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Postgraduate Admissions


If you are studying at another institution and would like to undertake supervised research at the University of Cambridge, but not register for a degree, you may be able to come to Cambridge as a “Visiting Student”.

If you are interested in coming to Cambridge as a Visiting Student, you should first contact the department where you are interested in undertaking research. You can find a list of departments here.

The maximum period of time that you can register as a Visiting Student is one year, and the majority of visiting students are admitted by the department who will have their own application processes and forms, and may charge a fee for the duration of your visit. Please contact the department directly to enquire about attending as a Visiting Student.

Some Visiting Students may be required to apply formally for admission via the Applicant Portal. This would include students who:

  • require College affiliation.
  • are transferring with a supervisor from another institution and are required to remain registered at their previous institution, but want formal recognition that they are visiting at Cambridge (rather than the informal department registration).
  • are receiving a scholarship as a visiting student (eg Commonwealth Scholarship Council (CSC)) and therefore require more formal registration as a visiting student so that the funding can be provided.
  • would like a formal transcript at end of their period of visiting study.

Students who fall into one of the categories above will be liable to pay the University Composition fee that is equivalent to the PhD fee in that department.

Applications to visit for more than one year would need to be approved by the Postgraduate Committee once accepted by a host department.