Economics

  • Intake: 8-10
  • Offers: A*A*A 
  • Essential Subjects: Mathematics 
  • Desirable Subjects: Economics/Further Mathematics 
  • Faculty website: www.econ.cam.ac.uk

Tripos: 

Economics is divided into Part I, Part IIA and Part IIB, each lasting a year. Teaching is provided through lectures and supervisions and you can expect between 10 and 14 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’ll have one three–hour exam for each paper covered that year. There are also projects within the Econometrics papers in the second and third years of the course.

Part I

Provides an introduction to the subject: a common core of knowledge which can subsequently be extended. There are five compulsory papers: 

  1. Microeconomics 
  2. Macroeconomics 
  3. Quantitative Methods in Economics 
  4. Political and Sociological Aspects of Economics 
  5. British Economic History 

Part IIA

Consists of three compulsory papers: 

  1. Microeconomics 
  2. Macroeconomics 
  3. Theory and Practice of Econometrics 

You also take one optional paper, chosen from: 

  • Economic Development 
  • Modern Societies 
  • Mathematics for Economists and Statisticians 
  • Labour 
  • Analysis of Modern Politics 
  • International Relations 
  • History and Philosophy of Economics

Part IIB

The final year consists of two compulsory papers: 

  1. Microeconomic Principles and Problems 
  2. Macroeconomic Principles and Problems 

In addition, you take two optional papers and write a compulsory dissertation of 7,500 words. 

One of the objectives of the final year is to extend your knowledge of economic theory and train you to apply this theory to practical issues and public policy. Therefore, the optional papers available can vary from year to year. 

Economics at Queens'

Economics at Queens’ has a long and distinguished history.  There is an active Economics Society, run by the students, that hosts both academic and social gatherings to discuss contemporary economic issues.  Queens’ economists have gone on to enjoy distinguished careers in finance, business, research, and government.

You will be required to take a pre-interview written assessment. More information on the written assessment can be found here.

Queens’ Economics Fellows 

Dr Edoardo Gallo, Director of Studies

  • Social structure and technological progress 
  • The cognitive roots of racial homophily 
  • Media and social networks 
  • Punishing the foreigner 

http://www.queens.cam.ac.uk/dr-edoardo-gallo

Dr Charles Brendon (El-Erian Fellow in Economics)

Main area of research is the theory and practice of economic policymaking. Current projects focus in particular on income tax policy, and on alternative normative approaches to designing policy rules when government preferences are likely to be time-inconsistent.

http://www.queens.cam.ac.uk/dr-charles-brendon

Prof Lord Eatwell, President of Queens’ 

  • Professor in Financial Policy 
  • Director of Centre for Financial Analysis and Policy 

http://www.queens.cam.ac.uk/professor-lord-john-eatwell

"Economics at Queens' has been great. The course is varied and interesting and the number of economics Fellows at Queens' means you always feel fully supported"

– Lucy, 2nd year Economics