Lucy Cavendish aims to admit two to three undergraduates in Economics each year, alongside a number of visiting students from continental Europe, Asia and elsewhere. We also currently have six MPhil and PhD Economists, making for a diverse but welcoming subject community in college.

The BA in Economics has a distinguished history and offers a solid grounding in core, pure and applied economics, whilst simultaneously exposing students to ideas and approaches from other disciplines. Cambridge Economists are highly employable and enter a variety of careers in finance, government and management consultancy, as well as professional training in accountancy and actuarial work.

Further information about the course can be found on the Faculty and University websites.

Director of Studies

Dr Duncan Needham

Course Requirements

We have in the past accepted applicants with a range of British and international qualifications. However, applicants must have a very strong background in mathematics: a good A-level (or equivalent) in Mathematics is essential and applicants with Further Mathematics will be more competitive than those without.

See the general Entrance Requirements and FAQ for more information about our academic conditions. You can also contact our Admissions Office with queries.

Admissions Assessment

Applicants to Lucy Cavendish will not be required to sit a pre-interview assessment.  Applicants invited for interview will be asked to sit a written assessment on the day of their interviews. This assessment will last no longer than one hour, and will be similar in content and format to the assessment used by other colleges, prior to interview. Specifications can be found in the Entry Requirements section here.

Anisa is from Sarandë, Albania, and had worked there as a translator and in banking, before coming to the UK to study for A-levels. Lucy Cavendish has a special way of making students feel welcome and supported, and it’s a great place to meet interesting people: everyone is open to sharing and discussing their past experiences. The Economics Tripos at Cambridge is quite unique and has made me love my subject even more. It is very wide and the most interesting feature is the combination of the qualitative and quantitative aspects; I used to be more into the quantitative part of Economics, but I have really come to enjoy the history and politics papers. Lucy Cavendish Economists have a very experienced Director of Studies and I have been lucky to have had some of the best supervisors. The supervision groups are small and you get a lot of individual attention from your supervisors - this is one of the perks of being in a small college.