The Economics course at Cambridge provides a sound understanding of core, pure and applied economics. However, while you study economics in considerable depth in this specialised degree, you employ ideas and techniques from many other disciplines too; including history, sociology, mathematics and statistics, and politics. Therefore, our graduates are extremely well qualified for a wide range of jobs and further courses.
All applicants for Economics will be expected to be taking Mathematics up to A level. Further Maths is encouraged wherever possible, and Economics is advantageous.
The application process
All applicants for Economics across the University will be asked to sit the Test of Mathematics for University Assessment at their school, college or local testing centre in October. Prior registration in September is required for this assessment. It will form part of our holistic assessment of candidates' achievements, abilities and potential and are no more, and no less important than any of the other pieces of information considered during the admissions process. Further information can be found on the University website. Applicants for Economics are required to submit one piece of written work as part of their application.
Candidates can usually expect one interview of 30 minutes with the Director of Studies and an Admissions Tutor.
Typical conditional offers
Our typical conditional offer in Economics will be A*A*A at A level. IB offers are usually for a minimum of 40-42 points, to include 776 or 777 at Higher level in relevant subjects. We expect the highest grades in Maths or Further Maths (if taken) or Economics. Offers are designed to be realistic, taking into account individual circumstances, and to reflect potential and likely levels of achievement. Most of those who receive offers will attain the grades required.