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Graduate Admissions

Course closed:

Economics is no longer accepting new applications.


Each student will take seven modules plus a dissertation. All modules (except Econometric Methods) have 18 hours of lectures. The module on Econometric Methods has 27 hours of lectures.


  1. Attendance of the Preparatory Course on Mathematics and Statistics
  2. Two compulsory module in each of Microeconomics and Macroeconomics, and one module in Econometrics [5]
  3. Two optional modules [2]
  4. A dissertation of up to 10,000 words
One to one supervision

Each student receives individual supervision for the dissertation component of the MPhil in Economics.

The University of Cambridge publishes an annual Code of Practice which sets out the University’s expectations regarding supervision.

Seminars & classes

Five classes for each of the modules in Microeconomics and Macroeconomics and seven classes for Econometrics


The total number of lecture hours for the course is 135 hours. Each student takes seven coursework modules; each module has 18 hours of lecture time, except Econometrics, which has 27 hours of teaching. The Preparatory Course consists of 48 hours of lecture time.


There is an internal examination on the material covered in the preparatory course which is assessed on a pass/fail basis. Classes in problem sets take place for compulsory modules and some optional modules. Mid-course examinations in microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics take place in January. 

 Each student receives individual supervision for the dissertation component of the MPhil in Economics.




Students submit a 10,000-word dissertation at the end of July worth 21 per cent of the final overall mark.


The majority of the core modules are examined by written papers of 2 or 3 hours' duration.  The module on Applied Macroeconomics is assessed by both an examination paper and a 3,000 words project.   Project titles are issued and students have 8 days to complete.  The Examination Paper is weighted at 70% and the Project 30%.

A number of the Optional Modules are assessed by project work alone. 

Written examination

Students are examined on seven coursework modules in May and June.

Key Information

11 months full-time

Master of Philosophy

Faculty of Economics


Course on Department Website

Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 3, 2018
Application deadline
Jan. 31, 2019
Course Starts
Sept. 16, 2019

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Graduate Funding Competition
Dec. 5, 2018
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 10, 2018

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