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.

Course Requirements

  • 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
  • A range of British and international qualifications may be acceptable

For more information, see the general Entrance Requirements and FAQs, or contact our Admissions Office (

Admissions Assessment

  • Pre-interview assessment is not required for Lucy Cavendish
  • Applicants invited for interview sit a written assessment on the day of interview.  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 here.

Director of Studies:  Dr Duncan Needham

'My research spans the economic history, particularly the monetary and 
financial history, of the United Kingdom, Germany and France across 
three centuries.  I focus on how economic theory intersects with 
politics and the practical business of operating and regulating 
financial markets.  Recent research has also focused on the 
supranational level, with work on European Monetary Union and the 
International Monetary Fund, particularly the latter’s often thorny 
relations with the United Kingdom from the 1950s to the 1970s.'


Student Profile

Anisa is from Sarandë, Albania, and had worked there as a translator and in banking, before coming to the UK to study for more