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For details on references, please see our Academic References page.

If you are a referee, please see our Referee FAQs for more information.

Q. Who should I nominate as an academic referee?

You are Your First Referee Your Second Referee
Currently studying (or recently finished studying) at undergraduate level A tutor from your undergraduate degree course A second tutor from your undergraduate degree course
Currently studying (or recently finished studying) at postgraduate level A tutor or supervisor from your postgraduate degree course A tutor from your undergraduate degree course or present graduate tutor
Have not recently studied A member of academic staff from your most recent higher education course Your employer or another person who can testify to your academic ability in a formal context

Q. Who should I give as an academic reference if my previous education was some years ago?

If you have not recently studied, please provide the following references:

  • A member of academic staff from your most recent higher education course
  • Your employer or another person who can testify to your academic ability in a formal context

Q. Can I change my referees?

Yes. Please contact the Graduate Admissions Office stating which referee you wish to change (eg "second academic referee") and providing the contact details of the new referee. You should include all the same information you gave in your original application form: name, title, full address, country and email (for academic references this should be an institutional address where possible). You must also provide a brief explanation of the reason for the change.

We will then update your records and your new referee will be contacted with details of how to submit their reference.

Q. Can I upload additional references?

In general, you should only provide the number of academic references specified in the list of supporting documents for your course (and a personal reference if applying for the Gates Cambridge Scholarship.)

If, however, you have exceptional circumstances that you think necessitate additional references, you may contact the relevant department directly and ask if they would be willing to consider receiving them. If the department agrees, you should contact your referees and request that they submit their references on paper.

Q. Do my referees need institutional email addresses?

Institutional email addresses are preferred. Other email addresses can be used, and are sufficient at the application stage, but we would need to take extra steps to verify such references when we make an offer. This might include asking for the reference to be sent again, on paper, if authenticity cannot be confirmed by other means.

Q. I entered an incorrect email address for my referee. What do I do?

Your should ask your referee to send their reference to us on paper.

Q. How can I send in a paper copy of a reference?

If your referees are unable to submit your references using the electronic email referencing system, you should follow the instructions on how to supply them with the correct paper forms.