subject Rankings 2020), Warwick's Department of Economics provides the ideal place to undertake your training for a career in economic research.
The programme will provide you with 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. From our PhD we place our graduates in pre-eminent university departments including Oxford, Cambridge, and University of Toronto.
Further information on application guidance is available on the Economics Department website.
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.
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.
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; and Public Economics.
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).
Entry 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 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
We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.