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Postgraduate Admissions


English language

The University requires all applicants to demonstrate competence in the English language at a very high level before they begin their proposed course of study.

All applicants for whom English is not a native language will be asked to upload evidence of their Competence in English unless they have completed a qualification equivalent to a UK Bachelor's within two years of the start date of their proposed course of study. Evidence of competence in English does not necessarily need to be provided straight away, but it may form part of the terms of your conditional offer. 

Adherence to this requirement is strict, especially for candidates on one-year courses. You must be able to demonstrate that you are able to communicate in English at a level and in an idiom suitable to the subject.

Please note that test results only remain valid for two years and will be verified internally by the University.

To see if you will be required to take a language test, see the Will I Have a Language Requirement? webpage.

To see the language requirements for the course you are applying for, see the 'Requirements' tab for your course in the Course Directory.

For more information on this, see the Language Requirement webpage on the Graduate Admissions website.


What language tests are accepted?

To see which language tests are accepted by the University of Cambridge, check the What Tests Are Accepted? webpage for an extensive list.


What if I am yet to have evidence of Competence in English?

Instructions on what to do in this instance can be found on the Evidence of Competence in English webpage.



If your queries have not been answered, please check the Graduate Admissions Office applicant FAQs.

If your query has still not been answered, please contact the Graduate Admissions Office directly using the contact form.