Aimed at students who are interested in a PhD or research career, our two-year MRes programme offers advanced technical training in microeconomics, macroeconomics, econometrics and mathematical research methods in economics.

You will build the knowledge and skills needed for PhD research or for working as an economist outside of academia.

This programme is suitable for those who have completed an MSc in Economics or for very strong students with a first degree in economics or mathematical subjects.

MRes Economics incorporates the latest research developments from the School of Economics - research that has a direct impact on policy and practice.

Our programmes are current and exciting, and you will be taught by leading academics who are tackling real problems and influencing economic policy worldwide. You will be joining an academic community that is international, forward-thinking, collaborative, and committed to helping you reach your full potential.

Programme structure

The first year of the MRes focuses on core units - Econometrics, Macroeconomics and Microeconomics - and a Mathematical and Research Methods unit. These will teach you the basics of advanced techniques that should be in any economist's toolkit, and which are necessary building blocks for a career in research.

The second year of the MRes will introduce you to field units, in which you will be able to fine-tune the methods you learned in the first year to develop specific skills necessary for state-of-the-art research in your chosen field of economics.

There is also a dissertation component that requires you to produce a research dissertation of up to 15,000 words, individually supervised by a member of staff from the School of Economics. This helps you gain first-hand experience of how academic research is conducted.

Visit our programme catalogue for full details of the structure and unit content of our MRes in Economics.

Entry requirements

A strong MSc degree (65% or above) or international equivalent in Economics, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Engineering, Computer science or other very quantitative based subjects. Evidence of strong performance (minimum 2:1 or international equivalent) in Economics and/or Mathematics modules will also be required.

Students with a strong upper second-class honours degree (65% or higher) or international equivalent in Economics or other quantitative based subject will also be considered.

For applicants who are currently completing a degree, we understand that their final grade may be higher than the interim grades or module/unit grades they achieve during their studies.

We will consider applicants whose interim grades are currently slightly lower than the programme's entry requirements. We may make these applicants an aspirational offer. This offer would be at the standard level, so the applicant would need to achieve the standard entry requirements by the end of their degree. Specific module requirements may still apply.

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.

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If English is not your first language, you will need to reach the requirements outlined in our profile level B.

Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.

Fees and funding

UK: full-time
£11,700 per year
Overseas: full-time
£23,700 per year

Fees are subject to an annual review. For programmes that last longer than one year, please budget for up to an 8% increase in fees each year.

More about tuition fees, living costs and financial support.

Alumni discount

University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a 25% reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study. Check your eligibility for an alumni discount.

Funding for 2024/25

Please visit the School of Economics funding webpage for more information.

Further information on funding for prospective UK and international postgraduate students.

Career prospects

This programme is primarily designed for students who are interested in going on to further study at PhD level, and emphasises the skills needed for research.

The programme may also be suitable for those planning to work as an economist outside of academia, who seek a good technical training as a foundation for their career.

As a department, we are committed to building strong links with industry and helping you gain in-demand skills. You will be supported by the University's Careers Service and the Professional Liaison Network, which provide professional mentoring, networking events and business advice.