UCL Department of Economics


How to apply

MRes students

The application deadline for September 2020 entry is 13 January 2020

For information on how to apply, fees and other general information about studying at UCL please see the UCL Prospective Students page for graduate students



For admission to the research degree programme, applicants should have, or expect to obtain before entry, a suitable Master's degree in Economics or a related subject and must demonstrate that they are qualified to proceed to research work. Your application will be rejected if you do not have such a masters degree.

Admission to the MRes programme depends not only on the candidate's qualifications as reflected by grades, reference letters, GRE scores, statement of research interests, and the like, but also on availability of members of the faculty to provide dissertation supervision. Although staff research is wide-ranging, it is impossible to guarantee that the interests of prospective candidates will coincide with the areas of research of staff members. 

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.

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. Please note that students will not normally be allowed to enter the programme at any time other than the beginning of an academic year (i.e. late September).

The GRE General Test is a required part of the application, except for students who hold a recent MSc in Economics from UCL, or who are currently enrolled in the UCL MSc Economics programme. Enclose a copy of your most recent GRE score report with your application for admission, please.

Please apply online.

Enquiries about graduate study in Economics should be directed to: economics.phd.admissions@ucl.ac.uk