Scholarships for New MRes and PhD research programme in Economics

The Adam Smith Business School at the University of Glasgow is now recruiting for the 2017 intake for our comprehensive MRes and PhD research programme in Economics.

The 2 year MRes programme is normally followed by the 3 year PhD stage. The University of Glasgow will fund up to six studentships covering tuition fees and a stipend for up to five years to enable students to receive comprehensive MRes (pre-PhD) training and to subsequently undertake research in a chosen field of economics, leading to a PhD.

Students are admitted first into a 2-year programme of coursework consisting of core courses in Microeconomics, Macroeconomics and Econometrics, followed by elective field courses, which leads to the MRes (Master in Research) degree.

Candidates who complete the MRes at a sufficiently high level are automatically admitted into the 3-year PhD programme of supervised independent research.

The Adam Smith Business School has a large group of research-active economists whose interests span a wide range of fields, allowing the school to offer supervision across most areas of economics and finance. The Economics group runs four seminar series and regularly hosts workshops and conferences.


The studentship will run for a maximum of 5 years. Each year’s funding is conditional on successful progression and acceptance into the PhD programme and includes:

  • tuition fees at the standard Home/EU or international rate
  • an annual bursary equivalent to the RCUK rate – £14,254 TBC for 2017/18
  • during the 3 PhD years there will be a research support grant of £750 per annum.

Entry Requirements

Candidates should hold a 2:1 Honours degree or non-UK equivalent (eg, a GPA of 3.0 or above) in Economics or a related subject with substantial technical component (e.g. Mathematics, Statistics, Physics, Engineering) You will also need to submit a personal statement which clearly evidences a strong desire to pursue an academic career in Economics and show evidence of exposure to multivariable calculus, matrix algebra and basic probability/statistics. Only academic references will be accepted. Referees will know the applicants in the capacity of students/researchers, not from internship or work in private/public sector. Applicants are encouraged to submit any additional (academic) documents they believe will support their application.

To be eligible for this studentship, you must hold an offer for the MRes Economics at ASBS. Countries of eligibility are Scotland, England, Northern Ireland, Wales, EU, and International.


Studentships are awarded on a competitive basis.

March 2017: First round of awards

Candidates who apply for the studentship and complete an application for the Economics MRes by 15 March will be considered for the studentship in the second half of March. Candidates will be informed of the outcome by email by 31 March 2017.

June 2017: Second round of awards

Candidates who apply for the scholarship and complete an MRes application by 1 June will be considered in June. Candidates will be informed of the outcome by email by 19 June 2017.


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How to apply

In addition to submitting an application for the MRes Economics programme the applicant should email stating that they wish to be considered for the scholarship and include their applicant ID.

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For detailed information about the programme and the admission process please click on the link for Further Information below

Area of Study or Research:

  • Economics
  • Finance

Application Requirements:

  • You must hold an offer for the MRes Economics at ASBS

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