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Course Resources

Here are some general resources related to Economics.


Overview ๐Ÿ”— This is the Economics section of the University undergraduate prospectus. The most important information about the course is here, including entry requirements, course structure, and prerequisites.

Faculty website ๐Ÿ”— This is the official Faculty webpage for prospective undergraduates, which links to various resources. The most important of them is the Faculty of Economics undergrad prospectus ๐Ÿ”—, which gives a general overview of what studying Economics at Cambridge is like.

Unofficial prospectus ๐Ÿ”— This is an unofficial prospectus put together by the Cambridge University Student Union; itโ€™s written based on studentsโ€™ perspectives and gives a better sense of what the day-to-day experience as a Economics student is like, compared to official materials.


Reading books related to the subject youโ€™re interested in pursuing is always a good idea. It might help you get an idea of whether or not you want to study it, or, if youโ€™ve already decided on Economics, it will give you something to write about in your personal statement. But of the tonnes of stuff out there, what should you read?

Part I of the Tripos closely follows the textbooks listed for the Microeconomics paper, Macroeconomics paper, and the Quantitative Methods paper.

For the Political and Social Aspects of Economics Paper and British Economic History Paper, you will also be studying many sources outside of the textbooks listed.

Application Resources

Reading Lists ๐Ÿ”— These are the reading lists for the papers that first-years take. Donโ€™t be intimidated by how long they are; theyโ€™re intended to be worked through over the course of a full academic year, and honestly no one reads everything anyway.

FAQ ๐Ÿ”— ๐ŸŒŸ Some useful answers to common questions about the application process.

Admissions test specimen paper ๐Ÿ”—

Admissions test answer sheet ๐Ÿ”— Have a look at the Economics admissions test.

InsideUni Economics interview experiences ๐Ÿ”— ๐ŸŒŸ Current students talk about their interview experience, as well as sharing some tips. Weโ€™re biased, but we think theyโ€™re useful!

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