Research course


University of Cambridge · Faculty of Economics

Entry requirements

  • A First Class, or high 2:1, Economics undergraduate honours degree from a UK university, or a GPA of at least 3.8/4.0 from a non-UK university.
  • A Distinction-level Master’s degree in Economics equivalent to the Faculty’s MPhil in Economic Research.

In addition, we strongly encourage applicants to include information about their ranking within their academic years, at both undergraduate and master’s degree.

Months of entry


Course content

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.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • PhD
    full time
    36-48 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

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