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Postgraduate Admissions

Course closed:

Economics is no longer accepting new applications.

The basic requirement for admission to the PhD programme is that a student should have performed well in the Faculty’s MPhil in Economic Research programme, or in an equivalent master’s programme elsewhere.

Students already studying for the MPhil in Economic Research degree at Cambridge may apply to continue to the PhD, dependent on them achieving a specified standard in the MPhil examinations.

Applications for direct entry to the PhD from candidates with a high-quality master’s degree in economics from other universities are also welcomed. If an applicant’s previous training is not considered sufficient for direct entry, a PhD candidate may be considered for admission to the MPhil in Economic Research degree. Applicants whose master’s qualification is not from Cambridge must submit precise details of their master’s training with their application, including the topics covered and the main required reading.


Students continuing to the Certificate of Postgraduate Study (the first year of the PhD programme) are required to obtain an average mark of at least 70 from the MPhil in Economic Research. 

Students from either the MPhil in Economics, or the MPhil in Finance & Economics need to perform at a very high level, and have a willing supervisor.  These students would then need to take some core modules from the MPhil in Economic Research in the CPGS year.

Open Days

The Open Day usually takes place at the beginning of November. The event is suitable for those considering applying for postgraduate study at the University. It provides opportunities to meet with academics, explore the Colleges, and find out more about the application process and funding opportunities. Visit the Postgraduate Open Day page for more details.

Key Information

3-4 years full-time

Doctor of Philosophy

Faculty of Economics

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Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2020
Application deadline
Dec. 3, 2020
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 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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