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Faculty of Economics




About the application process at Cambridge


You apply online using the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS). The institution code for the University of Cambridge is CAM C05 and the application deadline is typically 15 October. You also have to submit an additional application form for Cambridge, which you will receive shortly after submitting your UCAS application.

In the application you specify the College to which you would like to be admitted, or you could submit an 'open' application which is randomly allocated to one of the Colleges. Undergraduate applications are processed by the Colleges (not the Faculty of Economics) and each College evaluates the applications it receives.

All Economics applicants are required to take the Test of Mathematics for University Admission (TMUA), which takes place on 16-17 October 2024 and is organised by University Admissions Tests UK (UAT-UK). You have to register and book a slot to take the TMUA at an available Pearson VUE test centre, which you can select when booking. The online registration deadline for the TMUA is 16 September 2024, but it is recommended to book early to get a slot for the day, time and test centre that is most convenient to you.

The TMUA is a computer-based test that consists of two consecutive 75-minute papers that each have 20 multiple-choice questions:

  • Applications of Mathematical Knowledge.

  • Mathematical Reasoning.

You will not be able to use a calculator. Further information is available on the TMUA website, including all key dates and deadlines. UAT-UK freely provides extensive material to allow you to prepare for the TMUA, including detailed TMUA test specifications and notes, past/practice papers with worked answers and an online practice test. It is highly recommended that you first carefully read the detailed test specifications and notes, and then do practice/past papers under timed test conditions, before doing the online practice test.

The TMUA costs £75 for candidates taking the test in the UK or Ireland, and £130 for candidates taking it elsewhere. UK candidates in financial need can take the TMUA for free by booking the test using a UAT-UK bursary voucher code, provided they meet the eligibility criteria and requirements for the bursary scheme.

If your application suggests you have a reasonable chance of being offered a place, you will be invited for interview by your College. The interviews are held in early December and most Colleges conduct them online, although some Colleges offer in-person interviews in Cambridge to UK-based candidates. Further details about the interview are available on the website of your College. You are informed of the admissions decision by the end of January.

Further information about the applications process for Cambridge is available at Applying to Cambridge, and for international applicants also at International Applications. Note that most international applicants are required to pay an application fee of £60.

Also useful is the University of Cambridge Undergraduate Prospectus.

If you have any further questions about the application or admissions process, please contact a College or the Cambridge Admissions Office, or register for the Open Days.