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Master of Research in Economics

Programme Start Date





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The call for applications for the 2025-26 academic year (start date: 1 September 2025) will open in November 2024. The deadline for the submission of the complete application will be 31 January 2025 at 14:00 (CET). 

Degree Requirements

Can I apply even if I will complete my degree after the applications deadline?

Yes, but you must obtain your degree with the required grade by the following August and send proof to the EUI as soon as it is available.

Do I need a first degree in Economics for admission to the MRes in Economics programme, or is a degree in another subject sufficient?

Applicants without a first degree in Economics may be considered, however they must have sufficient background in theory and research methodology relevant to the discipline (including mathematics, statistics and economics).. The Examining Board will assess the content and quality of your degree and academic background.


Required Documents

Is the GRE mandatory?

The GRE is mandatory for applicants to the Department of Economics. In case you do not have the certificate and cannot obtain one before the applications deadline, you should attach a declaration explaining the reasons for this. Your application will not be automatically rejected if the GRE scores are missing. It will remain for the selection committee to evaluate the circumstances and assess your application.


Language Requirements

Can I be exempted from the requirement to submit an English International Language Certificate?

Candidates who are English native speakers, or have a degree from a university programme entirely taught in English and who have written a thesis in English in such a programme, are exempt from submitting a certificate of English proficiency.

If you cannot submit an English International Language Certificate due to reasons beyond your control, you must attach to the application form a personal declaration stating the extenuating circumstances which prevent you from submitting the certificate.

Extenuating circumstances can include the following situations:

  • a serious, acute or chronic medical condition
  • significant caring responsibilities, or recent bereavement or serious illness within close family
  • serious financial reasons
  • other circumstances where serious disruption has occurred

If you are shortlisted for an interview during the selection process, you will need to take an English Language Assessment Test at the EUI Language Centre.

Do I have to take an English test if I am invited for interview?

All interviewees have to take either an English language assessment test or an English language placement test with the exception of English native speakers.


Reference Letters

Can I provide extra reference letters?

Only two reference letters are required for the Programme.  References must by submitted by the referees indicated in your application. We cannot accept more than two reference letters

What happens to my application if reference letters are missing?

Your application will not automatically disregarded if one or two reference letters are missing, but remember that reference letters play an important role in the selection process.

Can referees write reference letters in their own language?

Yes, but references in English or French guarantee the widest possible reading.

Can reference letters be submitted after the deadline?

References must be submitted by the deadline for applications.

Can you accept a professional reference from my employer instead of an academic reference?

Normally, Academic References should be submitted by academic referees (ie: Professors, Lectures etc.) who are in a position to give an academic evaluation of your research, intellectual qualities, ability and potential. For the MRes Programme, letters from professional referees who are in a position to provide an academic reference letter (as described above) may be also accepted.

Does the EUI contact referees directly to ask for references?

When you register your referees' details in the online application form, an email requesting a reference on your behalf is automatically sent to the referees you have nominated. Nevertheless, it is your responsibility to contact referees directly to inform them of your request and to ensure that they submit the reference by the deadline.

Do you accept references before I have submitted my application?

Yes, it is warmly recommended that references arrive as soon as possible.

Your referees will be contacted and will be allowed to submit the reference only after you have completed and registered the first step of the online application form including the names and contact details of referees. In order to receive the references in time by the deadline, you should register the referee details as soon as possible. This is possible any time and you do not yet need to submit the final version of your application at that time. Please note that reference letters can be submitted by the registered referees (before the deadline) even after you have submitted your application.

You are responsible for ensuring that your referees submit the reference by the deadline.


Other Topics

The EUI also offers a Doctoral Programme in Economics can I apply to both programmes?

No, You can only apply for one programme (either the Master of Research or the Doctoral Programme). 

I am currently in full-time employment. Can I register at the EUI without interrupting/ending my employment?

No, if admitted to the MRes programme, you must interrupt or end your employment for the duration of the programme.

I am registered on a programme at another university. Can I register at EUI at the same time?

No, you must interrupt the other course of study. Registration at the EUI means committing yourself full-time to the MRes programme.

Should I translate my degree certificates, transcripts or CV?

We usually accept documents in all the languages of the European Union although those written in English guarantee the widest possible reading. As such, translations in English are appreciated but not mandatory. English translations are recommended for transcripts submitted to the Department of Economics.


For further information, please contact the Admissions Office at:

Email: [email protected] - Tel.: +39 0554685 373

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