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Postgraduate Study

Course closed:

Astronomy is no longer accepting new applications.

Expected Academic Standard

Applicants for this course should have achieved a UK Masters (Pass).

If your degree is not from the UK, please check International Qualifications to find the equivalent in your country.

The Faculty of Physics and Chemistry's minimum academic requirement for admission as a PhD student is the equivalent of a good UK II.i four-year integrated master's degree (five-year from Scottish Universities).

Competition for PhD places at the Institute is such that admission offers are, in almost all cases, made to students who hold or expect to achieve a first-class grade or equivalent (e.g. a distinction in a master's degree) in a relevant subject.

If you are studying for a degree overseas and are unsure of its UK equivalent value, please contact admissions@ast.cam.ac.uk for advice. Admission offers are usually made to students with academic track records well above the University's minimum requirement for admission.

University Minimum Academic Requirements


Language Requirement

IELTS (Academic)

Element Score
Listening 7.0
Writing 7.0
Reading 6.5
Speaking 7.0
Total 7.0

TOEFL Internet Score

Element Score
Listening 25
Writing 25
Reading 25
Speaking 25
Total 100

CAE

Score: Grade A & B (overall score of 193, with no element lower than 185 plus a Language Centre assessment)

CPE

Score: Grade A, B, or C (with at least 200 with no element lower than 185).


Visa Information

If you are made an offer, an ATAS will be required in order to obtain a Visa.

Do not apply for an ATAS unless you have been made an offer.

A CAH3 code, which will be used to make your ATAS application, will be provided in your offer letter.

What Is An ATAS?


Key Information


3-4 years full-time

4-7 years part-time

Doctor of Philosophy

Institute of Astronomy

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Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 4, 2023
Application deadline
Dec. 5, 2023
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2024

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

Course Funding Deadline
Dec. 5, 2023
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 11, 2023

These deadlines apply to applications for courses starting in Michaelmas 2024, Lent 2025 and Easter 2025.


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