Birkbeck, University of London

Course Introduction

Birkbeck's MRes Economics will prepare you to undertake MPhil/PhD or professional research by giving you the theoretical knowledge and analytical techniques you need. The course will also give you a solid understanding of economics through modules taught at Master's and MPhil level. You can also specialise in a particular area of personal or professional interest via a range of option modules.

After specialist training in research skills, you will undertake a piece of independent research, supervised by one of our academics and culminating in a dissertation of 10,000 to 12,000 words. If you are interested in pursuing further research, we offer an associated MPhil/PhD Economics.

Birkbeck's postgraduate economics courses are built around our long-running experience in research-led evening teaching. Many of our students work in government, finance, economic consultancies, think tanks and the digital economy, which generates a lively atmosphere in class and ensures that you'll be studying alongside, and networking with, committed, enthusiastic students with a wealth of experience. You will be taught by active researchers, working at the cutting edge in their respective fields, who are also experienced professional practitioners, giving specialist advice and in-house training to government departments and banks and firms in the City of London.

TEACHING

Teaching may include formal lectures, seminars, and practical classes and tutorials. Formal lectures are used in most degree programmes to give an overview of a particular field of study. They aim to provide the stimulus and the starting point for deeper exploration of the subject during your own personal reading. Seminars give you the chance to explore a specific aspect of your subject in depth and to discuss and exchange ideas with fellow students. They typically require preparatory study.

CAREERS AND EMPLOYABILITY

This course will enable you to conduct research at MPhil/PhD level. It may also help you develop a career in economics and finance, the civil service, journalism, politics and international development, or to conduct research professionally or for organisations including banks, think-tanks and consultancy firms.

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
Masters in Research (MRes) £13,020 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
Masters in Research (MRes) £19,020 Overseas Fees
1 year
Full Time
Masters in Research (MRes) £13,020 European Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: A second-class honours degree in economics (or from a quantitative-oriented discipline such as engineering, mathematics or statistics). We may also ask for GRE scores.
  • International entry requirements: A second-class honours degree in economics (or from a quantitative-oriented discipline such as engineering, mathematics or statistics). We may also ask for GRE scores. If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, the requirement for this course is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 7.0, with not less than 6.5 in each of the sub-tests.
  • IELTS score: 7