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Postgraduate Admissions

The MPhil in Economic Research is the first year of a four-year route to a PhD and runs from mid-September to the end of July. The MPhil in Economic Research is the foundation year for the PhD programme and involves a thorough study of the core areas of economics and the requirement to explore one area in detail in order to begin the process of choosing a PhD research topic. However, please note that it is not necessary to have a detailed proposal for PhD research at the time of applying.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the MPhil degree students should have:

  1. acquired advanced technical training in microeconomics, macroeconomics, and econometrics;
  2. acquired, through optional papers, some knowledge of work at the frontiers of the subject in particular areas;
  3. begun to acquire independent research skills and experience of putting them into practice;
  4. acquired experience and guidance in formulating a realistic research topic and prepared written work to a strict timetable; and
  5. acquired sufficient knowledge and understanding of advanced economics to proceed to a research degree.

Continuing

The standard requirement for continuation to PhD is an average of at least 70% across the seven coursework modules and is also conditional on the appointment of a supervisor.


Open Days

The Postgraduate Virtual Open Day usually takes place at the beginning of November. 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.

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Key Information


11 months full-time

Master of Philosophy

Faculty of Economics

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Dates and deadlines:

Michaelmas 2022

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2021
Application deadline
Dec. 2, 2021
Course Starts
Sept. 12, 2022

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

Graduate Funding Competition
Dec. 2, 2021
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 13, 2021

These deadlines apply to applications for courses starting in Michaelmas 2022, Lent 2023 and Easter 2023.


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