Admission Statistics for MRes + MPhil/PhD

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Dear University College London,

How many applications did you receive for the MRes + MPhil/PhD Economics, for study in the academic years 2019/2020, 2020/21, 2021/22 and 2022/23?

How many offers were made and how many were accepted? What was the distribution of offers and acceptances by domicile, i.e. UK, EU, International, and school-type i.e state, selective, private (if known)?

What was the mean average and median GRE Quantitative Section scores for offer holders and those attending? (if these statistics are unavailable please provide any reasonable representation of the distribution of scores)

How many of those that applied in each year studied UCL MSc Economics in the past? How many of these were offered a place and how many accepted?

How many students who were offered and accepted a place for MRes Economics in each year progressed to MPhil Economics the next year and how many of those progressed onto PhD Economics in the following year?

For the most recent 5 years available, what was the domicile (fee status), I.e. UK, EU, International, of students that graduated from PhD Economics?

How many of those attending MRes Economics received financial support, including full or partial tuition fee offsets (please separate categories)? What funding do you make available for UK-domiciled MRes Economics students unable to self-fund the £25k+ fees (5x higher than equivalent degrees at comparable universities), given most research funding is insufficient to cover such high fees?

I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours faithfully,

Adam Butlin

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Dear Adam

 

We have completed the compilation of information in response to your
request dated 23 February 2024 for the following information:

 

 1. How many applications did you receive for the MRes + MPhil/PhD
Economics, for study in the academic years 2019/2020, 2020/21, 2021/22
and 2022/23?

 

 2.  

 a. How many offers were made?
 b. How many offers were accepted?
 c. What was the distribution of offers by domicile, i.e. UK, EU,
International?
 d. What was the distribution of acceptances by domicile, i.e. UK, EU,
International?
 e. What was the distribution of acceptances by school-type i.e. state,
selective, private (if known)?

 

 3. What was the mean average and median GRE Quantitative Section scores
for offer holders and those attending? (if these statistics are
unavailable, please provide any reasonable representation of the
distribution of scores)

 

 4.  

 a. How many of those that applied in each year studied UCL MSc Economics
in the past?
 b. How many of these were offered a place?
 c. How many accepted?

 

 5.  

 a. How many students who were offered and accepted a place for MRes
Economics in each year progressed to MPhil Economics the next year?
 b. How many of those progressed onto PhD Economics in the following year?

 

 6. For the most recent 5 years available, what was the domicile (fee
status), I.e. UK, EU, International, of students that graduated from
PhD Economics?

 

 7.  

 a. How many of those attending MRes Economics received financial support,
including full or partial tuition fee offsets (please separate
categories)?
 b. What funding do you make available for UK-domiciled MRes Economics
students unable to self-fund the £25k+ fees (5x higher than equivalent
degrees at comparable universities), given most research funding is
insufficient to cover such high fees?

 

 

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