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MPhil in Economic Research - How and When to Apply

The Faculty will not provide feedback to individuals on the quality and content of their application to postgraduate programmes within the Faculty of Economics.


Funding Deadline

3 December

Application Deadline

31 January

Applicants are referred to the relevant sections of the University's Posgraduate Admissions website

How to apply.  The course code for the MPhil in Economic Research is ECM 10. Please DO NOT submit an application for more than one of the MPhil's offered by the Faculty of Economics.

The deadline for applications is 31 January for admission in the following September.

The deadline for applications for those seeking funding is 3 December; applicants should should refer to the information on the Postgraduate Admissions website.

You need to submit the following supporting documents listed below with your online application.  Please follow the Postgraduate Admissions website guidelines on how to submit supporting documents (applicants will be required to submit all documents electronically)

  • Two academic references (please check University guidelines). It is especially useful if you can use as referees someone who is familiar with your academic background and achievements. They should be able to place you relative to your peer group and also offer an assessment of your suitability for a taught masters' degree with a high level of technical content. For example an undergraduate tutor or dissertation supervisor would be ideal. Course lecturers are significantly less likely to be able to provide useful detail on a candidate who has merely attended their lectures and so should only be used as referees if they have gone beyond such involvement. If an additional reference would help your case, please feel free to provide one.  Note: It is the responsibility of applicants to ensure that their referees submit their references by the deadline dates.
  • Full official transcript. If these are in a language other than English, a formal certified translation into English is required. Applicants from North America should include with their application a GPA relating specifically to economics and quantitative courses taken, in addition to the overall GPA. Applicants who are in their final year of a degree should include, either on the transcript or separately, a list of the subjects they are taking in their final year
  • GRE General Test scores (not required if the applicant has a degree from a UK institution).  Applicants are required to upload a copy of their GRE test scores or if they have not yet taken the test a document to show that they have registered to take the test. GRE scores must be received by application deadlines.
  • Evidence of proficiency in the English language (not required if English is the applicant’s native tongue). If you have not taken a language proficiency test you do not need to take it before you apply, but if you are made an offer, one of the conditions of admission will be that you pass a test at the correct level.
  • Scholarship award letter (not required if financial support is still to be confirmed).
  • Course Details. Please supply details of the microeconomics, macroeconomics, econometrics and mathematical courses you have taken/will be taking in your current and previous degrees. This should be one concise document listing the topics covered in each of these subjects with the main textbooks used (maximum 10 pages). If you are currently studying for a degree please also list the subjects you will be taking in your final year. 

The Faculty of Economics reserves the right not to consider applications which are not complete by the due date, or to consider them in their incomplete state, at its discretion.

When Will I Receive a Decision?


The majority of offers are made between December and April with applications considered as they are received. However, early offers are only made to the very strongest applicants with the remainder of the offers made from a gathered field after the application deadline. Unsuccessful applicants will be notified as early as possible. The Faculty does not usually interview potential applicants; decisions are based on the information provided in the application documents.

Course Requirements