Frequently Asked Questions
Q. What are UCLs' English language requirements?
A. All students whose first language is not English must be able to provide
recent evidence that their spoken and written command of the English
language is adequate for the programmes for which they have applied.
English requirements are available on the UCL Prospective Students website, including a list of acceptable tests.
Q. What are the conditions for entry after the MSc to UCLs MRes / PhD programme?
From MSc Economics
You will automatically receive a conditional offer, which requires an average mark across options and core of at least 70 and the support of your dissertation supervisor. You are advised to apply by the application deadline.
From MSc Economic Policy
If you wish to apply for the UCL MRes programme, please do so by the application deadline. If you receive an offer it will be conditional on an average mark across options and core of at least 70 and the support of your dissertation supervisor. Unlike applicants from the MSc Economics, you may not receive an offer.
For an explanation of the difference between the two programmes, see the MSc programme comparison page
For further details of the MRes / PhD progamme see the UCL Economics Postgraduate pages.
Q. Are GRE scores a compulsory part to the application process?
A. Yes, the general test is a required part of the application, except for students whose MSc in Economics is from UCL or who are currently enrolled in the UCL Economics MSc programme.
Q. What is the institution code to report GRE Scores?
A. The code is 3344. However please note that the department is also happy to receive a copy of your GRE scores with your application.
Q. How do I know if my application has been received?
A. You will be able to track the progress of your application via the UCL Applicants Portal (log-in required).
Q. Do I need to contact Admissions to check if my application has been received?
A. The receipt of every application is confirmed via post approximately 1 to 3 weeks after receipt in Admissions. Please wait to receive this postal confirmation rather than contact the Admissions office. If you have waited longer than 3 weeks please telephone Admissions on +44 (0)20 7679 7742/7381.
Q. Can you issue me a confirmation of registration or attendance?
A: If you require proof that you are a student at UCL then you need to go to the Student Records office (Room G9) in the Registry Corridor (Main Building, South Wing) where they can produce a document for you while you wait.
Q) Who is the graduate tutor?
A)Professor Imran Rasul is the graduate tutor. He can be contacted via email email@example.com, or telephone 020 7679 5853.
Q) Who is the programme director?
A. Professor Antonio Cabrales is the MRes/MPhil/PhD Programme. He can be contacted via email firstname.lastname@example.org
Q. Is it possible to enrol directly on the MPhil/PhD Programme without having to do the MRes Programme?
A. No, the MRes Programme is a compulsory part of the Programme.
Q. What is the structure of the MRes Programme?
A. In term two you will study the three compulsory courses in Macroeconomics, Microeconomics and Macroeconomics*. MRes Economics candidates will have the option to take two MRes Economics Options and zero MSc options. Or one MRes Economics Option and one MSc Option. The MSc course list can be found on the UCL Economics MSc course page.
The MRes Economic Options can be found on the UCL Economics MRes options page.
Q. How do you allocate supervisors?
A. Upon admission, you will be paired with a principal supervisor. In the MPhil year of the PhD Programme, by default, you will be appointed a second supervisor but you should change this to a self appointed second supervisor before your upgrade seminar takes place. This is a joint decision between the student and the first supervisor.
Q. When am I entitled to desk space at the department?
A. Desk space will be offered at the start of the MPhil Programme.
Q. How do I apply for part time status?
A. Applicants should apply for the full-time mode. The admissions tutor will consider making Part Time offers to strong candidates who tell us that that is their preference.
Q. Should I send an informal research enquiry directly to the academic I would like to work with?
Although the graduate school website states that all prospective applicants, are encouraged to send an informal research enquiry directly to the academic you are interested in working with, the department of economics DOES NOT require applicants to approach individual staff members at this stage.
Student Research Log
Q. What is the research student log?
A. The Log has been prepared to assist you throughout your degree programme at UCL. It provides a framework for recording details related to your graduate research programme, scheduled supervisory meetings and activities concerning the development of academic and key skills.
Q. How will the research student log help me?
A. Your Log will also help you to assess your progress and to plan and chart evidence of the development of academic and discipline specific skills and key skills. In education and employment there is an increasing emphasis on skills and their development. It is important for individuals to demonstrate that their skills have been actively developed over time. The skills development self audit part of this Log will help you in identifying your skills and also assist you in planning your skills development programme as part of your academic studies and career. The Log is intended to be used in a flexible manner, to allow for different research processes between different disciplines.
Q. How do you use the research student log?
A. You are asked to document ‘formal’ supervisory meetings in this Log. It is not intended to record the (far) more frequent ‘informal’ meetings that often occur several timers per week/month. It is important that use of the Log should not replace face-to-face meetings. The framework of supervisory meetings included in the Log is in line with the Graduate School Code of Practice for Graduate Research Degrees. You are also asked to reflect upon and assess your initial skills level and the development of your skills over time. This will provide evidence that you have mastered a variety of situations, personal as well as professional, in which you may have demonstrated your skills. Increasingly, employers are asking for such examples at interview and in continuing professional development.
Q. Is the research student log a mandatory requirement?
A. Yes, The Log is a mandatory component of all UCL research degree programmes.
Completing Research Status (CRS)
Q. What is Completing Research Status (CRS)?
A. CRS status means that you do not pay fees but have access to UCL facilities and can have one draft of your thesis read by your supervisor. On completion of your programme of study (normally 3 years Full-time and 5 years Part-time for PhD), if you have submitted your thesis, you can progress to Completing Research Student (CRS) Status for a maximum of one calendar year (Full-time students) or two calendar years (Part-time students) if:
- You have been upgraded from MPhil to PhD Registration;
- You will be in a position to submit your thesis within the next 12 months (Full time students) or 24 months (Part0time students); and
- You have met any additional requirements of your department/division.
You must read and understand the regulations that can be found at ACADEMIC REGULATIONS AND GUIDELINES FOR RESEARCH DEGREE STUDENTS before applying for CRS.
Q. How do I transfer to CRS Status?
A. In order to transfer to CRS status your supervisor must email email@example.com confirming the date of transfer.
Q. When should I go on Completing Research Status (CRS)?
A. Students should only go onto CRS status with the consent of their supervisor. Going onto CRS status means that the supervisor and student are both confident that the doctoral thesis will be submitted during the CRS year. Students should not go onto CRS status if this is not the case. Extensions to CRS are now rarely granted except in exceptional circumstances.
Q. Is it possible to get a CRS Extension?
A. UCL recognizes that research can be subject to unexpected difficulties. You may therefore apply for an extension to CRS status in exceptional circumstances. However, extensions to the CRS status are not granted unless there are exceptional circumstances that the student has encountered.
Further information can be found at: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/current-students/services/studyinformation/crsextension
Q. Will I be required to pay a late submission fee, if I am registered on CRS status and are unable to submit my thesis within the period allowed?
A. Please see the UCL Late Submission Fees for Research Students page.
Q. When I move onto Continuing Research Status, do I still have to pay fees?
A. No, once you have moved onto CRS, you will no longer be subject to fees.
Q. As a CRS student, when should I submit my thesis?
A. Full-time students have one year to submit, with part-time students having two years.
Q. What happens if I fail to submit on time?
A. If you do not submit at the end of your CRS period, your record will be closed and you will lose access to UCL facilities (eg. Portico, Library etc). You can still submit your thesis, however your supervisor will need to request special permission to be made and you will also be liable for a late submission fee, see http://www.ucl.ac.uk/current-students/research_degrees/latesubmission for further information.
Q. Do I have to submit the exam entry form four months before submitting my thesis?
A. Ideally the exam entry form should be submitted three to four months before you plan to submit your thesis. However, we can be flexible with this time limit and would simply request this form is submitted prior to the submission of your thesis. This form must also be submitted before the examiner nomination form.
Q. When can I submit my thesis?
A. Your thesis must be submitted after the exam entry form has been logged, but can be submitted before the examiners have been appointed.
If you are on CRS status, you must submit before the end of the CRS deadline, otherwise you will incur a penalty (see above).
Q. Where do I submit my thesis?
A. It should be submitted to the Student Centre at the front of the Chadwick Building (opening hours Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm).
Q. Do I have to submit the thesis in person?
A. No, if you use one of the binders listed on this webpage http://www.ucl.ac.uk/current-students/research_degrees/binders_printers
they will usually deliver it on your behalf. Alternatively, you can post the thesis to the Student Centre or arrange for a third party to deliver it.
Q. Can I submit my thesis without the examiners being approved?
A. Yes. You can submit your thesis, providing you have already submitted your Exam Entry Form.
Q. Can my thesis be ring bound?
A. No. The thesis must be correctly bound. For information on binding see this page:
Q. Where can I obtain further information about Submission, Binding and Format of Theses?
A: Please visit: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/current-students/research_degrees
Q: Can you offer me information and advice on my fees?
A: The Department does not have any dealings with fees. Please contact the Student Finance Section of the Registry: Room G19, South Wing, Main Building – tel: 020 7679 4125 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or see: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/current-students/money for further info.
Q: How much are the tuition fees, and when are they due?
A: Tuition fees and money matters in general are outlined here:
MRes students must pay at least 50% of their tuition fees upon enrolment (or by 31 October at the very latest), and the remainder by the following 01 February:
Q: Will I be charged an application fee for admission to the MRes programme?
A: As it currently stands the application fees do not apply to MRes or MPhil/PhD study, only Masters.
Q: I am an offer-holder with a disability or serious medical condition who plans to start the MRes Programme in the new academic year. Where should I register to be sure of obtaining any support services that I might need?
A: Please immediately register with UCL’s Student Disability Services.
Q: When does teaching start and what dates are the terms and holidays?
A: Please use the link below to access the Academic Year chart.
Q: What is the total duration of the Programme?
A: 1+ 3 years. The first year will be your MRes year and then the remaining three years are your MPhil/PhD Studies.
Q: How many intakes do you have each year?
A: One, in September.
Q: Do you provide past exam papers and solutions?
A: Past exam papers are available from the Library.
Q. What happens if I am ill during the Exam Period?
A. If you are absent from an exam for any reason, you must inform the Post graduate administrator, Daniella Harper as soon as possible. If you are absent from an exam because of illness or accident, you must submit medical documentation. Your certified illness will be notified to the Board of Examiners. You must do this as soon as possible after the exam(s) in question, and in any event BEFORE the final meeting of the Board of Examiners (normally June).
N.B. Any circumstances likely to affect your examination performance should be notified to the Post graduate administrator, Daniella Harper. Notification should be made in writing (with medical documentation if appropriate). These circumstances will be considered in strict confidence. (Circumstances which have already been brought to the attention of the Board of Examiners and for which allowance has already been made - e.g. extra time allowed because of dyslexia - should not be notified in this way as the Examiners will be aware of these circumstances.)
Q. I need a reference, who should I approach?
A. Your supervisor is the person to approach if you require a reference. If you require more than one referee, or you wish to use another academic as a referee, you can approach another member of staff to act for you but you must ensure that you approach the individual first before giving their name to ensure that they are willing to do so.
Q. I am a fully enrolled MPhil/PhD Economic student interested in attending a course at either The London School of Economics, Birkbeck, University of London or the London Business School, how do I enrol?
A. MPhil/PhD Economic students should be able to audit courses without much problem. You should contact the faculty member responsible for the course and ask their permission (as well as informing the graduate tutor). When auditing a course, you may not get access to course tutorials or the exam, but as a research student it is expected that you will not be taking the course for credit. However, the department is in the process of trying to see if there is a way this could be opened up to auditors but for now it is not expected that this will be upon the discretion of the college.
Q. I am an intercollegiate student, and I would like to enrol on a MRes core course(s)
A. The registration form can be found here.
Q. Am I entitled to a desk space at the department?
A. Desk space is offered at the department for a maximum of five years at the start of your MPhil PhD Programme.
Q. Is there a UCL Student support service?
Yes, please see the Student and Registry Services website.