Taught course (will run subject to approval)

Economics (MRes)

University of Bath · Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Entry requirements

First or 2:1 Honours degree (or equivalent) in economics or an appropriate subject, from a recognised university

Months of entry


Course content

The MRes Economics programme is an intensive one-year taught programme which provides advanced training in economics, econometrics and research skills.

In recent years, PhD candidates have been encouraged to take an MRes-type qualification prior to commencing their PhDs so as to be able to develop a broad range of qualitative and quantitative research methods as well as starting to develop a more in-depth research proposal before embarking on their PhD - this programme is designed to provide high quality training to potential doctoral students.

Also, we have increasingly seen the greater need to collect, collate and analyse performance data in a variety of public- and private-sector organisations - this programme is also designed to be taken as a stand-alone qualification to provide social science research training.

This programme is therefore designed to suit those wishing to progress to PhD but also those needing research skills in their current profession.

Specifically the programme provides:

  • a combination of the academic study of key theoretical and quantitative economics with the development of research and writing skills
  • a critical evaluation of current and applied economics research
  • an ability to evaluate and contribute to economic debates
  • an ideal preparation for would-be researchers in economics in general and for those wishing to proceed to a PhD in economics
  • the opportunity to mix with other social science researchers from other disciplines (taking associated MRes programmes) – recognising the increasing importance of interdisciplinary research

Programme intake is limited to foster a friendly and supportive learning environment.

Core units (subject to validation)

  • Econometric Theory
  • Microeconomic Theory
  • Macroeconomic Theory
  • Research Methods
  • Quantitative Methods for Economics
  • Advanced Economic Theory
  • Short Research Apprenticeship Project
  • Long Research Apprenticeship Project
  • Economics Masters Dissertation

As well as the final dissertation, research skills are developed through the Small and Large Research Apprenticeship Projects.

Optional units

  • Growth Theory
  • Financial Economics
  • Econometric Methods
  • International Monetary Policy & Institutions
  • Financial Econometrics

Information for international students

Certificates must be dated to within two years of the start of the programme of study. - IELTS 7.0 (with no less than 6.5 in each of the four components) - PTE Academic of 69 with no less than 62 in any component

Fees and funding

UK students
International students

View information on the funding opportunities on our website.

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

Course contact details

Admissions Officer
+44 (0)1225 383037