skip to content

Postgraduate Admissions


The requirements specified in this section are the minimum requirements for postgraduate admission to the University. Some departments may set higher academic or language requirements. Please consult the Course Directory for full information on each course’s requirements.

If you are from an English-speaking country, there are three key requirements:

1. Academic

Postgraduate study at the University of Cambridge is intense and very intellectually demanding, so the University has high academic entry requirements. You are normally expected to hold or to have achieved by the start of your course:

  • minimum of a good upper second class (good 2:1) honours degree from a UK university or an equivalent standard from an overseas university; and
  • completion of, or release from, any current training or education course

To check if your international qualification meets the University minimum requirement, please consult the International section of our website.

You should be aware that meeting the University’s or departments’ minimum academic requirements does not guarantee entry; it is only one of the factors taken into account when academic selectors make their decision. Many other factors are also important, such as suitability for the course, proficiency in English, relevant experience, references, availability of a suitable supervisor, and the number of available places.

2. Financial

We need to see evidence that you are aware of how much funding will be required for your course, and that you have made plans for the provision of that amount.

We will not require evidence of funding until you are made an offer of admission. However, if you do have funding for your study you can provide details of this with your application.

A full explanation of the fees you will be liable to pay, and estimated course costs by academic year, can be found in the Fees section of our website. A directory of funding options to help you meet the cost of studying can be found in the Funding section of our website.

3. College Membership

All applicants who are made a formal offer of admission will receive an offer of College membership. The University of Cambridge is a collegiate university, and all its students are required to be members of a College.


Additionally, if you are not from an English-speaking country or have not studied in one recently, you will also be required to demonstrate competence in the English language. For more details, and to check whether we would require evidence from you, please check the Competence in English section of the website.


Part-time Research Degrees

In addition to the standard minimum entry requirements, there are other requirements to fulfil if you wish to study part-time:

  • Your proposed topic of research must be suitable for part-time study.
  • You must live close enough to Cambridge to fulfil the attendance requirements.
  • You will need to provide a letter from your employer (if any) confirming that you may have time off, if necessary, to attend the University as required for the whole duration of your course.
  • You must attend an interview with the department to which you apply, at which these and other issues will be discussed.

Part-time Portal

This page is part of the portal for Part-time Applicants