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Economics provides a sound understanding of core, pure and applied economics. While you study economics in considerable depth in this specialised degree, you employ ideas and techniques from many other disciplines including mathematics, statistics, history, sociology and politics. Therefore, our graduates are extremely well qualified for a wide range of jobs and further courses. Cambridge Economists enter a variety of careers in finance, government and management consultancy, as well as professional training in accountancy and actuarial work.
In first year of the course, students take five papers: Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Quantitative Methods, Political and Social Aspects of Economics, and British Economic History.
In the second year of the course all students take three compulsory subjects: Microeconomics, Macroeconomics and Econometrics. In addition, students choose one optional paper from among the following: International Trade & Economic Development, Mathematics & Statistics for Economists, Labour, History & Philosophy of Economics, World Depression in the Interwar Years, International Relations, Politics or Sociology.
In the third and final year of the course all students take two compulsory subjects, Microeconomics and Macroeconomics, and choose two optional papers from a wide range of specialist subjects which are offered each year. In addition, all third-year students must also write a 7,500-word dissertation on an economic topic of their own choice.
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Students are required to submit one piece of written work.
Students are required to take the TMUA examination. Further details can be found on the Cambridge Assessment website.
Interviews allow us to distinguish amongst excellent applicants by assessing the skills and aptitudes essential for successful study in higher education, and your academic qualities – essentially, how do you think?
For 2023 entry, interviews for all applicants, will take place virtually, except for UK-based applications to Trinity College. However, the aims and content will still be the same as in-person interviews.
Each candidate typically has two interviews, lasting between twenty and thirty minutes. In some cases, you will be given preparatory reading beforehand.
In a few subjects, you will be interviewed by more than one College or in the Faculty. You will be notified of this in your interview invitation.
Supracurricular exploration is an important way to expand your knowledge of your subject, explore your interests and develop your skills. Our new webpage contains guidance on supracurricular exploration and a comprehensive source of resources, grouped according to undergraduate degrees at Cambridge.
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