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Postgraduate Admissions

Apply using the Applicant Portal

The Apply Now button on the right will take you to the Applicant Portal. There, you can create and submit your application and supporting documents, and you can also request your references.

An application is only complete when:

  1. you have submitted your application and supporting documents via the Applicant Portal
  2. you have paid the £70 application fee. Further information on application fees see here.
  3. your referees have provided their references.

If you miss the deadlines specified in this section, you will not be able to submit your application.

Other criteria for admission:

  • Suitability of proposed research to Cambridge
  • Availability of suitable supervisor at Cambridge

Although applications for the Diploma in International Law open in early September, they are considered as a gathered field after the course deadline has passed. The majority of decisions are made by the end of April.

An interview (either by videocall, telephone, or in-person) may take place before any decision is made whether or not to recommend to the Graduate Admissions Office that a formal offer of admission be made.

Selection Process

Although applications for the Diploma in International Law open in early September, they are considered as a gathered field after the course deadline has passed. The majority of decisions are made by the end of April.

If a strong application is received, an interview (either by videocall, telephone or in person) will take place before deciding whether to recommend to the Graduate Admissions Office that a formal offer of admission is made.

Further information on How To Apply


Things You'll Need

In order to apply for this course you'll need to think about getting a few things ready before you apply.

  • Two academic references  
  • Transcript  
  • CV/resume
  • Evidence of competence in English  
    If required - you can check using our tool
  • Research proposal (M)
    Please upload a research proposal of between 2000 and 3000 words in length
  • Reasons for applying (2500 characters)

Gates Cambridge Scholarships

If you wish to be considered for a Gates Cambridge Scholarship you will also need to provide the following:

  • Gates Cambridge Reference  
  • Research Proposal (PhD applicants only)

See Gates Cambridge for more information.


How to Find a Supervisor

In Law, there is no expectation that applicants will make contact with a potential supervisor (or supervisors) prior to submitting a formal application for admission. The Degree Committee will, in the course of  considering a strong application, take steps to identify a suitable and available supervisor based on how closely an applicant's research proposal matches the academic interests and areas of expertise of possible supervisors whom they identify.    Applicants may, however, name one or more potential supervisors on page one of the Graduate Application Form based on their familiarity with the potential supervisor's research (please consult the Faculty's website for a list of teaching members and their research interests).  The Degree Committee may take these preferences into consideration. Applicants who identify a potential supervisor in their applications are not thereby advantaged or disadvantaged as compared to applicants who do not.

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Key Information


12 months full-time

2 years part-time

Postgraduate Diploma

Faculty of Law

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Dates and deadlines:

Michaelmas 2021

Applications open
Sept. 1, 2020
Application deadline
Dec. 3, 2020
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2021

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Graduate Funding Competition
Dec. 3, 2020
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 14, 2020

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