Research course


Queen Mary, University of London · Economics

Entry requirements

You should have a postgraduate degree in economics, finance or a related field with a merit or distinction grade, and a good knowledge of topics in mathematics and statistical theory relevant to financial and economic analysis. If your first language is not English, you must provide evidence of your English language proficiency. 6.5 IELTS, or equivalent, is required.

Months of entry


Course content

The Economics MRes and Finance MRes are research-orientated postgraduate programmes for students who already hold an MSc-level qualification in economics, finance or a related field, and who may wish to progress to doctoral study. You can build on your postgraduate training by completing two advanced modules in macroeconomics, microeconomics, econometrics, or financial economics; and can choose from a selection of elective modules that cover a range of theoretical and applied topics. You will also conduct original research to fulfil the substantial dissertation component of the degree, which can form the basis of later doctoral work.

The Economics MRes and Finance MRes can be pursued as standalone degrees or as the first year of a planned PhD. Successful completion of the programme will equip you to conduct publishable research in one or more areas of economics or finance and, in particular, to write a high-quality doctoral dissertation. Generous financial assistance is available for candidates with exceptional qualifications and demonstrated potential for a successful research career.

Economics MRes

One year full-time

ore module:

  • MRes Dissertation

You are required to take two modules from the following list:

  • Topics in Macroeconometrics
  • Topics in Microeconometrics
  • Topics in Econometrics
  • Topics in Financial Economics

You are also required to take two modules from the following list:

  • Advanced Topics in Macroeconomics
  • Advanced Topics in Microeconomics
  • Advanced Topics in Econometrics
  • Advanced Topics in Financial Economics

Department specialisms

Macroeconomics, microeconomic theory and game theory, applied microeconomics, econometric theory, time series analysis, theoretical and empirical finance, and financial econometrics.

Information for international students

QMUL has students from over 155 countries making a valuable and active contribution to academic and social life. We offer a variety of services to support you as an international student including airport collection, an International Welcome Programme, Advice and Counselling service and more.

Fees and funding

The School offers generous financial support on a competitive basis to MRes students with demonstrated potential for a successful research career. In 2016, both domestic and international candidates were eligible for tuition waivers and stipends (up to £16,000) to cover expenses. Fellowships were also available through the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Doctoral Training Centre, currently run with Goldsmiths (new collaborations to be announced for 2017).

The School is pleased to be able to offer generous Teaching Assistantships to incoming PhD students. A Teaching Assistantship covers your tuition fees and provides maintenance per annum that includes:

  • Up to £16,000 as the research studentship
  • Up to £4,000 for compulsory teaching of 50 hours per annum.

PhD students are also entitled to an additional £1,000 annual research allowance. The School currently offers Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) scholarships funded through the joint Doctoral Training Centre run by QMUL and Goldsmiths (new collaborations for 2017 will be announced online). To be considered for the ESRC MRes AND PhD PROGRAMME 67 research scholarship, your application must be received by the deadline and an additional ESRC application form must also be attached. The deadline for ESRC applications is likely to be the end of January 2017; please refer to the School website for up-to-date information. More details are also available at:

We also offer Queen Mary Postgraduate Research Studentships each year, which are tenable for up to three years. The studentships cover tuition fees and provide maintenance at the basic British research council level (£16,296 in 2016). The deadline for applications to be considered for Postgraduate Research Studentships and ESRC Research Scholarships is the end of January 2017.

See: funding

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    full time
    36 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

Nick Owen
+44 20 7882 7298