Economics Taster Day on James Meade

Eligibility criteria apply. Applications are not yet open for 2022, but if you're in Year 12 (Year 13 Northern Ireland or S5 Scotland), you can register interest for the 2022 Economics Taster Day.

James MeadeThe Nobel Prize-winning Economist James Meade, best known for his theory of international trade and international capital movements, was a Fellow of Christ's from 1930-31. 

We run an annual Year 12 James Meade Economics Taster Day each February/March with sample lectures and workshops, focusing on major current themes in Economics, as well as the legacy of James Meade. This event is an opportunity to explore what it is like to study Economics at Cambridge. This day event usually takes place in February or March. 

If you are currently in Year 12 (S5 Scotland, Y13 Northern Ireland) you can register interest for this opportunity in 2022. We'll then send you an email when applications open.


This Taster Series is aimed at academically able students who meet all of the criteria below:

  • are in Year 12 (or equivalent) in the UK
  • attend an academy, school or college that does not charge fees (to anyone).
  • are studying:
    • A level Mathematics AND Further Mathematics
    • IB Higher Level Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches
  • are interested in exploring Economics beyond your standard school curriculum.

If you are taking a different Mathematics qualification and are unsure about your eligibility to apply for this event, please contact us for further information.

"My advice is to come prepared with a few questions."

A previous participant

Theme and content

Our Economics Taster Series is themed around current issues in Economics, with lectures and workshops given by academics, a consideration of the work and legacy of James Meade, the chance to chat with current students studying Economics, and an online guided tour of the College. Applications for Economics at Cambridge will also be discussed and there will be plenty of opportunities to ask questions.

If you are interested in applying for this event, you might also like to look at our suggested Economics resources on our subject page.


Apply for a place on the Economics Taster Day

Applications will open in February 2022 for the 2022 Eonomics Taster Day. If you're in Year 12 (Year 13 Northern Ireland or S5 Scotland), you can register interest so that you receive an email in 2022 when applications open. In the meantime, do have a look at our Economics page.

If you're starting Year 11 (Year 12 in Northern Ireland, S4 in Scotland) in September 2021, you can register interest here for the 2023 Economics Taster Day. 

Practical detailsEconomics session

The Economics taster series is for students only (there are no sessions for parents & guardians).The exact timetable and format for the 2022 taster day has yet to be determined, but as a guide for in-person taster days, we normally start at about 10.30 or 11am and finish at about 4 or 4.30pm. Lunch is provided (free of charge).

Visiting students are responsible for getting themselves to Cambridge for in-person taster days, however we provide travel information and a map of the college:

If you are in (or were previously in) Care, please read about the Care Travel Fund (eligibility criteria apply).

For students travelling a long way, limited accommodation is normally available at Christ's on the night before the taster day on a first come, first served basis.


Comments from previous participants

We asked some of the 2020 participants what they would say to future students considering an application for the event. You can read what they said here.

"I really enjoyed talking to students doing Economics. They were so friendly and it gave me an insight into how amazing life at Cambridge is."

A previous participant