Economics

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. 

Information on the Economics course at Cambridge can be found on the University and Faculty websites.

Economics at Peterhouse

Peterhouse has two Fellows, Professor Solomos Solomou, and Dr Charles Read, one Bye-Fellow, Dr Robert Ritz, in Economics, who act as Directors of Studies for different years.

Course Requirements

All applicants for Economics will be expected to be taking Mathematics up to A level. Further Mathematics is encouraged wherever possible, and Economics is advantageous.

If you’re studying IB, we ask for Analysis and Approaches for this course. If this isn’t an option at your school, please contact admissions@pet.cam.ac.uk for further guidance.

The application process

All applicants for Economics across the University will be asked to sit the Test of Mathematics for University Admission (TMUA) at their local testing centre. This will form part of our holistic assessment of candidates' achievements, abilities and potential and is 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. Prior registration is required for this assessment. Registration closes mid-September.

Candidates can usually expect two interviews of 30 minutes each.

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 41-42 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.

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