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What is the Economics Tripos?

The University of Cambridge Economics Tripos offers a very advanced education. In Part I (the first year), students are introduced to pure and applied topics, outlined in five compulsory papers: Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Quantitative Methods (essentially mathematics and statistics), Political and Social Aspects of Economics and British Economic History. Part IIA (the second year) requires all students to take compulsory papers in Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, and Econometrics. One additional paper is then chosen from a diverse list according to your interest - International Trade & Economic Development; Labour; Mathematics & Statistics; History & Philosophy of Economics; Historical Perspectives on Economic Growth; Analysis of Politics; Modern Societies; or International Relations (the latter three provided by the Faculty of Human, Social and Political Sciences). In the third and final year of the Tripos (Part IIB), students study two compulsory papers (Macro and Microeconomics) as well as two further papers from a long list of options - such as Banking and Finance, the Great Depression years, or borrowed papers from the Faculty of Human, Social and Political Sciences, and write a dissertation. Additional information about the optional papers can be found on the departmental website.

Why study Economics at Corpus?

Corpus has academic staff with interests across a wide range of topics in economics. Prof Harvey, FBA, is a time-series econometrician, well-known for his pioneering work on structural time series models. Dr Rendahl is a theoretical macroeconomist who works primarily on topics concerning fiscal and monetary policy, whilst Mr Grey is the William Cook Lecturer in Economics at Corpus with research interests in environmental economics. Dr Kattuman, meanwhile, is a member of the Judge Business School. The large number of Fellows in Economics provides an excellent chance for Corpus students to interact with leading experts.

What do we look for in Economics applicants?

Over the last few years, Corpus has averaged approximately five applicants per place, and we look to make four or more offers per admissions round. The standard conditional offer for Economics applicants to Corpus is A*A*A and we require applicants to be studying A-Level Mathematics. Similar offers are made on the basis of appropriate equivalent qualifications, such as the International Baccalaureate (41-42 with 776 in HL subjects) or Scottish Advanced Highers. All applicants are required to register for the TMUA (Test of Mathematics for University Admission). We appreciate students with a strong background in quantitatively- or analytically-demanding subjects and a sincere interest in Economics.

The College requires A-Level Mathematics, and Further Mathematics is seen as desirable, but not essential. Economics is not Applied Mathematics and we are not looking for mathematical wizards. A formal background in Economics is by no means necessary, but we are looking for applicants with a genuine interest in the subject and who have the ability to apply a logical mind to economic questions.

Corpus does not usually offer places to candidates who are unavailable for interview. Economics applicants will have two 25-minute (approx.) interviews on the same day, each with either one or two Economics Fellows at the College.