Master of Research in Economics

University of Southampton
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Master of Research (MRes) in Economics (1 year)

MRes in Economics provides advanced training in economic and econometric analysis. The programme offers students the opportunity to study particular areas of economics in greater depth, from both a theoretical and empirical perspective.

Introducing your course

Our one year MRes programme offers you a combination of postgraduate training in Economics, Finance and Econometrics, coupled with a bespoke module in Research, where you will be exposed to (and included in) a full range of research activities. We know that developing a research mind-set is a process and we designed a programme that, subject to requirements, allows you the flexibility to move in and out our other postgraduate programmes by the end of semester one.

Programme Overview

The programme is designed to equip students to undertake independent research, give an opportunity to create and conduct research, and provide training for a career as an economist or lay the basis for the start a PhD degree.


If you have any questions regarding the application process, please contact the admission team at If you have questions regarding the academic aspect of the programme, please contact the Head of Masters’ programmes in Economics, Dr. Antonella Ianni, at

Programme Structure

This full-time 12-month programme includes nine months of taught modules between October and May, paralleled by research in preparation for the MRes dissertation, to be completed by the end of September.

The taught component of the programme aims at broadening skills in the field of economics. The exact portfolio of courses is selected with the advice of the academic supervisor and will also prepare for higher degrees.

The research component takes the form of a bespoke module in Research in Economics and an MRes Dissertation, consisting of an original and independent piece of research. To develop advanced knowledge and understanding of Economics, Econometrics and Finance a range of teaching methods will be used.

Taught modules, will provide solid foundations. Throughout the programme there will be ample opportunities to undertake independent reading both to supplement and consolidate taught material and to broaden knowledge and understanding of the discipline.

Teaching is delivered through a combination of lectures, tutorials, coursework and attendance to research activities run in the Department of Economics to help develop core knowledge and understanding.

Students on the programme will also be expected to attend and play an active role in all research activities run by the Department, such as weekly Departmental Seminars, Departmental Workshops and Conferences.

Key Facts

  • The Economics Department at Southampton has an international reputation for excellence in research and teaching.
  • We have long-standing reputation in macroeconomics, microeconomics, econometrics and finance. Recent investments in our experimental group reflect contemporary trends in the profession.

Entry Requirements

Academic requirements

We welcome applications from students who have, or expect to have, a good undergraduate degree in economics (upper second-class or higher). Strong candidates from related fields will also be considered. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.

Quantitative methods

All applicants should have academic background in quantitative methods, such as mathematics, statistics, or econometrics. Those applying to MSc Economics and Econometrics or MSc Finance and Econometrics should be particularly competent in these areas.

English Language Requirement

For applicants whose first language is not English, the IELTS requirement is an overall score of 6.5 with at least 5.5 in each component. Please visit our international pages to find out about the University's regulations about English language requirements and support.

Selection process

As for all PGT Programmes run by the Department of Economics.


Typical course content

The taught component of the Programme is front-loaded, with most Compulsory modules taught in Semester 1. Semester 2 is devoted to a bespoke module in Research in Economics and to a range of Options. The MRes Dissertation is completed over the Summer.

Year 1Compulsory

1. Either Microeconomics or Economic Analysis 2. Either Macroeconomics or Financial Economics and Asset Prices 3. Quantitative Methods

20 20 20 20 20Semester Two

In Semester 2 students attend a bespoke module Research in Economics and three Options among the range of those offered at PGT/PGR level. The list of Options may vary from year to year, but typically covers all aspects of the discipline (Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Finance, Quantitative Methods and Econometrics).


The Preliminary Maths and Stats module and the MRes Dissertation are also compulsory.

ECON6045 Credit[?]:  30 60

Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided. More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).

Fees & funding

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Scholarships, bursaries, sponsorships or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the University:


Equipment Approved calculators: Candidates may use calculators in the examination room only as specified by the University and as permitted by the rubric of individual examination papers. The University approved model is Casio FX-570 This may be purchased from any source and no longer needs to carry the University logo.
Stationery You will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationery items, e.g. pens, pencils, notebooks, etc. Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module profile.
Books Where a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source. Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.
Equipment IT: Software licences - Publicly available software in public workstations and some available via iSolutions, but otherwise purchase.
Printing and copying In the majority of cases, coursework such as essays, projects and dissertations is likely to be submitted on line. However, there are some items where it is not possible to submit on line and students will be asked to provide a printed copy. A list of the University printing costs can be found here

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at

Career Opportunities

  • A PhD degree and research work at a leading research institution.
  • A private sector career in management or consultancy.
  • Economics and quantitative analyst in public or private sectors, including local governments and international institutions, statistical offices, central banks, financial supervision authorities, international aid organisations, commercial banks and financial institutions.

Learning & Assessment

  • Staff-led lectures and seminars
  • Weekly departmental seminars and workshops
  • Independent research work
  • Regular research meetings with your supervisor

Assessment methods include assignments, problem sets, in-class tests and exams. The research component will be assessed on your quality of work and your ability to present parts of your research in a workshop.

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