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This degree is for students with an undergraduate degree in economics who wish to obtain a PhD. It provides a solid foundation for the PhD programme and involves a thorough study of the core areas of economics and the exploration of one area in detail in order to begin the process of choosing a PhD research topic, for those who wish to pursue further study. The advanced and technically rigorous nature of the programme also serves as an excellent foundation for other research-focused roles outside academia.

The Course aims to give a thorough foundation in macroeconomic theory with an emphasis on formal methods. Microeconomics will cover the standard economic models of individual decision-making with and without uncertainty, models of consumer behaviour and producer behaviour under perfect competition and the Arrow-Debreu general equilibrium model. Econometrics will give a solid understanding of basic applied econometric methods in order to be able to analyse different kinds of economic data.


To obtain the degree of MPhil in Economic Research, students need to:


  • Attend the preparatory course in mathematics and statistics. The prep course runs from early-September to early October. Its aim is to review and develop the required technical methods for the compulsory core modules in macroeconomics, microeconomics, and econometrics. The topics covered are: linear algebra; statistics; static optimisation; dynamic optimisation; differential and difference equations. Students are expected to pass a two hour examination at the end of this preparatory course.
Course Requirements
  • Attend and be assessed in six compulsory modules in each core area of microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics, and one optional specialist module. Compulsory modules consist of both lectures and classes.
  • Write a dissertation of up to 10,000 words. During the second term, each student is allocated a supervisor for the dissertation. The topic of the dissertation is associated with either a core subject or a specialist subject, and must be formally approved by the Faculty. During the second and third terms the student will meet the supervisor to discuss an outline of the topic, a bibliography, the use of appropriate data and methods of analysis, and a draft of the dissertation. After the written examinations in the third term, students can concentrate entirely on their dissertations, with supervisors permitted to give comments until the end of June. Dissertations are submitted by the end of July.


Examination of the Modules will take place in April-June.

Continuation to PhD

Continuation to PhD

All applications to the PhD in Economics are judged on their own merits and against standard admissions criteria, which include achieving an average mark of at least 70% in the coursework element (as a minimum) and the appointment of a Supervisor. If successful, in the first instance, offers will be for the Certificate of Postgraduate Studies which is the probationary year (or two for part-time study) for the PhD. Please note that successful completion of the MPhil does not necessarily guarantee acceptance onto the PhD programme.

Please see key facts for statistics on continuation to PhD in recent years.