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Postgraduate Admissions

Course closed:

Economic Research is no longer accepting new applications.


Each student will take seven modules plus a dissertation. The modules are a mixture of 18 or 27 hours of lectures.


  1. attendance of the preparatory course in mathematics and statistics
  2. two compulsory modules in each of microeconomics, macroeconomics and econometrics, at the core and advanced level – amounting to six modules – and one optional module
  3. a dissertation of up to 10,000 words
One to one supervision

Each student receives individual supervision for the dissertation component of the MPhil in Economic Research.

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

Seminars & classes

Five or seven classes for each of the core and advanced modules – approximately 72 hours in total


The total number of lecture hours for the course is 144. Each student takes seven coursework modules; each module has either 18 or 27 hours of lecture time. The preparatory course consists of  48 hours of lecture time.


There is an internal examination on the material covered in the preparatory course which is assessed on a pass/fail basis.

There are some practice exams in January and students receive feedback on their performance.

Classes in problem sets take place for core and advanced modules, and some optional modules.

Each student receives individual supervision for the dissertation component of the MPhil in Economic Research.


Thesis / Dissertation

Students submit a 10,000-word dissertation at the end of July.


For the Core Modules assessment is by a 2 or 3-hour examination. Optional Modules are examined by a 2-hour paper or project.

Written examination

Written examinations take place in January, May/June. 

Key Information

10 months full-time

Master of Philosophy

Faculty of Economics

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Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2021
Application deadline
Dec. 2, 2021
Course Starts
Sept. 5, 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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