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Graduate Admissions


If your application has been rejected then you may have recourse by appealing or complaining about the decision.

The Board of Graduate Studies cannot give reasons for not offering admission, nor advise you how to improve your application. However, if you believe that there has been an administrative error, or if you believe you have been treated unfairly because of bias or prejudice, or if there are circumstances unknown to the University that might have affected the decision, you should write to the Head of Graduate Admissions within three weeks of obtaining notification of the outcome, setting out your reasons. Please note, however, that there is no appeal against academic judgments made by the University.

Formal complaints should be sent to:

Head of Graduate Admissions
Academic Division
17 Mill Lane
Cambridge CB2 1RX

Fee Status

Any candidate who thinks they have been wrongly assessed for fee status may seek a review by submitting a self-assessment questionnaire and supporting documents. This questionnaire can be downloaded from your self-service account.

Unfair Treatment

A candidate who thinks they have been treated unfairly (through prejudice, bias, inadequate assessment, or because certain special circumstances were unknown to the selectors, or through procedural irregularity) may write to the Head of Graduate Admissions at the above address to seek a review of the circumstances.

Academic Decisions

The Board of Graduate Studies cannot provide feedback on admissions decisions. Faculties are not obliged but may agree to do so and should be contacted directly.

The Board will not consider an appeal against an academic decision by faculty staff, save in special circumstances as set out in the previous paragraph.