2.1 Honours degree or non-UK equivalent (eg, a GPA of 3.0 or above) in economics or related subject with substantial technical component (e.g. mathematics, statistics, physics, engineering) You will also need to submit a personal statement which clearly evidences a strong desire to pursue an academic career in Economics and show evidence of exposure to multivariable calculus, matrix algebra and basic probability/statistics.
Only academic references will be accepted. Referees will know the applicants in the capacity of students/researchers, not from internship or work in private/public sector. Applicants are encouraged to submit any additional (academic) documents they believe will support their application.
Months of entry
This programme provides rigorous training in modern economics and equips you with a comprehensive understanding of the research tools and techniques, both theoretical and empirical, required for the analysis of economics phenomena. It aims to produce graduates that are well-equipped to pursue careers in academia, government, industry, or consulting.
- This programme is unique in Scotland and joins a small number of similar programmes in the UK. It is modelled on the long-established tradition at US universities of providing thorough PhD preparation.
- Economics at Glasgow has a large group of research-active economists, who publish regularly in leading professional journals.
- The Economics Group runs five weekly seminar series, hosts workshops and conferences, and attracts international research visitors of world-leading quality. You are strongly encouraged to attend these research-oriented events.
- The University of Glasgow Adam Smith Business School celebrates the legacy of Adam Smith by developing enlightened, enterprising and engaged graduates and internationally recognised research with real social impact.
In year 1 you will take six core courses and write a research project over the summer. In year 2 you will take six optional courses and complete a dissertation. If you complete the MRes at a sufficiently high level, you are automatically admitted into our 3-year PhD programme. You will attend lectures, tutorials and seminars, and work on research projects.
- Macroeconomics 1
- Macroeconomics 2
- Microeconomics 1
- Microeconomics 2
- Quantitative methods.
Optional courses may include
- Behavioural economics
- Contract theory
- Decision theory
- Economic growth: Theory and numerical solution methods
- International macroeconomics
- Market microstructure
- Methods of economic dynamics
- Microfoundations of macroeconomics
- Networks and games
- Time series analysis
- Welfare and mechanism design.
The programme provides thorough guided preparation for PhD research; completion at a sufficiently high level guarantees admission into the Glasgow Economics PhD programme. You will also be extremely well-positioned to be accepted for PhD study in other universities. Upon completion of the programme you will be equipped to pursue careers in academia, government, industry, or consulting.
Information for international students
For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training):
- overall score 6.5
- two sub-tests no less than 6.5, no sub-test less than 6.0
- or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification:
Common equivalent English language qualifications
All stated English tests are acceptable for admission for both home/EU and international students for this programme:
- ibTOEFL: 90; no sub-test less than:
- Reading: 20
- Listening: 19
- Speaking: 19
- Writing: 23
- CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
- CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall; no sub-test less than 169
- PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59
- Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII at Distinction with Distinction in all sub-tests
For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use these tests to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level programmes. The University is also able to accept an IELTS test (Academic module) from any of the 1000 IELTS test centres from around the world and we do not require a specific UKVI IELTS test for degree level programmes. We therefore still accept any of the English tests listed for admission to this programme.
The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the English for Academic Study Unit Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:
Fees and funding
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Adam Smith Business School