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Postgraduate Study


This section provides a complete guide to the postgraduate application process at Cambridge, from finding your ideal course and making your application, to receiving an offer to study here.

Find a course

Before applying, you should thoroughly research your prospective course, including its requirements, deadlines, and course costs.

Information about all our postgraduate courses is in the Course Directory. Check carefully that you meet the entry requirements of the course you want to study.

We usually update the Course Directory on 1 September with information for admission in the following academic year.

Check the application deadlines

There are two application deadlines that you need to consider: the course deadline and the funding deadline. You must apply by whichever comes first.

Register for the Applicant Portal

Applications to Cambridge are made through the Applicant Portal. Once you have selected your course in the Course Directory, click the 'Apply Now' button to be directed to the Applicant Portal to start your application. You can save your application at any stage and return to it later to complete.

Contact your referees 

You'll need two references to support your application, and their details need to be submitted via the Applicant Portal. Your referees will then receive an automated reference request. You should ensure you have their consent before you apply.

Research the Colleges

All postgraduate students are a member of a College. In your application, you'll be asked to indicate two College preferences - or you can choose to make an open application and have a College allocated for you.

Apply for funding

The University’s main sources of funding can be applied for through the Applicant Portal. Please ensure you leave plenty of time to consider and complete the funding section of your application.

Application fee

If you're applying for a master's level course, you'll be asked to pay an application fee before you can submit your application. Some applicants may be eligible for a fee waiver

Submit your application

Once you have finished writing your application, all your supporting documents are uploaded, and you have paid the application fee (if applicable), your application is ready to be submitted.

Please note that you will not be able to edit your application once it has been submitted. You will also not be able to download a copy of your submission, so please save your application before you submit if you would like your own copy.


If your application is accepted to the next stage in the admissions process, most departments and faculties will want to interview you. Some scholarships and studentships will also invite shortlisted candidates for interviews. Most interviews will be conducted via video conferencing or telephone.

See What happens after applying for information about the next stage of the process.

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