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Graduate Admissions

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Course closed:

Finance and Economics is no longer accepting new applications.


Each module, except Econometric Methods, consists of 18 hours of lectures, together with supporting classes. Econometric Methods consists of 27 hours of lectures.


  1. Attend the Preparatory course in Mathematics and Statistics
  2. Take six compulsory modules
  3. Take two optional modules, only one of which may be taken from the options from  the MPhil in Economics
  4. Write 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 Finance and Economics.

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

Seminars & classes

Five or seven classes per year for each compulsory module; a total of approximately 44 hours, but may be higher depending on the optional modules chosen.


A total number of lecture hours for the course is 153 hours per year. Each student takes eight coursework modules; each module has 18 hours of lecture time, except for Econometric Methods, which has 27 hours of lectures. 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 Finance and Economics.



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


Two of the Optional Modules are examined by project work.

Written examination

Written examinations are held in January, May/June.

Key Information

11 months full-time

Master of Philosophy

Faculty of Economics


Course on Department Website

Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 2, 2019
Application deadline
Jan. 31, 2020
Course Starts
Sept. 15, 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. 14, 2019

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