Q. How do I make an application to Cambridge?
Applications can be submitted either via an online form or on paper. Your choice of method will not affect the selection process. However the latter is slower and we have to charge a higher application fee to cover additonal adminstrative costs.
Please note that this website deals with applications for graduate study only. If you have found this page from a search engine, and wish to apply for an undergraduate course at the University of Cambridge, see the Undergraduate Study website.
Q. What is the admissions process?
The application process is described in the How Do I Apply? section of the website.
After you have submitted your application and uploaded all the necessary supporting documents the admissions process begins.
Please read our pages on how the selection process works and who is involved, timescales for decisions and how offers are made and conditions need to be met.
Q. What is the word limit for answering questions on the Applicant Portal?
The Applicant Portal enforces limits on the number of characters, rather than words, which are allowed for your answers to the following questions:
|Field in online form||Character limit (including spaces)|
|Research Summary (Research)*||1500|
|Research Experience (Research)||1500|
|Reasons for applying/statement of interest (Other Information)||1500|
|Career Goals (Other Information)||1000|
|Additional information to support application (Other Information)||1000|
|Funding opportunities identified (Funding Application)||1000|
|Gates Cambridge Personal Statement (Funding Application)||3000|
|Required adjustments (Adjustments)||1000|
* The research proposal field in the online form is separate from a more detailed research proposal supporting document you may be required to uploaded, after applying, the length of which will vary depending on the course.
Check character count
If your word processor or text editor does not count characters, or excludes spaces from its count, you can paste your answers into the text box below to check your text using the same word-count as the online application form.
Q. How should I fill in the Legal Name section of the application form?
We recognise that naming customs across the world vary. However, the University holds your names in a set format, which is the same as that used by UK Visas and Immigration.
Also, the application form accepts only a limited character set, so accented characters and other diacritics must be converted.
To help you enter your names in the required format, listed below are a number of examples:
Example full nameExample full name
Where and how to enter the names in the application formWhere and how to enter the names in the application form
Example full nameFirst Name
Where and how to enter the names in the application formOther Name
First NameLast Name
Example full nameJuan De la Cruz Gómez
Where and how to enter the names in the application formJuan
Other NameDe la Cruz Gomez
Example full nameThomas Ralph Edwin Scott
Where and how to enter the names in the application formThomas
First NameRalph Edwin
Example full nameSārah Reza Ur Rahim
Where and how to enter the names in the application formSarah
Other NameReza Ur Rahim
Example full nameChia Benny Choon Ming
Where and how to enter the names in the application formBenny
First NameChoon Ming
Example full nameYeo Wei Ming
Where and how to enter the names in the application formWei
* The system does not allow you to enter alternative names (as in the last example.) Therefore, please do not try to enter these additional names here.
Q. I want to apply on paper. What payment methods are accepted?
We can accept an international money order, banker's draft or cheque. These must be made payable to the 'University of Cambridge', drawn on a UK bank account (your bank will be able to give you information regarding this if you are overseas) and in GB Sterling. We regret that we are unable to accept payment in cash or foreign currency.
Please ensure that your name, date of birth and course applied for are written on the back of your payment.
Q. Can I start an application one day and come back to it another day?
Yes. We recommend you begin your application as early as possible. Your unsubmitted application will only be deleted once the closing date for the course has passed.
Q. Can I obtain a copy of my application form?
It is only possible to download a copy of your application form before you submit it. To do so, click the "Print Application" button at the bottom of the final page, before clicking "Review and Submit". If your web browser blocks popups you will need to allow this for the "camsis.cam.ac.uk" website. A PDF copy of your application form will be displayed. Save this to keep a copy.
If you did not save your application form using the above method, and later find that you need to submit a copy when applying for funding, please use our contact form to request that we send you a copy. For College scholarships, we can forward a copy on your behalf.
Q. Will I have to travel to Cambridge for an interview?
Most departments or faculties will wish to interview you if your application is accepted to the next stage in the admissions process. Some studentships and scholarships will also invite shortlisted candidates for interviews.
However, most interviews will be conducted via video conferencing or telephone.
Q. My course will involve contact with vulnerable groups. What checks will be required?
The department responsible for your course will determine whether to a check from the Disclosure and Barring Service will be required as a condition of your offer. Please see the DBS Checks page for details.