About this course
Develop your research skills on this MRes in Economics, and gain a deeper understanding of economic and econometric analysis. Study particular areas of the discipline from both a theoretical and evidence-based perspective.
This full-time research master’s gives you the skills to carry out independent research and conduct your own investigations. It’s the ideal training for a career as an economist or a path to starting a PhD.
Initially you'll cover quantitative methods. As well as either microeconomics or economic analysis, and macroeconomics or financial economics and asset prices.
Later on you’ll take a research module and you'll attend departmental seminars and workshops to learn about the latest economic research. Choose from options covering all aspects of the discipline from macro and microeconomics to econometrics and finance.
You’ll develop the ability to:
- understand the theoretical foundations of economics and/or econometrics
- formulate, manipulate and draw conclusions from an economic model
- apply economic analysis to a range of policy areas
- interpret and critically evaluate economic ideas and research findings
- test and evaluate economic models using a variety of research methodologies, data and analyses
- design, implement and manage independent research in economics
- present ideas, arguments and research findings effectively
You’ll have access to our Bloomberg suite as part of standalone training and your dissertation research. The suite hosts 21 trading terminals, giving you access to real-time data, breaking news and powerful analytics.
Your course leader is Dr Antonella Ianni. Antonella is an Associate Professor in Economics. Her current research interests focus on microeconomic theory, and more recently in complexity theory, network theory, social network data and their use in public health. Visit Dr Ianni’s profile page to learn more about her papers and conferences.
This course is based at Highfield.
This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.
Download the programme specification
The programme specification sets out the learning outcomes of this course and details how the course is taught and assessed.
You’ll need a 2:1 degree in one of the following:
- quantitative techniques
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You'll study this UK economics research master’s full-time over 12 months.
The taught part of the degree takes place between October and May and consists of 9 months of study. During this time you’ll also carry out research in preparation for the MRes dissertation.
You’ll complete the dissertation by the end of September. The subject of your dissertation is chosen with advice and guidance from the academic team.
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For entry in Academic Year 2020-21
You must study the following modules in year 1:
You must also choose from the following modules in year 1:
Learning and assessment
You’ll learn through a range of teaching and learning methods, including:
- staff-led lectures and seminars
- written coursework assignments or problem sets
- weekly departmental seminars and workshops
- independent research work
- presentations of research work
- regular research meetings with your supervisor
Taught modules provide a solid foundation for your learning. Throughout the degree you’ll carry out independent reading to supplement the taught part of the course and broaden your knowledge.
You will undertake an extended research project in a specific area supervised by a leading researcher with expertise in the subject.
The taught part of the course is assessed by a combination of coursework and examinations at the end of each semester.
The MRes dissertation is assessed by your supervisor and by an independent internal examiner. They assess the academic quality of your work and your ability to present parts of your research in a workshop.
You’ll carry out a piece of independent research to demonstrate your ability to:
- manage your own learning
- draw together information from multiple sources
- make use of a range of concepts and techniques at postgraduate level
You’ll develop an extended piece of writing in which an argument is developed in response to a core question. You’ll support this using evidence from the research you conduct and analyse.
We'll assign you a personal academic tutor, and you'll have access to a senior tutor.
You’ll graduate with the knowledge and practical skills for a career in the private sector, in management or consultancy. You can work as an economist, or economic or quantitative analyst for a range of organisations including:
- central and local governments
- international institutions
- statistical offices
- central banks
- financial supervision authorities
- international aid organisations
- commercial banks
- research institutions
You’ll also be perfectly placed to move into research study at PhD level.
Careers services at Southampton
We're a top 20 UK university for employability (QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2019). Our Careers and Employability Service will support you throughout your time as a student and for up to 5 years after graduation. This support includes:
- work experience schemes
- CV/resume and interview skills workshops
- networking events
- careers fairs attended by top employers
- a wealth of volunteering opportunities
- study abroad and summer school opportunities
We have a vibrant entrepreneurship culture. You'll be able to take advantage of:
Fees, costs and funding
Fees for a year's study:
- UK/EU students pay £9,250.
- International students pay £23,136.
What your fees pay for
Your tuition fee covers the full cost of tuition and all examinations.
10% alumni discount
If you’re a graduate of the University of Southampton you get a 10% discount on your postgraduate tuition fees.
Postgraduate Master’s Loans (UK and EU nationals only)
This can help with course fees and living costs while you study a postgraduate master's course. Find out if you're eligible.
Funding your postgraduate studies
A variety of additional scholarships, grants and bursaries may be available to help you fund your master’s study, both from the University and from other organisations.
How to apply
You can apply directly through our online form by using the apply button on this page.
Applications must be received no later than 4 weeks before the start of the course. You must supply all supporting documentation at least two weeks before starting your course.
We recommend you apply at least 6 weeks before the start of the course to ensure you're able to meet our requirements and apply for a visa in time.
We cannot guarantee students who do not meet these deadlines will be able to begin their course.
When you apply you’ll need to submit a personal statement explaining why you want to take the course.
You’ll need to include information about:
- your knowledge of the subject area
- why you want to study a postgraduate qualification in this course
- how you intend to use your qualification
You'll also need to send 2 academic references.
Please include the required paperwork showing your first degree and your IELTS English language test score (if you are a non-native English speaker) with your application. Without these, your application may be delayed.
Learn more about how to apply with our postgraduate application guide.
What happens after you apply
You'll be able to track your application through our online Applicant Record System.
We will assess your application on the strength of your:
- academic achievements
- relevant professional experience
- personal statement
- academic references
We'll get back to you within 6 weeks with a decision about your application.
Equality and diversity
We treat and select everyone in line with our Equality and Diversity Statement.
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