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Postgraduate Study

Course closed:

Finance and Economics is no longer accepting new applications.


Each module, except Econometric Methods, consists of 18 hours of lectures, together with supporting classes. Econometric Methods consists of 27 hours of lectures.


  • Attend the Preparatory course in Mathematics and Statistics
  • Take six compulsory modules
  • Take two optional modules, only one of which may be taken from the options from  the MPhil in Economics
  • Write 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 Finance and Economics.

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 per year for each compulsory module; a total of approximately 44 hours, but may be higher depending on the optional modules chosen.


The total number of lecture hours for the course is 153 hours per year. Each student takes eight coursework modules; each module has 18 hours of lecture time, except for Econometric Methods, which has 27 hours of lectures. The preparatory course consists of 51 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. Failing this preparatory course will indicate that a student will need to improve their mathematical skills to cope with the main part of the course.

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

Classes in problem sets take place for compulsory modules and some optional modules.

Each student receives individual supervision for the dissertation component of the MPhil in Finance and Economics.


Thesis / Dissertation

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


A number of the Optional Modules are examined by project work.

Written examination

Written examinations are held in January and April-June.


Mid-Course examinations will be held for the Microeconomics, Macroeconomic, and Econometrics Modules and are  held in the week prior to the beginning of the Lent Term.  The examinations will be of 1.5, 2, or 3 hours’ duration.  These mock exams will give students the opportunity to practice under examination conditions for the formal April-June examinations, and will also give a good indication of progress.

Key Information

10 months full-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
Sept. 2, 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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