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Postgraduate Admissions


The cost of studying at the University of Cambridge is broken down into two areas:

  1. University Composition Fee: a payment made via your College to the University to cover the cost of your education and your College membership.
  2. Maintenance: the estimated minimum cost of living during your time at the University

These, along with any additional costs, make up the minimum financial commitment you will be required to demonstrate before you can be admitted to the University. A number of general and course-specific funding opportunities exist to help you meet this commitment.

What is my estimated minimum annual financial commitment? 2022–2023

Use the form below to determine what your estimated fees and maintenance are likely to be.


Important information

  • For most students, the University Composition Fee is fixed for the duration of the course and is applicable to the academic year of entry. However, students who intermit, or who are withdrawn and then return to study, may be liable for higher fee rates when they return to their study. The College membership fee is integrated with this fee.

  • Students whose courses are longer than 12 months should ensure that they have available in advance adequate financial provision for the whole of the duration of their course (including any possible over-run). Students should take into account likely increases in maintenance and other expenses year-on-year, at least in line with inflation, and, where relevant, also take into account fluctuations in currency exchange rates. There is important guidance about working while studying on the Cambridge Students website.

  • Non-payment of fees to your College constitutes grounds for the University to withdraw you from your programme of study or research.

  • If it is considered that the financial undertaking form that you submitted to meet your offer conditions was made in bad faith, the College may recommend to the General Boards Education Committee that you are withdrawn from your programme of study or research.

  • You should not expect the University or your College to provide funding to help to make up the deficit if your financial support breaks down.

  • The fees and maintenance requirement shown here or anywhere else on this site are the minimum costs you will be liable for.

Part of the reason why I chose to apply to Cambridge is the multiple funding opportunities available.

Dorien, PhD in Veterinary Medicine