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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 give 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. , 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.  


Academics

Directors of Studies (DoS) and Fellows

Professor Michael Pollitt

Dr Charles Roddie (College Teaching Associate)

Fellows

Mr Max Beber (Senior Tutor)

Professor Alan Hughes  

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, or 40-42 points in the IB, with 776 at Higher Level (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

2-hour pre-interview assessment, comprising: Problem-solving/mathematics multiple choice questions (80 minutes), Essay/text response element (40 minutes).Read more about the admissions assessment on the University website.

Interviews

Two interviews. Both interviews will be subject-related.

Find out more

Faculty of Economics

University website Economics course page