There are numerous offices involved in processing and managing your application to study at Cambridge, and you should be aware of what each of their roles and responsibilities are:
|Office||Snapshot of Roles|
|Graduate Admissions Office, on behalf of the Board of Graduate Studies||Co-ordinates the admission process, and makes the official offer of admission.|
|Department/Faculty||Makes the initial academic decision recommending admission.|
|Degree Committee||Approves the department's admission decision and makes a recommendation to the Graduate Admissions Office.|
|College||Will consider students who have received an official offer of admission. All graduate students must be a member of a college.|
Decisions on admission to the University are made on academic merit, the availability of space on a course, and/or the availability of an appropriate supervisor.
The department or faculty where you wish to study will consider your application. Some will wish to interview you (always the case for part-time research degrees) or might request additional test scores such as the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Where this is required it will be clearly stated in the application information in the online prospectus entry for the course.
Every recommendation for admission is scrutinised by the central Graduate Admissions Office, and this office makes the official offer of admission on behalf of the University. You can track the progress of your application through these stages in your graduate admission self-service account.
If your application is not accepted, at any stage in the admissions process, we shall notify you by email and via your Self-Service. In the event that we do not have an email address for you, we shall send you a letter.
The University is committed to equal opportunity, and exercises the University's policy in relation to all admissions processes.