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The Department of Economics carries out research into most of the major fields of microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics. The approach taken is flexible, and the research interests of members of the Department span theoretical, applied and policy-oriented subjects.The Department hosts a successful research centre, the (CMPO), which was established in 1998 to study the impact of incentives on organisations, with a focus on the public sector. Its research agenda has since broadened to cover the wider impact of policy on the users of public services. The Centre is funded jointly by the ESRC and the Leverhulme Trust. The Department also hosts a newer research centre, the , which seeks to promote the use of structural approaches in the analysis of economic questions and policy design.


Research Groups Most research is carried out within two main research areas:

* Theoretical and applied microeconomics, especially labour economics, industrial organisation, health economics and microeconometrics
* Macroeconomics, growth and development, including monetary policy, economic growth, development economics and political economy

UK requirements for international applications

Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).

Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.

All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.

University requirements

Undergraduate applicants may use UCAS system or Common App (for all courses except medicine, dentistry and veterinary sciences). International students may find country-specific admission criteria on the website. For instant, student from Russia with a Certificate of secondary education may be admitted to the Univeristy of Bristol only after foundation/bridging program, while those with International Baccalaureate/A-level degree may apply directly to undergraduate programs.

Graduate students have to use university's website for application. All documents should be uploaded on this website and the admission decision will also be provided on the website.

International students should provide English test results in order to apply to both undergraduate and graduate programs. University of Bristol accept various tests, including IELTS, TOEFL, CAE/CPE and some others. Language requirements may depend on the type of program: they are typically higher for Art&Humanities and lower for Science programs. For instance, the highest IELTS score required (profile A) for undergraduate and graduate programs is 7.5 (7.0 in each section).

Program requirements


An upper second-class honours degree (or international equivalent) in a related subject, and/or a Masters qualification in a related subject.

English Language Requirements

IELTS band: 6.5

IMPORTANT NOTE: Since April 2014 the ETS tests (including TOEFL and TOEIC) are no longer accepted for Tier 4 visa applications to the United Kingdom. The university might still accept these tests to admit you to the university, but if you require a Tier 4 visa to enter the UK and begin your degree programme, these tests will not be sufficient to obtain your Visa.

The IELTS test is most widely accepted by universities and is also accepted for Tier 4 visas to the UK- learn more.


The Department has a quota allocation of 1+3 and +3 ESRC scholarships for UK/EU students. Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students is available from the Student Funding Office website.

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