Queen Mary University of London

Queen Mary University of London


This is a research-oriented postgraduate programme for students who already hold a Master's in economics, finance or a related field and who wish to progress to a Doctorate at Queen Mary or elsewhere. Students build on their Master's training by completing 2 advanced modules in macroeconomics, microeconomics, econometrics, or financial economics and can choose from a selection of option modules that cover a range of theoretical and applied topics. Students also conduct original research to fulfil the substantial dissertation component of the degree, which can form the basis of later doctoral work.

Entry requirements

Students admitted to the programme will normally have achieved high marks on a postgraduate degree in economics or a related field. In particular, they should have a thorough knowledge of Master's-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, letters from 2 referees who can assess your academic potential, and a research proposal of no more than 1,000 words.

Course modules

Modules include: Topics in macroeconomics; topics in microeconomics; topics in econometrics; topics in financial economics; financial econometrics; labour and public policy; advanced asset pricing and modelling; public economics; empirical macroeconomics; advanced corporate finance; advanced behavioural finance; contracts and organisations; dissertation.

Assessment methods

Taught modules are assessed through a combination of coursework and examinations, which take place either during term or in the designated examination period at the end of the academic year. The dissertation module is assessed by your dissertation supervisor together with a 2nd reader.

Sponsorship information

The School offers generous financial support on a competitive basis to MRes students with demonstrated potential for a successful research career. Both domestic and international candidates are eligible for tuition waivers and stipends (amounting to £16,000 for 2014-15) to cover living expenses. In addition, MRes Finance students who progress to the PhD programme will have the option to increase their level of support (to a total of £22,000 for 2014-15) by undertaking 60 hours of teaching for the School. No additional application is needed to be considered for financial support. Fellowships are also available through the ESRC Doctoral Training Centre and the College Principal Competition (please note early application deadline for such scholarships).


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MRes Full-time - 1 years

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