The Economics undergraduate course at Cambridge offers students the opportunity to study economics both at a theoretical and an applied level. Cambridge equips the students with a toolkit they can use to explore real world problems. Students learn the formal economic analysis, the policy prescriptions that follow as well as the political and economic context in which these policies are implemented. More details about the course can be found on the University website.
The Faculty of Economics organises lectures and classes and sets the course content and examinations for all Economics students, regardless of College. Murray Edwards is situated only a seven minute bike ride away from the Faculty building, meaning our students have easy access to their lectures and all of the other facilities the Faculty provides, including the Marshall Library.
Economics graduates may go on to work in finance, consulting or in academic research but are not limited to these fields. Others have chosen to work for charitable organisations, as journalists and in a range of other fields.
Studying Economics at Murray Edwards
Murray Edwards College welcomes applications from all suitably qualified prospective students and strives to admit students with outstanding academic merit regardless of their background. Murray Edwards has a strong tradition in supporting women in Economics.
We admit between four and six students a year studying Economics at Murray Edwards meaning that there are around a dozen undergraduates. Together with another dozen of graduates, they make for a strong, friendly and vibrant community. There is an annual subject dinner designed to welcome all the new economists to college and to introduce them to existing students, bringing together Economics undergraduates, postgraduates and Fellows of the College.
Our students are largely supervised by our own Economics Fellows; however, we exchange teaching with other colleges so our students are always taught by an expert in their subject. The College has a well-stocked library, which contains all of the books on the Economics Tripos reading lists and is accessible 24/7. With an attractive outlook on to the lawns and gardens, it provides comfortable readers’ places for studying. Our students benefit from the lecture series held in College: in recent years, these have been the Capitalism on the Edge and Just on the Edge series. They are also active in the university-wide Marshall Society in which they take up committee positions annually.
We have two Fellows in Economics at Murray Edwards. Dr Juan Block is a Janeway Fellow in Economics within the Faculty of Economics. His research focuses on the development of cooperative behaviour, evolution of social norms and learning in strategic interactions. Dr Sara Horrell is a Reader in Economic History, whose research focuses on gender, work and living standards in Britain, especially in the nineteenth century.
Admissions Assessment and Interview arrangements
UCAS Code: L100
Applicants for Economics are required to sit the Economics Admissions Assessment.
We do not require any subjects at A Level (or equivalent) apart from Mathematics, but we strongly consider students with at least AS Level in Further Mathematics as a desirable background. Although we do not require students to have studied Economics at A Level (or equivalent) in order to study it with us, we do expect students to show a genuine interest in a variety of Economics questions.
Those who are invited for interview will have two subject-specific interviews with our Economics Fellows who will be joined by other academics from related subject areas. The primarily aim of these interviews is to find out about your intellectual curiosity, motivation and aptitude for the subject. We typically interview the majority of applicants.
Our standard offer level for Economics is A*A*A at A Levels, 42 points in the International Baccalaureate (IB) with 776 at Higher Level (HL) or equivalents in other qualification. As part of our A Level conditional offer we are likely to request that you achieve one of the top grades in Mathematics or, if taken, Further Mathematics.