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Oliver, 1st Year


The Economics course at Cambridge is not intended to provide a vocational training in management or business. Instead, the course teaches a range of skills, which will enable students to analyse complex economic, political and social questions. These skills include the use of economic theory, mathematical model building, and the use of statistics, as well as sociological and political analysis.

The questions examined and methods employed are wide-ranging. The course is divided into three parts; Part I, Part IIa and Part IIb. Part I, taken in the first year, provides an introduction to micro- and macro-economic theory, mathematics, statistics, political theory, and the UK economy, its problems and its history. Typically, a week’s teaching involves 12-15 lectures provided by the Economics Faculty on the Sidgwick Site, and two supervisions provided by the College. Economics supervisions at Emmanuel are usually attended by two or three students, and for Part I the majority are taken by Economics Fellows from the College. Students are required to prepare written work for each supervision, which might involve an essay or solving mathematical problems. The supervisions are informal, and provide an opportunity for students to ask questions and to discuss their own ideas. Part IIa is taken in the second year and Part IIb in the third year. Part IIa tends to concentrate upon extensions to economic theory, while Part IIb includes some applications of that theory. In both years there is scope to specialise in varied aspects of the subject. The full range of options is shown on the Faculty website. In Part IIb students choose two specialist papers (from the wide selection available) and also write a dissertation. The option papers can be divided between those that are mathematical, those that are sociological, and those that apply economic theory to particular markets or problems, for example the economics of the public sector or development economics. In Part IIa and Part IIb, supervisions are provided by a combination of the Economics Fellows at Emmanuel and specialist supervisors often from other colleges. Economics graduates go on to a wide range of jobs, but especially to jobs in industry, government and finance. While the Economics course at Cambridge is not focused upon business or management, it teaches some skills which are valuable in any commercial environment and which employers are keen to acquire. Just as the Economics course can encompass many different interests and views, so the careers followed by Economics graduates are extremely varied.

Admissions Information

Standard Offer: A-level - A*A*A; IB - 776 at Higher Level, 41 points overall; Advanced Highers: AAA; other exam systems.
Course Requirements: A-level (or equivalent) Mathematics is essential. Further Maths is not a requirement for admission, but in recent years around 90% of economics offers across the University have gone to applicants who are taking at least AS Further Maths or equivalent.
Course Outline: Further details are available on the Faculty's website.

Candidates should normally expect two interviews. The interviews will take place during the period Monday 4 - Wednesday 13 December 2017. Specific subject dates will be emailed to applicants in November.

If invited to the College for interview, candidates may be given written material 20-30 minutes prior to each interview, and a discussion of them will form part of the interview. Written material might include a short piece of economic journalism, some economic data presented in a table or graph. The interview process will also include discussion of some maths problems.

Admissions Assessment: All applicants will take a pre-interview written assessment (problem-solving/maths multiple choice questions and data response/comprehension). Further information and a content specification are available online.
Course Enquires: Emmanuel Admissions Office

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