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Graduate Admissions

Course closed:

Astronomy is no longer accepting new applications.

Expected Academic Standard

Applicants for this course should have achieved a UK Masters (Pass).

If your degree is not from the UK, please check International Qualifications to find the equivalent in your country.

The Faculty of Physics and Chemistry's minimum academic requirement for admission as a PhD student is the equivalent of a UK II.i  four-year integrated master's degree (five-year from Scottish universities).

Competition for PhD places at the Institute is, however, such that offers of admission are almost always made to students who hold, or are expected to achieve, a strong first-class performance, or equivalent (e.g. a distinction in a master's degree), in a relevant subject.

If you are studying for a degree overseas and are unsure of its UK equivalent value, please contact  admissions@ast.cam.ac.uk for advice as offers of admissions are usually made to students with academic performances well above the University minimum requirement for admission.

University Minimum Academic Requirements


Language Requirement

IELTS (Academic)

Element Score
Listening 7.0
Writing 7.0
Reading 6.5
Speaking 7.0
Total 7.0

TOEFL Internet Score

Element Score
Listening 25
Writing 25
Reading 25
Speaking 25
Total 100

CAE

Score: Grade A or B (with at least 193 in each individual element) plus a language centre assessment.

CPE

Score: Grade A, B, or C (with at least 200 in each individual element).

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Visa Information

If you are made an offer, an ATAS will be required in order to obtain a Visa

Do not apply for an ATAS unless you have been made an offer.

A CAH3 code, which will be used to make your ATAS application, will be provided in your offer letter.

What Is An ATAS?


Key Information


3-4 years full-time

Doctor of Philosophy

Institute of Astronomy

Enquiries

Course on Department Website

Dates and deadlines:

Applications open
Sept. 3, 2018
Application deadline
Jan. 3, 2019
Course Starts
Oct. 1, 2019

Some courses can close early. See the Deadlines page for guidance on when to apply.

Graduate Funding Competition
Jan. 3, 2019
Gates Cambridge US round only
Oct. 10, 2018

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