Economics

  • UCAS Code: L100 BA/Econ
  • Campus Code: 4
  • Duration: 3 years
  • Places per year: 3-7

The Economics Faculty at Cambridge is one of the largest in the UK. It maintains its own computer network and students have access to a wide range of statistical databases and software. Members of the Faculty are involved in a very wide range of research projects, and the Faculty was awarded a 5 rating in a recent official survey of research output in Economics. Trinity Hall itself is only a brief cycle ride or walk from the Economics Faculty and the Marshall Library.

Course Overview

The Economics course is flexible with many options to choose from for Part IIB (the third year) of the Tripos, which consists of two compulsory papers, two optional papers and a dissertation of 7,500 words. 

Students who complete the Economics Tripos are extremely well qualified for a wide range of jobs and further courses. A substantial number go on to professional training in chartered accountancy, actuarial work and similar fields. Others are employed by financial institutions, or as professional economists in industry, government and management consultancy. If students wish to go on to further academic study, there are a large number of Master’s degree courses in Cambridge, both in general Economics and in various specialised sub-disciplines, for which the wide range of skills acquired in the Economics Tripos provides a valuable foundation.

How You Learn

Teaching is provided through lectures, classes and supervisions and you can expect between 10 and 15 lectures each week in the first year.

Assessment is through formal written examinations that take place at the end of each year, and the compulsory dissertation in Part IIB. Typically, you have one three-hour exam for each paper covered that year. There are also projects within the Econometrics papers in Part I and Part IIA.

The aim of the course is to equip students with the tools and insights needed to analyse complex economic behaviour, so that:

  • they can provide informed advice to policymakers in government, business and international organisations
  • they understand the ‘fundamental’ economic considerations which influence outcomes in financial markets
  • they have the skills needed to continue to postgraduate study in Economics

Typical Offer Conditions

A-Level:

A*A*A

IB

41-42 points, with 776 at Higher Level

Other:

See the University’s Entrance Requirements page

Subject Requirements 

Essential:

A-Level Mathematics/IB Higher Level Mathematics (Analysis and Approaches).
We also require at least one essay-based subject.

Desirable:
None

 

Written Work

None.

Admissions Assessment

All applicants for Economics are required to take the Test of Mathematics for University Admission (TMUA) at an authorised assessment centre (usually their school or college), for which they must be registered in advance. The registration deadline is 29 September 2023. Please note that open centres may set an earlier deadline for accepting entries, and it is your responsibility to check if this applies at your centre. The TMUA will take place on 18 October 2023.

Please see the TMUA website for information about dates and registration deadlines, and check admission assessments for further details.

General Comments

A Level Mathematics or equivalent is a Faculty-set precondition for Economics applicants. A Level Further Mathematics or equivalent is looked upon favourably at Trinity Hall but is by no means necessary. We require candidates to have an essay-based A Level or equivalent such as English Literature, History, Politics, Philosophy, Classical Civilisation, etc.

Applications from candidates with an International Baccalaureate background are also welcome at Trinity Hall.