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Graduate Admissions


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.

Our Decision

Decisions on admission to the University are made on academic merit, the availability of space on a course, and the availability of an appropriate supervisor.

The department or faculty where you wish to study will consider your application. You may be invited for interview, and the department or faculty 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.

Unsuccessful Applications

If your application is not accepted, at any stage in the admissions process, we shall notify you by email and via your Applicant Portal. In the event that we do not have an email address for you, we will send you a letter.

Equal Opportunity

The University of Cambridge is committed to equal opportunity, and exercises the University's policy in relation to all admissions processes.