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Graduate Admissions

In view of the COVID-19 public health emergency we may need to make changes to the course details outlined on these pages. Offers holders will be notified of changes. Please see this page for further information.

Course closed:

Economics is no longer accepting new applications.

The basic requirement for admission to the PhD programme is that a student should have performed well in the Faculty’s MPhil in Economic Research programme, or in an equivalent master’s programme elsewhere.

Students already studying for the MPhil in Economic Research degree at Cambridge may apply to continue to the PhD, dependent on them achieving a specified standard in the MPhil examinations.

Applications for direct entry to the PhD from candidates with a high-quality master’s degree in economics from other universities are also welcomed. If an applicant’s previous training is not considered sufficient for direct entry, a PhD candidate may be considered for admission to the MPhil in Economic Research degree. Applicants whose master’s qualification is not from Cambridge must submit precise details of their master’s training with their application, including the topics covered and the main required reading.


Students continuing to the Certificate of Postgraduate Study (the first year of the PhD programme) are required to obtain an average mark of at least 70 from the MPhil in Economic Research. 

Students from either the MPhil in Economics, or the MPhil in Finance & Economics need to perform at a very high level, and have a willing supervisor.  These students would then need to take some core modules from the MPhil in Economic Research in the CPGS year. 

Open Days

The University of Cambridge will be hosting its Cambridge Postgraduate Open Day on Friday 1 November 2019. Visit the Postgraduate Open Day page for more details.

Key Information

3-4 years full-time

Doctor of Philosophy

Faculty of Economics


Course on Department Website

Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 2, 2019
Application deadline
Dec. 3, 2019
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 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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