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MRes Programmes


The MRes is a research-oriented postgraduate programme for students who already hold an MSc in economics, finance or a related field and who wish to progress to a PhD at Queen Mary or elsewhere.

The School of Economics and Finance offers four MRes programmes:

The MRes is considered the first year of our PhD programme. Students build on their postgraduate training by completing two PhD-level module sequences in macroeconomics, microeconomics, econometrics, or financial economics (required for MRes Finance); covering core theories and methods as well as areas of active research in the School.

Students also conduct original research to fulfil the substantial dissertation component of the degree, which can form the basis of later doctoral work.

Entry & Funding

Entry requirements

Students admitted to the MRes programmes will normally have achieved high marks on a postgraduate degree in economics or a related field comparable to SEF's MSc Economics in terms of content and quality. In particular, they should have a thorough knowledge of MSc-level macroeconomics, microeconomics, and econometrics. A good knowledge of topics in mathematics and statistical theory relevant to economics.

Applications for admission should include an application form, full transcripts (showing marks for individual courses) from all undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, GRE results (obtained in last five years), letters from two referees who can assess your academic potential, and a research proposal of no more than 1000 words.

Click here for guidance on writing a research proposal.


The School offers generous financial support to accepted candidates on a competitive basis. Full and partial funding options are available and the maximum funding package consists of an annual £16,000 (in the year 2017-2018) stipend plus full tuition fee waiver.

Additionally, the College also offers a number of alternative funding options. We strongly encourage every applicant to apply for any of these options if she/he is eligible so that to maximise the chances of securing funding. These alternative options are:

  • Prestigious 1+3 year Economic and Social Research Council fellowships covering MRes and PhD studies are available to European Union Citizens. For 2017/18 entry the School will offer ESRC research scholarships funded by the London Interdisciplinary Social Science DTP (LISS DTP) in collaboration with Kings College London and Imperial College London. Details of the 2017 studentship are available online here.
  • Funding also available for Chinese citizens through a joint venture with the China Scholarship Council (CSC). Further information can be found here and here. Please select the CSC funding option during the application process (page 6 of the electronic application form). Please also note the early application deadline 31 January 2017.
  • Queen Mary University of London, in partnership with the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan will be offering up to 36 scholarships per year to Pakistani students wishing to enrol in MRes/PhD research programmes at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL).  More information is available here.

Any applicant not eligible for these scholarship schemes should select "I am a QM studentship applicant" during the application process (page 6 of the electronic application form) in order to maximise the chances of obtaining financial support.


The application deadlines for applicants to the MRes programmes are:

  • 15th December 2017 internal deadline for applicants who wish to be considered for ESRC scholarships
  • 31st January 2018 for all other funding stream applicants.

Regardless of these deadlines, we encourage all applicants to apply as early as possible to maximise the chances of securing financial support.


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