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Faculty of Economics




About the application process at Cambridge


Undergraduate admissions in Cambridge are conducted by the individual Colleges; the Faculty does not process any undergraduate applications, but it does specify the course prerequisites.

The admissions procedure involves an online application via UCAS (just as for other UK universities), followed by the online Supplementary Application Questionnaire (SAQ) for Cambridge. The application deadline is mid October, about one year before intended entry. Applicants studying outside the European Union also have to submit the Cambridge Online Preliminary Application (COPA). However, mature economists can apply up to 1st March and are not required to take the ECAA.

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.

All applicants are required to take the pre-interview written assessment in Economics organised by Cambridge Assessment Admissions Testing.

The two-hour Economics admissions assessment has two sections:

  • Problem solving and advanced mathematics multiple-choice questions (60 minutes).

  • An extended essay responding to an excerpt of text (60 minutes).

Detailed information about the contents of the Economics admissions assessment is available at

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 in Cambridge are held in early December and may involve some additional written assessment in the form of a test or essay (contact your College for details). You are informed of the admissions decision before the end of January.

Also useful is the University of Cambridge Undergraduate Prospectus.

Further information about the applications process for Cambridge is available at or, for overseas applicants, at

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