Research course

Department of Economics and Finance

Queen Mary, University of London · Economics

Entry requirements

Students must complete the MRes Programme before they can progress on to the PhD.

Months of entry


Course content

The MRes is a research-oriented postgraduate programme for students who already hold an MSc in economics, finance or a related field and who wish to progress to a PhD at Queen Mary or elsewhere.

Structure of the PhD Programme


The MRes is first year of the PhD programme. Students build on their core postgraduate training by completing two advanced modules in macroeconomics, microeconomics, econometrics, or financial economics; and can choose from a selection of option modules that cover a range of theoretical and applied topics. Students also conduct original research to fulfil the substantial dissertation component of the degree, which can form the basis of later doctoral work.

PhD Programme

Students work on their thesis and undertake research work.

The School hosts two weekly Economics and Finance Seminar series with external speakers from institutions in North America and Europe, as well as two internal workshops which PhD/MRes students are encouraged to attend.

The School organises an annual PhD students' conference, where research students present their current research output. The evaluation of the research work presented at this annual conference is one of the elements employed in the assessment of research students' performance.

Department specialisms

Labour Economics; Industrial Economics; Transition Economics; Financial Economics; Game Theory; Econometrics

Fees and funding

The School offers generous financial support to accepted candidates on a competitive basis. Full and partial funding options are available and the maximum funding package consists of an annual £16,000 (in the year 2017-2018) stipend plus full tuition fee waiver.

Additionally, the College also offers a number of alternative funding options. We highly encourage every applicant to apply for any of these options if she/he is eligible so that to maximise the chances of securing funding. These alternative options are:

  • Prestigious 1+3 year Economic and Social Research Council fellowships covering MRes and PhD studies are available to European Union Citizens. For 2017/18 entry the School will offer ESRC research scholarships funded by the London Interdisciplinary Social Science DTP (LISS DTP) in collaboration with Kings College London and Imperial College London. Details of the 2017 studentship are available online here.
  • Funding also available for Chinese citizens through a joint venture with the China Scholarship Council (CSC). Further information can be found here and here. Please select the CSC funding option during the application process (page 6 of the electronic application form). Please also note the early application deadline 31 January 2017.
  • Queen Mary University of London, in partnership with the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan will be offering up to 36 scholarships per year to Pakistani students wishing to enrol in MRes/PhD research programmes at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL). More information is available here.

Any applicant not eligible for these scholarship schemes should select "I am a QM studentship applicant" during the application process (page 6 of the electronic application form) in order to maximise the chances of obtaining financial support.

More details can be found here.

Qualification and course duration


full time
36 months


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Mr Nick Owen
+44 (0)20 7882 7298
+44 (0)20 7882 7298