Postgraduate research: Economics (MRes and PhD)

The Department of Economics has an enthusiastic research community, a welcoming atmosphere and excellent research facilities.

We are large enough to have expertise in many fields, but small enough to be friendly and allow regular contact between students and staff members. 

Research facilities are very good, with extensive provision of networked software and databases, and online access to all leading journals.

Our research students are strongly encouraged to interact with other members of the school and to attend the term-time seminar series, including external and internal speakers. PhD students also present their work once a year in a dedicated, internal seminar series which is generally well attended by both students and faculty. Students have many opportunities for further advanced training.

MRes Economics

The MRes in Economics is a freestanding, 12-month master’s degree designed for students with a potential interest in future study at PhD level in Bristol or elsewhere. It emphasizes the knowledge and skills needed for PhD research. The programme is suitable for those planning to work as an economist outside academia, but seeking a good technical training for their later career.

Visit our programme catalogue for more details about the course structure and units available.

Candidates with a good MSc degree (or equivalent qualification) in economics are encouraged to apply. Consideration will also be given to students with exceptional academic performance in undergraduate economics.

While the MRes Economics is a freestanding master’s degree, an increasing proportion of our PhD students are recruited from this programme.

If you would like to be considered for ESRC 1+3 funding, then a brief research proposal (around half a page) will need to be included with the online MRes application.

MRes Economics

PhD Economics

The PhD in Economics is a research qualification based on preparation of a dissertation. The doctoral programme is offered on a full or part-time basis.

The standard entry route into the PhD is the MRes Economics programme. However, candidates with a MRes or MPhil degree from another institution, or a very strong MSc degree, will also be considered for direct entry into the PhD programme.

Candidates entering the PhD programme without an MRes degree are required to take 60 credit points of taught units in their first year.

PhD Economics

How to apply

Before making a formal application, please contact potential PhD supervisors to discuss eligibility and potential funding. We can only accept applications if we are able to supervise the research topic you are proposing.

Find out how to apply. Read the admissions statement for full details. 

Look at our advice on what to include in your research proposal

Entry requirements

Details of the required academic qualifications, and English language requirements .

Look at our country-specific pages for information about equivalent qualifications for specific countries.

Fees and funding

Details of current tuition fees for this programme. Further information on fees and living expenses.

If you are seeking funding, please see our postgraduate funding opportunities and advice.

There are also some potential sources of funding for Postgraduate Research programmes and your PhD supervisor may be able to provide advice on what options are available.

After you apply

Full details on what happens after you apply.


PhD Student success

Explore the published or forthcoming research by current or former research students in the Department of Economics at Bristol.

Economics research

Find out about research going on in the Department of Economics.

The best thing about Bristol was the research environment and the collaborations that this fostered with a number of colleagues. Having now left Bristol, I really value the connections that I built during my time there and still work with a number of people in the university.

Lindsey (PhD in Economics)

Bristol Doctoral College

Our Bristol Doctoral College supports the community of postgraduate researchers across our research degree programmes. Find out what the Doctoral College has to offer you.

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