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PhD - Entry Requirements

Previous Academic Performance

Applicants for direct entry to the PhD programme must have performed well, or expect to perform well, on a Master's programme equivalent to the Cambridge MPhil in Economic Research. Candidates without such a background should apply for the MPhil in Economic Research, from which it is possible to proceed to the PhD programme, conditional on performance.  Applicants must include in their application precise details of the Master's course they have taken, including the topics covered and the main required reading.  Applicants for the PhD who are not considered sufficiently qualified may be referred to the MPhil Economics Admissions Committee.

All applicants must include a proposal setting out the research they wish to undertake for the PhD, so that the Faculty can assess whether there is a suitable supervisor for the research available in Cambridge. The Academic Staff Pages outline a broad range of their research interests, which may provide a suitable basis for a PhD thesis.

Short-listed applicants for direct entry to the PhD may be invited to visit the Faculty to meet other research staff and students and see facilities.  This will not apply to all applicants and will be arranged on an individual basis.

GRE Requirements

All applicants who have neither a first degree nor a masters degree from a UK institution must submit the results of a recent Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test. The Faculty will not normally consider admitting a student whose score registers below the 90th percentile in the quantitative section and below the 50th percentile in the analytical writing section of the test.  The Faculty must receive the results of the GRE General Test to meet application deadlines (see How and When to Apply).

Course Requirements

Details of registration deadlines for this test, and of opportunities to take the computer-based test can be sought from ETS, which administers the test. The GRE website can be accessed to order publications, try out sample questions and for information regarding test dates and locations.

GRE Customer Service number: +1-609-771-7670
GRE Fax number: +1-609-771-7906.

Specific questions about the GRE can be emailed directly to

The University of Cambridge Faculty of Economics institution code for GRE is 2433.

Details of entry for the GRE test are often available within the candidate's home country, or can be obtained from:

Applications from Europe
P O Box 1109 
6801 BC Arnhem 
Other Applications
Educational Testing Service 
P O Box 6000 
Princeton, NJ 08541-6000 USA

English Language Qualifications

Course Requirements

Please refer to the Graduate Admissions website for further details of language conditions.