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Graduate Admissions


Each student will take seven modules and a dissertation, or 8 modules and no 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. Compulsory modules in Microeconomics, Macroeconomics and Econometrics
  3. Optional modules
  4. Either a dissertation of up to 10,000 words or an additional optional module
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 (8 modules if no dissertation is submitted); 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.

There are some practice exams in January and students receive feedback on their performance.

Classes in problem sets take place for compulsory modules and some optional modules.

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




Students may choose to submit a 10,000-word dissertation at the end of July.


The modules are examined by written papers of 1.5, 2, or 3 hours' duration, or a combination of written/project work or project work alone.

Written examination

Written examinations take place in January, May/June.

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Key Information

11 months full-time

Master of Philosophy

Faculty of Economics


Course on Department Website

Dates and deadlines:

Michaelmas 2020

Applications open
Sept. 2, 2019
Application deadline
Jan. 31, 2020
Course Starts
Sept. 14, 2020

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

Graduate Funding Competition
Dec. 3, 2019
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 9, 2019

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