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Postgraduate Admissions

Course closed:

Economic Research is no longer accepting new applications.

Apply using the Applicant Portal

The Apply Now button on the right will take you to the Applicant Portal. There, you can create and submit your application and supporting documents, and you can also request your references.

An application is only complete when:

  1. you have submitted your application and supporting documents via the Applicant Portal
  2. you have paid the £70 application fee. Further information on application fees see here.
  3. your referees have provided their references.

If you miss the deadlines specified in this section, you will not be able to submit your application.

Please DO NOT submit an application for more than one of the MPhils offered by the Faculty of Economics.  It is essential that applicants read the information on the Faculty web page before completing an application to ensure that they apply for the MPhil that best suits their career goals.

Selection Process

Applications are considered as they are received and some early offers are made.  However, the majority of decisions are made in February and March after the application deadline. Borderline applications are held until all applications have been assessed. The hold applications are assessed as a gathered field in April. Applicants will be notified if their application is in this category.

Please note: the Faculty will not provide feedback to individuals on the quality and content of their application to graduate programmes within the Faculty of Economics.

Further information on How To Apply

Things You'll Need

In order to apply for this course you'll need to think about getting a few things ready before you apply.

  • Two academic references  
  • Transcript  
  • CV/resume
  • Evidence of competence in English  
    If required - you can check using our tool
  • Details of previous study
    Please upload details of the microeconomics, macroeconomics, econometrics and mathematical courses you have taken/will be taking in your current and previous degrees.* This should be one concise document listing the topics covered in each of these subjects with the main textbooks used (maximum 10 pages). If you are currently studying for a degree please also list the subjects you will be taking in your final year.
  • Reasons for applying (5000 characters)
  • GRE
    Applicants whose previous university training has been in countries outside the UK must submit the results of a recent GRE test. Please contact the Faculty of Economics if more information is required. GMAT tests are not accepted.

Gates Cambridge Scholarships

If you wish to be considered for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship you will also need to provide the following:

  • Gates Cambridge Reference  
  • Research Proposal (PhD applicants only)

See Gates Cambridge for more information.

Key Information

11 months full-time

Master of Philosophy

Faculty of Economics

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Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2020
Application deadline
Jan. 31, 2021
Course Starts
Sept. 13, 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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