MRes/PhD Finance & Economics

Entry Requirements

Competition to join our Doctoral programme is very strong; you’ll need to demonstrate you have the intellectual capabilities, stamina, drive and commitment to complete a ground-breaking piece of work through independent study.

Academic requirements for our MRes/PhD Finance & Economics programme

  • An honours degree from a UK university or equivalent from an overseas university; plus a Masters degree, in economics or Finance (with a significant quantitative finance component). Accounting or Financial Mathematics may be considered with a significant finance component. A first-class degree and a distinction at Masters level is recommended but serves as a guideline only.
  • A GMAT or GRE score is required and should be provided as part of your application. However, we have no defined threshold and the score provided will be indicative to merely supplement and strengthen applications.
  • You should have strong academic references and excellent potential for research.


English language requirements
If English is not your first language, you must meet a minimum overall standard in a recognised test of English. You must show a good balance across all sections of the test and it must have been taken within two years of starting the course. We will require your certificates as evidence.

Required grades

Test Minimum overall score
IELTS 7.0 with no more than two at 6.0/6.5, and the rest 7.0+
PTE Academic 70 with 51+ in every section
CPE Grade C (CEFR level C2) or above

Grade C scoring 60+, no worse than 3 component results at borderline and 1 at weak


Educated in the English language?
If you are a non-native speaker of English but have been educated entirely in English for your degree, and completed this within the last two years, this may satisfy the University of your language skills. For further information, please see the University’s page for English language requirements.

Please note

  • We cannot review individual eligibility before you apply. 
  • Our course selectors only consider applications when submitted complete with all supporting documents.


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