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Postgraduate Study

Course closed:

Economics and Data Science is no longer accepting new applications.

The course aims to expand the knowledge of a diverse set of students who already have good undergraduate degrees in economics or related fields with the tools of data science to handle and interpret large quantities of data.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the MPhil degree students should have:

  • acquired advanced high quality training of the essential data sciences skills;
  • acquired skills in data retrieval, manipulation, programming and methods of machine learning and econometrics;
  • acquired the theoretical underpinning of the motivation of modelling decisions and the interpretation of data pattern;
  • acquired, through optional papers, some knowledge of work at the frontiers of the subject in particular areas;
  • begun to acquire independent research skills and experience of putting them into practice;
  • acquired experience and guidance in formulating a realistic research topic and prepared written work to a strict timetable;
  • acquired sufficient knowledge and understanding of advanced economics and data science through hands-on work to proceed to a career as a professional economist in industry, government, or public institutions.


Students who wish to continue to a PhD would need to meet standard admissions criteria and apply in the usual way. However, please note that this course is intended for students who wish to obtain a master’s qualification before leaving academic economics and is not primarily designed for students who wish to continue to the PhD programme.


Open Days

The Postgraduate Virtual Open Day usually takes place at the end of October. It’s a great opportunity to ask questions to admissions staff and academics, explore the Colleges virtually, and to find out more about courses, the application process and funding opportunities. Visit the Postgraduate Open Day page for more details.

See further the Postgraduate Admissions Events pages for other events relating to Postgraduate study, including study fairs, visits and international events.

Key Information

9 months full-time

21 months part-time

Study Mode : Taught

Master of Philosophy

Faculty of Economics

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Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 4, 2023
Application deadline
Dec. 5, 2023
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2024

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

Course Funding Deadline
Dec. 5, 2023
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 11, 2023

These deadlines apply to applications for courses starting in Michaelmas 2024, Lent 2025 and Easter 2025.

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