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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, except those applying to a mature-student College, are required to take the Test of Mathematics for University Admission (TMUA), which is organised by Cambridge Assessment Admissions Testing. The registration deadline is 29 September 2023, 6pm (BST) and the TMUA takes place on 18 October 2023 at a local authorised test centre, which could be your school/college.

The TMUA consists of two consecutive 75-minute papers that each have 20 multiple-choice questions:

  • Applications of Mathematical Knowledge.

  • Mathematical Reasoning.

Further information is available about the TMUA test format and how to prepare for TMUA, including detailed TMUA test specifications and notes, and past/practice papers with worked answers. It is highly recommended that you carefully read the detailed test specifications and notes, and practice the papers under timed test conditions to best prepare for the TMUA.

Cambridge Assessment charges a registration fee for the TMUA of £78/€91 within the UK/EU, and £104/$142 outside the EU. Some test centres may charge an additional administration fee. UK candidates in financial need can take the TMUA for free at a British Council authorized test centre in the UK using a test voucher code provided by Cambridge Assessment. Further details about the TMUA fees, deadlines and eligibility for a test voucher code are available via this link.

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.