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Course closed:

Economics is no longer accepting new applications.


Teaching for the Diploma consists of weekly lectures and classes in each of the three core subjects: Microeconomics, Macroeconomics and Econometrics. 

Students are also required to attend lectures provided in the second year of the undergraduate course and are encouraged to attend other lectures in areas in which they have a particular interest.

The Diploma has a five-day compulsory preparatory course which aims to introduce students to the fundamentals of the three core subjects.

One to one supervision

There are 22 hours of classes for each of microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics. These act as formal supervisions for the course.

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

Seminars & classes

Sixty-six hours of classes in total – 22 hours for each of microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics per year.


The total number of lecture hours for the course is 54 – 18 hours for each of microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics, plus 112 hours of undergraduate lectures. The preparatory course consists of 36 hours of lecture time per year.


Students attend weekly classes in each of the three core subjects and are required to produce written work which is handed in for a regular assessment.  Classes in problem sets are an essential component of the compulsory subjects taken by students.  The problem sets provide practice in developing methods of analysis introduced in the lectures. It is essential to do the problem sets in order to understand the material and to prepare for the examinations. It is very important that students have an incentive to do each problem set and regularly receive feedback on their work.  Problem set classes will be of 2 hours’ duration, held in weeks 5 to 8, with each problem set issued a week in advance, of the submission date. 

Mid-course examinations in each of the core subjects take place in January, marks are recorded, but do not count towards the final degree result.


Thesis / Dissertation

There is no thesis for this course.


Students submit an econometrics project undertaken during a ten-day period in the Easter Term; this counts for 40 per cent of the final exam mark for Paper 3 (Econometrics).

Written examination

At the end of the course students sit three-hour papers in Microeconomics (Paper 1) and Macroeconomics (Paper 2), and a two-hour paper for Econometrics (Paper 3).

Key Information

9 months full-time

Advanced Diploma

Faculty of Economics

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Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2020
Application deadline
Jan. 31, 2021
Course Starts
Sept. 27, 2021

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Graduate Funding Competition
Dec. 3, 2020
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 14, 2020

These deadlines apply to applications for courses starting in Michaelmas 2021, Lent 2022 and Easter 2022.

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