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Graduate Admissions


We advise all applicants to apply as early as possible. You should not wait until the day of the deadline to submit your application or supporting documents.

If you are applying for funding, there are two deadlines to consider:

Application for both is via the same GRADSAF form but you must apply by whichever deadline comes first. Which this will be depends on the course and your status as explained in the two sections below. However, first note the following:


Please note

All deadlines are 12 noon (midday) UK time on the date stated.

You must provide all supporting documents within 14 days of submitting your application form or your application may be withdrawn.

Course Deadlines

All courses have a deadline beyond which applications cannot normally be considered. However, some courses consider applications as they arrive, so may fill up before the application deadline. If a course closes, the course directory will be updated accordingly.

Please check for your course deadline here:


Deadlines can also be found in the course directory. There you will also find details of what documents you will be required to provide after submitting your application (this information will also be listed in your self-service account once you have applied.)

Funding Deadlines

The deadlines for University-wide funding competitions are listed below. These are open to applicants for courses with start dates between Michaelmas 2016 and Easter 2017. Students who will be starting before October 2016 are no longer eligible.

Deadline Applicants Deadline for Expected date of award
14 Oct 2015 Certain US applicants* Gates Cambridge Early February
2 Dec 2015
12 noon
Overseas and EU fee status* Gates Cambridge Early April
2 Dec 2015
12 noon
Overseas fee status Cambridge Trust Late February onwards
6 Jan 2016
12 noon
Home and EU fee status Cambridge Trust
Early March onwards

* Please read the Gates Cambridge Deadlines page to check which deadline is applicable to you. Gates Cambridge is unable to consider applicants with Home fee status. You can find more information about your fee status on the 'What is my Fee Status?' page.

Other funding opportunities, including those offered or managed by departments or colleges, have a variety of different deadlines. These can be found via links on our Funding page. In all cases, please always check your course's deadline in case it is earlier than the funding deadline.