Taught course


University of Cambridge · Faculty of Economics

Entry requirements

Applicants for this course should have achieved a UK First class Honours Degree or its international equivalent. Applications are considered as they are received (rolling admissions), but borderline applications are put on 'hold' until all applications have been assessed.  'Hold' applications are assessed as a gathered field in April; applicants will be notified if their application is in the 'hold' category.

Months of entry


Course content


The Advanced Diploma in Economics is a nine month taught course (from the last week in September to the end of June) for students whose first degree contains little or no economics.  It provides a qualification equivalent to a second bachelor’s degree in economics and serves two different purposes.

First, the Diploma serves as a preliminary qualification for people wishing to continue advanced education in economics at the master’s level, at the University of Cambridge or elsewhere. Diploma students may therefore apply to continue with the MPhil programme in economics after the Diploma examinations. Continuation is conditional on a good examination performance.

Second, the Diploma serves as a stand-alone education for those who want a rigorous introduction to economics but who do not with to pursue further studies but who want to complement their existing degree with knowledge of economics.

Since modern economics makes frequent use of formal (mathematical and statistical) analysis, a good mathematical background is essential for applicants to the Diploma programme.

Fees and funding

Fee Home: GBP13200, EU: GBP13200, Overseas: GBP20535

Qualification and course duration


full time
9 months



Students submit an econometrics project undertaken during a 10-day period in the Easter Term; this counts for 40% of the final exam mark for Paper 3 (Econometrics).


At the end of the course students sit three-hour papers in: Microeconomics (Paper 1), Macroeconomics (Paper 2) and Econometrics (Paper 3).

Course contact details

+44 1223 337733