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Economics at Sidney

Economics at Cambridge

The Cambridge BA degree in Economics - known as the Economics Tripos - focuses on the application of economic principles and statistics to analyse a variety of applied problems in diverse fields. This course takes committed students with a strong quantitative background even if they have no previous experience in Economics. There is equal emphasis on the two core areas of micro- and macroeconomics. The first year programme builds broad foundations - students take five wide-ranging compulsory papers. There is an increasing choice during the second and third years. 

Economics at Sidney

We are proud of maintaining our strong tradition in a rigorous approach to applied and policy-relevant economics. This concern with the real world is reflected both in the research we do, in our commitment to our own policy advising roles, and in our teaching.

All of our undergraduate students are allocated a Director of Studies and learn from specialists in particular areas of your subject. For each paper, a small group of students (usually two or three) meets once a fortnight with a supervisor who is an expert in the topic studied. We have a strong and balanced teaching team at Sidney, and are able to provide most supervisions (small group teaching) in the core areas of the Tripos 'in house'.

Sidney runs additional seminars giving teaching and learning support beyond supervisions. In the third year students write a dissertation, an original piece of research on a topic of their interest, and we support this challenging but rewarding project with dissertation seminars for students to present ideas and discuss problems. Dr Pollitt offers a seminar covering the Economic Events in the News. In these seminars students have the opportunity to work together and practice their presentation skills.

The Austin Robinson Society

We are proud to name our Society after Professor Austin Robinson , who was one of the founders of the Economics Faculty at Cambridge and a Fellow of Sidney Sussex. The Society is organised by students with help from the Economics Fellows, and arranges talks by distinguished outside speakers from academia, business and government.

Recent speakers have included: 

The Society also hosts an annual dinner attended by current and former students, the Sidney Economics Fellows, and many of our other (non-College) supervisors attend. It is a lively and convivial evening, where students can mix informally with those who teach.

Hear from a student... 

     The course itself is very broad in the first year, but provides excellent foundations for your degree here. You will cover five papers; Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Maths and Stats, Politics and British Economic History. Although the papers may seem separate in the material, there are definitely many links to be made between them. In the first two terms you will have approximately 15 hours of lectures per week, but very few in third term. These lectures help to cover the core material and allow you to build a solid foundation for your term's work. Lectures take place near the Economics faculty and all Economics students across the colleges attend, so it is a great way to meet people from other colleges.

Supervisions are the most unique part of Cambridge's teaching experience. They provide the opportunity to discuss concepts and questions in further depth with an academic in the relevant field of study. You will have around six supervisions - one for each paper (two for Maths and Stats) and will receive 3 supervisions a week. You will receive a worksheet of problems or an essay, depending on the paper, to complete before the supervision.

Outside of your studies, Cambridge is a great city for student living. Sidney is very centrally located, meaning everything is a short and convenient walk/cycle away. There are hundreds of societies to join whether you're interested in sports, volunteering, music, or languages.

Sidney is a really great college to be at! The community is friendly and students feel very at home here. We are a relatively small college, so students get to know everyone quite well, including people from older year groups, who always have invaluable advice." 

Joscelyn Miller, Sidney Economics undergraduate


Directors of Studies (DoS) and Fellows

Dr Charles Roddie (College Teaching Associate)


Mr Max Beber (Senior Tutor)

Professor Alan Hughes  

Professor Michael Pollitt

All of our undergraduate students are allocated a Director of Studies and learn from specialists in particular areas of their subject. From time to time, individual teaching staff may be away on leave.

Typical Intake

6 - 8

Standard Entry Requirements

A*A*A at A Level

41-42 points in the IB, with 776 at Higher Level

Please note that any conditional offer will specify that applicants must achieve A* or 7 in Mathematics or Further Mathematics.

Please see the University website for standard entry requirements in other qualifications.

Please note that offers are set on an individual basis using all of the information available to us in context of the entire field of applicants.  

All Colleges require A level/IB Higher Level Mathematics. At Sidney, A level Economics is not required, but is recommended.  

Admissions Process

Written work

We will not ask you to submit any written work as part of your application.

Admissions Assessments

Pre-interview assessment. Read more about the admissions assessment on the University website.


Two interviews. Both interviews will be subject-related.

Find out more

Faculty of Economics

University website Economics course page


Skype interviews may be considered for international applicants on a case-by-case basis in certain subjects. If you wish to enquire further, please contact the Admissions Office (