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MRes - Master of Research

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Why choose this course

Our MRes Economics is designed to be your first step towards doctoral research, leading typically to our three-year PhD, or it may lead to a stand-alone MRes degree.

You’ll learn from academics at the frontier of their research fields, allowing you to develop specialist skills and techniques, in a vibrant research-focused department.

We offer generous studentships for the duration of the MRes/PhD course for those with strong research potential, covering (1) international fees, (2) a yearly stipend (for 2020-21 entry, up to £18,069) and (3) a yearly research allowance.

Our School of Economics produces graduates sought-after by leading economics departments, central banks, research institutions, consultancies and think tanks around the world.

What you will study

The MRes Economics course is designed to lead on to our three-year PhD Economics course, providing the foundation towards doctoral research. Alternatively, you can also graduate with a stand-alone MRes degree after one year.

You’ll study research-oriented modules in microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics at an advanced level, and complete a research project with an MRes dissertation. You’ll gain an advanced understanding of research methods and techniques, enabling you to apply your knowledge to a range of economics problems.

Our MRes will provide you with the transferable skills and knowledge to pursue doctoral research in economics and employment as professional economist in a research environment.


This module introduces students to the tools necessary to address intermediate to advanced topics and perform independent research in such topics. It covers techniques for macroeconomics as well exposing students to research papers and topics. The module also aims to expose students to a wide range of models and approaches, ensuring they are sufficiently familiar with the literature to perform future independent research.

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Entry requirements

Typically, applicants are expected to hold an undergraduate degree with first class honours in a relevant discipline and a masters degree in a relevant discipline (or equivalent qualifications). A minimum of two referees should be provided with your application. Applicants are also requested to submit a cover letter specifying their motivation to pursue a PhD in Economics at the University of Surrey and highlighting their broad research interests.

University information

The University of Surrey was established in 1891, and has a long and rich history of education and innovation. It welcomes more than 4,000 postgraduate students annually, forming an international research and learning community representing over 120 countries from around the world. The university is known for celebrating cultural diversity and fosters an inclusive student body. The University of Surrey is a research-driven institution, and...more

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